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Best Winter Restaurants in the Best Cities in the United States

Winter is a great time to plan a trip where the top restaurants serve the best food in the United States. When the dark, cold days are getting people down, they can plan a fun weekend where the food is fabulous, the culture is wonderful, and it is a great place to create memories with your children. Here are five popular choices of restaurants around the United States, where winter retreats are fabulous for the family:

Some of the best performances at the Metropolitan Opera House and on Broadway happen during the winter season, along with the lights and winter decorations throughout the city, and skating in central park! 

Eleven Madison Park - On Madison Avenue and 24th Street, Eleven Madison Park offers a contemporary atmosphere, fine dining and an eclectic mix of foods. The kitchen is under the direction of Chef Daniel Humm, and the plate presentations are works of art. 

Satisfy the children’s sweet tooth, by stopping at The Candy Rush after dinner. This candy store has everything to please everyone in the family. It is located on Franklin Ave between Park and Sterling Pls. 

Besides hundreds of events taking place monthly, Chicago's Millennium Park has another grand Ice Rink that is well-lit at night for a fantasy skating experience surrounded by city lights, and a fun experience for the kids!

Polo Cafe and Catering Bridgeport U.S.A. - Found on South Morgan Street in Bridgeport with a bed & breakfast, this establishment serves the best of American cuisine. The restaurant provides delicious food at a reasonable price like Angus beef, lamb chops and fancy deserts. You won’t be able to find this exquisite food at home, for a price that works for the entire family. 


The winters are mild in Houston, and the first of March is when the rodeos season starts. Take the children to a rodeo, and dress them up in their jeans and Cowboy Hats.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - This family steakhouse is located on Westheimer Road, preparing hearty dinners with steak and barbecue. The menu is a la carte. Sides like crab macaroni and cheese, green beans and asparagus are superb. Making reservations is recommended. 

Lake Tahoe 

Lake Tahoe is one of California and the country's top ski resort areas, a true scenic winter wonderland with multiple runs and slopes. If your family is adventurous and loves to ski, this is the place for you. 

Evan's American Gourmet Cafe - Situated on Emerald Bay Road, this cafe is under the direction of Jimi Lasquete. The gourmet menu includes such marvelous and beautiful dishes as Spinach Salad with Duck Sausage, Grilled Fillet of Beef and Roast Venison with Baby Carrots and Asparagus. Although they produce these extravagant meals, the children can find something they love- especially their pizza! 

Making Food the Highlight 

The United States and its cities have a wide range of cultures and cuisine options. Taking time off at a winter retreat can be exciting, and the top restaurants are sure to be a pleasant change from the normal home cuisine.

About the author:

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provideswritten work to the blogosphere pertaining to New York City Apartments, Hamptons Homes for Sale, home improvement and the latest architecture, design,fashion and travel.  Followher on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Most grown-up adventures start with these five words: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas. Sleeping is optional, but you will need a hotel room for costume changes. Las Vegas is the most populous city in Nevada, United States, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping and fine dining. Las Vegas, which bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, is famous for the number of casino resorts and associated entertainment. A growing retirement and family city, it is the 28th most populous city in the United States.

Established in 1905, Las Vegas officially became a city in 1911. With the growth that followed, at the close of the century Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in the 20th century (a distinction held by Chicago in the 19th century). The city’s tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and this image has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films and television programs. There are numerous outdoor lighting displays on Fremont Street, as well as elsewhere in the city.

The name Las Vegas is often applied to unincorporated areas that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip. The 4.2 mi (6.8 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip is mainly in the unincorporated communities of Paradise and Winchester, while a small portion overlaps into Las Vegas and the unincorporated community of Enterprise.

The major attractions in Las Vegas are the casinos and the hotels. The most famous hotel casinos are located on Las Vegas Boulevard on the portion of that road known as the Las Vegas Strip. These larger casinos are located outside of the city. Many of these hotels are massive, providing thousands of rooms, with their large adjoining casino areas. There are many hotel casinos in the city’s downtown area as well, which was the focal point of the city’s gaming industry in its early days. Several large hotels and casinos are also located somewhat off the Strip, as well as in the county around the city.

