Myrtle Beach SkyWheel (2)

Everyone who travels – whether it is visiting family, for business, or just for fun – occasionally finds themselves spending time in destinations a bit off the beaten path. You know when you are meaning to get to your end destination, but you see something super cool like the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and just have to stop. The family reunion can wait 3 more hours right? How often will you have a chance to see such cool sights like what you can from the Skywheel.

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel (4)

The National Car Rental’s “Underrated, Over-Traveled” campaign hopes to provide travelers headed to cities like Myrtle Beach, Omaha, Lexington, Fresno or Greensboro with an insider’s view on what these lesser known destinations have to offer in the realm of food. Everyone gets hungry when they travel, but when you are in a different land so to speak, you don’t know what food is best. That is where you come in!

I have partnered with National Rental Car to crowdsource the best tips you can provide for that city. Whether it is festivals, farmers markets, restaurants – you name it, they want to hear about it. National Rental Car will offer these tips to travelers across the country through the National Car Rental Foursquare page at NationalPro. You don’t need a Foursquare account to participate and they will reward you for helping them out! Join in on the fun and FIVE readers will win a prize pack consisting of: $50 AMEX gift card, National Extreme Sport Duffel, National Ultimate Privacy Luggage Tag and a National 14oz Striped Coffee Tumbler. I will select randomly from the best 5 tips, so make sure you leave a valid comment! These curated tips will be imported into the CITY National Foursquare location National Pro Foursquare.

National Underrated Over-Traveled Winner

  1. Choose a city. 
    1. Myrtle Beach, SC
    2. Jackson, MS
    3. Mobile, AL
    4. Birmingham, AL
    5. Savannah, GA
    6. Dayton, FL
    7. Providence, RI
    8. Shreveport, AL
    9. Syracuse, NY
  1. Give me your tips. Each tip should relate to the city within any of the categories below (or any other) as long as it can be put on a map! You can submit tips via Twitter using #NationalUOT & @makobiscribe or by commenting below.
    1. Dining
    2. Bars/Nightlife
    3. Food festivals
    4. Farmer’s markets
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  2. I had a few friends travel to Savannah and they loved the lady and sons. Even got a pic with paula dean before everyone turned on her for being human. People make mistakes.

  3. While in Savannah it is always best to go to downtown Savannah to see the history of Savannah and they have nice little shops there too

  4. For Queens, NY, take the 7 train and get off at several different stops just before and after Broadway and sample different ethnic neighborhood stores and restaurants

  5. For Savannah, GA, you definitely have to go to Lady and Sons but just get there early so you can get in and get a table.

  6. When visiting Philadelphia (which everyone totally should!), public transportation (SEPTA) is a MUST. It’s not hard at all to drive in the city (it’s not like New York or anything)…but parking? Forget. It. If you can find a spot (which is highly unlikely), good luck trying to figure out what the parking signs dictate for your particular space. The signs read worse than stereo instructions — there is sign upon sign upon sign, and they dictate different rules for different spaces, based on which day and which time of day it is. And, the ticket? You’ll get it the second you violate a rule…and they’re EXPENSIVE. Last one I got was for $105, I think. Not kidding.

  7. TIP: if you go to Italy bring comfortable shoes. you will do a lot of walking. Also visit Florence… its amazing!!!!

  8. Sorry, I missed the list of places on the original post. In all honesty, I have NEVER been to any of those cities. I do live in FL and I think the best tip for Dayton, FL is to bring sunscreen preferably something with in SPF 50+ to protect yourself.

  9. If you visit Vail, CO… Pazzo’s is a wonderful Italian restaurant. If you are planning a vacation to Orlando, FL… check out the Entertainment book for BOGO & 50% off offers for golf, Fun Spot, meals, and more.

  10. sorry missed the question before would go to Syracuse, NY for the New York State Fair at the 375-acre Empire Expo Center, 581 State Fair Blvd

  11. We go to Myrtle Beach yearly and stay at Pirate Land.
    You can bring an RV as we do or they have cabins that you can rent. Inside the park is putt putt, water slides, tubing, indoor pool, outdoor pool and so much more.

    We also always go to Crabby Mikes which is a fabulous all you can eat seafood buffet that includes everything you can imagine including crab legs, dungunees crabs, oysters and so much more.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  12. If you want some amazing Southern Fried Chicken in Jackson, MS then please run, don’t walk, to Two Sisters’ Kitchen. It’s absolutely amazing!!! 🙂

  13. Be sure to check out Margaritaville restaurant when you’re in Myrtle Beach! Awesome food and atmosphere!

  14. Myrtle Beach, SC has some really wonderful festivals including the 8th annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival!

  15. My tip would be if you’re going to Myrtle Beach, SC, try to book lodging on the strip so you can walk everywhere, save gas, and not have to worry about finding parking!

  16. Shreveport, LA has some of the best Cajun food around! Don’t waste your time eating silly snacks. Keep that stomach real estate available so you can take advantage of the local restaurants. Don’t leave without having tries some of their seafood joints! You don’t need to go all the way down to New Orleans to have a taste of the cajun amazingness!

