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The Black Enterprise African American travel guide presented by Allstate.

WELCOME

We are constantly striving to achieve a balance between the demands of our careers and our person lives. Escaping the pressures of everyday life to connect with family and friends has far-reaching benefits on your personal health, relationships and professional outlook. With that in mind, we have once again joined with Allstate to create this historic travel guide to assist you and your families with your travel endeavors.

To help you celebrate and plan for a fantastic journey, Allstate has sponsored this African American Travel Guide specifically for you. This is a compilation of 20 destinations that have a special appeal to African Americans. We invite you and your family to explore the many excitingly diverse and cultural selections that make each city unique. The Convention and Visitors Bureau of each respective city sought to provide a sampling of the best shopping restaurants golf and spa resorts, and exciting activities for your family to enjoy.

As you seek to re-energize and create wonderful memories during your travels this season, know that Allstate values your family.

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ATLANTA

www.atlantareunions.net

1-800-ATLANTA

With more than 200 cultural attractions and 8,000 restaurants, Atlanta can best be described as exciting, entertaining and enjoyable. Restaurants: Justin's (2200 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, 404-603-5353): Caribbean and southern food. Pascal's (180 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 404-525-2023). Golf Clubs: Bobby Jones Golf Course (384 Woodward Way, Atlanta, 770-773-7480). Nightspots/Entertainment: eleven50 (1150 Peachtree St., Atlanta, 404-874-3006): Modern, upscale lounge and art gallery providing eclectic music, art and cuisine. Blues in the Alley (155 Kenny's Alley, Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta, 404-584-7557): The hottest blues nightclub in downtown Atlanta. Spas/Salons: DASS Salon & Spa, (3393 Peachtree Rd., Suite 2038, Atlanta, 770-393-8303): Some of the best stylists and massage therapists in Atlanta. Shopping: Little Five Points and Virginia-Highland are two diverse neighborhoods located on the edge of downtown, full of art galleries, eclectic boutiques and specialty eateries. Exciting Activities for kids: Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site (450 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, 404-331-5190): King Center site that tells the life story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the civil rights movement. Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta (275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta, 404-659-5437): Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Andrew Young, Mayor Shirley Franklin, Gladys Knight, India Arie, and Usher.

BALTIMORE

www.Baltimore.org

1-800-343-3468 Ext. 7065

Long ago nicknamed Charm City because of its friendly citizenry and picturesque neighborhoods, Baltimore is famous for its inner Harbor, Chesapeake Bay crabs, maritime heritage and local characters. Restaurants: Timothy Dean Bistro (1717 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, 410-534-5650, tdbistro.com): American-French cuisine, spectacular wines, a lively bar, and casual yet refined decor. Golf Clubs: Bulle Rock Golf Course (320 Blenheim Lane, Havre de Grace, 410-939-8887, BulleRock.com). Nightspots/Entertainment: Power Plant Live! (34 Market Place, Baltimore, 410-727-LIVE, powerplantlive.com): Premier dining and entertainment district, features seven restaurants and eight nightclubs. Spas/Salons: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa (Village of Cross Keys, Baltimore, 410-343-3636). Monica's Salon & Spa (106 Water St., Baltimore, 410-625-2565). Shopping: Foil's Point, the waterfront maritime heart of Baltimore, features antiques, boutiques and a touch of the off-beat. The Shops at Cross Keys, North Baltimore features a wide variety of both your favorite chains and unique locally owned boutiques. Exciting Activities for Kids: Ride the Ducks of Baltimore (25 Light St., Baltimore, 410-727-DUCK, baltimoreducks.com): See the city from both land and sea as the expedition takes you through historic sites and neighborhoods. Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 888-848-BIRD,orioles.com). Favorite African American Native Sons/ Daughters: Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Thurgood Marshall, Jada Pinkett Smith.

