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Chicago Adventures

Places to Visit/Things to Do


You’ve probably heard of or at least seen pictures of “The Bean”, one of the famous landmarks of Chicago. The Bean, a popular attraction officially known as Cloud Gate, lies in Millennium Park, which is one of the most famous parks in Illinois. It is a 110-ton stainless steel structure that looks like a bean. Millennium Park is famous for containing many art and architectural achievements, including the Bean. Many concerts and festivals are also held at Millennium Park. Aside from the Bean, visitors come to see the Crown Fountain, towers that face each other on either end of reflecting pool. The screens on the towers portray faces of over 1,000 Chi-town residents, which with the water spouts looks like they are spitting on passing visitors. Other reasons visitors flock to the park is for the concerts, picnic spots, and more. The park and most amenities within are free, but food vendors within charge. Millennium Park is open every day from 6 am to 11 pm.

 


Another very popular park is Grant Park, a 319-acre greenspace which stretches “in front” of Chicago. In the middle of the park, you’ll find one of the largest fountains in the world, the Buckingham Fountain. The fountain features 133 jets which shoot water up to 150 feet into the air during planned displays. These choreographed displays occur every hour during April to October from 9 am to 10:35 pm. If you get a chance to head here at night, you’ll enjoy the music and lights that accompany the fountain performance. Grant Park is also the site for many of Chicago’s most popular attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and more. Grant Park is open to the public daily from 6 in the morning to 11 at night. There is no entry fee to Grant Park or the fountain, but attractions within operate on their own schedules and prices.

 


The Art Institute of Chicago is not only one of the most popular attractions in Chicago, but it’s also one of the most famous art museums in the country. The museum features more than 300,000 pieces from around the globe in just its permanent collection. You’ll find tons more in temporary exhibits and collections. The pieces include paintings, drawings, sculptures, furnishings and designs, and much more. It features art from as early as the 13th century. One of the most popular collections at the institute is the impressionist collection, which features artists like van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, and more. The Art Institute of Chicago is located within Grant Park, nearby other popular attractions. It opens every day from 10:30 am to 5 pm and with extended hours until 8 pm on Thursdays. Entrance for adults costs $25 and $19 for the old and young (under 18).

 


If you’re bringing your kids with you on the Chicago adventures, you must bring them to Navy Pier. Stretching out onto Lake Michigan, it features ton of family-friendly fun and entertainment. One of the main attractions of the pier is the 196-foot-tall Ferris wheel. There’s also a carousel and other rides. After you’re done going on the rides, you can play at the 18-hole miniature golf course. The Chicago Children’s Museum is also located within Navy Pier, so that’s another attraction you have to visit while at the pier. Navy Pier also features the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where adults and kids both can watch shows. Throughout the pier, you can find concerts, shows, and special events for holidays. Depending on the time of year, you can view impressive firework displays. Navy Pier is popular because of its beautiful views and variety of activities, but many visitors are hesitant about the steep prices. Rides can cost anywhere from $5 to $50 per ride. Stores, eateries, and other amenities also charge hefty prices at the pier.

 


Do you enjoy being around animals? If you do, Lincoln Park Zoo is the place for you. At the zoo, you’ll find many animals made up of dozens of species, from sloths to zebras. You can find the animals in their own special zoo-created habitats, such as gorillas in the Regenstein Center for African Apes. Not only are there gorillas, but there plenty of other large mammal species found at the zoo. If you’re bringing kids with you, take them over to the Farm-in-the-Zoo exhibit. Here, they can interact with barnyard animals like goats, pigs, cows, and more. Unlike most other zoos, Lincoln Park Zoo doesn’t charge a fee for entry. No matter your age, admission is completely free. If you bring your own vehicle, you’ll have to pay a pretty steep parking fee, starting at $20 per vehicle for up to 2 hours of parking. The zoo is open every day from 10 am to 4:30, but it can also close at 5 or 6:30 pm depending on the season.

Best Way to Tour Chicago, IL

  • The best way to tour the city of Chicago (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every need. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • Water Tower Place – Water Tower Place is a 74-story skyscraper that is a mixed-use urban shopping center. The building, rising almost 900 feet in the air, features over 100 stores and plenty of dining and entertainment options.
  • The Shops at North Bridge – Another popular shopping destination is the Shops at North Bridge. It is comprised of a mix of clothing, jewelry, and make-up stores, along with plenty of great restaurants
  • Woodfield Mall – Woodfield Mall is not exactly in Chicago; it’s in one of its suburbs known as Schaumburg. The mall is the largest shopping mall in the state of Illinois, and one of the largest in the country.
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab –Perhaps one of the best sit-down restaurants in Chicago is Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab restaurant. The American restaurant is rated the #1 fine dining restaurant in Chicago by tripadvisor in 2018.
  • Smoque BBQ –The Smoque BBQ is a popular local joint in the city. The American Barbecue restaurant is a fan favorite. This is why its rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Chicago by tripadvisor in 2018.

  

Have fun in Chi-Town!

 

Fun in Fairbanks, AK


Places to Visit/Things to Do


One of the most popular landmarks of Alaska is the aurora borealis, also known as northern lights. The lights can be seen during the months of September to April, during which countless visitors come to watch the light show. Several companies give tours of the beautiful lights. Some companies like Ben Boyd’s Alaskan Northern Lights Tour and the Northern Alaska Tour Company offer varieties of tours, from night tours to driving tours up to driving tours leading up to the Arctic Circle. The evening tours run from about 9 pm to about 4 in the morning and costs about $75. The trip to the Arctic Circle starts at $269 per person.

