Feel the Music at the Coolest Concert Venues in the US

There’s no better way to enjoy your favorite music artists than by seeing them perform live on stage with an audience full of cheering fans. From intimate shows to packed amphitheaters, concert venues across the country provide exciting environments to give you a musical experience to remember. Head to any of these venues to enjoy a dazzling live show with an impressive atmosphere to match.

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The Hollywood Bowl

This legendary venue has been a Los Angeles landmark for over a century with performances from some of the best acts in the world. The acoustically designed outdoor theater with a circular shape provides an impeccable sound as concertgoers attend bringing their own snacks, food and drinks to enjoy during the show.

 

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The Fillmore San Francisco

Finding its audience in the psychedelic music scene of the 1960s and 70s, this legendary venue is an iconic part of San Francisco history. A wall of vintage concert posters line the walls of the balcony seating as a tribute to the bevy of famous acts that have been in the Fillmore spotlight.   

 

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Gorge Amphitheater

You’ll never forget your concert experience at this venue that sits right along the Columbia River in Washington. With a maximum capacity of more than 20,000 people, the audience gets a view of their favorite artist along with a spectacular background of the Columbia gorge canyon.

 

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

You’ll have Mother Nature to thank for the unique concert experience at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater. Getting its name from the monumental, vibrant rock behind the stage, the expansive outdoor venue built in the 1940s has been the site of a number of renowned performers.

 

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The Bowery Ballroom

This legendary music venue has been home to some of New York City’s finest performers ever since it opened in 1998, becoming a staple in its Lower East Side neighborhood. The intimate space lets audiences get up close and personal with their favorite artists with balcony seating and standing room for up to 600 guests.

 

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Louisville Palace

Few venues in the country boast the authentic Spanish baroque style of Kentucky’s Louisville Palace. Originally built as a movie theater in 1928, the venue is a feast for the eyes with elegant details around every corner. Box seating in the auditorium resembles the streets of Spain with a night sky painted on the ceiling to complete the scene.

 

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Radio City Music Hall

This world-renowned venue is a part of New York City history with millions of people visiting since its opening in 1932. With two acres worth of space, it stands as the world’s largest indoor theater that’s also home to the world’s largest stage curtains. You’ll never forget your visit to the massive venue enjoying music along with a sea of concertgoers.

 

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The Wiltern

This unique Los Angeles space was originally built as a vaudeville theater, but is now home to some of LA’s best musical performances. The art deco design and murals create a beautiful backdrop to nightly concerts, award shows, and events. The tiered ground floor means everyone has the perfect view to see their favorite artists.

 

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House of Blues New Orleans

While most House of Blues venues have a similar look, the New Orleans location has the added touch of integrating the feel of the historic, musical city. Aside from being a popular live music venue, it also has the largest collection of folk art in the country with over 600 pieces adorning the space.

 

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The El Rey Theater

The El Rey began as a movie theater when it first opened its doors on Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile in 1936. It later became a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and now the art deco style ballroom plays host to live music performances from world-renowned artists.  

 

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Experience the Outback at a Luxury Australian Resort

If you’re in the mood for a luxury vacation, head down under to visit one of Australia’s lavish resorts. With plenty of coastline to take advantage of, there are destinations all across the continent that provide beachside stays in tropical environments. With stunning views from every angle, book an Australian getaway for beautiful weather and natural landscapes that will make for the trip of a lifetime.

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Southern Ocean Lodge – Southern Australia

Overlooking a panoramic ocean view at the top of a secluded cliff, Southern Ocean Lodge mixes the shoreline with the wilderness in a clean, modern design. Each of the 21 suites offers views of Kangaroo Island’s beauty along with lavish furnishings that are built for rest and relaxation. The eco-friendly design with artwork from local artisans integrates the landscape of the destination with all the comforts of a luxury stay. The abundance of wildlife is sure to entertain while the rich soil of Southern Australia lends to fresh, organic ingredients incorporated into the resort’s dining menus.

 

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Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge

Longitude 131 – Northern Territory

Enjoy a tranquil escape when you visit this resort in the beautiful Uluru-Kata Tjuta. You’ll get to enjoy breathtaking views of the sacred Uluru mountain alongside the World Heritage-listed national park. Learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous Anangu Australians while exploring the terrain to get in touch with the natural environment. Guests can take in the elements by lounging on the balcony deck in each of the resort’s luxury suites to get the full experience of the outback.