  17. providence rhode island: AMAZINGLY beautiful city, way underrated…. dining: go to federal hill, and get some REAL italian food. SO delicious, skip the mall!!!! and if you are there in summer, make sure you experience waterfire… there are no words for how much this changed my life!!!!

  18. Visit the Santé South Wine Festival in Jackson, MS in April. “Santé South Wine Festival is a destination event and international showcase of the world’s premier wines and some of Mississippi’s most succulent culinary delights. Founded by Norm Rush of BeauMad & Associates, the festival benefits the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter.”

  19. Hilton San Francisco Union SquareSan Francisco, CA · June 3, 2012

    Just steps from storied SF neighborhoods, stay here and you’ll be at the center of it all. If you’re looking to get some work done, rooms come with a work desk. FYI – free Wi-Fi is only in the lobby.

  20. Providence ,RI dining : Try Luxe Burger . This is a restaurant that you can build your own burger, chicken and seafood burger.

  21. Savannah, GA – we were visiting our daughter who was living there waiting for her husband to come home from Iraq and she took us to the Pirate House restaurant. I loved this place especially because I had my picture taken with Johnny Depp! (Well a lookalike dressed in pirate costume which was the next best thing!!!)

    http://www.thepirateshouse.com/

  22. The best pizza in the world is offered by Pizza King in Lafayette, IN. The outfit’s BBQ’d sausage pizza is out of this world.

  23. My tips for Birmingham, AL:

    FLIP Burger Boutique- One of the trendiest concepts in dining is found at Flip Burger Boutique located on Summit in Birmingham. Gourmet burgers, shakes, and sides are the main feature at this restaurant with an interior that could double as a posh nightclub. Flip is on my family’s list of ‘must-do’s’ when we visit Birmingham.

    McWane Science Center- This downtown Birmingham attraction is perfect for children of all ages…even adults! One can easily spend the day marveling at the Center’s exhibits, most of which are very interactive. And take in an IMAX movie for the total experience!

  24. My tip is to check Groupon, Living Social, and AmazonLocal for dining deals. Deals are available for just about every major city.

  25. Chicago, Illinois. The lake front at night and navy pier during the fireworks is a great date night.

  26. Farmer’s markets in Birmingham, AL because the food there is better than store bought stuff.

  27. The Providence Rhode Island Seafood Festival is just around the corner, Sept. 7-8 and features good food, drinks and music. Best of all – admission is free!

  28. Savannah, GA Dining Tip: The best restaurant to dine at in Savannah by far is the River House Seafood & Bakery! Not only is the food delightful but the view is as well. They offer delicious food at reasonable prices and the staff is very well trained and courteous to everyone. The atmosphere is casual but fun and they have a house drink in a snifter that you get to take home as a souvenir!

    (If you ask for samples before you order they are more than happy to serve you whatever you would like to try! They also sometimes have a waiter outside handing out $5 coupons, so take advantage! I am from Wisconsin but often go to Savannah to visit my brother who is in the Army and is stationed there!)

    babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

  29. If u ever go to NYC, never look like a tourist! always bring someone who knows what they are doing, otherwise you will be targeted.

  30. Chicago, IL– a little off the beaten path, but so worth it, try the food at Feed! Especially the mac and cheese!

  31. Savannah, GA….I live about 100 miles South from there.
    It’s rich in history….I would take the old town trolley tour. I think Fall/Winter would be the BEST time to go…when it’s a lil cooler AND the sandgnats aren’t as bad. (WISH/HOPE for a breeze-these lil pest BITE!) If ya like Paula Dean….be sure to check out
    And if you like ghost stories….be sure to take the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour
    HAVE FUN! =)

  32. Myrtle Beach, SC: Have fun and party hard, but don’t forget the sunscreen or you’ll regret the entire thing!

  33. Providence, RI Dining Tip: Craving something different? Try some authentic Guatemalan cuisine at Mi Guatemala Restaurant on Atwells Avenue. Carne asada, rice, guacamole, beans, and fresh handmade tortillas taste great with a frozen drink or licuado de fresa (strawberry smoothie)-or just enjoy a beer. Great decor with plenty of tv’s on hand so you can watch the latest soccer games too! Bring a little bit of Guatemala to you… check it out at-1049 Atwells Ave. Providence, RI 401-621-9147.

    (even though I am in Maine, I go there at least 3x a year lol… the owner is my former landlord, a great guy, and very good food… service can be slow sometimes because it is usually full on the weekends, so go early, order an appetizer, and enjoy your food when it comes, the portions are huge!)

  34. johnson city tennessee ,u have to go a reataurant called ryans wonderful food and desserts and check the great mall out also the best churches ,if in winter time make sure to dress warmly gets very snowy and cold

  35. Savannah- Check out the cemeteries – The movie and book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, were based on one of the cemeteries. There is some really neat history in Savannah w/o the kids even knowing they are learning! Headed to Savannah for the 5th time in October! Love Savannah!

