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Need a Vacation? Visit These Top Vacation Spots in the Country

Want to get away after a big move across the country or just need a vacation? You are not alone! About 89 percent of people in the United States are planning a summer trip this year, according to a survey by TripAdvisor and these are the top destinations around United States.

Key West, Fla. – The Southernmost city in the continental U.S. is a 120-mile long island chain connected to mainland Florida by US 1. Obviously the main attraction is the beach, but there is a lot to do and see, such as the John Pennkamp Park (the nation’s first underwater park), Duval Street, Theater of the Sea, the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park, just to name a few.

San Diego, Calif. – San Diego is known for their extensive beaches, mild climate year-round and natural deep water harbor. Things to do include Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego hosted 32 million visitors in 2012. Between Coronado, the Ansa-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, there is plenty to do whether it’s relaxing by the beach or spending a day hiking and exploring.

San FranSan Francisco, Calif. – The City by the Bay is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic culture, architecture and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Alcatraz Island. Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, but the most popular is the Marina District that has perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, cheese sampling at the Ferry building and Delores Park across from Ocean Beach. Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s most popular attraction where you can visit Pier 39 and see sea lions lounge on the rocks all day.

Virginia Beach, Va. – The city is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels and restaurants along its oceanfront. It is also home to several state parks, several long-protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations and two universities. The Virginia Beach boardwalk is three miles lined with hotels and restaurants with lanes for walkers, bicycles, roller blades, and surreys.

Orlando, Fla. – What else can you say about the city that has Disney World – aka the “Most Magical Place on Earth”? Orlando is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world, boasting 59 million visitors a year. The resort is 42,000 acres, with 24 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks and four golf courses. Other non-Disney parks in Orlando include SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort.

Ocean CityOcean City, Md. – Ocean city stretches along 10 miles of beach from the inlet to the Delaware State line. It offers a three-mile classic wooden boardwalk lines with hotels, food, games and shopping. Ocean City is visited mostly by people living in the Mid-Atlantic region, which hosts 8 million visitors annually.

 

 

Destin, Fla. – Who wouldn’t want to go to a place that has beautiful, clear green water and beaches with the whitest, softest sand in the world? Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast and sees 4.5 million visitors each year. One of the most popular activities in Destin is chartering fishing vessels. You can visit the two-year old Destin boardwalk that has water attractions, restaurants, zip lining and amusement rides.

New York, N.Y. – Home to more than 8 million people and the most populated city in the United States, the Big Apple hosts around 55 million visitors annually. The many districts and landmarks will keep you busy the entire time, with the most popular being Times Square, Broadway Theater District, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and list goes on. No wonder why they call it “the city that never sleeps.”

Las Vegas, Nev. – Leave the kids at home and head to the Entertainment Capital of the World, which hosts the best casinos, shopping, fine dining and nightlife in the country. Stay and walk on the Las Vegas strip, which is 4.2 miles long and has 15 of the world’s largest hotels on it. The most popular, free attractions are the fountains at the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage and Festival Fountain at Caesar’s Palace. If you have any money left over after visiting the numerous casinos, go see one of the many shows Las Vegas has to offer.

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Grand Strand stretches 60 miles of the South Carolina coast, making Myrtle Beach a vacation destination for 14 million visitors in the spring, summer and fall months. With 87 golf courses in the area, Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise. There is plenty to do, such as visiting Broadway by the Beach, Carolina Opry, Barefoot Landing, Legends in concert as well as countless restaurants and bars.

What other places are great vacation destinations for you and your family?

 

 

References: TripAdvisor.com, Disney.com, Wikipedia.com, Chamber of Commerce Sites for each city

Vegas, Baby! – Bekins Explores Las Vegas

Widely known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps.  Chock full of casinos, hotels, five-star restaurants and wildly popular entertainment shows, this city literally always has something going on.  While at first glance, Las Vegas might not seem like a family-friendly city, there is definitely an abundance of attractions for families as well as adults.  Read on for some information on top attractions and restaurants as well as Las Vegas moving companies that can help move you and your family to Vegas.

Las Vegas Restaurants

If you’re coming to Vegas for some delicious and delectable food, you’ll find that there really Lotus of Siam restaurantis no shortage of tantalizing tastes for your tongue.  A favorite of locals, visitors and foodies is Lotus of Siam.  This restaurant serves traditional (and delicious!) Thai fare. Don’t know what to order or aren’t familiar with Thai food? We suggest the drunken noodles.