 

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Photo: Longitude 131

Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania

The luxury suites and private pavilions at this resort will help you relax through taking in the views of Tasmania’s East Coast. The stunning landscape of greenery and rolling hills will transport you to another place and time with modern architecture placing you in the middle of a contemporary escape. The resort also offers one-of-a-kind experiences including cooking demonstrations, private guided hikes, or activities like kayaking and beach biking to keep your island adventure exciting.

 

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Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa – New South Wales

This retreat in the Greater Blue Mountains is home to over 40 luxury villas that promise privacy and seclusion while you get in touch with the natural surroundings. Watch the sunrise on the veranda or take a dip in the pool with the backdrop of a the scenic valley. Situated in between two national parks, the resort only accounts for 1% of the expansive site boasting a 7,000-acre wildlife reserve. Enjoy elegant Australian cuisine at either of the onsite restaurants, and toast glasses at the intimate bar featuring a walk-in wine cellar.

 

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Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Qualia Resort – Queensland

With an unparalleled view of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia gives the ultimate luxury experience with a private location on Hamilton Island. Each of the resort’s 60 pavilions provides an escape into an elegant getaway with amenities like private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The Hamilton Island Golf Club, the only island championship golf course in the country, keeps guests entertained with dazzling views of the ocean as the backdrop to each round.

 

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Photo: Qualia Resort

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7 Travel Destinations for a Winter Getaway

Winter travel season is one of the best with snow-capped mountains and cozy luxury hideaways making for a perfect vacation. Whether you’re planning to hit the slopes for an active trip, or get away to a place where winter months are filled with sunshine, you can take advantage of your vacation time by booking a trip for a change of scenery.

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Belize

Who needs freezing cold temperatures when you can book a stay on this beautiful Caribbean Island? Sandy, white beaches are guaranteed with the weather perfect for diving into the sparkling blue ocean. Explore Belize’s ancient Mayan ruins or hike through lush jungles for an adventurous trip to remember.

 

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St. Barts

Head to this French West Indies Island for boating, kayaking, and numerous other ways to enjoy their sunny winter days. You’ll have plenty of time to experience the ocean with 14 public beaches to choose from for your preferred place to lounge. The historical island has museums and 17th century architecture that will let you take in some culture alongside your time relaxing.

 

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Colombia

Explore beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants, and bustling marketplaces when you visit Colombia. Their busy season starts in December and lasts throughout the winter with many travelling from all over the world to take in the picturesque landscapes. If you’re a fan of nightlife, head to the capital city of Bogota for a night out on the town in this exciting South American country.

 

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Rome

While it doesn’t offer warm weather or ocean waves, visiting Rome during winter means you can avoid maneuvering the crowds to make the most out of your travel time. Experience Rome’s rich culture through visiting the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and all the city’s best landmarks while indulging in authentic Italian cuisine that’s sure to make your mouth water.

 

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New Zealand

If you’re looking to avoid any hint of winter during your vacation, New Zealand is the place for you. With opposite seasons to North America, their summery months beginning in December will keep you nice and warm enjoying their bright, sunny days. The breathtaking scenery throughout the country is unmatched with rainforests and gardens to natural coves providing a feast for your eyes.

 

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Moscow

For those who want to embrace winter wholeheartedly, try visiting Moscow for an unexpectedly perfect place to have a great winter experience. With weather similar to U.S. cities during the winter, you’ll appreciate the change of scenery with palatial buildings as a backdrop and a tourist-free experience. Winter is the height of Moscow’s theater season, allowing you to take in some cultural Eastern European entertainment.

 

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Costa Rica

Try your luck in this coastal getaway that ranges from dry to rainy during North American winter months. This tourist hot spot will be all yours with beautiful shorelines ready for surfing and a one-of-a-kind selection of wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. The vibrant greenery will make its mark as you take in the sights of this Central American locale.

 

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Catch the Game at Los Angeles’ Best Sports Bars

There’s no better place to watch the big game than in a room full of fans cheering on your team. Los Angeles may not be known as a sports town, but fans from all over know just where to go for beer, bites, and an entertaining game. While some might enjoy more divey options, head to any of these spots for a refined sports bar experience during your stay in LA.

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40 Love

The newest player in West Hollywood’s selection of sports bars is h.wood group’s 40 Love. The country club-inspired lounge is filled with TVs for you to catch a game while enjoying a more upscale experience. The outdoor greenery mixed with elevated bar food creates the perfect environment for entertainment.

 

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The Parlor

A staple on Melrose, the indoor/outdoor space at The Parlor helps to redefine the sports bar experience through mixing comfort food with a classic design. With more than 50 TVs for you to tune into, your team is sure to be playing in the chic West Hollywood spot.

