For a fantastic stay in the good ol' USA, look no further than our Blu Line tips - the inside track on the top things to see and do on our hotels' doorsteps - to successfully map out a classic all-American road trip.
Walking the Windy City
Andrew, the Concierge at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago recommends:
Tip 1: Visit the Chicago Riverwalk - an open, pedestrian waterfront located on the south bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. Spanning from Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street, it’s called the city’s Second Lakefront, after Lake Michigan, and is a great place to shop or grab a bite to eat.
Tip 2: Walk over to the Smith Stained Glass Museum at Navy Pier, a permanent display of 150 stained glass windows housed in an 800-ft.-long series of galleries along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall. The windows provide unique insight into Chicago's cultural, ethnic and artistic history.
Tip 3: See the Centennial Fountain - this fun attraction can be found on the north bank of the Chicago River in the Near North Side area. The Centennial Fountain features beautiful cascading waters and every hour on the hour, from May to October, the fountain shoots a massive water arc across the Chicago River!
On the streets of Philadelphia
Darlene, the Club Lounge Concierge at Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia suggests:
Tip 1: Dine at R2L - A restaurant atop one of the tallest buildings of the Philadelphia skyline. This location boasts 5-star American cuisine, and a full-service bar and lounge, private event space, and breathtaking views that you can’t find anywhere else.
Tip 2: Ever wanted to see how Thomas Edison’s brain looked? Check out Mutter Museum. Often overlooked by visitors, the Mutter Museum features medical oddities and anatomic specimens. Sponsored by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, this museum is sure to provide a unique and unforgettable experience.
Tip 3: Head to the Franklin Mortgage Investment Co. Despite its name, you won’t find investors or lenders in here. Dating back to the 1920’s, this underground bar is reminiscent of the speakeasies during the Prohibition era when alcohol was the country’s sweetest taboo. As the former home of one of the largest alcohol rings of all time, the cocktails remain delightful, and its history mystifying.
Not to miss in Minnesota
Harry, General Manager at Radisson Blu Mall of America advises:
Tip 1: Dive into SeaLife – SeaLife Aquarium located next door in Mall of America offers an hour-long snorkel program that allows guests to swim with stingrays and sharks.
Tip 2: Walk the Mayo Mile – No matter what the temperature is outside guests can take advantage of signage in Mall of America that leads you on a one mile, 5km, or 10km walk. The Mayo mile allows walkers to take advantage of a safe and climate controlled environment while doing something healthy.
Tip 3: Dine at the fresh, local, and sustainable FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar located in our hotel. The name FireLake derives from the “fire” used in the kitchen and “lakes” representing Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. Indulge in local Midwestern style flavors with a Mediterranean flair.
Tip 4: Experience the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge - The headquarters building graces the top of the bluff lands of the Minnesota River Valley and is only two miles from Radisson Blu Mall of America. The park is home to a large number of migratory waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife species.
Mini adventures in Minneapolis
Last but by no means least, here are the top tips from Kathryn, Sales Manager at Radisson Blu Minneapolis:
Tip 1: Have a photo opportunity (or photo bomb) with the famous Mary Tyler Moore statue, from the classic 1970’s American television sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which was based in Minneapolis. The statue is located only half a block from the hotel!
Tip 2: Shop until you drop at Macy’s department store, connected to our hotel via a temperature controlled skyway. Plus, take advantage of the fact that there is no sales tax on clothing in the state of Minnesota!
Tip 3: Laugh at our General Manager Steve’s favorite comedy spot, Acme Comedy Club, located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Tip 4: Bite into a juicy Blu Ox Burger stuffed with AmaBlu cheese and topped with bacon marmalade and ox tail ragu at FireLake Downtown Minneapolis restaurant, within steps of our hotel lobby.