CHARLOTTE

www.visitcharlotte.com

1-800-722-1994 Ext. 730

Charlotte is a city that celebrates its differences and comes together to create a great atmosphere for African Americans. It is a historical, world-class city with Southern hospitality that is slowly making a name for itself. Golf Clubs: Highland Creek Golf Club (7001 Highland Creek Parkway, 704-875-9000): 15,000 square-foot clubhouse. Renaissance Park Golf Course (1525 W. Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, 704-357-3373): One of Charlotte's premier public golf courses. Restaurants: Mert's Heart & Soul (214 N. College St., 704-342-4222): Low Country and Cajun Cuisine. Nightspots/ Entertainment: Varga Lounge (305 W. Fourth St., 704-338-1441): sophisticated; upscale night life. Excelsior Club (921 Beatties Ford Rd., 704-334-5709): Historic black nightclub since the 1950's. Spas/Salons: Oasis Day Spa (2036 East 7th St., 704-333-8777): Array of day spa services ranging from massages, facials and skin care, body services, and specialty pedicures. Shopping: Concord Mills (8111 Concord Mills Blvd., 704-979-5000): Named the No. 1 tourist attraction in N.C. SouthPark Mall (4400 Sharon Rd., 704-364-4411), Features upscale stores. Exciting Activities for Kids: Discovery Place (301 N. Tryon St., 704-372-6261): One of the too hands-on science centers in the nation. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Romare Bearden; K.C. & Jo-Jo; Anthony Hamilton; Kelvin Seabrooks, WBA Lightweight Champion; Harvey Gant, first African American to attend Clemson University.

CHICAGO

www.877chicago.com

1-877-CHICAGO

Illinois has soul and Chicago is its heart. The city is spacious, urban and full of life--offering the best in outdoor festivals, restaurants, shopping, cultural attractions, nightlife and beaches. Restaurants: Blu 47 (4655 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, 773-536-6000): New hot spot, serving American food with a Cajun/Creole accent. MacAuthurs (5401 W. Madison, Chicago, 773-261-2316): Soul food. The Negro League Care (301 E. 43rd St., Chicago, 773-536-7000): Dedicated to the Negro League Baseball players, this cafe serves a mix of Caribbean and Soul Food. Golf Clubs: Harborside International Golf Center (11001 South Doty Ave East, Chicago, 773-660-0707). Joe Louis the Champ Golf Course (13100 South Halsted Street, Riverdale, 708-849-1731). Nightspots/Entertainment: Crocodile Lounge (221 W. Van Buren, Chicago, 312-427-9290): Slightly upscale at night, offering a beer garden and lounge. Spas/Salons: Honey Child Spa (735 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, 312-573-1300, honeychildspa.com). Shopping: The Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Ave., Chicago): Four major shopping centers and upscale boutiques. Exciting Activities for Kids: Navy Pier (600 E. Grand, 800-595-PIER, navypier.com). Chicago Children's Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, Tempest Bledsoe, Carol Mosley Braun, Harold Washington, Richard Pryor, Quincy Jones, Curtis Mayfield, Danitra Vance.

CLEVELAND

www.travelcleveland.com

1-800-321-1001

Cleveland has a heritage rich in tradition and ethnic diversity, world-class cultural arts, the best orchestra and spectacular theatre, such as Karamu House, the oldest African American theater of the nation, Restaurants: XO Prime Steak House (500 W. St Clair Ave., Cleveland, 216-861-1919): Steakhouse dining with a menu that includes snapping fresh lobster, crab legs and seafood. Angle's Soul Food (216-426-8890), Southern and soul food. Golf Clubs: Big Met Golf Course-Cleveland Metroparks Pro Shop (4811 Valley Pkwy., Cleveland, 440-331-1070). Seneca Golf Course (975 Metro Valley Pkwy., Cleveland, 216-348-7274). Nightspots/Entertainment: D'Vine Wine Bar (836 W. St. Clair Ave., Cleveland). 806 Wine and Martini Bar (806 Literary Rd., Cleveland 216-696-4806). Spas/Salons: Les Amis (Tower City, Cleveland 216-589-9999). Mario's (330-562-6121, marios spa.com). Shoppings: Tower City Center (1500 W. 3rd St., Cleveland 216-736-7640). Westgate Mall (3211 Westgate, Fairview Park, 440-333-8334). Exciting Activities for Kids: Cedar Point Amusement Park (Sandusky, 419-626-0830, cedarpoint.com): "Best Amusement Park in the World" in 2004 (Amusement Today) for seventh straight year. Geauga Lake (1060 N. Aurora Rd., Aurora, 330-562-7131, geaugalake.com): Great rides, ten thrilling coasters, two children's areas and an incredible water park. Cleveland Metropark Zoo & Raiaforest (3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, 216-661-6500, clemetzoo.com): 3,000 animals occupy 168 rolling, wooded acre. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Halle Berry, Dorothy Dandridge, Arsenic Hall.

