The Windy City

In the state of Illinois, right at the border of Lake Michigan, is one of the largest cities in USA, Chicago City. This city is probably one of the most heard cities, next to New York, worldwide. 

Chicago is famous for a variety of reasons, such as their famous delicacies like Chicago-style hot dogs, Chicago-style (deep dish) pizza, and Maxwell Street Polish Sausage. Others may know it from their contribution to music, the introduction to Jazz. While others know them because of the various individuals that have been in Chicago or represented it, like Al Capone or Michael Jordan. And of course, who could deny the different architectures that Chicago has, such as the Sears Tower and countless museums.

So, if you decide on going to the Windy City, which you definitely should, here are a few attractions that’ll make your stay all the while better.  To visit some of these places, Our friend Jim at Disaster Restoration Pros (https://myhomedamage.com) went with us. Check out his business if you ever need basement waterproofing.

The number one thing you should definitely do firsthand, is to take a tour bus. Now, with a tour bus, you’ll be able to identify the places you want to go to next, the things you want to do, and to just have a general idea as to how Chicago feels. Make sure to take one that’ll take you to places like the Sheraton Hotel, Chicago’s art institute, Buckingham fountain, and Hard Rock River. And we’ll talk about some of these in better detail. 

Chicago is home to America’s most famous art museum, the Art Institute of Chicago. Whether you enjoy art or not, this is definitely one of the best places to be at while you’re in Chicago. Because once you’re in, you will get to experience some of the greatest Impressionist collection, besides those at Paris itself, along with contemporary masterpieces and classics. Inside, it will almost feel like you are travelling through ancient Greece, Japan and of course, the rest of America. 

But there’s more to Chicago than just art museums and architecture, because ‘tis the season to be spooky indeed. While you’re in Chicago, you can experience a Halloween-esque bike tour, taking you through some of the creepiest sites there is in Windy City. Places such as the extremely haunted John Hancock center, the two decade old ghosts of the Congress Plaza Hotel, and so much more. So, if you truly want to satisfy your ghost hunting cravings, then Chicago is the place to go. 

But what if scary places aren’t your thing and you just want to go around, walking, eating at random restaurants and just enjoy the vibrant life of Chicago? Well, good news for you pal, because in Chicago, you’ll find some of the best hot dogs, pizza, and sausage your taste buds will ever experience. Places such as Giordano’s can offer you mouthwatering deep dish pizza and when you head out on your food adventure you should definitely try out the Chicago style hot dogs from Portillo’s hot dogs to give you that amazing Windy City feeling in your mouth.

Finally, if you want to just relax and enjoy a day around Chicago, you can take a stroll around Millenium park, a lively park square unlike any you’ve seen in other countries. You can also decide to take your walk around the Magnificent Mile, the center of what makes Chicago such an amazing city in itself, it is an astounding mile that gives the people a variety of style, entertainment and fun. 

With so many things to do in the city , the only thing you’ll be asking yourself in the morning when you wake up in Chicago is, “What’s next?” 

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The 3 Most Scenic Highways in the US

Driving along the highway can be a bit, to be frank, boring. I mean, it’s just the same layers of concrete in front of you for miles and miles, seeing cars pass by you, and some even try to piss you off and that can get most drivers insane. 

Going along the highway doesn’t have to be so plain however. Because if you look around the destination you’re going to, for a split second, of course, you can start to see something you may have taken for granted. And that’s the views outside the highway.

Often times, when we look out into the vast plains of grass and mountains, we can start to feel a sense of bliss and enjoyment. I mean, who wouldn’t feel grateful after seeing such lush and green stretches of trees and large lakes mirroring the blue sky. Truly, being alive and driving can be amazing. 

But, not all highways are like this. Some are, of course, bland and nothing more than pale buildings or far plains of nothingness. So, which highways do offer such amazing euphoria? Well, read more to find out! 

First on this list, is the  Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. Here, you’ll fully be able to embrace the brimming effect of fall. With some of the most beautiful hues of orange and green you’ll be able to see, this highway is sure to get you to stop at the side of the road and just take in what nature can give. And more than that, this road takes you through the amazing heart of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, and is just ahead of the breathtaking Lakes Region this side of the state. 

And second to that beautiful spectrum of fall colors, we have the properly named “Going-to-the-Sun-Road” in Montana. Now, this spectacle has that stairway to heaven vibe, because of the astounding scenery that is almost taken straight out of heaven. This highway offers drivers a glimpse of what it is like in true paradise. With two glacier-carved lakes and in between, a high-alpine road, the highway to going to the sun is one that everyone should definitely drive through while they’re in the US. 

And last, but certainly not least, we have the Pacific Coast Highway in California. While the other two roads on this list has far etched forests and chilling lakes, this highway brings you real close to that little body of water we call the Pacific Ocean, hence the name of the road of course. It starts off from San Francisco all the way towards Los Angeles, going through different and stunning landmarks such as Malibu beach, Bixby Beach, and even the Golden Gate bridge. And above all else, this highway has been marked as one of the top road trips in the world and that everyone should be able to experience such a wonderful and amazing drive along the Pacific Coast. 
These are the three best highways for anyone in the US, or even outside should definitely consider driving through just to take a small break from the standard concrete buildings and busy streets. After all, sometimes it’s about the journey, not the destination.

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3 Most Traveled Motorcycle Rides in The Smoky Mountains

There is always an adventure to be found everywhere. Whether it be on foot, by commute, or when you have your own vehicle, there is always the world out there waiting for you. And a part of that world is the Smoky mountains. This amazing piece of God’s work is found rising along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, and is a mountain range like no other in the world. So, imagine taking your motorcycle through these great mountains, the view, the air, the sense of adventure, is incomparable to any other in the world. But what are the best roads to take for this amazing experience? Well, here’s a list of the Top 3 Most Traveled Motorcycle Rides in The Smoky Mountains. 