 


The Chena River State Recreation Area is a popular site for outdoor activities. In the warmer months, hiking, kayaking, camping, and more are offered on-site. In the winter, visitors can ski and participate in other snow activities. The recreation area is not only good for sports and outdoor activities, but it’s also a good place for family get-togethers and parties as there are campgrounds, pavilions, and picnic areas. Chena Lake, which is inside the recreation area, is an enclosed lake perfect for the kids to splash around in. The Chena River State Recreation Area is open throughout the warmer months, but several trails and activities are not available during the winter. Chena Lake is open all year 24 hours a day. The beaches of the lake are closed throughout the night. There is no admission cost, but camping can cost anywhere from $10 to $45 per night. If you want to rent a boat, it can cost about $10 to $20 for each day. For parking each day, it’ll cost about $5 to 10 per vehicle.

 


The Museum of the North, which is located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, is Alaska’s only teaching and researching museum. It features art from historic ages, from over 2,000 years ago. The 1.4 million artifacts include paintings, sculptures, and more. The most famous artifacts are the 36,000-year-old Blue Babe bison and Alaska’s largest public display of the state’s gold. The museum’s main purpose is to showcase the animals, people, and history of Alaska, as well as to display the unique art located on the second floor of the museum. Throughout the summer (June 1 to August 31), the Museum of the North is open every day from 9 am to 7 pm. From September 1 to May 31, they close 2 hours earlier (9 am to 7 pm) from Monday to Saturday. Entrance for adults is $12 and $7 for kids under 15.

 


Pioneer Park, one of Alaska’s most famous theme parks, is a combination of fun and learning about the history of Alaska. Several museum, including the Alaska Native Museum, the Pioneer Museum, and the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum display the state’s history. For a look into the past, Pioneer Park features historic houses and a model of the steamboat. The park is also fun for kids, as it offers a train ride, a few other rides, mini-golf, and a play area. The park is open every day all year, but some attraction might be closed at certain times of the year. During the summer, they are open from noon to 8 pm and from noon to 6 pm during the winter. There is no admission fee to the park, but some attractions might charge a fee.

 


Who doesn’t love the beautiful outdoors? Explore Alaska’s crops throughout the Georgeson Botanical Garden, part of the School of Natural Resources and Extension from the Fairbanks campus for the University of Alaska. The garden was founded in the 1900s by Christian Georgeson. It was originally an experimental garden to learn about which plants are suitable for growth in Alaska’s climate. Even today, the garden continues on with the purpose it was founded on, as well as hold events for the community’s benefit. One of the more interesting things about the garden is the large hedge maze, but what is unique about it is that there is a poem written by local students at each dead end of the maze. The garden is free to enter, but donations are accepted. The garden is open every day from June 1 to Labor Day from 8 in the morning to 8 at night.

Best Way to Tour Fairbanks, AK

  • The best way to tour the city of Fairbanks (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every need. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit the website (promptcharters.com) to book your rental bus today!

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • Bentley Mall – Fairbanks is not known for its many malls, as there is only a few. The most popular one is the Bentley Mall, known as the northernmost mall in North America. It only features a few local stores and services, but it’s a convenient place to shop.
  • Lavelle’s Bistro – If you’re looking for a great sit-down restaurant, Lavelle’s is the place to go. The contemporary American restaurant is known as Fairbanks’s most popular fine dining restaurant, according to tripadvisor in 2018.
  • Wolf Run Restaurant – Another popular fine dining joint is the Wolf Run Restaurant on Wolf Run, Fairbanks. If you enjoy great food, you must visit Wolf Run. It is rated as the best restaurant behind Lavelle’s by tripadvisor in 2018.
  • Pump House Restaurant & Saloon – The Pump House Restaurant & Saloon is known as one of the most local restaurants in the city. The American restaurant features a lot of seafood, but there are also vegetarian options. It is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Fairbanks by tripadvisor.

 We hope you enjoy Fairbanks!

 

The Chattanooga Vacation

Places to Visit/Things to Do

Chattanooga has several popular historical sites and landmarks. The most popular is Lookout Mountain, a mountain ridge that partially separates the city from the state of Georgia. The mountain was a battle site during the Civil War, but today offers trails, caves, and paths for visitors to explore. On the Georgia Side, you can visit the Rock City Gardens. This is a pathway from which you can observe gardens, trails, and a view of 7 states. The 90-foot waterfall is one of the most picture-worthy spots on the mountain. There might not be a more beautiful view in Chattanooga than this.The picturesque spot costs $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for kids aged 3 to 12. Prices are more value if bought in a package with other Lookout Mountain attractions like Ruby Falls and the Incline Railway.

 

If you enjoy the presence of animals, you should head over to the Tennessee Aquarium to learn more about their interesting creatures. The public aquarium, opened in 1992, features many exhibits on river and ocean animals, birds, and more. They also offer interactive shows and events. What’s interesting about the aquarium is it follows a theme of a raindrop traveling from a mountain stream to the bottom of the ocean. It’s called the “River Journey Exhibit”, and visitors follow the raindrop through a forest, to the Tennessee River, and eventually into the ocean. At each stop, they meet new animals, ranging from land to river animals. Some popular animals you can spot during the journey are penguins, sharks, otters, stingrays, and more. The Tennessee Aquarium charges an admission fee of $29.95 for adults and $18.95 for kids aged 3 to 12. Those who are under 3 get in for free. They are open from 10 am to 6 pm, so you have plenty of hours to explore the interesting attraction.

