Welcome to a new section on Debo Let’s Loose, Debo’s Top Five Thursday! Every Thursday I will pick a topic and list my top five, pretty simple right?
Today’s top five is going to be US cities I have visited. The cities on this list will not include any of the cities I have lived in, so Boston, Baltimore and Chicopee are all out. Here are a few of the places I left out of my top five; New York City, Washington DC, Orlando and San Antonio. San Antonio almost made the cut because of the great mex-tex food, but I was not able to get out and explore the city more than the Riverwalk. Orlando was another one that came close, but I last visited Orlando when I was 17, so I didn’t think that was fair today add. On to the list, I think that two of them will surprise you!
View from the air of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis
5. St. Louis, MO
This is one of the surprises on my list, it actually caught me off guard. I know that St. Louis gets a really bad rap because of the crime rates, but I really enjoyed the city when I went. There are a lot of sites to visit and I got to a couple of them. The Gateway Arch was really cool. I went all the way to the top and the view is great, over looking the city on one side and the mighty Mississippi River on the other. This is a must do if you go to St. Louis. Another really great place was the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I will admit I was very skeptical about going to a place infested with flowers, but in the end it it was nice. The whole area was calm and serene, which if you know me is not something that normally happens to me. The city was very easy to maneuver from walking to the city transit .
4. Minneapolis, MN
The home of the Vikings, Timberwolves and Twins. In my two visits to Minneapolis I was not able to see any of those teams play, but I was able to see Target Field, Target Center and the Metrodome. The city itself has a really nice lay out. I thought the city was clean and had some really great restaurants. I know that most of you are saying that Minneapolis weather is atrocious and let’s be honest it can get cold, but there is a great SkyWay that can get you from building to building without going out in the cold. I would love to go back during a time that I was not working and be more of a tourist since I did not have time. This could change the rankings, but Minneapolis comes in at a solid number 4.
3. New Orleans, LA
Balcony along Bourbon Street
The Big Easy! I have made three separate visits to New Orleans and all of them were great! The first thing every thinks about when New Orleans comes up is Bourbon Street. The answer is yes, it is as awesome as you here about, where else can you get a Hand Grenade and a Jeffrey and then walk around the streets for hours? Some friends and I went to a Saints Monday Night Football game last year and we walked onto Bourbon Street at 11:00 am and started drinking 3 for 1 at the Beach while watching football all day. Let’s be honest NOLA is not all about Bourbon Street, the food is where its at! I had my first experience with Turtle Soup and also crushed a ton of Jambalaya. Creole has some great flavors and I would love the chance to try more. If you like to gamble there is a Harrah’s Casino not far from Bourbon. Another wonderful place was the Audubon Aquarium. The aquarium had an albino alligator, now I don’t know if that is still there, but it was awesome. Cebo has New Orleans on the list for his bachelor party, so its possible I will be heading back there in June 2014.
2. Las Vegas, NV
The Fountains at Bellagio
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. If that were true I wouldn’t be talking about my trip there now. Ok, maybe I won’t give out all the details, but you’ll get the idea. The trip was planned for 5 days and 4 nights and we ended up stayed 8 days and 7 nights. I was in awe the entire time I was there and probably averaged about 4 hours of sleep a night! Where to start if you like clubs there is something for you every night. My favorite was Studio 54 (closed in Feb 2012, sadness). We were told if we want to get in without a line either say you are going to buy a bottle or get there when it first opens, so we got there at like 9:30 and waited for it to get busy. The DJ played hip hop until 2:00 am and then there was an acrobat show, which lead into about 4 hours of techno and house music. It was unbelievable! Even during the day there was stuff going on in every casino, there is just no down time. One thing I regret about the trip was not making it to the pool more often. Also, if you are going to Vegas and never been I have one hint for you. If you are standing at Treasure Island and you see Luxor, it is A LOT longer walk than you think it is! The most impressive thing about Vegas was the Bellagio Fountains, this is the most important thing to see in Vegas.
1. Chicago, IL
Chicago Skyline along Lake Michigan
Yup, you read that right, a Green Bay Packers fan really loves the city of Chicago. I have been to Chicago three times and have done something different every time! The Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park Zoo, Soldier Field, The Shedd Aquarium and the Magnificent Mile just to name a few of the attractions that make Chicago a great city. The layout of Chicago is intricate. The Chicago River runs through the city and presents a beautiful attraction in and of itself. Whether you are walking the paths along Lake Michigan or taking the El Train, Chicago is easy to get around. This is the type of place that I wouldn’t mind living at some point in my life because there are truly so many things that I have not been able to do in the Windy City and visiting every once in while may not get it done.
So there you go, Debo’s Top Five US Cities I have visited. I hope you in enjoyed this installment of Debo’s Top Five Thursday. If you have a topic you want me to cover hit me up on Twitter @debo2pt or email me at email@example.com.