If you’re looking to splurge in Vegas – and to be frank, where’s there a better place to splurge than Las Vegas? – look no further than Joël Robuchon. Located in the MGM Grand, this is opulence at its absolute best.  You can opt for the 16-course ‘Menu Degustation’ or if you’re not feeling quite that hungry, you’re Joel Robuchon Las Vegas restaurant interiorwelcome to order a la carte.  Patrons of the restaurant rave about the bread and dessert cart that come around throughout the meal as well as the impeccable service.

Las Vegas Entertainment Options

After you’ve sufficiently filled your stomach with delicious food, you’re ready to head to one of Vegas’ many shows.  While there are literally hundreds of entertainment options on the Strip and throughout the city, here are a few of Bekins’ favorites:

  • Fountains of Bellagio: Not only is this an impressive show, but it’s also one of the few freefountains of bellagio options in Las Vegas, and it happens frequently! During daytime hours – 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – there is a show every half hour.  Once nighttime hits – 7:00 p.m.-12:00a.m. – the show occurs every 15 minutes.  Watch as the water leaps and bounds, choreographed in cue with familiar songs.
  • Celine Dion: There’s no doubt that Celine Dion is one of the most revered vocalists and entertainers that has ever lived.  With musical hits spanning several decades, Celine returns to Las Vegas with a more intimate show, performing some of her greatest hits as well as paying homage to some of the greatest songs and artists of all time. And yes, she does sing “My Heart Will Go On”.
  • Michael Jackson ONE Las Vegas showMichael Jackson ONE: Cirque Du Soleil presents this amazing tribute to the King of Pop and his music.  With the signature acrobatics that Cirque is known for, this show is a moving portrayal of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits.

 

 

 

 

Of course, Las Vegas offers entertainment experiences that are second to none.  It goes without saying that there are hundreds more restaurants, entertainment venues, attractions, and casinos to explore.  So, why not move to Las Vegas and get a first-hand look at all the city has to offer?

Bekins Moving Companies

Luckily for you, Bekins Van Lines has a strong presence in the western part of the United States, with two Las Vegas full-service moving companies.  Founded in 1891, Bekins Van Lines is one of the oldest moving companies in the United States.

Las Vegas Moving Company 1: Bekins A-1 Movers located in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Moving Company 2: Blue Ribbon Relocation in North Las Vegas

 

Be sure to keep up with the rest of Bekins’ travels across the country, including visits to Denver, San Diego, Orlando and more.

Denver: Mile High, Mountains and Moving Companies

The city of Denver is widely known for its breathtaking beauty with clear views of the Rocky Mountains from its downtown skyline. Many people who move to Denver do so because of the plethora of outdoor activities that the city and surrounding area offer, including hiking, climbing, swimming, skiing and snowboarding… just to name a few.  Bekins is out to explore some of the best attractions, venues and restaurants that Denver offers.  We’ll also highlight two Denver moving companies who have the ability to get you to Denver faster than you can say Mile High City!

Outdoor Attractions

  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Red Rocks is one of the most widely known concert venues in the U.S., but did you know this venue houses way more than just a stage? The whole complex boasts hiking and biking trails as well as yoga, movies, and of course, world-class concerts.  Voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as the Best US Amphitheatre, this is one attraction you won’t want to miss.

    Red Rocks in Denver

    Red Rocks Amphitheatre

  • Winter Park Resort: If you’re visiting Denver in the winter months and wanting to do some serious skiing, then look no further than Winter Park Resort.  There are over 3,000 acres of skiable land good for any skill level and other activities such as snow tubing for those who aren’t quite as adventurous.  With great deals on lodging all year round, you can combine your accommodations with your entertainment.

Chow Down

  • Root Down: A local Denver favorite, Root Down prides itself on serving as much organic and locally produced food as possible.  Fans of the restaurant have embraced their Root Down in Denverattitude and suggest that you either order the Sweet Potato Fries with Curry-Lime Yogurt or make it in time for brunch.
  • Vesta Dipping Grill: If you’re a fan of dipping sauces, then you can’t miss Vesta Dipping Grill.  With over 20 choices to choose from, each meal is Vesta Dipping Grill logoaccompanied by three of the dipping sauces.  If desserts are more your calling, then you must try the sticky toffee pudding. Guess what! Even the desserts come with dipping sauces too!
  • Lola Denver: If Mexican food is your true calling, then a dinner at Lola’s needs to be in the books. Fans of the restaurant rave about the guacamole, but they also boast a ceviche bar, and a wide variety of favorites such has enchiladas, carnitas and carne asada.

