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10 Tallest Buildings in US

The United States has some amazing cities to visit and a grand collection of some of the tallest buildings in the world. Skyscrapers fascinate me and I love traveling around and seeing these massive architectural marvels. Obviously Chicago and New York have impressive skylines with 8 of the 10 tallest buildings in the US, but there are a few surprises in there. Check out this impressive list of giant buildings you can visit in the United States and see which are the tallest.

 

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The United States has some amazing cities to visit and a grand collection of some of the tallest buildings in the world. Skyscrapers fascinate me and I love traveling around and seeing these massive architectural marvels. Obviously Chicago and New York have impressive skylines with 8 of the 10 tallest buildings in the US, but there are a few surprises in there. Check out this impressive list of giant buildings you can visit in the United States and see which are the tallest.

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Wilshire Grand, Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ skyline welcomes another addition to their family of tall buildings when the Enormous Wilshire Grand Center opens up in March of 2017. This new build is an astonishing 73 stories high and reaches 1,099 feet tall. That is one story taller than the US Bank building, Los Angeles’s former tallest building. The Wilshire Grand becomes the tallest building West of the Mississippi river.

 

Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s skyline will be dwarfed by the Comcast Technology Center once its finished being constructed in 2018. The 60-story building will eventually be 1,121 feet tall. Condos and business leases are already available at great discounts, so get on it, if you want to live or work in this behemoth.

 

John Hancock Center, Chicago

The John Hancock building at one time was the tallest building the US standing an impressive 1,127 feet. The Hancock building does still have one record, with a swimming pool on the 44th floor, it’s the highest indoor swimming pool.   Take a dip in a pool that high and you are literally swimming in the clouds, pretty cool if you ask me.

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Aon Center, Chicago

Only a few feet taller than it’s neighbor the Hancock Building, the Aon Center in Chicago is one story taller at 83. Measuring in at 1,136 feet, the Aon Center was impressive when it opened in 1974 and still is quite amazing.

 

Bank of America Tower, NY

This Mid-town Manhattan behemoth is an even 1,200 feet tall and is relatively new. Recently finished in 2009, the Bank of America Tower revolutionized skyscrapers with its Green design and nominal environmental impact.

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Empire State Building, NY

Quite possibly the most famous building on the list, the Empire State Building has been fascinating tourists since 1931. A mind blowing 102 floors and standing at 1,250 feet, the Empire State Building is a must see when visiting the big apple. It was the world’s tallest building for 40 years.

 

Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago

Trumps tallest building on this list, Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is a gaudy display of wealth. The gold plated monstrosity was the tallest building in the US for 25 years, only recently losing that title. Trump Tower is 1,776 feet tall, a very American number.

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432 Park Avenue, NY

The tallest residential building in the world and second tallest in New York, 432 Park avenue is massive. 85 floors and 1,396 feet tall, this building won’t sneak past you.

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Willis Tower, Chicago

The former Sears Tower, Willis Tower is number 2 on our list but for 25 years, it was the tallest. Finished in 1973 ad standing at 1,451 feet, this massive tourist attraction is 108 stories.

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One World Trade Center, NY

America rejoice, the tallest building in the US may be the most important period. One World Trade Center is not only an enormous building, it is also the tallest memorial and monument ever built. Remembering the thousands who perished in the terrorist attacks on 9/11, One World Trade Center needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. Check out the 1,776-foot piece of art next time you are in NY.

 

Visit some or all of these massive buildings and see how truly magical and majestic they are.

 

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Incredibly Vibrant Neighborhoods to Visit

If you are looking for the most colorful and vibrant towns around the globe, look no further. Take a visual trip to your happy place in these incredibly vivacious scenes.

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If you are looking for the most colorful and vibrant towns around the globe, look no further. These neighborhoods are incredible vacation destinations with brightly painted homes and just the most picturesque locations you’ll ever see. Take a visual trip to your happy place in these incredibly vivacious scenes.

