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The USA, land of the free and self-appointed protector of the world is an interesting amalgam of people, places and experiences. In many ways, it is a contradiction in terms. It’s united in so many ways, but the recent 2016 elections proved it’s completely divided. A so-called class-less society, there is an obvious split between rich and poor, black and latin. Yet there’s a patriotic fervor here like no other. It’s these tensions that make it an interesting study in humanity – the world looks to it for leadership, trends and ideas, yet they mock it for its exclusionary attitudes. Strange for a country that was a beacon of hope and attracted generations of new-comers to find freedom in the place that was originally (like Australia), a dumping ground for criminals and miscreants.

The best way to experience the United States is to split it up into manageable bite-sized chunks. Start with the obvious coastal cities and the bright lights of Vegas, and then start digging a little deeper to see what makes this such a weird and wonderful place to visit.

The Dark Past of the Eastern State Penitentiary

The Eastern State Penitentiary takes you back over 50 years to Philly’s darker times. We’ve been to plenty of prison destinations on our travels. Auschwitz, Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Colditz, Kilmainham and the old Melbourne Gaol to name a few, but the Eastern State is one of the best preserved and impressive for both its scale and innovative use of the space...

Dromedary, Bushwick’s best (and only) tiki bar

Cocktails and tiki bars, is there a better boozy combination? Dromedary Bar nails it in its edgy “urban tiki bar” manifestation. Brooklyn’s Bushwick is the current ground zero of hipsterdom meaning there’s no shortage of edgy dive bars and quirky themed experiences. Dromedary captures the essence of a tiki bar and crosses it over with comfy diner booths, couches and...

The Reading Terminal Market – A Foodie Destination

Discover foodie treasures and fare from another time and place inside Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. Original signage above LUHV Vegan Deli Situated in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, between the Jefferson Station and Chinatown, Reading Terminal is a local favorite for bites on the go and culinary essentials.  The indoor market first opened in 1893...

Getting the best start on November with the New York Marathon

You know it’s November when it’s peak autumn foliage and the New York Marathon. We’ve learnt that the two fall simultaneous on the first weekend of November and both tend to bring out the best in the city – amazing colors and an energy and positivity that speaks volumes for the true character of its residents. Across the five boroughs, of which the marathon weaves...

Seeking asylum on Roosevelt Island

For those seeking a little solace in the city that never sleeps, you can’t look past Roosevelt Island. Not Quite an Island Getaway For the last 150 years, Roosevelt Island has been a dumping ground for the sick, the mentally ill, and the criminally minded. From the 1830s, it was the home of the New York City Lunatic Asylum, a prison that housed notable historic...

Find your secret lair at the Brooklyn Super Hero Supply Co.

When you live in Gotham City, you’ve gotta look the part and at the Brooklyn Super Hero Supply Co.  you can dress to impress. If you were a super hero, what would be your secret power? For Bernie, it’d be the ability to spill coffee out of a sealed cup and for Jess it would be sensing a bodega cat from 20 yards away. We may not save anyone, but luckily we’re not...

The bright young star of the Cincinnati food scene – Sartre

From badlands to burgeoning foodie hot spot, get a taste for Cincinnati at Sartre. Located in the same building as Rheingeist, Sartre is the new kid on the block of the Cincy food scene. With a hint of sophistication and a twist of French flare, we were anticipating being taken on a culinary journey in a town that is now in the midst of a foodie resurgence. When...

From lobster to lighthouses, discover the best of Maine

Maine has always held a certain mystique with its glorious English coastal towns, lighthouses, lobster shacks and ritzy vacation homes. From Stephen King to Jessica Fletcher (The fictional detective from Murder She Wrote) balanced the region’s coastal idyll with darker thematics. It’s a strange tension point that is so far from the truth it worked. In reality, expect...

Happy Days in Milwaukee (even in snow and rain)

Milwaukee is not on a lot of travelers radars but we’re happy to say it’s worth the visit. To the outsider there’s not much on offer. Mmm beer and Happy Days, possibly the only cultural touchpoints they’re familiar with – or possibly Weezer due to their timeless Buddy Holly music video which also happened to reference Happy Days. So why visit...

A study in New Haven’s past and present

Yale University, famous pizza, early US history and it’s only an hour from New York are just a few enticing reasons to take a trip to New Haven, Connecticut. Situated on the northern shore of Long Island sound and accessible via the Metro North New Haven line, you can get from Grand Central to this Ivy League college town in about an hour. From the local Union...