America is a huge country its easy to travel around as they have a great travel network especially air travel. When we traveled to Las Vegas we flew via Philadelphia. We didn’t stop over though and traveled straight onto Vegas after a short wait. You could use this route to see much more of America on your travels and we plan to do just that when we go on our big trip in a few years. Chicago and Seattle are both great layover cities and places to visit while traveling and break up a long journey,
Chicago is a great layover city and Neil did just that on a trip to Las Vegas a few years back. They stopped over for 3 nights on the way home. Chicago city is only a short train ride from the airport you take the L (short for elevated train, as Chicago calls its municipal railway) its costs about $10 for a day ticket and takes about 40 minutes.
If you don’t want to travel all the way into Chicago or only have a short time then Rosemount is right on the door step of the airport. It has lots of things to do and would make a great base for you. Rosemount has some great hotels to stay for just one or multiple nights. You would be able to shop, dine and still enjoy to bustle of down town Chicago if you choose to. Rosemount also has a free shuttle bus to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago were you can you shop till you drop. You can even pack all your shopping in a suit case and check in as well in one of the luggage stores and they will make sure your bag meets your plane. I was amazed when I read about it, this would be awesome for any shopaholic like me.
If you do pop into Chicago a must visit is the Sky Deck at the top of Willis Tower. It costs $23 for over 12’s and $12 for under 12’s and under 3’s go free. The Sky Deck looks amazing but not sure I could stand in the glass pods. I think that would be too much. Below is a video of what you can expect.
So now onto a layover in Seattle. This is a place I have always wanted to visit so a layover there for me would be awesome. Seattle is known in England for many thing but the film Sleepless in Seattle has to be way up their. Seattle is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland. Washington State’s largest city, it’s home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area.
You could book a Seattle Hotel and make the most of your layover taking in the sites on offer by taking the 1 day tour. Seattle has lots to see and do and the 7 hour 1 day tour costing around $110 includes sites like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market.
If you have time the Sky City revolving restaurant in the Space Needle looks amazing. The menu was designed by chef Jeff Maxfield. It sounds like it would taste amazing. Can you imagine eating you lunch looking at these views.
Another place to visit has to be Pike Place Market it’s a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. The Market opened August 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. It also in Sleepless in Seattle so you have to go and see it, I know I will be.
As you can see layovers can be so much more than sitting in an airport for a few hours. Do your research and make a layover work for you especially if traveling for pleasure and you want to see America. We will be planning our trip carefully to make sure we use the layovers and cram in as many city’s as we can whilst we are there.
Most major cities have good transport links and usually have guided tours you can hop on and off. Tours are a great way to take in the sites in a short space of time. If you have a few days in a city exploring is such good fun. Just walking round and seeing the sites. This is how you can stumble across great places to eat and thing to see.