  36. My tip is to go to Splash Kingdom Waterpark if you are visiting Shreveport, AL.

    lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

  37. Thrifty Ice Cream at Rite Aid in Socal (only Rite aid’s that were Thrifty hav this). Can’t beat In-N-Out in California, Nevada, and a few locations in TX.

  38. We had a lot of fun at the Walker’s Drive-In in Jackson, Miss. Their menu has a huge variety of dishes, and there is something for everyone.

  39. We go to Mobile Alabama many times throughout the year. The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Museum is located there and when you go you are in for a treat. Not only does it have everything about Science but also has the most amazing IMAX shows you can imagine. Perfect for the whole family!

  40. I was blown away by the Farmer’s Market in Savannah, and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the city. It’s in a famous park called Forsyth Park (the biggest in the city), and is surrounded by historical districts. If you’re visiting Savannah, you can spend Saturday morning at the Market and have breakfast and coffee, then walk the beautiful historical districts.

  41. Mobile, AL. Head there around Fall. It’s not too hot and humid but perfectly warm. Maybe check out Bayfest which has music from every genre. I would say visit The Shed for some amazing BBQ while you’re there but I recently heard they closed their Mobile location 🙁

  42. The Pier House Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC on the Boardwalk has great food and a great view of the water.

  43. Dinner & Entertainment in one place. T he Cherokee Inn in Jackson, MS serves home styled food and they have live music almost every night. Plus, it’s been locally-owned and operated for more than 50 years. THey must be doing something right!

  44. My tip is for Orlando. I get a hotel that serves breakfast for free and fill up before we hit the theme parks. Also take along your own fruit and water to save on money through out the day

  45. Visit Myrtle Beach, SC during spring break and bike week. That’s the best time to party in this city.

  46. When in Syracuse, New York go to Kitty Hoynes. Really good comfort food like shepherd’s pie and potato skins.

  47. My tip is for Orlando Florida. Eat breakfast outside the theme parks and stay at a hotel that offers breakfast. Saves time and money.

  48. Going to Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream in Mobile Alabama is like stepping back in time, and how I would imagine things being back in my parents day. The have a great selection of ice cream and will let you sample whatever flavors you wish.

  49. Mobile, AL is real close to Gulf Shores. There is a resturaunt there called Lulu’s..It is wonderful

  50. I live in Louisville, KY. My tip for an amazing meal is a little place downtown called Doc Crows. One of the best kept secrets in town.

  51. Savannah, GA – Make it your St. Patty’s Day destination. They die the river green and the party is cranking.

  52. Myrtle Beach, SC tip: Go during “off season” so you don’t have to fight for a piece of beach 😀

  53. I live in las vegas. My tip is to go to town square for shopping and for dining. Going to Kabuki is a must. Its a japanese restaurant great for any budget and tastes greatt!

  54. House of Blues (concert/events venue) in Myrtle Beach, SC
    I love going to concerts there because it’s more intimate than a huge coliseum and a great atmosphere.

  55. Looking for authentic southern BBQ in Savannah, GA? Check out Wall’s BBQ 515 E York Lane– they have been there for 50 years serving up old school okra, collard greens, mac and cheese, ribs, crab cakes, pulled pork, and be sure to try their deviled crab. This is the real deal. You will get the best food you ever had served to you on a styrofoam plate with a plastic fork. You won’t be disappointed.

  56. Providence RI has free events called Waterfire on select Saturday nights. Downtown they have pyres of fire burning in the middle of the river and thousands of people are walking around and they sell food.

  57. My tip is for Myrtle Beach, SC
    Dining: Definitely stop by the beautiful Brentwood Restaurant! It has fabulous seafood and is a lovely place!

  58. San Francisco has so much to offer. They have fine cuisine restaurants of course as well as a food truck court with so many food trucks in a family type park. There are also nice Dinner Theatres. The nightlife is great, there’s something for everyone. The farmer’s market at Fisherman’s wharf and on the waterfront includes everything from fresh fish to chocolate and sourdough bread made in S.F. Ghiredelli’s chocolate of course is based in San Francisco and the street it’s on smells like chocolate. There is definitely something for everyone.

  59. Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI is a fun place to go. They have really good food, I would suggest the wings and burgers.

  60. I CHOSE DAYTONA FL
    FIRST THE DINER ARE
    TICO TOCO FOR FAMILY MEXICAN RESTAURANT NEAR THE BEACH
    FOR ADULTS THERE IS THE OCEAN DECK THEY HAVE DINNER THERE FOR GATOR BITE
    THE NIGHT LIFE FOR ADULT I S THE OYSTER PUBGRILL THEY HAVE SPECIAL POSTED ON THERE SITE AND THEN
    ENTRANMENT
    THE BECH IS ALL OVER AND GREAT FOR ALL
    AND THEN THE TRACK IS THERE AND THEN IF YOU GET A SPECILA YOU CAN CAN GO TO FAN FIAR ON FIR
    THE FARMER MARKET WITH IN REACH ADN IT RETRO VINTAGE

  61. Bars/Nightlife- the Bars in Prague, Czech republic but booze is not expensive tip: dont flash your cash

  62. I love going to NYC, and we plan in advance for which shows we will be going to and we purchase them in advance also.

