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August 22, 2008

#FriendsTravel New York City, NY Packages JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Whether it’s your first visit or your 50th, New York City is a great destination for a long weekend trip. Your significant other going to NYC for a business trip? Tag along! your hotel will be ‘free’. Their business is paying for it anyway. I’m sure you can find something to do there! See the landmark sights, catch a Broadway show or explore small, off-the-beaten-path museums like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Just as it has activities to suit every interest, New York City has hotel options to suit every pocketbook. Whether you’re looking for a hip new hotel, an old standard or a Super Deluxe, Deluxe, First Class, 5 Star, or 4 Star, you’ll have plenty of options. [Avoid “cheap” hotels in NYC!]

  • Top-Rated Attractions
    1. Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    2. Ground Zero Museum Workshop
    3. Wicked
    4. OnBoard New York Tours
    5. Big Apple Greeter
    6. Harlem Heritage Tours
    7. Central Park
    8. Broadway Theatre Tickets on FriendsTravel.com and FriendsTravel.net
    9. Metropolitan Museum of Art
    10. Ellis Island
    11. Sport Events Tickets on FriendsTravel.com and FriendsTravel.net
    12. Concert Tickets on FriendsTravel.com and FriendsTravel.net
    13. AMTRAK Grand Central Station
    14. AMTRAK Penn Station

FriendsTravel.com and FriendsTravel.net each have online booking engines for hotels as well as Broadway Shows and lots of other things to do in NYC. Not a ‘do it yourself’ person. No problem FriendsTravel will make your hotel reservations for you for FREE!






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#FriendsTravel San Francisco, CA + the Bay Area JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

A few years ago San Francisco was riding high on the wealth of the dot com explosion. And it showed in outrageously high priced hotels, restaurants and real estate. When the bubble burst, the city was forced to adjust. In fact, now is a great time to visit the somewhat humbler, but just as fabulous, cultural mecca of the Left Coast. Hotels and restaurants have lowered their prices, making it easier to enjoy a weekend here. One of the best things about San Francisco is that you can be in a museum in the morning and on a mountain in the afternoon. Mind-expanding cultural attractions exist alongside invigorating outdoor activities. Gaze at the work of Jackson Pollock at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the morning and then head to Muir Woods to peer up at gigantic redwoods in the afternoon. From the hippie haunts of Haight-Ashbury to the colorful Victorian architecture of the predominantly gay Castro District, and from Japantown to Chinatown, San Francisco is all about neighborhoods. Each has a distinct look and vibe. You could easily spend a day in each or hop on a streetcar to sample a few.

Things to Do in San Francisco

  • One-Day Itinerary from Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Day Trip to Muir Woods
  • City Segway Tours
  • War Memorial Opera House
  • Alcatraz
  • Sea Lions at Pier 39
  • Tarot Readings
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Nightlife
FriendsTravel STRONGLY recommends pre-arranging the “must see” trips in advance of arrival in San Francisco so you will not take the chance of it being ‘sold out’ when you get there.

#FriendsTravel Los Angeles #WestHollywood #BeverlyHills #SantaMonica with JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Modern myth has it that these days everyone in Los Angeles has written a screenplay, is writing a screenplay or is just visiting. For those in the latter category we offer a road map of ideas to help make a getaway to this ultra-hip, ultra-happening haven easy, fun and exciting. While L.A. will always be associated with movies and movie stars, it is also a culturally vibrant city that boasts a range of interesting attractions from prestigious art museums and galleries to fabulous theater, both well-known productions and smaller fringe shows. Art enthusiasts will be wowed by the extensive collections at the J. Paul Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Visit the La Brea Tar Pits on Museum Row and then check out the trendy shops on Melrose Avenue. Families will not want to miss the Zoo or the action at Universal Studios Hollywood. Of course, no trip to L.A. would be complete without a stop at the Venice Beach Boardwalk or a visit to Mann’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. Not to mention all the world famous night clubs on the Sunset Strip: The Rainbow Room, The Viper Room, Whiskey Go Go, House of Blues and the great clubs on Santa Monica Blvd. such as the Troubador West Hollywood, or great food at Sur Restaurante where you are almost guaranteed a celebrity sighting! You just might run in to JESS Kalinowsky Managing Partner of FriendsTravel.