Denver Moving Companies

This blog post could go on for days if we mentioned every attraction, restaurant and venue that Denver has, but hopefully this has given you a taste of what the city can offer. And as you can see, it offers a lot.  If you’re contemplating a move to the Mile High City, look no further than these two Denver moving companies that fall under the Bekins umbrella of agents.

This Is Moving: America

Follow along with Bekins as we continue our trek across America. Have you read our other blog posts? We’ve visited San Diego, Orlando, Cleveland, and Washington D.C.

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San Diego: Life’s beachy in this SoCal spot

San Diego

If your dream summer vacation or living destination includes idyllic beaches, sun-soaked surfers, plenty of restaurants and attractions, mild and beautiful weather – all with a laid-back vibe – then San Diego, Calif. might be your ideal location.  Only 100 or so miles from Los Angeles and adjacent San Diego skylineto the Mexican border, San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second biggest in California.  In addition to all that the city offers, Bekins Van Lines also boasts four high-quality San Diego full service interstate moving companies that can assist in your relocation.

Slap on some sunscreen, grab your swimsuit and read on to hear about some of San Diego’s hottest spots for residents and visitors alike.

Visit Old Town

If you’re a history buff (or even if you’re not!) you’re bound to enjoy this historical state park in San Diego.  At the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, you can learn about early Mexican and Old Town San Diego Historic State ParkAmerican life between 1821-1872.  With several museums like La Casa de Estudillo and the Mason Street School as well as festivals and community events on the Historic Plaza, you’re bound to always find something different going on at the state park.

Fuel with Food

After leaving the state park, fuel your appetite with some delicious and authentic Mexican food. Lucha Libre in San DiegoLocated in Mission Hills, Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop is known for tacos and burritos with great options for both carnivores and vegetarians.  If you’re daring, try the Surf & Turf Burrito filled with steak, shrimp and their super secret chipotle sauce. It’s a favorite for many of the restaurant goers.

Still not enough Mexican food? Then stop by Carnitas’ Snack Shack, a restaurant known for using food grown locally in the San Diego area.Carnitas' Snack Shack in San Diego  Because of the locally grown ingredients, Carnitas’ menu changes daily, however if pork belly is on the menu, locals suggest ordering that.  With a ton of flavor, you will love eating this and you’ll feel good about buying it knowing that the ingredients come from local farms and food vendors.

Beach Bum

San Diego boasts over 70 miles of beautiful coastline and with near-perfect weather almost every day, it would be a near sin to not visit some of the city’s beaches.  No matter your style, there are beach in San Diegobeaches that will fit it.  Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores, Windansea Beach and Ocean Beach are just a few of the many choices you have while visiting or living in San Diego.  If you get tired of lying on the sandy shores, each beach has tons of restaurants, shopping spots and attractions nearby. You’re guaranteed to have a great time no matter which seaside area you choose.

Move to Paradise

Have we convinced you that San Diego might just be paradise in disguise? We hope so! It’s a great location and near so many fun and entertaining attractions.  If you’re ready to pack your bags, there are tons of San Diego professional moving companies that can help you get there.

Stay Tuned

Keep following along with Bekins as we continue our travels across the U.S. So far, we’ve made stops in Orlando, Washington D.C. and Cleveland. Where do you think we’ll go next? Leave us a blog comment, Tweet us, or leave us a note on Facebook!

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Orlando: There are more than theme parks in Central Florida

Introducing Orlando

It’s no secret that Orlando is known for its theme parks.  With Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens all in the area, there is no shortage for family-friendly fun.  With a population of approximately 2.1 million people though, it’s obvious that there’s more to Orlando than it just being a tourist destination.  Read on to uncover some favorite local Orlando spots that make this city uniquely…well, Orlando!  We’ll also give you the names of some local Orlando moving companies and you’ll hear about an exciting Bekins-sponsored event happening in the area in a few months!

Outdoor Adventures

If you bypass the theme parks, but still want a thrilling adventure, look no further than Central Florida’s Everglades and Lake Kissimmee.  Offering tons of outdoor activities, a favorite of tourists and locals alike is the unique airboat ride.  There are several options out there, but some of our favorites are Kissimmee Swamp Tours, Spirit of the Swamp, and Wild Florida.  While this does Kissimmee Swamp Tours near Orlandorequire between a 30-60 minute drive to reach the airboats, it’s worth it to see the uniquely Florida wildlife. Think alligators, tropical birds and tortoises, just to name a few!