  63. Tip for Daytona Beach, Florida

    I live just north of Daytona and there are so many cool things to do in this city. Daytona Beach is well know for the Daytona International speedway, home to the Daytona 500. Nascar gives tours daily and there is also a super car show held at the speedway every Thanksgiving weekend. It is calledf the turkey rod run. http://www.turkeyrun.com/aerial_photos.html

  64. Molly Darcys in Myrtle beach is a great Irish pub right on the water. Great views and great grub. Try their “Whiskey Wings”.

  65. Tip is for Myrtle Beach ( attractions)

    If you want to avoid the crowds at the beach on the strip, check out Myrtle Beach State Park Beach instead! It has a mile of Grand Strand Beach with the low cost of camping and nowhere near the crowds the hotel/strip portion of the beach has.

    http://www.myrtlebeachstatepark.net/

  66. Where ever you go always try and by local and support the little mom/pop businesses in the city/town that your in.

  67. The best place to eat after a night out in Providence, RI is the Haven Brothers food truck right downtown next to town hall. They’re open late and have delicious burgers!

  68. In Providence, there is a very unique soft serve ice cream truck – it is totally vegan! It’s called Like No Udder. Even if you aren’t vegan, you should find the truck and try the creamy and delicious ice cream!

  69. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine

    Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert

    Description: This is the most famous restaurant in Syracuse. It also has sister restaurants in Rochester and NYC. Both of those restaurants are on Trip Advisor. This is the original restaurant.

  70. In Providence you should try the East Side Pocket. African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern cuisine! Yummy!!

  71. Myrtle Beach, SC
    The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce announced Five time Grammy Award Winning Blues Guitarist Buddy Guy as the headline performer for the 2013 Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival in October

    TWO Decades of Seafood, Blues, and Jazz at the Beach

    Now entering its 20th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues and Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is “blue-sier”.

    A weekend of non-stop musical talent, the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival features live jazz and blues performances on two stages. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region.

    This two-day festival takes place along the scenic Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military Recreational Area in Kure beach. Enjoy browsing at the Fine Arts Plaza, shopping for crafts, listening to music, and fine wine tasting. Children will stay entertained for hours as they enjoy magicians, juggling acts, clowns and much more in the Kidz Zone.

    This is a family festival appealing to all ages.

    Festival attendees are invited to browse the arts gallery, shop for crafts, taste fine wines and enjoy fresh seafood prepared by some of the finest local restaurants.nwood.

  72. Endless Summer Festival
    Saturday, Oct 26 10:00a
    North Myrtle Beach Main Street
    North Myrtle Beach, SC
    A street festival celebrating Endless Summer in North Myrtle Beach. 5,000+ people enjoyed arts, crafts, food and live entertainment from local, regional recording artists. Summer Never Ends in North Myrtle Beach.
    5,000 attendees expected.

  73. 30th Annual Taste of the Town
    Tuesday, Oct 22 4:00p to 10:00p
    Myrtle Beach Convention Center
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Come and enjoy the Grand Strand’s premier culinary social event of the year, and delight your palate with samplings of specialty menu items from 50+ local area restaurants! In its 30th year, this annual event is Myrtle Beach’s largest food festival, with attendance of over 10,000 people, and is proudly presented by St. Andrew Catholic School.

  74. Just an hour away from Mobile, AL is The National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, AL.
    Join us for the 2013 National Shrimp Festival! October 10th – 13th!
    The Annual National Shrimp Festival presented by Zatarain’s and sponsored in part by our wonderful sponsors, is held each year during the second full weekend in October on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Thanks to our all of our generous sponsors the event is FREE to everyone! The Annual National Shrimp Festival is held at the public beach access in Gulf Shores where Hwy. 59 ends and intersects with Hwy. 182.

    The festival is one of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals attracting 250,000 people, featuring over 250 vendors that offer fine art, arts & crafts, a retail marketplace, outdoor world, and of course, SHRIMP!! Two stages offer continuous musical entertainment while the little one’s attention is captured in the Children’s Activity Village where they create their own “art” and participate in other fun-filled activities.

    This year enjoy our first ever Shrimp Festival Idol Contest taking place Saturday on the west stage from 10:00am – 12:00pm. This contest will feature the best of the best youth talent from Baldiwn County, AL.

    Want to know which local restaurants to eat at? Be there on Saturday when we announce the winners of our 6th Annual Restaurant Challenge on the east stage at 3:15pm. Our wonderful sponsors are known to throw out some very unique and cool beads during this announcement. Get yours exclusively!

    Get the entire family involved in the family friendly sand sculpture contest. This will be held on Saturday beginning at 11:00am on the west end of the public beach. Prizes include cash and trophies! There is something for everyone at the festival. Go ahead and book your stay today! See you in October!

