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New York, Boston, Chicago, DC

I'm going on a 3 week trip with my friends to those cities. We already know about all the touristy stuff to do thanks to Frommer's and we will probably be going to a bar every night. We are also going to a baseball game in each city. I was wondering if residents of those cities could possibly give us some insight into some lesser known awesome things to do. Being a tourist every day will get old fast.
Old 07-11-2008, 06:30 PM wingedbuttmonkey is offline  
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Biggest thing is just really walking around and enjoying the people, energy, and seeing the sites. Be sure to use the subways, they are priceless! I have barely been in Boston myself, and want to go back.

Boston - Sunset Grill and Tap

DC - just walking around and enjoying the sites. If going to a museum, leave PLENTY of time.

NYC - all the touristy things, times square, statue of liberty is worth seeing, central park, soho (I think it's where all the bars are, not super familiar with the areas), canal street is somewhat interesting if you want to shop for random shit and fake brand names. Also either Empire state or Top of the Rock for viewing. I think the later is better as there is more things to see and learn on the way up, plus a clearer view since the top is much bigger and has glass instead of fencing. But Empire state clearly has a much better view since you are nearly dead center in teh middle of everything. Much more impressive as well based on teh amount of tall buildings you see.

Chicago - don't go to the original UNO, well it's ok, but not that big of a deal. I particularly didn't care for the pizza. I like the are around the creek/river though the middle, nice views, nice buildings, and of course the Sears tower and John Hancock are both worth visiting. Opposite ends of hte city, so unique views. Also walk up and down Michigan Ave.
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:47 PM Ezekial is offline  
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I've lived in Boston for 5 years during college so here are some of my suggestions:
*First of all, Boston is a VERY walkable city and if it's nice out spend as much time as you can walking so you can see the sights and such while you're around. If you are traveling far or the weather is hot/rainy, take the T (aka subway). I'm sure the travel guides have info about that but if you have questions let me know.
*If you want to go to bars there are a few good spots (in my opinion). Faneuil Hall area can be fun but a lot of the bars have covers of $5-$10 on weekend nights. It's also a little dressier/classier than some of the other bar areas in the city (but it's not fancy by any means). Boylston street is loaded with bars that have no cover charges and are fun. There is an after work crowd there in the early evenings then becomes a younger crowd for late night. There are also lots of bars by Fenway Park which can be a lot of fun but after games they can get pretty packed. They tend to be a little more expensive for drinks because of the location.
*My favorite pizza place/bar is Penguin on Huntington Avenue because it's in my neighborhood. $3 pizza slices (the slices are 1/4 of a pizza!) and a massive beer list. If you end up near the Museum of Fine Arts its just a short walk to Penguin.
*Fajitas & Ritas is a restaurant downtown that has really good mexican food. It's really cheap and there are cheap drinks too.
*If you want to go to the top of the Prudential building for spectacular views of Boston, I suggest going to the restaurant Top of the Hub for a drink. If you go to the restaurant you get the same views of Boston and can grab a drink for far less than the cost of admission to the observation level. Eating a meal at Top of the Hub, however, is rather pricey.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. If I think of more I'll come back and feel free to PM with any questions.
Old 07-12-2008, 02:31 PM PrettyInPink is offline  
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there's a good NYC thread already:

check it out for suggestions
Old 07-12-2008, 03:04 PM illig is offline  
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there is a cheap asian place near the chinatown metro stop in DC called Wok n Roll and it is amazing. I dont eat sushi, but m friends love it there.

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Old 07-13-2008, 03:31 PM Bernie Mac is offline  
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in NYC catch a show, the monty python one was great, get a bite to eat around the theater area, you pretty much cant go wrong.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:44 AM DHermit is offline  
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Don't go to fake ass DC chi-tow..... There are better places!
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