 


There’s a lot of outdoor activities on Lookout Mountain. From trails, caves, and pathways to gardens and beautiful views, it has it all. Within a cavern of the mountain, you can find Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls is a 145 foot underground waterfall. What’s even more interesting is that it was found completely by accident in the early 1900s during construction. Since it is located 1,120 feet below the mountain surface, it is America’s largest underground waterfall and the cave is the deepest commercial cave in America. Visitors can take an elevator down to the attraction, where’s there more to do than just look at a waterfall. There’s a lookout tower, a ziplining location, and a place for the kids to play. The Ruby Falls are open every day from 8 am to 8 pm all year. For adults, tickets cost $18.95 and $10.95 for kids aged 3 to 12. Packages with other attractions are also available, but for a steeper price.

 

  • Bluff View Art District


Do you consider yourself an artistic or creative person? If you do, you might want to visit the Bluff View Art District. The neighborhood, which is just over a block, is filled with public works of art. You might be able to draw inspiration from here for your next drawing. The district features three art institutions, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, and The River Gallery. The largest and perhaps the most popular is the Hunter Museum of American Art. It features 3 buildings, each holding art from different times. The other two gardens together feature paintings, sculpture gardens, many paintings and drawings, antiques, and much more. The Bluff View Art District doesn’t have specific operating hours, but attractions and amenities within do. There are no fees to explore the neighborhood, but most attractions within do charge an admission fee.

 


Are you looking for a way to get to Chattanooga’s famous landmark, Lookout Mountain? The most memorable experience is the Incline Railway, which is considered one of the steepest passenger railways in the world since it is on a nearly 73 percent grade track. The railway leads to views from Lookout Mountain’s highest point. The railway attraction is in the St. Elmo historic neighborhood. Several popular attractions lay close to the railway, including Point Park, the Battles for Chattanooga Museum, and more. The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is open from 9 am to 7 pm every day. The price for adults is $15 and $7 for kids aged 3 to 12. Combo packages with other attractions are also available.

Best Way to Tour Chattanooga, TN

  • The best way to tour the city of Chattanooga (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit the website (promptcharters.com) to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Places to Shop/Eat

  • Hamilton Place – If you’re looking for a great place to shop, head over to Hamilton Place. This shopping mall is the largest in the city as well as one of the largest in the whole state. With over 200 stores and services, as well as many restaurants, it’s no wonder why the mall is so popular.
  • Warehouse Row –Another mall, although much smaller, is Warehouse Row. They feature more local and private businesses and services. If you’re looking for a unique place to shop, Warehouse Row is the move.
  • John’s Restaurant – One of the most popular, sit-down restaurants is St. John’s Restaurant. The American restaurant is both vegetarian and vegan friendly. St. John’s is rated the #1 fine dining restaurant in Chattanooga by tripadvisor in 2018.
  • Uncle Larry’s Restaurant – Uncle Larry’s is a popular restaurant serving local, tasty food. The American restaurant is known for its seafood dishes. Uncle Larry’s Restaurant is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Chattanooga by tripadvisor in 2018.

 

Have fun in Chattanooga!

 

How to Enjoy Halifax, NS

Places to Visit/Things to Do


The Citadel is a hilltop that looks over downtown Halifax. In previous years, the Citadel was a military spot, with four forts occupying the hill since 1749, housing British soldiers under the command of Colonel Cornwallis. The current fort dates back to the mid-1800s. At the Citadel, visitors can explore the passages and learn about the city’s history of wars. Halifax played important roles in several major wars, such as America’s War for Independence, American Civil War, and World War I and II. For more history, visit the on-site Army Museum. If you come around lunchtime, the traditional noon gun is fired. Free guided tours of the fort are led by members of the 78th Highland Regiment. There is no admission or fee for entrance or tours. The Citadel National Historic Site is open daily, but hours change upon the season.

 


Halifax contains much from the Victorian Era. The Halifax Public Gardens is a prime example. The serene gardens were established in 1867, and it features manicured flower beds, peaceful pathways, a beautiful gazebo, and more. The Halifax Public Gardens is a popular picnic spot within the city. A major reason the gardens are so popular is that it provides a peaceful haven from the city life. During the spring, summer, and fall, they open daily from 8 am to dusk. The gardens are closed from December to the middle of April. There is no admission costs, so you can enjoy a quiet, peaceful time without paying a dime.

 


The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and one of the largest maritime museums in Canada. It makes perfect sense that it belongs in Halifax, where ages of maritime activity took place. In the past, Halifax used to be a haven for pirates and plunderers of the seas. It also played a large role in both World Wars. The highlight of the museum is the exhibit of the Titanic sinking. The exhibit includes artifacts from the ship and offers more information on the incident. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 5 pm, with extended hours on Tuesdays. On Sundays, they open at 1 pm and close at 5 pm. Entrance costs about $5 to $9 for adults, with the exact price depending on the season.

 


Known as Canada’s oldest Protestant church, St. Paul’s Church was founded in 1749 by English King George II. The place of worship features beautiful architecture and design, both inside and outside. St. Paul’s was modeled after another church in England, the St. Peter’s Church in London. Within the church, you can still find pieces of history from both Protestantism and the city of Halifax. The church welcomes visitors from Monday through Friday from 9 in the morning to 4:30 in the evening. Free guided tours of the attraction are available, but you must call ahead to set tour times. There is no entrance costs to St. Paul’s Church.

 

  • Province House


The Province House is a three-story Palladian building that is the oldest house of government. It is the place where the Nova Scotia House of Assembly has gathered since 1819. Guided tours of the legislative building are offered for free. In the tours, one can learn about customs and the area’s government history. The Province House welcomes visitors every weekday from 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. During the months of July and August, extended hours are offered. To explore and learn about this historical, government building, there is absolutely no cost. If you have time, you shouldn’t miss checking out the Province House.