Sur Restaurant

606 North Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310 289 2824

Guillermo Zapata Owner Sur Restaurante West Hollywood 90069







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Chicago Illinois with FriendsTravel.com as a destination

With attractions and activities galore, Chicago is everyone’s kind of town. See all the famous sights, then catch a show in the theater district or a Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field, followed by a late night visit to a blues club or jazz bar. Culture hounds will delight in the multitude of museums, including the prestigious Art Institute and the Chicago Historical Society. Families will find plenty to do at Navy Pier and to explore at the Field Museum and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

You could spend all day strolling through Hyde Park or shopping along the Magnificent Mile. Discover vibrant ethnic neighborhoods, architectural landmarks, delicious restaurants and world-class hotels. From the top of the Sears Tower to the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago offers so much to do, visitors keep coming back for more.

“Chi-town” surprises many newcomers who do not expect so much abundant and accessible green space – including many miles of public lakefront parks – in such a large American city. Better-known assets include the entire range of big city perks and activities – from major sports teams and museums to world famous restaurants and a sizzling music scene. The local GLBT celebration attracts half a million people for its annual parade, and scores of them stay each year to become fulltime residents of the numerous architecture-rich neighborhoods found in the wonderful Windy City.

  • Top-Rated Attractions
    1. Wrigley Field
    2. Chicago Food Planet Food Tours
    3. Bobby’s Bike Hike
    4. Supernatural Chicago
    5. Art Institute of Chicago
    6. John Hancock Center / Observatory
    7. Millennium Park
    8. Wendella Sightseeing Boats
    9. Chicago Architecture Foundation
    10. Shoreline Sightseeing
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San Antonio, TX with FriendsTravel.com

If you tried to imagine a place where the sights, sounds and flavors of Native America, Old Mexico and the Wild West blend effortlessly with the hustle and bustle of a modern city, it would probably look a lot like San Antonio, Texas. Deep in the heart of Texas. Each year more than eight million people visit the shining star of Texas, and it’s easy to see why. The Alamo, a famous fort where Texans fought fiercely for independence from Mexico, is just one of the many historic landmarks the city has to offer.

Light a candle at the magnificent San Fernando Cathedral or peruse adobe architecture, exhibits and period furnishings at the Casa Navarro State Historical Park. Named after a key figure in the fight for freedom in Texas, the park is located right downtown and offers free guided tours. Roam along the multi-faceted River Walk, a two and a half-mile stretch of cobblestone and flagstone paths along the San Antonio River. If the kids are along, be sure to stop at HemisFair Urban Park and SeaWorld. Past or present, old or young, San Antonio offers something for everyone.

Things to Do in San Antonio

  • Live Music
  • El Mercado
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • First-time Visitors
  • Nightlife
  • Caves
  • The Performing Arts
  • Day Trips
  • Sports & Activities
  • Southwest School of Art and Craft
  • Entertainment and amusement
    • Amusement parks
    • Nightlife
    • Live Performances
    • Spectator sports
    • Tours
    • Zoo/Aquarium
    All Entertainment and amusement
  • History and culture
    • History and culture
    • Buildings and structures
    • Education sites and libraries
    • Historic sites
    • Texas Hospitality!
    • Military facilities
    • Museums
    • Sightseeing
    All History and culture
  • Outdoor Sports & Nature
River Walk in the center of town and if we are really lucky we can get you a hotel on the River Walk

The Paseo del Rio is San Antonio’s favorite attraction. You can shop, dine, lounge in a cafe, or simply stroll along and let the strumming mariachi soothe your spirit.

Attraction type: Scenic/historic walking area

Mission San Jose

Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass.

FriendsTravel.com can put together a city itinerary to keep everyone enthralled! Just tell what would be of interest to you and your friends or family and we will do the rest!

San Fernando Church, constructed from 1738-1755, was located on the civil or main plaza. It was here, on the afternoon of February 23, 1836, that Santa Anna ordered the flag of “no quarter” flown from its bell tower. Much of the original church, however, is gone. In 1868 the bell tower and nave were removed to make way for repairs and renovations. The church was re-consecrated in October 1873 and received the designation “cathedral” the following year. In 1936, remains thought by some to be those of the Alamo Heroes, were unearthed during repairs. In 1938, these were placed in a small marble casket and displayed near the entrance to the cathedral with a plaque inscribed “Here lie the remains of Travis, Crockett, Bowie, and other Alamo Heroes.” Not all historians agree that these are their remains.

Texas offers many wonderful sights. FriendsTravel.com

When in Texas be sure to have some Blue Bell Ice Cream!

Simply the BEST! Ice Cream ever!

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