First on this list is the Cherohala Skyway Loop that you can finn in Maggie Valley, NC. Through this loop you’ll be able to witness various landmarks such as: Fontana Dam, Tail of the Dragon, and Bald River Falls. It is a 245 mile ride that should take you about 8 hours to finish, and that includes rest and lunch. Now, this is first on the list because it includes half of the other loops around the Smoky Mountains. Which makes it a sort of pivot to the rest of the roads in this list. 

Second to this list, is the Foothills Parkway that begins from Walland, TN and all the way to Chilhowee, TN. It’s a 16.8 mile ride that’ll take you 26 minutes to finish, point to point with no traffic. And along this road you will get to have highlights such as the Panoramic Mountain Vistas, an easy ride, tons of foliage, and much more. 

This road is second to the list as it was once considered the oldest road in Tennessee that was unfinished but has now opened a new section for riders to enjoy and traverse. This new road provides amazing new views of townsend and the mountains. One that every rider should definitely look into. 

And finally, the road that is earning a reputation as a fun yet difficult road to traverse, The Rattler, US 209. Now this road has a total of 33.3 miles and starts from Hot Springs, NC and ends in Lake Junaluska, NC. The highlights of this road? Multiple curves, Straightaways, lush vegetation and much more. 

Now, if you’ve driven the Tail of the Dragon already, this is a nice alternative to that and is not that mainstream. So you can expect less people to pass by. This drive provides just as much thrill and adventure that the Tail has but has the advantage of having less crowds, therefore less danger. 

And there you have it, the Top 3 best Motorcycle Rides through the Smoky Mountains. So if you have a motorcycle and are just itching for adventure, then this list is your go to map for. Have fun and stay safe riding!

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How to Find the Best Mold Remediation Company

Introduction:

Mold can be easily ignored because it doesn’t look so dangerous. The problem is that people often catch the infestation too late. It’s important to hire a professional but it can be difficult to choose. In this article, we provide tips on choosing the best mold remediation company.

It’s important to choose a mold remediation company that will cater to your needs and you can communicate with. It’s also important to have a company that will answer any questions you may have on the maintenance of your home to prevent the growth of mold again.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring:

  1. Will You Test Air? If you have mold growth in your air vents then it’s absolutely necessary to have the air tested every time they complete a project. This is important to ensure that all the mold has been cleared out and that you could be safe from the risk of inhaling mold.
  2. What Air Testing Method will be used?  There are multiple testing methods, but only two for air testing. These methods are: InstaScope and Air-O-Cell. Both methods are commendable but you may have a preference over a specific one. Ask your mold remediator to explain the concepts of these testing methods and choose which one works best for you.
  3. Do they have pollution insurance? This is a critical question. It’s important that your contractor is properly insured because basic insurance doesn’t cover the expenses should there be an accident during the project. Some companies choose not to get this type of insurance because it is costly but that should be required by all the mold remediation companies to ensure the safety between you and your contractor.
  4. Do they isolate the affected area? It’s standard protocol to isolate the affected area to prevent the spread of mold. If your contractor doesn’t do this then maybe you should keep looking. Isolating the area also ensures that other parts of your home is safe while they remediate the mold; that’s why it’s necessary to find a company that does this.
  5. Are the contractors well-protected? It’s important that your contractor is well-equipped with protective equipment. Mold removal is dangerous which is why we do suggest that you choose a contractor that has all the necessary personal protective equipment. If the contractor doesn’t provide these for their employees then you should look into a company that prioritizes the health of their employees.

Why You Should Choose Contractors Carefully:

Mold remediation can be dangerous if the mold is particularly a toxic variety. Mold remediation companies need to be covered by insurance to be sure that they are safe on their part. The last thing you need is to have to spend on hospital bills because the company’s contractors are not properly insured. 

Conclusion:

The best mold remediation company should be able to provide you with the best services at the most reasonable cost. It’s important to choose the best company that will be able to provide for you and give you 100% satisfaction.

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An Introduction

Hi. My name is David Carson, and this is my blog about my experiences living in Pima County, Arizona. There is all kinds of unique and wonderful experiences here, including the city of Tucson, which is in Pima County. I am going to be writing about what I have personally experienced here, and just how great this place is.

Pima County is a wonderful place to live. With all of the different activities and great people here, it is fantastic. However, there is no perfect place to live, and here is no exception. First, the heat. While we are close to the coast, which means that the temperature is somewhat better, it still get over 100 degrees consistently during the summer. It is also very humid here, so pairing high heat with high humidity leads to very high temperatures. But this heat also means something positive. The winter here is like spring everywhere else. Very comfortable temperatures and abundant plant life help to bring a lot of appeal to the county.

The area itself is also important. The desert here is truly beautiful. Now you may not think that a desert could look beautiful, but here, with the variety and color of the desert, it is a treasure. We have many parks, including the Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, and the Mt. Lemmon Scenic View, which are great ways to experience the amazing desert. Also in the county is the San Xavier Mission building. This fantastic historical building is from the early days of our history, and is a great testimony to the lives of people here from so long ago.

I will be writing about all of these places and more on this blog. I hope to give you a real feel for what it’s like to live in such a fantastic place. I will also be writing about my personal experiences with the people and places of Pima County, and hope you will like it. Make sure to check this blog for more content regularly.

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