Best Way to Tour Halifax, NS

  • The best way to tour the city of Halifax (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit the website www.promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • Halifax Shopping Centre – The Halifax Shopping Centre is the city’s main shopping center of the city. It features over 160 stores and services, as well as plenty of dining options. The mall is also the host of several events and activities.
  • Mic Mac Mall – The Mic Mac Mall is the largest shopping mall of Atlantic Canada. It’s located in the nearby city of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It also features over 160 stores and services, as well as plenty of places to eat at.
  • Stories Fine Dining – Everyone enjoys a great sit-down restaurant meal at some point or another. The Stories Fine Dining is known as the #1 fine dining restaurant in Halifax by tripadvisor in 2018. This is a great place to eat a meal with your loved ones.
  • Fredies Fantastic Fishhouse – The Fredies Fantastic Fishhouse is a popular seafood, fast food joint. The Canadian restaurant provides great local food to all visitors. They are rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Halifax by tripadvisor in 2018.

 

Have fun in Halifax!

 

Have Fun in Quebec City, QC

Places to Visit/Things to Do


Quebec is one of the oldest European establishments in Canada as well as throughout North America. Located around and near the St. Lawrence River is where the first French colony was founded, as we know it today as Old Quebec. The historic neighborhood gives off an interesting flare, mainly due to what’s within. It features historic sites that have been revamped with more modern characteristics. One such site is the Quartier Petit-Champlain, the oldest shopping district on the continent. Here and throughout other areas of Old Quebec, you can find various shops and dining options. Another popular attraction located in Old Quebec is the Citadel (read on). While exploring Old Quebec is free at all hours, some attractions may charge an entrance fee during their operating hours.

 


If anyone is interested in colonial history, they should visit the Battlefields Park. Also known as the Plains of Abraham, this is where the French was forced to surrender Canada to England. Today, the 267-acre park is where one can enjoy fresh air as they gaze at historical features of the park. A popular section of the park is the manicured gardens and the Joan of Arc Garden. The park also features the Plains of Abraham Museum, where you can learn about the history of the strip. Battlefields Park is open every day of the year for the whole day. Although there is no price for the park, the Plains of Abraham Museum charges a slight fee ranging from $10.50 to about $13 for adults.

 


The Citadelle is the largest English-built fort in North America. It took over 30 years to build and has been active since 1850, when it housed British troops. Today, it is the home of the Royal 22 Regiment (R22R) of the Canadian Armed Forces. If you want to learn more about the regiment or the Canadian Armed Forces, a museum is located on-site. It offers an insight on the military as well as displays various artifacts. What’s more unique about the fort is the tours. Not only are they guided, but they’re guided by soldiers from the Royal 22. The tour, as well as entrance to the museum, is included in the price of entry. Admission for adults costs almost $13 and almost $5 for kids under 18. The Citadelle is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm during May through October; during the months of November to April, they open at 10 am and close at 4 pm.

 


The Aquarium of Quebec is a popular, public aquarium in Quebec City. It features more than 10,000 marine animals, including fish, reptiles, amphibians, and more. Popular animals include polar bears, walruses, seals, and more. The Aquarium of Quebec is not only features marine animals, but it also features a variety of activities. During the sumer, you can picnic or get wet during the water games. During the winter, use the aquarium’s illuminated walkways to explore. The Aquarium of Quebec is open from 9 am to 5 pm during June 1st to October 8th 2018.  From October 9th to May 31, 2019, the aquarium is open from 10 am to 4 pm. Adult admission is about $30 and about $15 for kids under 18.

 


One of the most cultural and artistic places in Quebec City is the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre. This basilica is a beautiful honoring of St. Anne, the patron saint of Quebec. While the outside of the basilica is beautiful, the inside is even more breathtaking. Inside, you can find different architecture styles combined with many mosaics and 240 stained glass windows. The Basilica of Sainte Anne is open daily from 8 am to 5, 5:30, or 9 pm (depending on the season). There is no cost of admission, but donations are graciously accepted. Keep in mind that this is still an active house of worship, so plan your visits so you don’t disturb any gatherings and meetings.

 

Best Way to Tour Quebec City, QC

  • The best way to tour the city of Quebec City (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit the website (www.promptcharters.com) to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • Old Quebec – Old Quebec is one of the most iconic places to shop and eat within Quebec City, due to its historic appeal. Inside the neighborhood, you can find several sections for great shopping and a cup of coffee.
  • Laurier Quebec – Laurier Quebec is one of the largest malls in Canada. It is also the largest mall in Quebec City in terms of the number of stores, featuring over 300 tenants. Other than amazing shopping, you can find a great deal of restaurants and quick bites here.
  • Les Galeries de la Capitale –Galeries de la Capitale is another huge shopping mall, the largest in Quebec City in terms of land space. This is not to say they don’t have many stores, as they feature 280 tenants.
  • Place Sainte-Foy – Place Sainte-Foy is an upscale shopping center located in Quebec City. They feature over 135 tenants, 5 of which are anchor tenants. They feature tons of name brands stores as well as some luxury brands.
  • iX pour Bistro – The iX pour Bistro is a popular, international sit-down restaurant. They have a variety of exquisite items on their menu. The bistro is rated the #1 fine dining restaurant in Quebec City by tripadvisor in 2018.
  • Chez Rioux & Pettigrew – Chez Rioux & Pettigrew is a popular local French restaurant. Their items on their menu are mostly made of local ingredients. Chez is rated the #1 local cuisine in Quebec City by tripadvisor in 2018.

 

Enjoy Quebec City!

