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Experiencing Entertainment Nirvana in the U.S. West

The U.S. is a vast country. It’s the world’s third largest in terms of total area and population, at almost 10 million square miles and more than 320 million people, respectively. Due to its size, it’s no surprise that the nation has areas called Midwest, Northeast, West or East Coast and others to easily distinguish specific cities and/or states within the country.

Today, let’s experiencing entertainment nirvana in the Western part of the U.S. and it’s travel destinations which are considered must-see hotspots. These are the places you should visit at least once in your life.

Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles

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For movie enthusiasts, Universal Studios Hollywood theme park is paradise. Aside from being a prime location for shooting movies, this theme park houses specially arranged areas that feature shows and movies like Transformers, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead and many more.

Moreover, visitors will enjoy the theme park’s rides and horror houses which were beefed up last Halloween. L.A. Magazine specified as well that Universal Studios Hollywood is now preparing for its future major attractions, including a ‘Nintendo World’ which will have themed areas dedicated to classic Nintendo titles like Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda.

Disneyland, Anaheim

Entertainment Nirvana

Apart from amusement rides, Disneyland has musical shows, theaters, and other attractions. One popular event is a regular parade in which several Disney characters cheerfully take to the streets, interacting with visitors young and old alike. They include iconic figures such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to various other fairy tale characters that have featured in from Disney shows in the past. This tradition is undertaken at many other Disney theme parks all over the globe as well, and as a testament to the joy it brings: Disneyland, no matter the location, is often dubbed ‘the happiest place on Earth’.

As well, new attractions are added regularly. In Disneyland Anaheim, Star Wars Land is one of the most anticipated attractions and The OC Register showed developments which signify that the construction process is going on relatively smoothly. An additional hotel resort is also undergoing an evaluation process which will be scheduled to be in operation by 2021, as mentioned by Fox News Travel if the project gets the green light.

The Strip, Las Vegas

Entertainment Nirvana

Sin City is famous for being labeled The Entertainment Capital of the World because of its abundance of tourist attractions related to various forms of entertainment. The Strip is an area within the city that has a concentration of venues, which host these attractions.

Primarily known for its casinos, it’s the biggest gaming hub in the Western Hemisphere. The industry, however, is experiencing declining patronage due to the emergence of digital providers which enable players to get their dose of entertainment through modern mediums like mobile devices. To give you an idea of the present landscape, the hit gaming portal Pocketfruity hosts several thematic card as well as roulette games and gives out bonuses for the enjoyment of both novice and seasoned players. The convenience and brilliant designs of these digital iterations allow them to gain worldwide attention. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that these virtual gaming machines can replace the buzz that players get when experiencing the notorious Las Vegas Strip.

Names synonymous with entertainment such as the MGM Grand, Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace are located along different parts of the Strip. The area is not exclusive to gaming, however, as all sorts of events occur here. There are magic shows, live theater performances, and high profile MMA or boxing events. Iconic celebrities from all over the world also perform in various venues along the Strip. Ringo Starr, The Beatles’ esteemed drummer, for instance, already resides in the area and is currently in discussions about a Las Vegas residency, according to the Review Journal.

These three destinations will leave you in awe of what they can offer to the modern day traveler. They are all memorable destinations that stand out for very different reasons.

 

Michelin Stars are Rising in Stockholm

By Jeff Game

The Swedish meatball is so old school these days – a culinary revolution is underway in the capital city of Scandinavia, making Stockholm the next great food city. A surge of Michelin-starred chefs are carving out their own path by creating a new version of Nordic cooking.

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Go on a Weekender in Nashville

 

By Jeff Game

Go on a Weekender in Nashville

Wine tasting on a plantation, a legendary jazz cave and a burgeoning restaurant scene on the East Coast – Nashville is becoming one of the coolest cities in America. Spend a music-filled, bourbon soaked and biscuit loving weekend and experience how deep the cool runs in the Music City.

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Detroit Hustles Harder

By Jeff Game

An exploding food scene, young entrepreneurs taking back the city and the driven hustle of Detroit.

There is a city in the middle of America that is fast becoming a hipster haven full of artists, young entrepreneurs, and a rapidly rising restaurant scene – and we are not talking about the Windy City. Detroit is on the comeback trail, and travelers around the world will be taking notice.

Detroit has great bones – no city in the world looks like Detroit. Artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera called Detroit home in the 1930s. Architecture masterpieces like the Guardian Building and the Masonic Temple still give the city it’s character. Barry Gordy and Motown started a soulful revolution, and hometown favorite Eminem help shapes the lexicon of American Rap Music. All this cultural abundance and you can see Canada right across the Detroit River.

