U.S. Cellular presents Big Country Starring Andrew Zimmern

Travel our Big Country with U.S. Cellular and Andrew Zimmern.

U.S. Cellular is giving customers who have lacked the time and opportunity to travel the trip of a lifetime - an adventure to a U.S. city with Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern! U.S. Cellular customers enjoy national coverage wherever life takes them.

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Are you planning a U.S. adventure of your own? Use our Big Country interactive map to find out more about the destinations from the show and get ideas for planning your own trip. With U.S. Cellular, now the middle of nowhere is the Middle of Anywhere.

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  • New York
    with Julius

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    with Laurie

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    with Debbie

  • Portland, Maine
    With Lisa

Greetings From:
New York City, New York

New York City. Home to 8.4 million people and visited by more than 50 million tourists each year. So what are all those people doing while in the Big Apple? What are the must-see attractions? And what are some of the lesser-known ways to see the city?

At the top of any First-Timer's list should be the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square and devouring a New York City style hot dog or soft pretzel from a classic street cart. Beyond these iconic destinations and right of passages, the sky is the limit. Truly. Take a helicopter tour over the city and get a birds-eye view of the hustle and bustle.

Incredible feats in architecture are literally around every corner but arguably two of the most stunning buildings are the triangular Flatiron building on Fifth Avenue and Trinity Church in the financial district. When you need a break from the city sights and sounds, escape to Central Park for a stroll or pedicab ride or to Midtown East Greenacre Park, which offers a waterfall (Yes, a waterfall!) in the middle of Manhattan. The Greenacre Foundation, founded by Abby Rockefeller Mauzé, has been keeping this hidden park (tucked in on East 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues) in pristine condition since its opening in 1971.

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Episode 1

New York City, NY with Julius

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Greetings From:
Bend, Oregon

It's no secret that Bend, OR - with its dramatic and diverse terrain - is a mecca for outdoor-adventure seekers. Situated in the foothills of the majestic Cascades, it offers a little something for everyone: Skiing and snowboarding on Mt. Bachelor, rafting on the majestic Deschutes River, kayaking and canoeing on the many mountain lakes, hiking trails in the backcountry or playing a round at one of the area's 25 golf courses.

But all that “energy out” calls for some serious “energy in” and, thankfully, Bend has that part of the equation covered, too. The up-and-coming food scene here has some truly refined, elegant eateries like Chow, where farm-to-table cuisine is served up with sophistication that isn't over-done. Stop in for breakfast or lunch, or schedule a private dinner.

If the outdoors are the number one passion in this town, then beer is a close second. As if to prove that point, in the heart of town stands the Crux Fermentation Project where the brewmaster and his crew are in constant pursuit of the next great beer. Grab a stool in their tasting room then swivel around in your chair to take a tour of the brewery, which you are seated directly in the middle of. As craft-beer experiences go, they don't get much purer than this.

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Bend, OR with Laurie

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Greetings From:
San Francisco, California

One of the best views of San Francisco - and there are a lot of them - is from Twin Peaks. Start your day on top of this well-known hill to watch the sun come up over the city. The shut-eye you'll miss will be well worth it for this unforgettable memory. Be sure to check the weather the night before (cloudy skies will not make for great viewing) and bring a sweater; average low temperature in San Francisco hover around 50-degrees year-round.

Spend your day exploring the city by quintessentially cable-car hopping. The Powell/Hyde line is your best bet to take in some of the San Fran icons: Hop off the car and walk down the uber-windy Lombard Street and gaze at stunning views of Alcatraz Island on your way to Ghirardelli Square where you can sample chocolates or buy a bag of the sweet squares and take them down to the water to nibble while ships go by. End your day with a visit to the iconic Fisherman's Wharf for incredible seafood and a glimpse at the nearby sea lion colony.

Unwind at Cockscomb Restaurant where you'll actually wait in line for a coveted seat at the bar. That's because it's also a front-row seat to the mastery that goes on in the kitchen where Chef Chris Cosentino's vision unfolds on plate after plate every night.

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Episode 3

San Francisco, CA with Debbie

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Greetings From:
Portland, Maine

It's not every day that you can hop on a boat and learn first-hand how to catch lobster. Unless, that is, you're in Portland, ME - then you're in luck! Literally. Board one of the ships in the Lucky Catch's fleet on Casco Bay and take part in the haul.

While the lobster may be what enticed you to make the trek to Portland, you'll soon learn there's much more to occupy your palette in this not-so-sleepy town. Steeped in history, this 230-year-old fishing-and-trading-village turned hip foodie destination has trendy bars, impressive restaurants and boutiques that hold one-of-a-kind treasures. There's no better place to see the juxtaposition of the old and the new than along the cobblestone streets at Old Port.

If 19th-centrury charm is what you crave, there's plenty of that here, too. A visit to the Victoria Mansion, where nearly all of the original furnishings from the late 1800s have been impeccably restored, is a must. Or take in Portland's rich history on a guided trolley tour - topped off with a visit to the famed Portland Head Light, a lighthouse commissioned by George Washington in 1787.

The Episode

Episode 4

Portland, ME with Lisa

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Greetings From:
New Orleans, Louisiana

There is truly no shortage of things to do, see and taste in New Orleans — or as the locals call it — NOLA. From the rich history of the St. Louis Cathedral to street performers on the French Quarter to out-of-this-world Cajun and Creole food like Crawfish Etouffee, this city is an absolute delight for the senses.

Start in the heart of the city at Jackson Square. Its architecture, ambiance and tasty offerings evoke the essence of New Orleans. World-famous beignets are served straight out of the fryer with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.

Walk to the waterfront and stroll down to the incredible Audubon Aquarium of the Americas that's home to a bustling penguin colony. Or circle back and take a ride on the Mississippi River's last authentic steamboat, the NATCHEZ, where live jazz flows all day long. Let the incredible details of the ship transport you back in time as you cruise the commanding waters of the mighty Mississippi.

Rosetree Gallery, which showcases unique New Orleans art, is a quick ferry ride across the Mississippi and is well-worth the trek. Blow your own glass masterpiece at their studio for a personalized souvenir.

Round out your day in a trendy area on Frenchmen Street at the DBA Music Club and listen to The Tin Men, a very unique, very New Orleans band.

No matter what you choose to do in the Big Easy, you will have a one-of-a-kind trip. In fact, it's virtually impossible to have the same trip to NOLA twice.

The Episode

Episode 5

New Orleans, LA with Michael

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Behind the Scenes of Big Country

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EPISODE 1

New York, NY with Julius

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EPISODE 2

Bend, OR with Laurie

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EPISODE 3

San Francisco, CA with Debbie

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EPISODE 4

Portland, Maine with Lisa

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EPISODE 5

New Orleans, Louisiana with Michael

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