 

St. John’s, Canada

Check out what residents call “jellybean row” and see some beautifully colored row homes. The story on why these homes are painted so vibrantly goes all the way back to the towns origins as a fishing village. Apparently the town folks painted the neighborhood brightly so the fisherman could see the shore during the dense fog that plagues this region. So out of safety comes beauty, so cool.

 

 

Maafushi, Maldives

The Maldives is a beautiful island chain that doesn’t really need any help in the beauty category, but the little island of Maafushi is trying anyway. Nestled right next to the crystal clear waters are wonderfully painted buildings that look like candy. Imagine the views from this island. The colors here look like an Easter basket exploded and candy shrapnel is everywhere.  You won’t find neighborhoods like this in your home town.

 

 

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

This little district in Cape Town, South Africa is a huge melting pot of cultures, so it’s obvious that this place would be painted so vibrantly. Settled by Muslims this district has gone through many changes and they all can be seen in the Bo-Kaap museum. The pastel colored buildings will make any Instagram post an instant classic so visit colorful neighborhoods soon.

 

Colmer, France

Take a walk back in time, simply visit Old Town Colmer in France. The vintage looking homes are all half-timbered medieval buildings that are painted in pastel colors. Feel like you are walking through a fairy tale when you visit this wonderful town. Enjoy canal lined streets and wonderful old school charm.  These type of neighborhoods don’t come along everyday.

 

Gamcheon, South Korea

This little bastion of color has many nicknames like “The Machu Picchu of Busan or Korea’s Santorini. In 2009 the neighborhood invited artists to paint wonderful murals all over the artsy town. So now the buildings are all painted in pastel hues and are covered in elaborate murals. Come for the views and stay for the incredible amount of street art.  This town looks like god spilled a box of crayons and left them to melt in the sun, so cool.

 

Las Palmitas, Pachuca, Mexico

The entire district lives near the poverty level but that hasn’t stopped the locals from turning their neighborhood into a giant mural. The neighborhood used to have a real negative vibe but now people are happier and tourism has brought some much needed cash flow.

 

Burano, Venice

Located just 40 minutes from Venice, Italy, sits the beautiful little town of Burano. The homes here are all brightly colored and beautifully unique. The canals are lined with some of the most vibrant color displays you will ever see with your own two eyes. Take a leisurely stroll down a canal and you can expect to see roughly twenty different colored homes, each more spectacular than the next.

If you own a home in Burano and wish to paint, you must write to the government and they will send back a list of approved colors. Its like looking directly into a box of Crayola crayons.

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Up-and-Coming Travel Destinations for 2017

Tourism begins ramping up for the summer travel season and some up-and-coming destinations are putting in extra work to attract new visitors. Maybe you should avoid the usual summer hot spots and try one of these new trendy locations for a unique and memorable vacation.

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Tourism begins ramping up for the summer travel season and some up-and-coming destinations are putting in extra work to attract new visitors. Maybe you should avoid the usual summer hot spots and try one of these new trendy locations for a unique and memorable vacation. Take a holiday less expected and maybe you will discover your happy place.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

The best and most accessible destination to really see the Northern Lights, Reykjavik is a global city ready to explode. The Icelandic city is a wonderful vacation destination and Iceland has thrown plenty of money at the tourism sector. New hotels and resorts are popping up in some of the world’s most beautiful natural destinations. Come for the intense visual landscapes and stay for the geothermal pools, spas and resorts. The Icelandic people are wonderful and some of the most welcoming in all the land.

 

Hua Hin, Thailand

Are you tired of the overcrowded beach resorts and natural beauty being destroyed by tourism? Then Hua Hin in Thailand is your perfect beach getaway. Two and a half hours away from bustling Bangkok, sits Hua Hin, the vacation home of the royal family of Thailand. If it’s good enough for the royal family, it’s good enough for you.

Filled with fancy hotels and extravagant delights, that won’t break your bank. Remember the American dollar goes very far in Thailand, so treat yourself.

