Where to go and what to do

The Chicago Bean. (Photo by Carla Buddensieg.)

Maryland

If you ever find yourself traveling through Maryland, make sure to stop at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Find one of the restaurants that litter the edge of the harbor and order a dozen blue crabs with Old Bay seasoning. Not only is it a very interesting first experience, your tastebuds will love you.

Illinois

I've been to most of the well-known, big cities in the U.S. and my favorite is Chicago. Instead of driving, take the train into the city and walk to the Sears Tower. You will get more out of your visit by walking and taking the trolleys around the city. You also won't have to deal with the hassle of finding somewhere to park. Don't forget to check out The Bean, a 110-ton elliptical sculpture made of polished stainless steel in Millennium Park. The Chicago skyline can be seen reflected on the bean-shaped structure. It also makes for a great picture.