COLUMBUS

www.experiencecolumbus.com

1-800-354-2657

Experience Columbus, the city BET ranks as the No. 1 city in the United States for African American families. Columbus' attractions range from a vibrant arts scene to one of the nation's largest universities to a renowned zoo, exciting sports, lively urban entertainment districts and fine restaurants. Golf Clubs: Longaberger Golf Club (One Long Drive, Nashport, 740-763-1100, longaberger.com). Restaurants: BrownStone on Main (122 E. Main St., Columbus, 614-222-3005, brownstoneonmain.com): Farm-raised catfish, slow-cooked barbecue, ribs, and jambalaya. Nightspots/Entertainment: Barrister Hall (560 S. High St., Columbus, 614-621-1213): An upscale club featuring jazz bands. Blues Station (147 Vine St., Columbus, 614-884-2583): Features national and regional blues acts. Spas/Salons: Charles Penzone Grand Salons (771 Polaris Parkway, Lewis Center, 614-410-6550, charlespenzone.com). Shopping: The Book Loft of Columbus (631 S. Third St., Columbus, 614-464-1774, bookloft.com). Easton Town Center (160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, 614-416-7000, eastontowncenter.com): One of the city's two new major shopping destinations, entertainment, dining, and retail, indoor/outdoor setting. Exciting Activities for Kids: COSI Columbus (333 W. Broad St., Columbus, 614-629-3228, cosi.org): Interactive science center. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (9990 Riverside Dr., Powell, 614-645-3550, columbuszoo.org): National recognition for breeding cheetahs and lowland gorillas, country's largest collection of reptiles. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Archie Griffin, only two-time Heisman Trophy winner; Jesse Owens, Olympic champion.

DALLAS

www.visitdallas.com

1-800-249-6760 Ext. 1039

The city of Dallas offers many cultural and recreational activities for African American travelers. Golf Clubs: Cedar Crest Park Golf Course (1800 Southerland, 214-670-7615): Offers a scenic hill layout with a panoramic view of Dallas' skyline, Restaurants: The South Side Grill (1326 S. Lamar St., 214-426-0882): Contemporary with an eclectic dining experience. Crayton's Restaurant & Bar (841 Exposition Ave., 214-821-8200): Soulful jazz and fine art, Southern comfort food. Nightspots/Entertainment: Billy G's (7115 Mavin D. Love Fwy. (US 67, 972-780-1133): Beautiful and upscale black nightclub. GiGi's Jazz (5915 E. Northwest Hwy., 214-692-7088): Dallas' hot spots for smooth jazz. Spas/Salons: Paula McClure Mood Spa (2723 McKinney Ave., 214-303-1223). Sincerely Yours Bay Spa & Salon (3401 West Airport Freeway, 972-252-7355). Shopping: Uptown Dallas Retail & Entertainment District (McKinney Ave & Routh St., 214-922-9622): 125-year-old neighborhood, new clubs, shops and restaurants. Black Images Book Bazaar (230 Wynnewood Village Shopping Center, 214-943-0142): A cultural icon, African American literary events, books, cards and other cultural gifts. Exciting Activities for Kids: Science Place--Fair Park (1318 Second Ave., 214-428-5555): More than 200 hands-on exhibits. National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame (1720 Gendy Street Forth Worth, 817-336-4475): The world's only museum honoring the women of the American West. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Erykah Badu, Juanita Craft, Jamie Foxx, T. D. Jakes.