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The Great Outdoors in Chicago

By Jeff Game

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Summertime in the Midwest marks end of the never-ending snowmageddon winter that was 2015, the Cubs still have a shot at the World Series, and Chicagoans can finally come out of hibernation and find their favorite outdoor hot spots to dine in the great outdoors in Chicago.

Chicago feels like it is the vibrant capitol of the Midwest, and I love exploring the city and making new discoveries along the way. After all the years I have been traveling to Chi-Town, I still get the feel like Chicago is a big city with a small-town feel.

One great way to discover the neighborhoods of Chicago and the various rhythms that are the pulse of the city is to check out some of the places to have a meal, sip some cocktails and get in some serious people watching. Check some of my favorite places to dine in the alfresco in Chicago.

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Five Cool Things To Do In Dublin

By Jeff Game

Take a ride through one of my favorite cities on the planet and discover my five cool things to do in Dublin. Oh, there will be Guinness; there will surely be Guinness.Five cool things to do in Dublin

My love affair with Ireland began long before I set foot on the emerald shores – growing up in an almost “Quiet Man” fantasy world of the love a country I had only heard about from my family – I even acquired the love of the Notre Dame Irish football team, U2 and Irish Spring soap.

 

 

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9 Cool Things To Do In Stockholm

By Jeff Game

9 cool things to do in Stockholm

Stockholm is a city of tradition and change – living side by side in perfect harmony on my piano, why don’t we? Ok, the city may not be a Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder song, however Stockholm is a cool city, with so much to explore and get lost. Along with a couple of locals, I found 9 cool things to do in Stockholm; some I have been, and some will be checking out the next time I am in town.

 

 

 

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Escape to the Terranea Resort

By Jeff Game

Escape to the Terranea Resort Escape to the Terranea Resort and Spa and get lost for a few days right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

Sometimes a getaway weekend is in order and finding a place to escape in Los Angeles can be a daunting task. Whether you are traveling from another part of the globe or an Angelino looking for a weekend “staycation”, visiting the Terranea Resort is like stumbling into a whole new world.Escape to the Terranea Resort

Since opening five years ago on the former site of the Marineland water park in Ranchos Palos Verdes and reading great things about the Terranea Resort, I have been wanting to see for myself how this hotel stacked up. Still, so many in L.A. or elsewhere that I spoke with did not know this place existed.  So, I finally had to check out this seemingly mystical place for myself.Escape to the Terranea Resort

After writing an article for my friends at the Ford Motor Company, I had the privilege to stay a couple nights at the Terranea Resort on Ford’s dime, however all of these opinions are my own. My wife and I got a chance to experience all of what this luxury property has to offer their guests.

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The World Series Invades San Francisco and Kansas City

By Jeff Game

World Series Invades San Francisco and Kansas City

 

World Series Invades San Francisco and Kansas CityThe tale of two cities: The World Series invades San Francisco and Kansas City this week. San Francisco looking for their third world title in five years and Kansas City is back the fall classic for the first time in twenty-nine years.

World Series Invades San Francisco and Kansas CitySan Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world to travel, hang out, experience, explore and of course eat. Kansas City I have not traveled to for many years and so I locally sourced some information from a fellow writer friend, Jacqueline Friedhof, and got her take on the “Paris of the Plains”, Kansas City.World Series Invades San Francisco and Kansas City

 

 

 

 

Take a spin through Kansas City and San Francisco to see what these two Americana cities have to offer, as the World Series invades their baseball borders.

World Series Invades San Francisco and Kansas City

 

 

 

 

 

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The New Culver City Is Ready For A Close-Up

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By Jeff Game

New Culver City

Los Angeles is a massive, diverse and sprawling city that is ever evolving, even for a lifelong Angeleno as myself, and it is extra cool when you discover a new and revamped area of the city like the new Culver City.

Culver City is rapidly ushering back the spirit of “Old Hollywood Chic.” Longtime tenant and prominent filmmaker MGM (now Sony Studios) helped resurrect the town’s image as a cool stomping ground, bustling with trendy restaurants and hip hot spots.

Harry Culver’s initial concept that “all roads lead to Culver City” may finally be realized, as its location is accessible by all points around the greater Los Angeles area. As attainable as it is, Culver City has managed to tuck away some of the most unique hangouts that even the most active L.A. local may not know exist.

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