 

Vacation in Vancouver, BC

Best Places to Visit/Things to Do


A popular outdoor attraction is Stanley Park, Vancouver’s largest urban park. The park is almost 1000-acres, giving you plenty of room to enjoy. It features many things to do, such as beaches, trails, and more. The special attraction at Stanley Park is the Seawall. The Seawall is a wall with the purpose of preventing erosion from Vancouver’s waterfront. If you’re bringing kids to the attraction, you might want to check out the park’s outdoor water park and an outdoor pool. There are also playgrounds and a little train that chugs through some of the forest. Stanley is also the host to several performances throughout the year, especially during the warmer months. Stanley Park is open all day every day. There is no admission to the actual park, but certain amenities might cost you.

 


Another popular park in Vancouver is the Queen Elizabeth Park, bringing in more than 6 million park goers every year. The 130-acre park features plenty to do such as a rose garden, a rock garden, and an arboretum that holds more than 1,000 local and international trees. The Bloedel Conservatory, which houses more than 100 exotic birds and 500 tropical plants, is also located within Queen Elizabeth Park. The park also offers spectacular views of the city, as it sits at the highest point in Vancouver. Queen Elizabeth Park is open all day every day. There is no admission into the park, but parking will cost money. During different times of the year, parking can range from about $1.90 to about $2.70 per hour. If you choose to pay per day, it will cost about $5.40 to $10.

 


If you enjoy beautiful nature, you must visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Among all their exhibits and sections, its hedge maze is one of the most popular among visitors. Another major attraction within the garden is the Laburnum Walk, where you can walk between nature’s beauty. The whole garden can explored by just yourself, or you can take a guided tour that is included with the price of admission. The VanDusen Botanical Garden is open every day, although hours change depending on the season. Admission for adults ranges from about $6 to about $7.80, also depending on the season.

 


If you enjoy the great outdoors, you should head to Grouse Mountain. The main views visitors flock to the mountain is for its beautiful views of Vancouver. Other than the gorgeous views of the city, there are plenty of activities to do on Grouse Mountain. Grouse Mountain was originally used only for skiing, but many more activities have been added. While skiing is still one of the things to do, there are also trails, zip lines, a skating pond, a wildlife refuge, and more. The Grouse Grind, a trail that’s almost 2 miles long, is also located on the mount. General admission to Grouse Mountain sits at about $34 for adults and about $19 for kids. This fee covers many of the activities on the mountain, except Grouse Grind. Grouse Grind is free to hike up, but hiking down is not allowed and visitors must take the Skyride back down for about $7.70. Grouse Mountain operates 365 days of the year, from 9 am to 10 pm.

 

  • Vancouver Aquarium


Who doesn’t like animals? Take the time to learn about interesting aquatic creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium. Vancouver Aquarium is a very large aquarium, featuring over 50,000 different animals comprised of 734 different species. The aquarium features several exhibits that represent different habitats, from icy tanks to the Tropic Zone. A popular exhibit is the Graham Amazon Gallery, where you can watch sloths and tree frogs hide under the canopy during the simulated rainstorms. Located within Stanley Park, the aquarium is open every day from 9:30 am to 6 pm. For parking in Stanley Park, you will have to pay (read above “Stanley Park”). Admission for adults costs about $30 for adults and about $23.10 for kids 13 to 18. For kids aged 4 to 12, admission costs about $17.

Best Way to Tour Vancouver, BC

  • The best way to tour the city of Vancouver (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit www.promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

 

 

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • Gastown – Gastown, one of Vancouver’s oldest areas, is filled with restaurants, pubs, cafés, artists, fashion shops, and more. If you’re fine with a bit of history with your meal, head to Gastown.
  • CF Pacific Centre – If you’re in the mood for some serious shopping, visit the Pacific Centre Mall, the largest mall in the downtown Vancouver area. The mall features over 100 stores, many of which are located underneath the surface.
  • Oakridge Centre – Oakride Centre Mall is one of the most luxurious places to shop at in Vancouver. The mall features over 150 stores, some of them being luxury and big name brands. Other than shopping, you can find theatres, a food court, and a play area for the kids.
  • Richmond Centre Mall – Richmond Centre Mall is another huge place to shop at in Vancouver. The mall is home to many stores, services, dining options, and more. If you plan to shop at many stores on one trip, Richmond Centre Mall might be the place to go.
  • Blue Water Café – Blue Water Café is one of the most popular sit-down restaurants in Vancouver. The Japanese restaurant serves a variety of dishes, with many seafood options such as sushi. Blue Water Café is rated the #1 fine dining restaurant in Vancouver by tripadvisor in 2018.
  • Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro – Everyone loves a great local restaurant to eat at. This restaurant serves food cooked with fresh ingredients grown locally. Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Vancouver by tripadvisor in 2018.

 

 Have fun on your trip!

 

The El Paso Vacation

Places to Visit/Things to Do


If you’re looking for an entertaining amusement park, look no further. Head over to Western Playground, a family amusement park located in nearby Sunland Park of New Mexico. The 30-acre amusement park was originally built in 1960 in El Paso but was moved to its new location after 2006. The park features plenty of rides that entertains all ages, from the little ones to the more mature. Western Playland has interesting hours, with different hours on different days and seasons. For pricing, there are two options: One price bracelets, or admission plus the price of each ride ticket. For one price bracelets for those 42 inches and taller, it costs $21.21. For those 34 go 41 inches, the admission costs $16.60. If you choose the second pricing option, admission will cost you $5 plus each ride ticket of $2.50.