Las Vegas is situated within Clark County in an arid basin on the desert floor, surrounded by dry mountains. The Spring Mountains lie to the west. Much of the landscape is rocky and dusty; the environment is dominated by desert vegetation and some wildlife, and the area is subject to torrential flash floods. The elevation is around 2,030 ft (620 m) above sea level. According to theUnited States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 135.86 sq mi (351.9 km2), of which 131.81 sq mi (341.4 km2) is land and 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2) (0.03%) is water.

Las Vegas map
Within the city there are many lawns, trees, and other greenery. Due to water resource issues, there is now a movement to encourage xeriscapes. Another part of the water conservation efforts include scheduled watering groups for watering residential landscaping. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant in 2008 funded a program that analyzed and forecast growth and environmental impacts through the year 2019. This study resulted in an expansion of the sewage treatment capacity, which enabled rapid population growth.

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South Dakota, USA - General info & Tourist Attractions

Tourist Attractions in South Dakota
South Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. South Dakota is the 17th most extensive, but the 5th least populous and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as "East River" and "West River".Eastern South Dakota is home to most of the state's population, and fertile soil in this area is used to grow a variety of crops. 

West of the Missouri, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity, and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains, is located in the southwest part of the state. The Black Hills are sacred to the Sioux. Mount Rushmore, a major tourist destination, is located there. Other attractions in the southwest include Badlands and Wind Cave national parks, Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and historic Deadwood. South Dakota experiences a temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons and precipitation ranging from moderate in the east to semi-arid in the west. The ecology of the state features species typical of a North American grassland biome.

South Dakota Map

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

This epic sculpture features the faces of four exalted American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. South Dakota's Black Hills provide the backdrop for Mount Rushmore, the world's greatest mountain carving. These 60-foot high faces, 500 feet up, look out over a setting of pine, spruce, birch, and aspen in the clear western air.

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 5,725-foot mountain in 1927. Creation of the Shrine of Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless.

Corn Palace
The Corn Palace serves as a multi-use center for the community and region. The facility hosts stage shows, as well as sports events in its arena. The World's Only Corn Palace is an outstanding structure which stands as a tribute to the agricultural heritage of South Dakota. The original Corn Palace, called "The Corn Belt Exposition" was established in 1892. Early settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building exterior in order to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil. The third and present building was completed for it first festival at the present location in 1921. The exterior decorations are completely stripped down and new murals are created each year. The theme is selected by the Corn Palace Festival Committee and murals are designed by a local artist.

Crazy Horse Memorial

The Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black hills of South Dakota is a monument carved into a mountain to commemorate Crazy Horse who was a respected member of the Oglala Sioux Native American noted for his courage in battle. Here is a series of photographs that shows the head of the giant sculpture in works. When completed it will be 641 feet (195 meters wide) and 563 feet(172 meters) in height. 8 more pics after the jump.

Badlands National Park

The Badlands National Park area, "mako sica" to the Lakota people, is a place of mystery, spirituality and natural beauty. Jagged buttes and gently-sloped valleys hold their majesty with brilliant colors and a firm resistance to the wind, rain and lightning storms common to the area. Once home to ancient marine life, early mammals and now bison, bighorn sheep and ferrets, Badlands National Park is a must-see stop filled with painted canyons and photo opportunities. 

Custer State Park 

Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the park is home to a variety of wildlife and magnificent scenery spanning 71,000 acres.

Nearly 1,300 bison, commonly called buffalo, roam the prairies and hills of Custer State Park, which they share with swift pronghorn, shy elk, sure-footed mountain goats and curious burros. Visitors often enjoy close encounters with these permanent residents along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road that winds around the southern edge of the park.

Black Hills National Forest
President Grover Cleveland established the Black Hills National Forest in 1897 as the Black Hills Forest Reserve. Now in its second century, the USDA Forest Service manages these 1.2 million acres of public lands for a diversity of wildlife and fish, recreation, water production, livestock grazing, timber harvest, wilderness and other uses. The timbered mountains of the Black Hills National Forest continue 10 to 40 miles beyond the South Dakota border, west into Wyoming and cover an area that is 125 miles long and 65 miles wide. Visitors will find rugged rock formations, canyons, grasslands, streams, lakes and unique caves. Recreational opportunities for visitors include 11 reservoirs, 30 campgrounds, 2 scenic byways, 1,300 miles of streams, 13,605 acres of wilderness, over 450 miles of trails and much more. 

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