Explore Orlando

After finishing your airboat tour, you’ll probably be tired and hungry.  Head back into Orlando for our top picks of some of the most unique restaurants Orlando has to offer.  A local favorite, Lee Lee and Rick's Half Shell Oyster Bar in Orlando, FLand Rick’s Half Shell Oyster Bar could be categorized as a dive restaurant, but the seafood served here, especially the raw and steamed oysters, are some of the best that Central Florida has to offer.  If you’re looking for a more upscale pick, then head downtown to try Kres Chophouse, widely known as one of the best steakhouses in all of O-Town.  The filet is a favorite among customers, as is the white chocolate bread pudding.

Downtown Orlando Entertainment

After dinner, stay downtown to catch a performance at the Orlando Ballet.  Featuring classics like The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet as well as new creations, a night at the ballet will be a unique experience.  If live music is more your style, stay downtown and catch a show at one of the

Orlando Ballet

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many live music venues in the area such as Tanqueray’s or Back Booth or hit up the Amway Center for big-name shows and sporting events.

Move with Bekins and Orlando Moving Companies

As you can see, Orlando is a hub for tourists with the city’s many attractions and is also a quality Bekins official logoplace to live as well.  If you’re interested in moving, Bekins Van Lines has four Orlando moving companies within a 90 mile radius of the city who would love to help you with your move.

Additionally, Wheaton | Bekins Annual Conference is taking place in Orlando this year! With several guest speakers, networking opportunities, business strategies and tons of fun, this is one even that can’t be missed.  If you’re attending, be sure to coordinate some of the attractions featured in this blog during your time at the conference in Orlando.

This annual conference is Wheaton | Bekins’ biggest event, bringing together all the Orlando moving companies featured above as well as the rest of Wheaton | Bekins 370 moving agents.

Keep Updated

Be sure to continue following Bekins along as we travel across America. So far, we’ve reached Washington D.C. and Cleveland, Oh.  Watch next week to see where we’ll travel next.  Watch our Facebook page for a special clue about where we’re going!

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This Is Moving: Cleveland, Ohio

Next Stop: Cleveland, Ohio

Bekins Van Lines made its first stop on This Is Moving: America in Washington D.C., and this week, join us as we hop a few states over to visit the city of Cleveland, Ohio.    With a population of just under 400,000 people, Cleveland may be a medium-sized city, but it packs in quite a bit of bang for its population buck.  With the help of some participation from social media and Cleveland’s Official Web site, Positively Cleveland, Bekins is bringing you the best of the best that this city has to offer.  With information on what there is to do as well as high-quality Cleveland moving companies that can move you there, get ready to rock as we explore the land of Cleve… Cleveland!

University Circle

Focusing on University Circle, one square mile that serves as a hub of educational, medical, artistic and cultural institutions, Cleveland's University CircleCleveland really does have lots to offer both residents and visitors alike.  This unique area, the only place like it in America, is so concentrated with things to do that you could spend days exploring all the nooks and crannies.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is a can’t-miss-destination for anyone visiting or living in Cleveland.  This recently remodeled museum, whose collections are free of charge to visit, is known for its Asian and medieval European art.

If the performing arts are more your cup of tea, then you can’t miss The Cleveland Orchestra.  Located in the heart of University Circle, there is almost always something going on. The orchestra performs in Severance Hall, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and best-sounding concert halls in the United States.  Use their event calendar to plan your schedule.

Live Music

If you’re ready to hear some live music (which Cleveland is definitely known for) and you’re ready to get out of University Circle, then make sure you stop by Happy Dog.  With an eclectic mix of music Cleveland's Happy Dog– everything from rock to country to punk and even polka – this joint is sure to please all tastes in music.  Known for having a simple yet delicious menu, the hot dog is the main staple at Happy Dog.  Choose from over 50 toppings while listening to some of the best tunes in the city.

You can’t talk about Cleveland without talking about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  With seven floors of exhibits, four theaters, and tons of interactive Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Famestations, you can learn about legends like Quincy Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles… just to name a few.  The mission of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is to “educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music”. Judging by the more than nine million visitors who have visited the museum since 1995, the museum is definitely achieving its goal.

Pick Up and Move

With a city that has so much history, culture, music and delicious food, how could you not want to relocate here? Cleveland moving companies are ready and willing to talk with you to help figure out a plan for relocation.  Bekins Van Lines, one of the oldest and most trusted van lines in America, has a Cleveland moving company, Lincoln Moving & Storage, who is ready to answer any questions you might have.

Make sure to follow along with the rest of Bekins travels as we explore This Is Moving: America.

