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Five reasons you need to visit Seattle

I was dreaming about Seattle years before I went there. It’s kind of a surreal place—the sunset over the water, the mountains, the Space Needle (I mean, what more perfect place for crazy science fiction stuff to happen, right? That’s what my writerly brain decided). It’s a little romantic too, thanks to the temperamental weather and Sleepless in Seattle. Even the place names and the atmosphere feel different from the Midwest. It’s one of my favorite cities I’ve been to.

Here are a few of the biggest reasons I loved it so much and why I think you should visit it as well.

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Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

The best neighborhoods to visit in Minneapolis

I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, but I didn’t really start to explore the city until I moved there to go to college. It quickly became one of my favorite places—the sprawl of tree-lined streets, the tall stone buildings, the little cafes, the skyline across the river. At the moment, I live twenty minutes from downtown Minneapolis, and (with a very few exceptions) I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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Dinner and a (re)view in Chicago: The Signature Room

Last weekend, I drove to Chicago with my mom and my sister. I had never been there before, which seemed silly to me—I’ve traveled all over Europe but haven’t explored my own Midwest backyard.

My favorite part of the weekend was our evening spent in the John Hancock Center, which was recommended to me by a friend who has lived in Chicago for several years.

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