HOUSTON

www.visithoustontexas.com

1-800-4-HOUSTON

Where can you go for the best in entertainment, sports, cultural arts, shopping, dining and nightlife? Look no further than Houston, SpaceCity, USA. Restaurants: freebeards (315 Travis St., 713-228-2622): Urban Southern cooking. Pesce (3029 Kirby Dr., 713-522-4858): Posh seafood haven. Golf Clubs, Bedstone Golf Club (5860 Wilson Rd., Humble, 281-454-6590). Boustonian Golf Club (12600 Houstonian Dr., Richmond, 281-494-4244). Nightspots/Entertainment: The Main Event is downtown Houston's entertainment district, with more than 70 dining and entertainment options to choose from. Opus Club (412 Main St., 713-222-6787): Trendy downtown lounge ambience, hip-hop tunes and beautiful people. Spas/Salons: Sensia Studio & Japanese Day Spa (1711 Post Oak Blvd., 713-627-0070). Shopping: Gallery 3917 (3917 Main, 713-529-5262): Exhibits include genres of art from a diverse multicultural artists around the globe. Highland Village (4055 Westheimer, 713-850-3100): Houston's premier shopping and dining destination. Rice Village: One of Houston's oldest and best-loved shopping destinations since the 1930s. Exciting Activities for Kids, Children's Museum of Houston: Combining adventure and education, CMH is ranked among the top children's museums in the country by Child magazine. Houston Museum of Natural Science: The fourth most visited museum in the nation. The Kemah Boardwalk (Bradford and 2nd St., Kemah): 20 miles from downtown Houston, the perfect family getaway. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Beyonce, George Foreman, Debbie Allen.

FAST FACT: 74% of travel by African Americans is taken for leisure.

INDIANAPOLIS

www.indy.org

1-800-323-4639

Indianapolis is rich with African American culture! Events such as the Indiana Black Expo and the Circle City Classic attract more than 600, 000 people to downtown Indianapolis annually. Restaurant: Scholar's Inn Gourmet Cafe & Wine Bar (717 N. College Ave., Bloomington, 812-332-1892). This beautifully decorated restaurant is the perfect downtown spot for dinner and drinks. The Music Mill, (3720 E 82nd St., 317-841 1850): Offers a unique setting of restaurants, bars and concert venues. Golf Clubs: Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel (1964 Burning Tree Lane, Carmel, 317-844-9938): Site of the 1991 PGA and 1994 U.S. Women's Open championships and was awarded the 2005 Solheim Cup Golf Tournament. Nightspots/Entertainment: Blu Martini (4705 E. 96th St., 317-566-8650): Restaurant by day and lounge by night, one of the cities hottest places dine and drink. Vizion Restaurant/Vapour Lounge (5252 E. 82nd St., 317-577-9570): Enjoy the best of both worlds at this exclusive restaurant and nightclub. Spas/Salons: Complexions Bay Spa (735 Massachusetts Ave., 317-423-9000): State-of-the-art facility, private treatment rooms, VIP pedicure room, showers and a Thai herbal sauna, shopping: Massachusetts Avenue: Referred to as Mass Ave., this eclectic district has a diverse offering of unique shopping. Broad Ripple Village: Trendy meets retro in this funky near north side neighborhood. Exciting Activities for Kids: Children's Museum of Indianapolis (3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, 317-334-3322): One of the world's best and most progressive children's museums. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Major Taylor, Oscar Robertson, Madame C.J. Walker.

JACKSONVILLE

www.visitjacksonville.com

1-800-733-2668

An unmatched adventure in contrast, Jacksonville and the Beaches provide a distinctly different Florida experience. Nestled in the Northeast curve of the Atlantic coastline, the vibrant oceanfront community delivers a flawless display of breathtaking natural beauty balanced by a polished metropolitan flair. Restaurants: Eclate Jazz Club (331 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 904-354-8833): Featuring Louisiana soul food and live Jazz every Saturday night. Golf Clubs: Tpc At Sawgrass Stadium Course (110 TPC Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-273-3235): Home of the Player Championship and the legendary water hole at the 17th. Nightspots/Entertainment: Club Kartouche (618 W. Forsyth St., 904-475-0009): Upscale entertainment at its finest. Jim's Place (7900 Arlington Expressway, 904-725-0327): Hottest venue in town on Friday and Saturday nights. Spas/Salons: Jagged Edge (5895 Saint Augustine Road, 904-636-0787): Offers a full range of hair and spa services. Meobachi Salon & Spa (6850 Saint Augustine Rd., 904-739-7256): Opened in a unique space reflective of owner Semone Blair's Jamaican heritage. Shopping: The Rose Agency Personal Image Consulting & Custom Clothier (205 North Laura St., 904-358-6288): Caters to high-end clientele living life in the spotlight. Exciting Activities for Kids: Adventure Landing (1944 Beach Blvd., 904-246-4386): Entertainment park offering go-karts, a mega-arcade, laser tag, batting cages and Mini-golf. Jacksonville Zoological Gardens (8605 Zoo Pkwy., 904-757-4463): The only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: James Weldon Johnson, author Lift Every Voice and Sing.