 

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia has long been a secret destination for Europeans, as its cheap and beautiful. If you are tired of spending way too much on vacations and not getting enough satisfaction, Croatia may be for you. The cities are classically European, the food is delicious and the people are welcoming and pleasant. Enjoy some Croatian nightclubs and party for pennies on the dollar.

 

Luxury Canal Barge, France

A new trend popping up in Europe and specifically France is luxury river barges that cruise along the countryside and offer excellent deals. You can visit vineyards, breweries and regions rarely visited. These luxury cruises are made to be personal and offer luxury at an affordable price.

 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city and is known as the gateway to the wonders of the globe. Taiwan has long been on the shadow of China but is much freer and has fewer restrictions. Take China’s beauties with more civil liberties and you have Taiwan in a nutshell. Taiwan has plenty to offer for any traveler, so book your trip soon.

 

Havana, Cuba

Cuba is now available for Americans to visit since the travel ban was recently lifted. Take in a real new experience since Cuba has been blocked off from American travel for over 60 years. Take a trip back in time to Cuba where the cars are all from the 50s and no new technology has hit the streets for over 50 years.  

Havana is a wonderfully eclectic city that is colorful and vibrant, both in color and flavor. The architecture is incredible and timeless and the people are just happy to have more freedoms. The American dollar goes far here since they are a very poor country, so tourism is welcomed. See this city soon before it changes forever.

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Best Lake Vacations In the US

America is filled with thousands of beautiful lakes that make excellent vacation destinations, so how do you choose? 

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America is filled with thousands of beautiful lakes that make excellent vacation destinations, so how do you choose? We broke down the top lake vacations and why you should visit each one. Plan your summer vacation soon before the best destinations fill up. Find your land locked water vacation here and take a dip, you deserve it.

 

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake in Oregon is tops on this list for one reason, it’s incredible. The deepest lake in the US is perfect for scuba enthusiasts and outdoor recreationists.   Created when a volcano erupted thousands of years ago and now it’s filled with crystal clear snow run off. There is outstanding fishing as salmon run well into fall and the rainbow trout here are enormous.   Check out one of America’s natural wonders and enjoy your summer vacation at Crater Lake.

 

Lake Clark, Alaska

If you want an extreme backwoods journey, Lake Clark in Alaska is your destination. You can’t just drive up to the water as its remote location makes it difficult it reach but well worth the troubles. This is wilderness at its finest and is pure pristine Alaska. Take a trip up to the great north and experience nature in its truest form.

Lake Powell, Utah/Arizona

Get a houseboat and chill hard at the amazing Lake Powell in the border of Utah and Arizona. Spend a day at the Grand Canyon then swing over to Powell and relax on the water. Check out the numerous little canyons that offer a real private style retreat.

 

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is America’s most beautiful and picturesque lake, period. The top water destination for winter sports is Tahoe, surrounded by high mountains and top notch resorts. Although known for winter sports, the summer opens up wide for visitors to do almost any activity. From mountain biking to hiking to swimming, Tahoe has it all. The views are worth the trip alone.

 

Finger Lakes, New York

Get your wine tasting on in the historic Finger Lakes of New York. With over a hundred vineyards to choose from, This region is a wine enthusiast’s heaven. Experience the best wine the East coast has to offer and some picturesque views to enjoy your favorite glass.

 

Lake Michigan

If you want some sweet lake beaches, Lake Michigan has you covered. This body of water is massive and borders four states and has over 1,500 miles of shoreline.  You can get every kind of beach you could ever want here, just chose already! The beaches range from the city style of Chicago to the boardwalk vibes of Traverse City.

 

 

Lake Havasu, Arizona

Get your party on at Lake Havasu. The boat parties here go all night and often include scantily clad youths pounding brews and being dumb. If that sounds good to you then Havasu may be your perfect destination.  Filled with nightlife and restaurants, Havasu is your going out lake spot for sure.

 

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Get pampered at the remote Lake of the Ozarks, nestled in the Missouri backcountry. Spas line the coast and offer all the amenities of larger resorts for half the price. Save money by going to the middle of nowhere for vacation and have the time of your life.

 

 

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