  75. Savannah Food & Wine Festival -Savannah, GA
    Scheduled for Nov. 11-17, the festival will feature celebrity chefs, guest winemakers including Rob Mondavi Jr., cooking demonstrations and competitions for cooks, bartenders and wait staff.

    • Festival dinners and wine tastings will be held in restaurants around the city, as well as in the downtown streets. The main event, Taste of Savannah, will be based in Ellis Square and will feature food and wine booths, music, chef cooking demonstrations and competitions for bartenders and wait staff.
      Another festival event, the River Street Wine Stroll, will be held on the waterfront.

  76. The Savannah Music Festival is great! See it at The Johnny Mercer Theatre 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Savannah, GA 31401. As well as other venues throughout the city.
    Thanks for the contest.

  77. Savannah GA Mrs. Wilkies Kitchen a hidden gem of good southern cooking served family style. Only open for lunch band worth the wait in line for it.

  78. Providence, RI

    Harry’s Bar and Burger

    Wanna good food and awesome vibe? Go here. It is fun and a great location!

  79. When in Syracuse, NY, you should check out the farmer’s market. Or if you around at the end of August, the great New York State Fair! There is SO much to check out including the butter sculpture, lots of different booths to check out and rides. There is so much to do, you could spend 2 days there!

  80. Mobile, AL
    Farmers market tip from their FB page credit to http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

    “To prevent moisture loss, store fruits and vegetables separately
    in a paper bag, perforated plastic bag, or ripening bowl on the
    counter away from sunlight.
    Ripening fruit in a bowl or paper
    bag can be enhanced by placing an apple with the fruit to be ripened”

  81. When stopping in New Westminster, BC a must try is Hon’s Wun Tun House. Known for it’s quality food, visitors literally come for miles to eat there and with a small quaint space it is not unusual for a few minutes wait but the service is fast and the food is great!!

  82. When you visit Mobile, take the kids to the Exploreum. There are lots of hands on things for them to try and a great Imax theater.

  83. Providence, RI-
    Food Festival

    If you are going to be in Providence, RI on September 7-8 2013 you won’t want to miss The Rhode Island Seafood Festival at India Point Park. Entrance is free and you will be able to taste the finest in seafood Rhode Island and southern New England has to offer. Restaurants, breweries, wineries, local companies and artists will be there to celebrate the end of Summer. Live Music throughout the day!

  84. In Pigeon Forge, TN go to Old Mill restaurant and the little shops across the street for amazing fudge and ice cream.

  85. My favorite is , Go to Paula Deen’s Resturant Savannah, GA. I wouldn’t know where else to eat in Savannah, GA and I think the thing with boycotting everything Paula Deen went absurdly too far. If everyone who said something wrong in their lifetime wasn’t allowed to make a living, we’d all still be living in caves.

  86. Myrtle Beach piers have lots of sharks underneath and the fisherman are always catching the babies. I wouldn’t go swimming near them

  87. When visiting my hometown of Penacook NH I would recommend a visit to Chiefs Pizza. It’s the best Greek pizza you will ever have!

  88. When in Syracuse, check to see who is playing at the Carrier Dome. A great venue for concerts.

    Looking to shop? The Carousel Mall is a great place to shop for the whole family.

  89. I never been to any of these cities..I have a tip to research all cities weather so you know when is the best time to go! thanks

  90. I Seattle you can get a Seattle Tour Saver Pack which is filled for 2 for 1 coupons to many attractions-can get online or near Seattle Aquarium on the Waterfront

  91. When traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio make sure you stop in for one, or few of these if you have time. If your looking for entertainment and attractions Cincinnati is the place to be!

    Attractions:

    “The National Underground Railroad” which is a museum that pays tribute to all the efforts to abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people.

    “Cincinnati Children’s Museum” which offers entertainment and learning for children of all ages. Also, includes The “Omnimax Theater” which is a theater that is shaped as a dome that covers the whole entire room. You can watch educational movies that puts you in the middle of the action, and feels as if you’re really whitewater rafting down a waterfall. This is one of the neatest places I’ve ever been too!

    “Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad” which lets families travel back in time, and ride on a 1930’s train, while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Kids of all ages will enjoy this place. They even have trains such as the Magic Train, Clifford’s Big Red Train Ride, A Day Out with Thomas, and others. The Great Train Robbery, All Steamed Up, Civil War Train and additional themed rides delight adults and families. Polar Express during Christmas, Easter Bunny Express, and Pumpkin Patch Express.

    “Creation Museum” which brings the Bible to life. Families can enjoy 70,000 sq. feet of Adam & Eve live in the Garden of Eden, Dinosaurs that roar near Eden’s Rivers, Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and tons more!

    Festivals:

    “Oktoberfest” in October which offers six blocks of German music, 30 vendors serving close to 200 dishes, games, and of course tons of beer! They sell around 800 barrels or 1.6 million ounces each year at Oktoberfest.