KANSAS CITY

www.visitkc.com

1-800-767-7700 Ext. 3852

An energetic city forged by a rich history, Kansas City is just like the barbecue it's famous for: spicy, unforgettable and friendly. Restaurants: Peachtree at 18th & Vine (1512 E. 18th St., 816/472-8733, peachtreekansascity.com) brings upscale elegance to African American themed restaurants. RedVine Cajun Restaurant & Jazz House (1700 E. 18th St., 816/472-8463, redvine.net) features Cajun and Caribbean food along with live jazz and comedy. Golf Clubs: Bent Oak Golf Club (1300 S.E. 30th St., Oak Grove, 816.690.3028): One of K.C.'s best kept secrets--received Golf Digest's 3 1/2 star rating. Nightspots/Entertainment: Blue Roam (1600 E. 18th St., 816/474-2929, www.american jazzmuseum.com) is part of the American Jazz Museum and focuses exclusively on the Kansas City jazz heritage. The Epicurean (7502 Troost, 816/333-4541) and Old School (8825 Troost, 816-444-1040). Spas/Salons: Rio Salon & Spa (170 English Landing Dr. Ste. 131, Parkville, 816-468-5544). Naturally Salon & Spa (2450 Grand Ave., 203, Kansas City, 816-471-8138). shopping: The River Market offers a weekend farmers' market and more than 30 specialty stores filled with souvenirs, imported goods and unusual finds. Exciting Activities for Kids: Kaleidoscope (Crown Center 2501 McGee Trfwy., Kansas City, 816-274-8300): Art studio where children can be creative, ages 5-12 and family sessions for children of all ages! Kansas City Zoo (6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, 816-513-5700). Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Charlie Parker, one of the most innovative and influential jazz musicians ever.

MEMPHIS

www.memphistravel.com

1-800-873-6282 Ext. 312

Known as the "Home of the Blues," Memphis is a destination city with plenty of soul. Restaurants: B.B. King's Blues Club (143 Beale St., Memphis, 901-524-5464): Soul Food, Blues music memorabilia. Isaac Hayes Music, Food, Passion (150 Peabody Place, Memphis, 901-529-9222): Upscale restaurant and nightclub. Golf Clubs: Cherokee Valley Golf Club (6635 Crumpler Blvd., Olive Branch, 901-525-GOLF). The Links at Audubon (4160 Park Ave., Memphis, 901-683-6941). Nightspots/ Entertainment: Beale Street Entertainment District (203 Beale St., 901-526-0110, bealestreet.com): Three blocks of more than 30 nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops. Spas/Salons: Fogelman Downtown YMCA (245 Madison, Memphis, 901-527-9622). Body Shop Healthplex (147 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, 901-523-1997). Shopping: Cooper Young Business Association (936 S. Cooper St., 901-726-7222): Features shops and galleries, restaurants and coffee houses. Memphis Antique & Design District (Central Ave. & Cooper St., 901-726-0755). Exciting Activities for Kids: The Children's Museum of Memphis (2525 Central Ave., Memphis, 901-458-2078): Provides interactive exhibits and programs. The Pink Palace Museum (3050 Central Ave., Memphis, 901-320-6320): Features the Pink Palace Mansion, a planetarium and history exhibits. Jillian's Entertainment Complex (150 Peabody Place, Memphis, 901543-8800): A unique dining and entertainment complex. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues. Rev. Al Green, R&B Artist.

FASTFACT: Compared to overall US travel, 3 times as many African American trips involve group tours.

