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Travel Gluten Free Podcast
Four Great US Cities to Road Trip with Kris McPeak of Elevate Your Eight
Today, my guest is Kris McPeak of Elevate Your Eight podcast. Kris has lived in over a half-dozen cities in the US. Today, she shares some of the best places to visit in four US cities: St. Louis, Washington DC, Chicago, and Nashville. Besides being great places to visit on a road trip, all four of these towns are also gluten-free friendly!
The 411 on St. Louis
Kris suggests a long weekend trip to see the tourist mainstays in St. Louis. She recommends visiting in spring to early summer when the weather is excellent and the tourist season hasn’t quite kicked in yet!
She is fond of the waterfront, where you can find the farmer’s market and a fun, revitalized bar scene. Go downtown to visit the Tivoli Movie Theatre, Take a ride up The Arch, and check out Blueberry Hill restaurant in University City to put your coin in and choose a sone from the world’s largest jukebox selection!
What to do When You’re in DC
Both Kris and I have been to DC. You can’t go wrong with a visit to the nation’s capital, especially if you love American history as I do! There are more national monuments and parks in DC that you can cover in a week, including the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument - not to mention the mall area, where the presidential inauguration was just held last month. Make sure to visit in the spring, when you can see and get a selfie of you and your favorite person in the magical myriad of cherry blossoms at the Washington DC Mall.
While there, you definitely want to go to The Smithsonian - the world’s largest museum - which only houses a tiny fraction of their collection. You can easily spend three days just in this one museum!
Kris recommends grabbing a show at one of two theatres in DC - Stephen Wolf Theatre and Second City Show - the latter has various sketch comedy shows, and who couldn’t use a little comedy right now?
Chicago - Gluten Free Foodie Heaven
Although I haven’t personally been to Chicago, gluten-free peeps rave about the gluten-free deep-dish pizza and other restaurants you can find that are Celiac-friendly. Spend a week at one of the largest cities in America and visit The Shed Aquarium, The Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, and The Art Institute. The Art Institute of Chicago has a free day, so check out their website for more details.
The best time to visit Chicago is St. Patrick’s Day, and although they don’t turn the river green anymore, you can still join in the fun Irish festivities all weekend long! Visit Little Italy for excellent Italian food and check out BoysTown in Chicago to taste the local culture.
Nashville The Heart of Country Music
With country music at the heart of this town, you’ll want to visit Grand Ole Opry House, The Rhyme Auditorium, Third and Lindsley, and Lower Broadway for the best shows and music performances. Visit in the early summer or fall to avoid crowds and get a glimpse of this creative music town!
The Guide to Traveling Gluten Free
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Learn how to take a trip safely, what questions to ask when you are at a restaurant and which online tools and apps to utilize to find safe, dedicated gluten-free restaurants and food options. Find out what stores to shop at to purchase gluten-free food, determine if a restaurant is gluten-free or celiac friendly, and when you should walk out of a restaurant.
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