Wondering what there is to do in your new crew base? We’ve got you covered. From ski slopes in Colorado, to nature trails in Raleigh, our crew base cities offer something for everyone. Here’s a sampling of some of the top things to do in each of our domiciles.
St. Louis, Missouri
A sports town to its core, St. Louis is home to both professional baseball (the St. Louis Cardinals) and hockey (the St. Louis Blues). Catch a game at Busch Stadium, or get a bird’s eye view of the action on the field from 360, the rooftop bar and restaurant atop the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark. While in St. Louis, a trip to the top of the iconic Gateway Arch is a must, as is a visit to Forest Park, named by Travel + Leisure as “one of America’s coolest city parks and one of the world’s most beautiful city parks.”
The Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, and the St. Louis Art Museum offer stimulating fun for all ages – and they’re all free! Spend a day perusing the countless unique shops and restaurants in the Delmar Loop, or take in a live performance – venues including The Muny, The Fabulous Fox, and the Peabody Opera House are not to be missed. And you can’t go wrong with a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
Not far from St. Louis is another Midwestern gem, Chicago, Illinois. A sports hub, Chicago is home to two Major League Baseball teams, including the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, as well as to NHL, NFL, and NBA franchises.
With over 600 public parks, including local favorites Millennium Park and Grant Park, Chicago boasts plenty of avenues for outdoor recreation and entertainment. If you visit Grant Park between early May and mid-October, be sure to check out the water show at Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world. Evening shows are accompanied by a light and music display.
Michigan Avenue, or the “Magnificent Mile,” offers some of the best shopping in the country, while the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and Shedd Aquarium all offer engaging educational fun. After a century, Navy Pier continues to delight visitors with sights, sounds, tastes, and activities. Navy Pier’s spectacular fireworks shows take place bi-weekly throughout the summer, and its famous Ferris wheel offers a view of the city like none other.
The Mile High city has it all. The famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater plays host to some of the world’s top musical acts, and offers an unforgettable live performance experience. Captivating places to experience culture and history abound, including the United States Mint, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science, and the Botanic Gardens.
Dine and shop at Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall, or take a tour of the Coors Brewery. If you’re a sports fan, the Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets and Denver Avalanche have got you covered.
With the Rocky Mountains in its backyard, it goes without saying that Denver is paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. In addition to the action on the slopes, Denver is close to numerous national parks and historic sites. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park and drive on Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the world.
During your time in Detroit, be sure to pay homage to the Motor City’s stunning achievements in the automotive industry. After you visit the birthplace of the Model T at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, watch the manufacturing process of a Ford F-150 truck from the elevated walkway overlooking the Dearborn Truck Plant’s final assembly line.
Just as deeply rooted in Detroit’s history is music. Launched in 1959, the Detroit-based Motown record label represented some of the most famous acts in music, including Marvin Gaye, Chubby Checker and Stevie Wonder. Visit the Motown Museum, and stand in Studio A, where legends including the Supremes and the Temptations recorded some of their best-known hits. Spend some time exploring the District Detroit, 50 blocks of restaurants, bars and event destinations. While you’re in the District, take in a show at one of Detroit’s many theatre venues, including the stunning Fox Theatre, as well as its smaller next door neighbor, City Theatre.
Sports fans can rest assured that Detroit’s MLB, NHL and NFL teams will quench their competitive thirst and spirit, while the Campus Martius Park and Detroit Princess Riverboat both offer unique outdoor outings. And as if this all wasn’t enough, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Michigan Science Center will excite and stimulate your mind.
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Raleigh offers endless opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors. The area is home to two state parks, including the Falls Lake State Recreation Area and William B. Umstead State Park, and both are both are prime locations for swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. The Neuse River Trail caters to cyclists and hikers, and is the longest greenway trail in North Carolina. Take in the view from its two suspension bridges, and keep an eye out for beavers, cranes, and Great Blue Herons.
Museum buffs, be sure to visit the North Carolina Museum of History. The Wright Brothers’ first flight took place in 1903 in nearby Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and the museum is home to a full-scale replica of the Wright Flyer. The museum is also home to a cannon and other artifacts recovered from a shipwrecked pirate vessel, as well as to “The Story of North Carolina,” a permanent exhibit that traces 14,000 years of North Carolina history. Young and old alike will also love the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Museum of Art, and Marbles Kids Museum.
Raleigh was named one of the top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” by Southern Living magazine, and the local restaurant scene lives up to the hype. With over 1,200 local restaurants, and options ranging from sushi to Middle Eastern, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Be sure to try Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue (made with vinegar, salt, and red and black pepper) at one of the city’s many barbeque joints, and check out the diverse flavors of Historic City Market, an eclectic area of restaurants, bars, galleries and boutiques.
Regardless of where you’re based, you’re certain to have a great time exploring your new domicile. Each city is home to unique events and places, just waiting to be discovered.