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Skating in the Sky

Enjoy the gorgeous views of the John Hancock Observatory while skating to your heart’s content at Skating in the Sky. Overlooking picturesque Lake Michigan, this 99 square foot ice staking rink is a fantasy come true. Not only are the views spectacular but the temperatures are too! Loose your winter coat and skate in comfort.

Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises: architectural and skyline boat tours

Where did Miss O’Leary’s cow supposedly start the Chicago fire? Learn all that and so much more on Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises, which run about 45 minutes as you travel down the Chicago River. While the architectural and skyline boat tours are a big attraction for tourists, locals can get something out of this too. Enjoy a $5 beer while being regaled with historical tales of the Windy City, all the while relaxing on the boat deck. This isn’t a boring high school history lesson. The entertaining tour guide combines stories about well-known buildings with little-known facts. Architecture still not your cup of tea? Shoreline also organizes and hosts Fireworks cruises during the Summer months. Tickets typically start around $24, depending on what kind of cruise you choose.

Aja: Where Trendy South Meets East Cuisine

Aja is where Kim Zolciak and Kandi Burrus had their joint b-day bash on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, but if highfalutin, pseudo-celebs isn’t your thing, Aja Restaurant and Bar is a hit with all trendy Atlanta diners.

Housed in the former Emeril’s location in Buckhead, its two story frame is adorned with red and black Asian-inspired décor and wall art, of which a 10-foot brass Buddha – straight from Thailand – sits in the middle of the dining room as the main attraction. In the sleek open space, the second floor overlooks the downstairs lounge area where guests can people-gaze from up top.

You can’t have a modern Asian kitchen without the pan-Asian flavors of Dim Sum on the menu, which is just a sample of the 20 diverse cuisines including Chinese (Peking Duck), Thai (Thai Red Curry), Indian, Vietnamese and Japanese. Serving lunch and dinner, enjoy a sushi roll on your work break inside the private dining room, or sip signature Mai Tai’s during after hours while taking in the views of the beautiful Buckhead skyline on the sprawling outdoor lounge, where relaxing is the norm.

Described by its owner as a club-cum-restaurant – this hip establishment takes on a nightclub vibe in the late evening, as an in-house DJ spins your favorite mixes on Friday and Saturday nights.

Insider’s Tip: Offering new weekly specials every week ranging from ½ price bottles of wine on select nights and $5 sushi rolls during limited times, be sure to call ahead or check their website for exclusive discounts.

Perks Aplenty at Peaks Lounge

You’d think downtown Denver would be bursting with bars boasting panoramic views of the skyline and the Rockiegallery_57s beyond. Incredibly, you’d think wrong: Peaks Lounge, at the top of the Hyatt Regency, is the one and only—and well worth the price of admission (that is, the hefty drink tab).

Long, narrow, and lined with cozy banquettes, it draws as many canoodling locals as tie-loosening conventioneers, who soak up the sunset glow along with martinis accompanied by complimentary cocktail nibbles. But should something a little more alcohol-absorbent come in handy, the small menu of appetizers and desserts is quite a bit better than it has to be.

Skyscraper Museum

The Big Apple is known for rich culture, plays and its high-rise buildings. The Skyscraper Museum explores the ever changing skyline’s history, investment in real estate and design. The museum has many different exhibits including a commemoration of the original World Trade Center. The museum has also created the panels that are shown at Ground Zero. Showing the past, present, and future of New York is the museum’s goal, and they have succeeded.

Shoreline Sightseeing

It’s a sight for sore eyes, indeed, on the Shoreline Sightseeing’s famous Architectural River Cruise tour. You’ll travel the historic Chicago River, and see over 40 of the city’s edificial wonders. Embark on the Skyline tour to get a taste of the impressive urban scape, or feel the wind in your hair during a Water Taxi tour that’ll take you to the docks of the Navy Pier and other lake shore sites in no time flat.

See the Cells of Alcatraz on this Double Decker Combo Tour

The Double Decker and Alcatraz Combo Tour is a 5-in-1 packing providing you with the experience to see San Francisco’s best sights. It includes a fully narrated tour of the Golden Gate loop, including the bridge, views of the city’s skyline, the mansions of Pacific Heights, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Downtown, you’ll see Union Square, crPicture 6ooked Lombard Street, and even the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, all atop a double-decker bus.

You’ll want to get tickets a few weeks in advance so that you don’t miss the cellblocks of Alcatraz, “The Rock,” which was the home of Al Capone and other infamous mobsters. Featuring interviews with inmates and guards who actually lived there before the prison closed in 1968, Alcatraz is all the rage.

This is a hop-on, hop-off tour allows guests to shop and eat along the way. The Japanese Tea Gardens or Postcard Row is where the most famous of San Francisco’s “Painted Ladies” can be viewed- and, if you’re a Full House fan, you may recognize the sights from the show’s credits. For night owls, there’s even a special night loop.

One trip on the Double Decker and Alcatraz Combo Tour and you will have officially conquered San Francisco- well, kind of.

Ellis Island

When you are touring around Manhattan, there are a few things that have to be on your checklist of must-sees. Ellis Island is definitely one of them. This historic landmark will bring you right back to where it all started. Check out some of the recognizable names that have passed through this incredible port. You can even look up your own family’s genealogy. At Ellis Island, you’ll learn all about some of the unbelievable journeys people took to be a part of our country through film, photographs, and museum displays. The Wall of Honor is a sight to see as well. Overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline, The Wall of Honor contains over 700,000 names of immigrants. And it’s all free so how can you say no? Ferries leave from Battery Park and Liberty State Park daily.
For tickets and schedule information, call 1-877-LADY TIX or 1-877-523-9849 or visit www.statuecruises.com.