    “Ohio Renaissance Festival” open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day. They perform over 100 shows each day in the 16th Century English village. Rub elbows with nobility and be entertained by hundreds of costumed performers, or cheer your favorite knight to victory as he competes for the queen’s honor. Your family will be able to enjoy story telling, strolling musicians, dancers, and more. Plus, you will be able to feast like royalty on juicy roasted turkey legs, fresh-baked bread bowl stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, and a variety of the finest beers and wines. They even have a unique marketplace with more than 130 merchants.

    Dining:

    “BB River Boats” which is VERY POPULAR in our area! This is an amazing experience for any family! You can enjoy a relaxing cruise, while choosing from one of the different cruises they offer such as (Brunch Cruise, Lunch Cruise, Dinner Cruise). These cruises last a few hours. You can board in the evening and return in the moonlight. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and be able to sightsee outside of the boat if you wish, while enjoying a delicious dinner while on the cruise. You will be able to listen to bands play live. They offer a variety of food. This place is very family friendly, and affordable!

    Places to stay:

    “Great Wolf Lodge” which offers themed rooms, huge indoor waterpark with waterslides, lazy river, water play area for smaller children, arcade, shops, and even dining! You will also get discount tickets to other local attractions such as Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo.

    *Kings Island is the largest Amusement park in the Midwest full of attractions, and waterpark for the whole family to enjoy. Including, the Dinosaurs Alive area where you can see all the life size dinosaurs that ever roamed earth! Planet Snoopy for the smaller children. This place is affordable and well worth it for families of all ages! There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

    *The Cincinnati Zoo is a beautiful place to enjoy with the most beautiful animals, reptiles, mammals, etc. there’s even a petting zoo for the little ones. In May you will be able to see the zoo babies! This place is somewhere I’ve always enjoyed visiting, and taking the family. I even chose to go there for my 22nd birthday! You can enjoy this place for a great price for the family! General admission tickets run from $10-$15 and $8 for parking!

    ***These two also offer special activities, events and themes during holidays***

    Bars:

    “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar” this place just opened a few years back. Of course the country music sing Toby Keith owns it. They offer delicious food, live entertainment, and a nice dance floor! There’s a lot of famous country acts that play here. Sarah Evans will be live there in September.

    “Bobby Mackey’s” (13 mins away from Cincinnati) is a nice little country bar that everyone should definitely visit once in their lifetime! For ages 18 and up. There’s a mechanical bull that you can ride, or try to ride 🙂 This place is known to be haunted, and was even featured on “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel. They offer haunted live tours daily! You can enjoy live performances by the Bobby Mackey band. Bobby is a traditional country singer who’s music can be compared to George Jones, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, and Hank Williams. These are some of Bobby’s friends that have frequent the bar throughout the years! You may even run into a country star, who have been known to visit the bar whenever in town such as George Strait, Toby Keith, and more! There’s a dance floor to get your boot scootin boogie on! Bobby is an awesome guy, and anyone that visits will really enjoy him. He’s a person who you can’t help but to love!

    Cincinnati, Ohio is definitely the place to be! There’s many popular clubs, and bars for the night light people to enjoy! Cincinnati is a great place to visit, and such a beautiful city to see, especially at night with the city coming to life with all the beautiful lights over the Ohio River. This place offers so much, that I promise your family won’t be bored while visiting. You might even want to check out a game of NFL Cincinnati Bengals football or MBL Cincinnati Red’s baseball game at the “Paul Brown Stadium”. Maybe even catch a concert at one of the local music centers. Whatever it may be I’m sure there’s something you will find for the whole family to enjoy! This is only a few of many, many favorites that my family, and I enjoy while living near this wonderful city! You won’t regret visiting one, or more of these that I’ve listed while traveling, or vacationing in or near Cincinnati! I couldn’t just pick one thing I loved about this city sorry! Even though it took about an hour to write I enjoyed it!

  92. When visiting Phoenix, AZ make sure to pay a visit to the Heard museum, a great place to learn all about Native American History in Arizona!

  93. When in St. Louis check out “The Hill” for the best Italian food. The Magic House has free nights and the Zoo is always free.

  94. Myrtle Beach- Make sure to visit the Skywheel and Broadway at the Beach. Also, the restaurant Damon’s. Best Prime Ribs and Sirloin on the beach!

  95. When visiting downtown Detroit , Make sure you stop at the GM building ( Renaissance center ) because you can take a free tour and get to take an elevator to the top.

  96. Angello’s restaurant in Myrtle Beach has a wonderful Italian buffet and has great early bird prices.

  97. If ever in Mobile Alabama, you must try “The Palette Cafe”. It is a bit pricey but well worth it. It is inside the lobby of the Mobile Museum of Art, how cool is that?

  98. Tropical Gourmet Jamaican Restaurant in Dayton, Florida…the food is delicious. Generally speaking, I think when you go to a new city, you should look for the non-chain restaurants and focus on local food places.

  99. Hope Street in Providence is a fun area and I always love to visit locally owned shops and restaurants when I travel.