MIAMI

www.miamiandbeaches.com

1-800-933-8448

Considered to be one of the nation's most exciting cities, Miami is not only a tropical paradise destination, but also a melting pot of cultural venues and happening attractions. Restaurants. Wish (801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-9474): One of SoBe's hippest restaurants. Ortanique on the Mile (278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-446-7710): Sophisticated Caribbean restaurant. Golf Clubs: Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-445-1926, biltmorehotel.com). Doral Golf Resort & Spa (4400 NW 87 Ave., Miami, 305-592-2000, doralresort.com. Nightspots/Entertainment: BED Restaurant & Lounge (929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-9070). Tantra Restaurant & Lounge (1445 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach, 305-672-4765). Nikki Beach Club (One Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-538-1111). Spas/Salons: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, 305-913-8288, mandarin oriental.com). The Spa at the Setai Hotel (2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-520-6100, ghmhotels.com). Shopping. Dolphin Mall Outlet Shopping (11401 NW 12 St., Miami, 305-365-7446). Dadeland Mall (7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 305.665.6227). Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.935.1110). Exciting Activities for Kids: Swimming with the Dolphins at Miami Seaquarium (4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key B iscayne, 305-361-5705). Parrot Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, 305-400-7000). Miami Children's Museum (980 McArthur Causeway, Miami, 305-373-5437). Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Sidney Poitier, Academy Award-winning actor; Ben Vereen, actor.

MILWAUKEE

www.visitmilwaukee.org

1-800-554-1448

Wisconsin's largest city, Milwaukee, is a city made up of many cultures and ethnicities, culminating in a rich fabric draping the city in a wide diversity of traditions and customs. Restaurants: Dream Dance (1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee, 414847-7883): Extravagant elegance. Milwaukee Chop House (633 N. 5th St., Milwaukee, 414-226-CHOP): Great steak and seafood. Golf Courses: Brown Deer Park Golf (7835 N. Green Bay Rd., Milwaukee, 414-352-8080): Where Tiger Woods played his first tournament as a professional golfer. Nightspots/Entertainment: Riverwalk (downtown Milwaukee): Restaurants, bistros, outdoor cafes and shops. Miller Park (One Brewers Way, Milwaukee, 414-902-4528). Blu (424 E. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, 414-273-8222): Sophisticated cocktail lounge atop the Pfister Hotel. Spas/Salons: Sundara Spa (920 Canyon Rd., Wisconsin Dells, 888-735-8181). Kohler Waters Spa (444 Highland Dr., Kohler, 866-928-3777). Spa Roma Urban Day Spa (727 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee, 414-224-0456): One of Milwaukee's premier spas. Shopping: Cultural Connection Bookstore (3424 W. Villard Ave., Milwaukee, 414-461-6160): African American literature. Manhyia Home Gallery (1316 E. Brady St., 414-272-5055): Art, fabric, accessories, furniture and dinnerware. Exciting Activities for Kids: Circus World Museum, (550 Water St., Baraboo, 866-693-1500). Noah's Ark (1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy., Wisconsin Dells, 608-254-6351): America's largest water park. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Mattibelle Woods, legendary Milwaukee journalist (1902-2005), wrote a weekly column up until her recent death at 102 years old.

FASTFACT: African American traveling households use their own car or truck for the majority of the trips they take.

NASHVILLE

www.musiccityusa.com

1-800-657-6910 Ext. 4790

Nowhere else can you find the quality and diverse styles of music that are represented in Nashville. Restaurants: F. Scott's (2210 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, 615-269-5861): live jazz nightly, upscale dining. Kijiji Coffee House (1207 Jefferson St., Nashville, 615-321-0403): One of Nashville's best hang-outs. Golf Clubs: Ted Rhodes Golf Course (1901 Ed Temple Blvd., Nashville, 615-862-8463): Named after the first African American to ever play in a PGA event. B.B. Kings (152 2nd Ave. North, Nashville, 615-256-2727): Features live music and full service restaurant. Level 88 Jazz Bistro (609 Ninth Ave. South, Nashville, 615-254-4399): Nashville's newest club, showcases live jazz as well as R&B and contemporary music. Spas/Salons: Essense Bay Spa (1511 Jefferson St, Nashville, 615-321-2525). Athena Health Club & Day Spa (620 Church St. East, Brentwood, 615-370-1000): 15,000 square-foot sanctuary. Shopping: Opry Mills (433 Opry Mills Dr., 615-514-1000): Retail, dining and entertainment complex, the ultimate shopping adventure with over 200 merchants under one roof! Exciting Activities for Kids: The Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., 615-862-5160): Dedicates itself to interactive learning and thought-provoking exhibits for children. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Ted Rhodes, first African American to ever play in a PGA event; William Edmonson, sculptor and primitive artist; Julian Bond, civil rights leader and chairman, NAACP; Joe Gilliam, first black starting quarterback in the NFL.