 

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Beelmans

This unique Downtown eatery is a great place to catch the game, especially if you’re a fan of a plant-based meal. Their meatless menu will have you doing a double take as dishes provide a delicious alternative to classic bar food. There are also plenty of beers on tap to keep you buzzing as the big game plays on their mounted screens.

 

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The Nickel Mine

Duck into this spacious spot if you’re in the mood for beer, sports, and delicious pizza. This neighborhood spot has everything you’ll need to enjoy yourself, including a private event space if you want to invite some friends. Whether it’s for happy hour or a late-night outing, you can’t go wrong at this Santa Monica destination.

 

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Thunderbird

Head over to Thunderbird to experience the Southwest right in the middle of West LA. The deserts of Tucson inspired the décor while Tex-Mex bites fill the menu at this Santa Monica destination. Watch the big game while sipping a beer or choose from one of their innovative signature cocktails to quench your thirst.

 

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Mohawk Bend

You won’t be able to resist a pizza from this Silver Lake locale that serves up tasty dishes that are sure to complement your night out. A projection screen shows sporting events while plenty of beers on tap give you all the options you need to stay buzzing throughout the night.

 

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Caseys Irish Pub

This classic Downtown watering hole is perfect for both watching games and playing them. Show off your amateur ski ball, ping pong and foosball skills while watching the professionals on one their many screens. Whiskey is always a good choice in the Irish-inspired pub, or grab a beer to toast to your favorite team.

 

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Imperial Western

If you’re ever killing time at Union Station, head into the newly revamped Imperial Western brewery to catch a game while enjoying some of their craft beers freshly brewed onsite. Grab a spot at the bar for a front row seat to the TV while snacking from a menu of burgers, tacos, and seafood.

 

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Brunch Like a Champion in New York City

New York City is one of the best destinations in the world for foodies looking to dig into the scene of delicious, multi-cultural options. Brunch is a staple as the social element of catching up with friends encourages patrons to get out and about for a midday feast. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, these brunch spots are sure to impress during your next visit to the Big Apple.

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Cookshop

This simplistic American eatery in Chelsea serves up delicious plates you can count on to satisfy your brunch cravings. The busy space will be worth the wait as you dine from their seasonal menu of eggs, sandwiches and other mouth-watering bites.

 

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Atla

This contemporary Mexican destination mixes a simple aesthetic with flavorful favorites. You can chow down on enchiladas and chilaquiles or try something new with duck wings and cauliflower tacos to round out your meal.

 

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Red Rooster

Travel to the heart of Harlem to experience this American-inspired neighborhood hot spot. The rich culture of the community inspires the food with weekend brunch offering up biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and apple pie that will make you feel right at home.

 

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Dimes

This Lower East Side hot spot is well known for its brand that extends further than being just a restaurant. Outside of grabbing a bite at the Dimes Market or deli nearby, the Dimes restaurant dishes up tasty brunch dishes that are both savory and sweet.

 

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Fairfax

You’ll have no problem relaxing with Fairfax’s welcoming, neighborhood vibe of homey décor and all-day café hours. The Mediterranean brunch menu of small plates pairs well with the quality wine list, giving the West Village space its wine bar label.

 

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Jacobs Pickles

A touch of Southern comfort is brought to your plate at Jacob’s Pickles in the Upper West Side. The charming environment of rustic wooden accents gives a nostalgic feel while the “beer, biscuits and pickles” will take your tastebuds on an American journey.

 

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Upland

With attention to seasonal ingredients, your brunch experience is sure to be fresh with Upland’s philosophy of global dining. The California-inspired cuisine of eggs, sandwiches and pastas take rural elements of the great outdoors to combine with NYC’s urban landscape.

 

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Jacks Wife Freda

This NYC staple has two locations that both deliver flavor-filled cuisine influenced from the multi-cultural beginnings of the restaurants’ owners. The bustling crowds of stylish brunch-lovers keep things busy as hungry patrons feast on the one-of-a-kind culinary mix of South African and Israeli cuisine.

 

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Café Mogador

Head to one of Café Mogador’s locations to eat, drink and be merry thanks to their mouth-watering menu of Moroccan-inspired cuisine. This award-winning brunch destination will add some spice to your life along with house-made breads and savory roasted tomatoes and potatoes.

 

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abcV

If you’re in the market for a meat-free brunch, abcV serves up dishes that are sure to surpass expectations. Whether you’re in the mood for fruits, grains or pancakes, their unassumingly plant-based menu will leave you feeling satisfied.

 

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Agave

If you’re in the mood for a margarita brunch, head to Agave for an Arizona-inspired space with whimsical Mexican dishes. This West Village hot spot also provides you with an extensive tequila selection that makes for a boozy way to start your day.

 

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