  100. Providence,RI. it fits under bars/nightlife but can also be fun for the whole family. Dave and Busters. They have FANTASTIC drinks (I recommend the watermelon snow cone) and their food is good! Big fan of the bacon chicken Mac and cheese. And then, you go play the games! Kids have to be supervised (thou sometimes they run rampant) but its so much fun for adults too. You get tickets which can be used for prizes but WAY better than those plastic chuck e cheese prizes. Stuffed animals bigger than you, I pads, etc. they have fun games too that you have on your phone but on a BIG screen like fruit ninja, cut the rope, and the old school coin flinging games, racing,shooting,etc. sign up for their email and they send you coupons where you buy so many game points, you get the same free, and some if their meals in the weekday evening, think weekend lunch, come with game points, so you essentially pay for your food and play for free!

  101. Daytona beach Florida has a huge farmers market at the city island library. The farmeers market runs from 8am to 1pm and the deals are great. The best smoothies ever and it’s on the water and there is a large park for the children to play. Bring a picnic basket, visit the market and enjoy watching the kids play at the park.

  102. Check out the MoonRiver Brewing Co in Savannah, GA! It is located in the historic district and dates back to the 18th century!

  103. In Daytona Fllorida for the racing fans The richard petty experience is great if you love driving and racecar experiences at the racetrack. Also another tip for dining check out Bubbu Gumps there Food and service are great there

  104. If traveling to Providence, they have lots of really great dance clubs! My favorites are “The Complex,” “Club Hell,” and “The Ultra.” The complex is my favorite because there are 5 different dance areas each with different types of music (hip hop, rock, techno, ect.) I grew up in RI and would go to these clubs on the weekends so I know they are great 🙂

  105. If you plan on taking a trip to Syracuse, NY, there is so much to see and lots to do, you’ll never get bored. Located in the southwest part of downtown Syracuse, you’ll find Historic Armory Square which offers galleries, shops, pubs, restaurants, clubs, and other attractions. It’s the night life district in Syracuse. Happy Endings is a coffeehouse that hosts live music where you can enjoy everything from soups & sandwiches, coffee & tea and cheesecakes & pies and The Blue Tusk is a hot spot in Armory Square that serves excellent beers on tap and in bottles, a large selection of wine and so much more. The list of things to do and places to see goes on and on. Syracuse, NY, is a great place to visit for sightseeing and nightlife.

  106. For San Francisco, check out SFGate.com’s top 100 Bargain Bites or 7×7.com’s 100 things to eat before you die.

  107. Park west of main street in Bozeman mt and walk down main and you’ll find food and fun for anyone

  108. We just got back from Myrtle Beach and had a blast. A nice place to eat for breakfast is the Compass Cove Rose. They have a nice breakfast buffet at a very reasonable price. Our favorite place that we ate at was the Farmhouse. It’s a small buffet that serves home cooked food. They leave all the food in the pots and pans and you just go around fixing your plate. The food was delicious and is a must visit when we go back. thank you!

  109. stay in downtown phoenix on the light rail – you’ll have easy access to museums, the best restaurants, and several farmer’s markets!

  110. My favorite tip for Providence, RI is to visit Roger Williams Park, which includes a nice zoo, botanical garden, accessible playground and natural history museum.

  111. doesn’t matter where you visit taking the bus is always cheaper and mostly reliable. you get to see the scenic routes of the city.

  112. My tip is to stay at the State Park instead of a hotel for your vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC. It’s right on the beach and you can shark fish, swim at the beach and do all the fun camping things like roasting marchmellows at the fire and tell ghost stories. It will be the most memorable vacation for you and the kids!

  113. Savannah, GA – Eat at Wiley’s Championship BBQ, 4700 US Highway 80 East, Savannah, GA 31410, Phone: 912-201-3259 Wiley’s Championship BBQ is a 15-minute ride from downtown Savannah on Whitemarsh Island (it’s pronounced Witmarsh.). The BEST

  114. So apparently my comment didn’t post last time. 😛 My suggestion was to visit the Children’s Museum in Jackson, MS if you take the little ones. 😀 Awesome hands on learning!

  115. My tip is Tybee Island GA- Tybee Island Marine Science Center since I live pretty close and my grandson is really into science, this is a great place

  116. Hmm…for restaurants in Mobile, AL, I would try Saucy Q, Blu, Cafe 615 (brunch), Royal Scam, The Brick Pit

    • Ooops, tip for Providence, RI: If you’re visiting during the summer and fall months, you must spend a Saturday evening at WaterFire, a unique bonfire festival held along the city’s three rivers.

  117. If you go to Las Vegas, NV stay in a hotel off the strip.. you can get them for a much cheaper price and you will save the headache of the traffic and people!

  118. I have been to Myrtle Beach but it was years ago so I don’t have any tips, but I do remember that the beach was very nice.

  119. Myrtle’s Market (Farmers’ Market)

    Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street

    9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

  120. my tip is for myrtle beach, s.c. and it’s to go to Cheeseburger in Paradise. . .great fried pickles and sweet potato chips, and of course burgers.

