People are always asking “what should we do when we visit Chicago?” Well, it’s hard to know exactly, everyone’s different. Here are some of my favorite things. This map includes local history spots, museums, landmarks and tourist attractions, things to do and see, activities, food, drinks, and of course yummy treats. The icons are all clickable and include URLs so you can visit the websites to plan out your trip based on exactly what you like and want to see.
We never did get to camping at Railroad Bridge after we said we wanted to. We moved to Chicago shortly after that post was made and haven’t been able to go camping much. But we visited Colorado Springs to get the rest of our stuff from storage a few weeks ago and decided to go then. Our friends Shawn and Chenelle (and Bert!) came with.
On our way! Rain as per usual.
Next up, some fishing for Mike. Be careful, that water is deep and fast moving!
While I lounged and took pictures.
Eventually Shawn, Chenelle, and Bert(!) showed up.
Mine is taking off.
The guys finally gave up and used my fire for some tasty hot dogs.
The next morning we tried to make another fire so we could boil water for coffee since we didn’t bring a stove. It was not as easy as we thought it would be but somehow it worked out. This coffee in tea bags isn’t so bad.
Found a nice spot to drink it.
Then packed up, took a couple more pictures, and went for breakfast in Buena Vista.
Had some coffee and a yummy breakfast burrito at Buena Vista Roastery.
Also got to see my favorite Colorado phenomenon: raining while it’s sunny.
Hope to return soon.
Do like the locals and stay out of the tourist traps! Captions are links.
One of the things I like to do when visiting is check out lots of old stuff- buildings, restaurants, neighborhoods. Most of the time I just drive around but since L.A. is so huge, you can check out some of the local historical societies for guidance. Then of course, you’ll want to eat and drink, so I’ve included some ideas on where to do that.
Go visit the upscale shopping center Americana At Brand, where there’s a new Nordstrom and a new Bloomingdales next door at the Galleria. See a movie, check out the Mac store, or just have a coffee and walk around. I don’t usually approve of the destruction of all the old buildings they did to put this thing up, but downtown Glendale was pretty far gone and this is a big improvement.
Then you can go to Pasadena for more shopping, visit the Norton Simon Museum, which is small enough to explore in a couple hours but holds a ton of great art.
Do some shopping in OId Town. Old Town is a great example of restoring and reusing the old buildings instead of just tearing them down and putting in a mall.
I’m sure you all know some cool out of the way spots in the L.A. area, so be sure to let me know about them in the comments!
Last spring we went to NYC for a few days. I love New York! Who doesn’t?
Well, it took me almost a whole year to post these pictures! But I guess it’s OK because now is the time to go do this trip. We like to just get in the car and drive sometimes, so that’s what we did. We went up to Rockford, IL, then over to Madison, WI. Then came back down thru Wisconsin into Illinois again to a fun farm with pumpkins and a corn maze.
Rockford was kind of a bust. But we did find a The Wired Cafe that had espressos and a nice breakfast.
Madison is a cute college town! Lots of fun restaurants, bars, and cafes.
We had a great local WI type meal at The Old Fashioned in downtown Madison.
Breakfast was at Madison Sourdough, a great bakery with a pretty ambience.
Heading back to Chicago, we stopped at Richardson’s Farm for pumpkins and a corn maze.
Overall it was a relaxing, fun Fall weekend.