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21 must-see stops along the West Coast USA

The West Coast of the U.S of A: a playground for the adventurer. It’s such a massive area to discover so we’re going to help you out and give you our list of must-see’s … all 21 of them.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

You can’t take a trip to Hollywood and NOT talk a walk down this famous street. Find your favourite celebs and snap some iconic photos, just like this one. Maybe you’ll even catch a star ceremony! The newest addition to the walk of fame is the ever so dreamy Adam Levine from Maroon 5.

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It Started With A Gig: Travelling The World With Mumford & Sons

My first memory of Mumford & Sons was hearing their first ever play on BBC Radio 1 back in 2009. From that first chord in ‘Little Lion Man’ I was in musical love. Since then I’ve been travelling the world with the band which isn’t as stalkerish as it sounds, I promise.

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Ssssh… we’ve found the USA’s most secret restaurants!

Can you keep a secret? We can’t. The USA is full of hidden foodie delights and we can’t keep them quiet anymore. From sandwich shops found in Irish boozers to tapas bars hidden behind petrol stations, the USA has an abundance of undercover restaurants just waiting to be stumbled upon. Speakeasies aren’t secret enough for us anymore, with the help of this blog you’ll be able to avoid the obvious like Five Guys and discover a few authentic gems to feast on!

Grab your knife and fork, it’s time to tuck in.

Killer Poboys – New Orleans

Alcohol makes food taste better. FACT. That’s exactly what Killer Poboys thought when they opened their undercover po’boy shop inside a bar. Oh how rude of us, a po’boy is a sandwich unique to Louisiana – but as the name would suggest, these ones are particularly killer! Sure you could always queue up at Parkway, but make life more interesting, go covert and taste the international twist on these iconic sandwiches.

Gorgeous pic of our #porkbellypoboy taken by the rad @amberlowey #darkandstormy

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The best music festivals are found in the USA…

The USA is MASSIVE. Seriously massive. It’s a country full of diversity, which is reflected in their music scene. They’ve got a variety of incredible festivals just waiting to be attended. Whether you’re a bit of a celebrity-spotting fashionista, into your hard-core punk or like to keep things pretty chilled, the USA is guaranteed to satisfy your musical penchant, whatever it is! Not only that, the freshest new talent and undiscovered gems are often found at festivals, especially in the States – that’s the best bit about them. So hop across the pond, put your dancing shoes on and keep your ears out for the next big thing in music!

Let’s get stuck into some of the AWESOME festivals the USA has to offer…

The obvious choices…

Coachella

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Step outside the Loop: the low down of Chicago’s neighbourhoods

It’s only natural that a trip to Chicago will have you make like Bueller, and take a day off to explore the heart of downtown. From jazz clubs to art institutes, there is something truly captivating about the Loop. However, the windy City is much more than skyscrapers, deep dish pizza and Grant Park. If you are after something beyond-the-norm, then hop on the El train and hit up some off our favourite spot off the beaten track.

1. For foodies and beer lovers: Lincoln Square

Only half-hour ride from downtown Chicago; Lincoln Square is one trendy place. An Old world heritage meets modern charm, with smatterings of its old German roots, the neighbourhood is an eclectic enclave that’s boasts an array of restaurants, bars and boutiques. For a mean pilsner head to Huettenbar and then straight onto Gene’s Sausage Shop. Finish your evening at the Old Town School of Folk Music for some live entertainment.

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Image: Timeout Chicago

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