  121. When visiting Savannah, Georia, we really enjoyed the City Market. We spent a good part of the day visiting stores and we even enjoyed lunch at a small outdoor cafe. The stores are quaint and the overall atmosphere is warming.

  122. In Providence, there is a Street called Thayer St. This is located right near Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. There are so many restaurants there that cater to the inexpensive college student lifestyle. It is a safe, clean and family friendly part of the city.

  123. I recommend staying at Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, SC! it’s a great place to be! I go every year!

  124. if you are going to myrtle beach sc, check out big mike’s soul food for some home cooked southern yummy food, thank you! Also going to myrtle in the winter is fabulous, still pretty warm and it isn’t crowded.

  125. If you go to Las Vegas, NV stay in a hotel off the strip that has a shuttle to the strip. Traffic is crazy on the trip and trying to find parking in the parking garages is horrible.

  126. i havent been to myrtole beach s.c. in years but i would suggest going in september when it isnt as crowded and do some shopping because they put things on sale after august. also, there are outlet malls if you like that

  127. I have never been to any of these 10 cities so I don’t know what to answer here…:(

    so my tip would be for NYC. Don’t cab it. take the subway 🙂 It’s usually faster, especially during rush hour.

  128. Heading to Savannah, GA? Check out Elizabeth’s on 37th. Perfect touch of the south in your meal set in a mansion. The food is amazing! Looking for a farmer’s market? Be sure to head over to Forsyth Farmers Market, plenty of great vendors, lots of good produce and people.

  129. One of Birmingham’s best restaurants, IMO is Gianmarco’s Restaurant Homewood. It CAN be a little pricey, but worth it!

  130. If you travel to Myrtle Beach, my tip is to avoid going during Bike Week in May. It gets very crowded with motorcycles.

  131. Simcoe Ontario has a restaurant that has been in the top 10 in th world called the Blue Elephant.
    After a great meal, it’s the only town that every weekend night turns into a pub crawl. All the bars are with in 2 blocks, best times I’ve ever had!

  132. Rusty Pig BBQ
    BBQ Joint in Rincon from the Brunswick stew, its a BBQ soup!” (2 tips)
    “… they have the best BBQ around 🙂

  133. If you are travelling to Atlanta, the best thing to do is to take the MARTA train to any attraction, there are garages to park cars.

  134. Celebrate BAYFEST on October 4-6, 2013 with more than 200,000 guests in the streets of Downtown Mobile, Al. See over 125 live musical acts, engage in Family and Children’s activities, and enjoy great local foods! And here’s a tip everyone’s tired feet will appreciate – Park at the Mobile Civic Center for $5 and take a complimentary ride on the Wave to the festival!

  135. Try the 17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Savannah, GA for the best glass of teat ever (great on a hot day!) – and the blue plate special is great too!

  136. If you go to Portland, Oregon and are religious you should check out The Grotto. They have beautiful gardens!

    • ooops! I didn’t choose one of the listed cities.

      I’ve been to Savannah, GA, and the best dining is at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Great food and such southern hospitality!

  137. I was in Birmingham Alabama a while back and everyone kept talking about Jim’n Nicks Bar-B-Q. I can tell you the food is to die for. The menu has something for everyone, portions are great and you will probably leave with a doggy bag. All the sauce is home-made and the ribs are juicy and succulent. Your meal comes with a basket of cornbread that will make your taste buds get up and dance and they will refill it if you ask. I checked out the food at the other tables and my only regret was not being able to try everything on the menu.

    Better get there early because it packs up fast especially on a Friday night so expect a bit of a wait (it is worth the wait) if you don’t get there early.

  138. Providence, Rhode Island: Hope Street Farmers’ Market. Best farmer’s market in the area. Go early to get best produce, seasonal veggies, yummy baked goods, flowers, fish, cheese, lemonade, coffee and chocolate. Open Wed PM and Sat AM. Mostly vendors in tents but a few truck vendors too. Live music for the kids. Usually there are artists too.

  139. If you’re in Savannah Ga. during the Savannah Craft Brew Fest, you should definitely check it out. You can sample all kinds of craft brews. Good tastes, good fun!

  140. If you plan on going to any of the Disney parks in Florida, consider renting on the beach in Dayton Beach and drive to the park from there. The drive isn’t very long, and you still get to drive home after attending the parks and have the beautiful ocean at your disposal.

  141. Unfortunately, I’ve never visited any of these cities, but I look forward to reading recommendations from others, just in case I’m fortunate enough to take a trip to one.

  142. If you go to Myrtle Beach check out Myrtle’s Market! It’s the local farmers market! Open 9-6 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and you can find all kinds of cool things! In addition to in-season fruits and veggies you can also find things like plants, flowers, barbeque sauces and other homemade goodies! Definitely worth your time!

  143. If you are going to Savannah, Georgia and your looking for a fun food challenge head over to Angel’s BBQ for the extremely hot Voodoo Juice Challenge. If you just want some great BBQ without the heat, they have some of the tastiest in town.

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