 

  • Franklin Mountains State Park



    El Paso has a multitude of outdoor activities. One of the more popular ones is the Franklin Mountains State Park. Franklin Mountains State Park is an almost 25,000-acre park, with its highest peak reaching over 7,100 feet. The state park is the largest state park in the country that lies completely within city borders. The park headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The Tom Mays Unit is open every day, with the gate open from 8 am to 5 pm. Extended hours are in use on weekends of April to September. Admission into the state park is very minimal, at only $5 for adults. For kids under 13, it’s free. If you want to book an adult group, contact the park for special pricing.

 


Who doesn’t admire beautiful art? The El Paso Museum of Art a popular art venue located in downtown El Paso. It was founded almost60 years ago, back in 1959. When it became accredited in ‘72, it was and remains to be the only accredited art museum within a span of over 200 miles. Each year, the museum attracts near 100,000 visitors each year, making it one of the most popular art museums in Texas. The El Paso Museum of Art is open from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. On Thursday, they are open from 9 am to 9 pm and from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays and major holidays. Hours for certain exhibits and collections vary. Admission into the El Paso Museum of Art is free, so you can admire the beautiful art without a price.

 


Another popular historical site of El Paso is the Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site. Basically an oasis within a desert, the rock basins (aka Huecos), has been providing the areas with water. The park is popular for offering ancient rock imagery, spots for picnics, and 20 campsites. The 860-acre park is a popular attraction among both locals and tourists. To behold this site, it costs $7 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The park is open from 8 am to 6 pm throughout the months of October to April. During the months of May to September, the park is open from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday and from 7 am to 7 pm Friday to Sunday.

 


The El Paso Zoo is a popular attraction within the city. The 35-acre zoo is home to more than 200 species of animals, including endangered species such as the Amur leopard and Aruba rattlesnake. Other popular animal exhibits include elephants, lions, orangutans, and more. Since its opening in 1930, it has been serving as one of the best things to do while in El Paso. The El Paso Zoo is open every day from 9:30 to 5 pm. They are closed on major holidays. Tickets will cost $12 for adults, $9 for teens, seniors, and active military personnel. For children aged 3 to 12, the zoo tickets cost $7.50. You can’t leave El Paso without visiting this zoo first.

 

Best Way to Tour El Paso, TX

  • The best way to tour the city of El Paso (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses.
    Visit www.promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Place to Eat/Shop

  • Cielo Vista –The Cielo Vista is the largest mall in El Paso. They feature over 140 stores, including 5 anchor stores. Some stores include American Eagle, Apple, Banana Republic, Dillard’s, GAP, H&M, Hollister, Michael Kors JCPenney, Macy’s, and much more. They also feature easy eating options such as Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Olive Garden, and more.
  • Bassett Place – Another amazing place to shop in El Paso is the Bassett Place. Like Cielo Vista, Bassett Place is a large shopping mall, but not as large. They features 80 stores, featuring 4 anchor tenants. Some stores include Marshalls, Target, Ross, Victoria’s Secret, and much more. They also feature great dining options within their food court.
  • Sunland Park Mall – The Sunland Park is another large mall in El Paso. The Sunland Park features one of the largest store amount in El Paso, coming in at 130. At the mall, there is so much to visit and do. From stores to entertainment to dining options, Sunland has it all.
  • Café Central –Café Central is one of the most popular sit-down restaurants in El Paso, Texas. The American-International restaurant is both vegetarian and vegan friendly, as well as items that meat-loves will love. Café Central is rated the #1 fine-dining restaurant in El Paso by tripadvisor in 2018.
  • Kiki’s Restaurant & Bar – “Kiki do you love me?” We’re sure they will, but we guarantee that you will love them. The local restaurant is a perfect place to eat Mexican and Hispanic foods. Kiki’s Restaurant & Bar is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in El Paso by tripadvisor in 2018.

 

 

Enjoy your Vacay!

What to Do in Lubbock, Texas

Places to Visit/Things to Do


If you’re looking for a fun time at an amusement park, head over to Joyland Amusement Park. Joyland is a small family-run, family-owned amusement park located inside Mackenzie Park. Originally founded as Mackenzie Park Playground in the 1940s, Joyland has attracted thousands of visitors, making it one of the most popular attractions in Lubbock. They feature over 30 rides and attractions, perfect for any age groups. Joyland operates in the months of March to September. Like many small-scale amusement parks, they charge per ride instead of all-access admission. After purchasing general admission, each ride costs $2.75 or a group of 10 for $20.

 


Lubbock has an interesting selection of entertainment. In a way, the Buddy Holly Center is one of them, and it’s probably the most popular as well. Ever hear of Buddy Holly, the pioneer in rock ’n’ roll music. The center showcases many things he owned, including his guitars and person items. The Buddy Holly Center is also a performance and visual arts facility. You can catch unique performances here. For the Buddy Holly galleries, adult admission is $8, $6 for seniors above 60, $5 for children under 18 and for students, and free for kids under 7, museum members, and active military personnel. The fine arts gallery has free admission. The Buddy Holly Center is open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday through Saturday. On Sundays, they open at 1 and close at 5 pm. On Mondays and major holidays, the center is closed.

 


Many cities in Texas have many historical sites. The Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark may be the most popular one in Lubbock. Also known as the Lubbock Lake Landmark, it is an important archaeological site that is proclaimed to offer 12,000 years of history. The 336-acre site, a protected state and federal landmark, is said to contain evidence of extinct and endangered animals, as well as ancient peoples. The Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 pm on Sundays. The landmark is closed on Mondays and major holidays. There is no admission fee to this site.

 

  • Museum of Texas Tech University


Do you like art? Do you like science? What about nature? Get all of this in one destination at the Museum of Texas Tech University. The museum is another popular attraction in Lubbock, Texas. The museum is made up of several “departments: the Moody Planetarium, the Lubbock Lake Landmark, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, and the Val Verde County research site. In the main building, the Moody Planetarium, you can find countless items belonging to the areas of art, science, geography, and so much more. You can also watch unique performances and observe interesting exhibits here. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and from 1 to 5 pm on Sundays. On Mondays and major holidays, the museum is closed.