NEW YORK

www.nycvisit.com

1-800-NYCVISIT

With boroughs that vibrate with music, comedy, and the promise of a good time fit for any fancy, New York is as lively and exhilarating from 5-9 as it is from 9-5. Restaurants: Tavern on the Green (Central Park, 212-873-3200): Opened in 1934, a New York City institution. Michael Jordan's Steak House (23 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-655-2300): One of the busiest restaurants in the city, great for power lunches. Golf clubs: Clearview Golf Course (20212 Willets Pt. Blvd., Flushing, 718-229-2570): Rolling greens and great views make this a city golfer's favorite. Nightspots/Entertainment: S.O.B.'s (204 Varick St., 212-243-4940): Calypso, reggae, salsa, poetry and hip-hop. 40/40 Club (6 W. 25th St., 212-989-0040): Jay-Z's sports bar complete with flat-screen televisions and swinging lounge chairs. Spas: Gazelle Beauty Center & Day Spa (509 Madison Ave., 212-751-5144). Body Essentials Day Spa (11 W. 36th St., Fl 4, 212-465-2220, bodyessentials.com). Shopping.. Toys R Us Times Square (1514 Broadway, 646-366-8800): Multilevel store for thrill seekers, make-believe princesses, and Jurassic fans. Macy's New York (151 W. 34th St., 212-695-4400): The world's largest department store. Exciting Activities far Kids: American Museum of Natural History (79th St. at Central Park West, 212-769-5100): Dinosaurs, wild-animal dioramas, and a 94-foot whale. New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th St., 718-699-0005): Features 400 interactive exhibits and an outdoor science playground. Brooklyn Children's Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave., 718-/735-4400). Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Denzel Washington, Mary J. Bilge, Sojourner Truth, Michael Jordan.

NORFOLK

www.norfolkcvb.com

1-800-368-3907 Ext. 611

Accessible, accommodating, action-packed and affordable makes the New Norfolk the perfect place to stay and play! Restaurants: Alice Mae's Soul Food Restaurant (112 Bank St., Norfolk, 757-622-5800): Soul food favorite. Todd Jurich's Bistro (150 West Main St., Norfolk, 757-622-3210): Contemporary cuisine infused with French, Asian and American signatures. Golf Clubs: Ocean View Golf Course (9610 Norfolk Ave., Norfolk, 757-480-2094). Lake Wright Golf Course (6280 Northampton Blvd., Norfolk, 757-459-2255). Nightspots/Entertainment BAR Norfolk, Comedy Zone, Dixie's Tavern, Have a Nice Day Cafe (333 Waterside Drive Norfolk, 757-627-9900). Time Lounge (271 Granby St., Norfolk, 757-623-8463). Spas/Salons: Changes City Spa (710 W. 21st St., Norfolk, 757-625-5300). Jake's Place Men's Salon and Spa (520 G-1 W. 21st St., Norfolk, 757-625-5300): Norfolk's gentleman-only salon and spa. Shopping: The Palace Shops in Ghent offer a fine selection of stores. MacArthur Center Mall (300 Monticello Ave., Norfolk, 757-627-6000): A three-level urban showplace with over one million square feet of shopping. Exciting Activities for Kids: Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the USS Wisconsin (One Waterside Drive 800-664-1080): Fun and exciting interactive science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. AFR'AM Fest (May 27-29, 2006 Town Point Park. 757/216-7518): One of the largest family-oriented ethnic cultural celebrations on the East Coast. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Joseph T. Wilson, owner and publisher of the first African American newspaper in Norfolk.