Leave us a comment on our blog or our Facebook page or Tweet us about where you’d like to see Bekins go next!

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This Is Moving: Washington D.C.

First Stop: Washington D.C.

A city steeped in history, Washington D.C. is a bustling capital city of over 600,000.  We know this city for its museums, politicians and the most famous dwelling in American history: The White House.  For history-buffs around the world, it’s a no-brainer to visit D.C., but what about those who are thinking about moving to America’s Capital City?  Read on as we highlight (with the help of the Official Tourism site of Washington D.C.) some unique aspects of the city and give you information on Washington D.C. moving companies to help you get there.

The Number One Priority: Eating

According to Washington.org, The Official Tourism Site of Washington D.C. “there are more than 100 restaurants located in downtown Washington D.C. alone, not including fast food, delis and take out.”  Whew. Talk about a lot of choices! We’ve whittled down the options to our two favorite international-based restaurants in the District of Columbia. Don’t even think about missing these on your visit or upon your move!

  • v Falafel: Well, the name of the restaurant pretty much describes its most popular dish.  You can get falafel served in burger form, on top of a salad, in a pita, or served via their signature Shawarma.  Any way you get your falafel, you’re sure to be happy with it.  Bonus? There’s a free salad bar full of toppings!
  • Tosca: The thought of Italian food induces my salivary glands to drool without concern for my public surroundings.  I’m constantly on the lookout for the best Italian restaurants no matter where I am.  This place is upscale and great for a night on the town.  Looking to stray away from the standard spaghetti and meatballs? Try their carrot flavored pappardelle with rabbit ragu!

Off the Beaten Path: Attractions in D.C.

The Smithsonian is a force to be reckoned with.  The National Mall is impressive in its grandeur.  The White House is both imposing and inspiring.  All of these places should be on your to-do list if you’re visiting the District of Columbia, without a doubt.  But what about those places that might get overlooked? Places that only locals or lifelong residents know about? Take a peak as we clue you in:

  • Dupont Circle: If you’re looking for D.C.’s hub of activity, Dupont Circle is your place.  Bursting  with bistros, boutiques and bars, international embassies and even its share of history (museums like the Woodrow Wilson House can be found in this area), Dupont Circle is sure to have something for everyone.  If you want to experience true Washingtonian living, be sure to
    The  Dupont Circle Fountain in Washington D.C.

    The Dupont Circle Fountain

    visit the neighborhood farmer’s market on Sunday for some of the most delicious, fresh and local produce D.C. has to offer.

  • Theodore Roosevelt Island: If outdoor adventure activities are more your cup of tea, then travel the short distance to the Theodore Roosevelt Island Park.  With offerings such as canoeing and kayaking down the historic Potomac River, running and walking trails and ranger-led programs, you might forget that you’re only minutes from the nation’s capital.
  • United States Botanic Garden: You can’t be in Washington D.C. and not visit a museum.  United States Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C.That’s a cardinal sin, right? Visit this unique museum for a chance to see the National Garden, the First Ladies Water Garden and the Rose Garden, just to name a few of the beautiful and fragrant stops along the way.  The admission is free, so feel free to visit as often as possible.

Ready to Move?

Have we convinced you that Washington D.C. is a great place to relocate? If so, we’ve provided four moving companies within 100 miles of the Capital who will gladly assist in your relocation.

Be a Backseat Driver

Did we feature your favorite parts of Washington D.C.? Did we miss something? Let us know! Leave us a comment, Tweet us, or post a comment on our Facebook page.

Stay on the road with us as we venture to a new destination next week.

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This Is Moving: America

Bit By The Travel Bug

Grab your camera, get some snacks, fill up your gas tank and check your oil because starting this month, Bekins Van Lines is embarking on a trek across the United States during This Is Moving: America to find out more about the country we call home.  Choosing a place to live or visit is no easy task when there are so many excellent and one-of-a-kind destinations to pick from.

How It Works

Join us every week as we travel to a different city. We’ll uncover some of the best restaurants and attractions offered as well as some no-nonsense facts like the cost of living and which interstate moving agents are available to help you get there smoothly and efficiently.   If you aren’t able to go on vacation this summer, then travel along with Bekins on this adventure.

Use Your Voice

We need your help to make sure this trip goes smoothly. Keep an eye on our Twitter: we will be asking for information on cities that we’ll be featuring. If you live in that metro area, let us know your favorite restaurants, attractions, and local hang-outs and you could end up on Bekins’ official blog or our other social media outlets.

Get ready for an excellent adventure as we explore This Is Moving: America!

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