 

  • Mackenzie Park


Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? If so, Mackenzie Park would be perfect for you. Here, you can find a multitude of activities, such as golf courses, gardens, and even the Joyland Amusement Park (read above). Mackenzie Park is also the home of the Prairie Dog Town, an attraction featuring Texas’ prairie dogs and more. Mackenzie Park is open to the public 24 hours 365 days of the year, unless there is an emergency event.

There is no price of admission to enjoy most amenities of the park, but certain events and attractions may cost money. If you have spare time on your hands, Mackenzie Park is perfect for those looking to enjoy time outdoors.

Best Way to Tour Stamford, CT

  • The best way to tour the city of Stamford (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit www.promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

 

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • South Plains Mall – South Plains Mall, the largest shopping mall in Lubbock, is a popular shopping destination among both locals and tourists. This shopping mall features stores like Dillard’s, American Eagle, H&M, JCPenney, Sears, and more. They also feature plenty of dining options
  • Kingsgate Center North – Kingsgate Center North is one of the two Kingsgate Malls in Lubbock. It features stores like Chico’s, Talbots, and more. They also feature great, cheap dining options such as Chipotle, Pei Wei, and more
  • Kingsgate Center South – The second of the Kingsgate malls, Kingsgate Center South is literally across the street from Kingsgate Center North. There stores are combined and include the same listed above. Their dining options as well are combined.
  • Double Nickel Steakhouse –Who doesn’t enjoy a great fancy meal? Have one at the Double Nickel Steak House, a popular fine-dining joint. The American steakhouse is rated the #1 fine-dining restaurant in Lubbock according to tripadvisor (in 2018).
  • The Shack –What a great name for a great restaurant! The Shack is a popular local restaurant in Lubbock. The American barbecue restaurant is rated the #1 local restaurant in Lubbock by tripadvisor (in 2018).

 

 

Enjoy your Vacay!

How to Enjoy Charleston, SC

Places to Visit/Things to Do


Middleton Place, built in 1755, was the home of Arthur Middleton, one of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence. Today, you can find historic items like furniture and portraits inside. On the property, there is also a stable that houses heritage bred animals. You can also watch re-enactors show how life in the 18th century used to be. The real attention-grabber are the gardens. The gardens are modeled after traditional French garden. You can find the 65-acre grounds filled with beautiful flowers and plants. After you’re done exploring the estate, you should grab a bite to eat at the Middleton Place Restaurant, a local restaurant on site. Admission to the Middleton Place is a bit steep, costing $28 for adults $10 for kids aged 6 to 13. This price includes a guided walking tour and a chance to explore the large gardens. If you want to tour the house, you might have to pay extra. Middleton Place is open daily, from 9 am to 5 pm.

 


You remember sitting in history class while the teacher taught about the Civil War? If you remember, the first shot was fired here, at Fort Sumter back in 1861. You can see where history happened by taking a ferry to the fort. At the fort, you can find stone caverns, cannons from the Civil War-era, and even a museum that talks about the role of the fort during the war. All this does came at a price. Exploring Fort Sumter itself is free, but the ferry ride costs $21 for adults and $13 for the young ones aged 4 to 11. We recommend purchasing your ferry tickets ahead of time, as they might get sold out depending on the season.

 


If you prefer more nature than trimmed gardens, head over to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. This place is perfect for those who love avid nature. The house is worth the visit, with a gorgeous interior. There is also an Audubon Swamp Garden, where you see gators, turtles, and otters. There is also several trails where you can go jogging or ride your bike. For the kids, there is also a petting zoo. The house and gardens are open every day from 9 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. November through February. From March to October, they are open from 8 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening. General admission costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids aged 6 to 12. General admission gives you access to the gardens, the conservatory, the orientation theater, the peacock café, the petting zoo, and more.

 


The Nathaniel Russel House was built by Nathaniel Russel in the early 1800’s. Russel was a rich Southern businessman. The historic house is mostly known for its famous spiraling staircase. Other popular features of the estate is the furniture and gardens. You can join a tour of the property, which are held every 30 minutes. The tour teaches you about the Russel family and slaves of the household. The property is open from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening from Monday through Saturday, and from 2 to 5 pm on Sundays. The last tour for each timings is held at 4:30 pm.  Entrance for adults costs $12 and $5 for the kids.

 


Although it is only 3.3 square miles, Sullivan’s Island is one of the most popular attractions in Charleston. Located at mouth of the Charleston harbor, Sullivan’s Island is home to beaches, great restaurants, interesting stores, and more. If you don’t enjoy beaches and the other activities, you can spend your time learning about the history of the area. You can learn about Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island’s first fort. It withstood a 9-hour battle in 1776 due to its soft exterior causing cannonballs to bounce off. Edgar Allen Poe was also stationed at this fort from 1827 to 1828. Some of his short stories were based from Sullivan’s Island. If you’re interested in visiting Sullivan’s website, you should stay updated with the things you want to do, as some activities are not available every day.