PHILADELPHIA

www.gophila.com

1-800-574-9000

For centuries Philadelphia has been an epicenter for African American history, culture and music. Restaurants: Bluezette (246 Market St., Philadelphia, 215-627-3866): Influence from Caribbean, Latin and African American cultures. Ms. Tootsie's Soul Food Cafe (1314 South St., 215-731-9045): Down-home dining. Golf Clubs: Cobbs Creek Golf Club (7200 Lansdowne Ave., Philadelphia, 215-877-8707). Nightspots/Entertainment: Bungalow VII (111-113 Cotton St., 215-482-3102): Trend-setting, fashionable lounge, hip hop, R&B. North by Northwest (7165 Germantown Ave., 215-248-1000): Popular live music venue features local and national artists. Spas/Salons:Hair Lounge Records & CDs (4702 Baltimore Ave., 215-727-1425): A barbershop and record store all in one. LeiRoi & Cinzia (404 W. Chelten Ave., 215-844-0431): Full menu of salon/spa services for the body mind and spirit. Shopping: Kellijane (1721 Spruce St., 215-790-0233): Extraordinary selection of high-quality linens. Kulture Shop (5023 Baltimore Ave., 215-747-3102): Owned and operated by the Philly husband and wife Nee-soul duo Kindred the Family Soul. Exciting Activities for Kids: African American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch St., 215-574-0380): African Americans in sports, family life, arts and entertainment, religion and politics. Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th St. & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215763-8100): On Sundays, activities are offered for the little ones. Please Touch Museum (210 N. 21st St. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Will Smith, one of the most successful entertainers--African American or otherwise--in the American popular consciousness of the 1990s.

FASTFACT: Shopping is even more popular on African American trips (41%) compared to overall US travel (34%).

ST. LOUIS

www.explorestlouis.com

1-800-888-3861 Ext. 3643

Founded as a fur-trading center by the French in 1764, today's St~ Louis has risen out of a rich blend of European, African and Native American cultures. Restaurants: Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Blvd., 314-727-0880): St. Louis landmark, pop culture memorabilia. Dzzie's Restaurant & Sports Bar (645 Westport Plaza, 314-434-1000): Cardinal Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith's. Golf Club: Creve Coeur Park (Marine Ave. & Dorsett Rd., 314615-4FUN). NASCAR SpeedPark (5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd., Hazelwood, 314-227-5600). Nightspots/Entertainment: Rue 13 (1311 Washington Ave., 314-588-7070). Velvet (130] Washington Ave., 314-241-8178). Club Viva! (408 N. Euclid Ave., 314-361-0322). Salon/Spas: Salon Vibe (625 N. Euclid 314361-8423). Body & Soul Day Spa (1141 N US Hwy. 67 Florissant, Missouri, 314 831-7100). Shopping: Saint Louis Galleria (1155 Saint Louis Galleria, 314-863-6633). St Louis Centre (Between Sixth and Seventh St. & Washington Ave. & Locust St., 314-231-5522). Afro World (7276 Natural Bridge Rd. 314-389-5194) West African clothing and beauty supplies. Exciting Activities for Kills: Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum (516 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314-822-8900): At the top of the list in the new "U.S. Family Travel Guide" from the "Zagat Surveys." St Louis Children's Aquarium (701 N. 15th St., 314-647-9594). The Gateway Arch Riverboats: two replica steamboats, explore the Port of St. Louis daily. Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Josephine Baker, Miles Davis, George Washington Carver, Chuck Berry, Maya Angelou, Dick Gregory, Nelly.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

www.wahington.org

1-800-422-8644 Ext. 7028

Millions of visitors enjoy free access to some of the most famous and most interesting attractions and museums in the world each year in Washington, D.C. Restaurants: The Palm DC (1225 19th St. NW, 202-293-909i): The spot for negotiating and deal making over a juicy steak and an infamous Palm martini. B. Smith's (50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202-289-6188): Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine. Georgia Brown's (950 15th St. NW): Low-Country Cuisine. Golf Clubs: Bull Run Golf Club (3520 James Madison Highway, Haymarket, VA, 866-Bull-Run): One of the Washington, D.C., area's most outstanding golf courses. Nightspots/Entertainment: Dream (1350 Okie St. NE, 202-636-9030): Washington, D.C.'s Premiere Nighttime Experience. Pearl Restaurant & Lounge (901 9th St. NW, 202-371-0681): Pearl has drawn a steady crowd of well-dressed 25- to 35-year-old African Americans who sip cocktails and dance to hip-hop and R&B DJs. Spas/Salons: Grooming Lounge (1745 L St. NW, 202-466-8900): Washington, D.C.'s premiere destination for fine men's grooming services with the advances of a modern health spa. Shopping: The adjacent Washington, D.C., neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and the 14th & U Street District have recently undergone a dynamic renaissance adding dozens of funky shops, boutiques and stores. Exciting Activities for Kids: Black Wings: the American Black in Aviation (6th St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202-6331000). Favorite African American Native Sons/Daughters: Anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass; renowned jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington.
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