 

Best Way to Tour Charleston, SC

  • The best way to tour the city of Charleston (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit www.promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

Best Places to Eat/Shop

  • Charleston City Market – The Charleston City Market, although a bit of a tourist trap, is an interesting place to shop. Here, you can find vendors selling toys, clothes, special goods, and more.
  • The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place –If you’re looking for an upscale shopping center, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place is the place to go. It features luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and more.
  • Charleston Farmers Market –The Charleston Famers Market is the perfect place to shop if you’re looking for fresh produce, meat, and goods. Choosing a good place to eat here might be tough, as so many of them smell and taste so good!
  • Halls Chophouse – There might not be a better sit-down restaurant in Charleston than Halls Chophouse. The American steakhouse is rated the # fine-dining restaurant in Charleston by tripadvisor (in 2018).
  • Swig & Swine – Swig & Swine is an American bar and barbecue restaurant. It is a favorite among both locals and tourists for its tasty, local-based food. It is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Charleston by tripadvisor (in 2018).

  

Enjoy your Charter Bus Vacation!

 

Things to do in Des Moines, Iowa

Things to Do/Places to Visit


For those looking for entertainment in Des Moines, head over to the Des Moines Civic Center. The Des Moines Civic Center is a 2,500+ seat facility owned and run by the Des Moines Performing Arts. The Des Moines Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization for art. They present world-class productions and performances, such as the Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Family Series. Also, you might be able to catch famous performers and bands here. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. The Civic Center is closed on the weekends and major holidays. Pricing depends on the performance and show.

 


The Des Moines Art Center is a popular art museum, which was founded in 1948. The center features world class art pieces, paintings, and sculptures and statues. Also impressive is the architecture of the building, combining different forms of art architecture styles. The galleries feature exhibits from famous artists like Matisse, Monet, and several more. The center features large collections of both temporary and permanent collections. Temporary exhibits usually are displayed in the main gallery for anywhere from one to three months. Unlike many other art museums, the Des Moines Art Center has free admission. The art center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 am to 4 pm. On Thursday, they are open from 11 am to 9 pm. On Saturday, the museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm; and on Sundays, they open at noon and close at 4 pm. They are closed on Mondays and major holidays.

 


Do you enjoy sports? Des Moines has you covered with their Wells Fargo Arena. Different teams with different sports play in the multi-purpose arena. One of the teams is the Iowa Wolves. They are an American professional basketball team that is affiliated with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. If you’re more of a football fan, catch a game of the Iowa Barnstormers. The Barnstormers is a professional indoor football team that compete in the Indoor Football League. The third and last team that plays at the Wells Fargo Arena is the Iowa Wild. An ice hockey team, they are affiliated with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Game times and ticket prices depend on the game, seating, and team.

 


What better historic place in Des Moines is there than the Capitol building? The Capitol building offers free guided tours, as well as the chance to walk around by yourself. Tours begin on the ground floor and work their way up. The capitol building was built between 1871 and 1886, showing a great example of beautiful architecture. The building’s style is made of Neoclassical architecture. Probably the most spectacular part of the building is the large center dome. The building’s dome is covered in beautiful 23-carat gold leaf. The Capitol is open from 8 am to 5 pm Mondays through Friday. On Saturday, they open at 9 am and close at 4 pm. The Capitol is closed on Sundays and major holidays. Tours are available during the operating hours.

 


If you’re looking for a zoo to visit while in Des Moines, head over to the Blank Park Zoo. Originally began as a children’s zoo in 1996, it is now the only accredited zoo in the state of Iowa. While there are many exhibits, some popular exhibits include the Discovery Center, the African Boardwalk, the Aquarium of the Discovery Center, and more. If you’re bringing your family to Des Moines, this zoo is one of the best places to visit, especially since the admission price won’t break your bank. For adult (13-64), the price is $14. For seniors, admission costs $3 dollars less, sitting at $11. Children aged 3 to 12 have to pay $8; and those under 3 can have fun for free. If you buy your tickets online, the cost is slightly lower. Through the months of May to September, the zoo is open between 9 am to 5 pm. October through April, the zoo opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm. They are also closed on major holidays.

 


The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is one of the most popular attraction in Des Moines. The 14-acre botanical was originally begun as a city greenhouse in 1939. Later in 1979, the botanical garden that is here today was established. The garden currently holds more than 1,200 various plants. The mission of the garden is “to celebrate and explain the world of plants.” Some popular collections include those of Bonsais and Orchids. Throughout the year, the garden also hosts occasions, such as Garden Growers, Story Sprouts, and Yoga at the Garden. Entrance to the garden for adults costs $10, $9 for seniors and military personnel, and $7 for children 4 to 17. Those who are members or under 4 enter for free. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is open every day for the public unless it is a major holiday.

 

Best Way to TourDes Moines, IA

  • The best way to tour the city of Des Moines (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!

Best Places to Shop/Eat

  • Downtown Farmers’ Market –TheDowntown Farmers’ Market is the place to go for fresh goods. Some of the food offered here by local farmers include fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, and cheese. There is also a great selection of fresh meat like chicken, goat, lamb, pork, and turkey.
  • East Village – This is another great place to shop in Des Moines. Here, you can find a variety of shops such as eateries, small-scale retailers, boutiques, home décor stores, and specialty shops. There are also several services offered here.
  • Jordan Creek Town Center –The Jordan Creek Town Center is a popular mall in West Des Moines. Here, shop the brands you love, eat the food you love, and spend time with the people you love. Activity-wise, there is a lot of entertaining things to do.
  • 801 Chophouse –Who doesn’t love food from a nice, fancy restaurant? Well, that’s what the 801 Chophouse is. 801 is an American steakhouse with a price of $$$$. It is also rated the best fine-dining restaurant in Des Moines by tripadvisor (in 2018).
  • Skip’s –Skip’s is a local restaurant that is a favorite of pretty much everyone who’s eaten there. The American restaurant is both vegetarian and vegan friendly. Don’t worry meat lovers; Skip’s has you covered! The restaurant is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Des Moines by tripadvisor (in 2018).

 

Enjoy your Vacation!