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Olga Maria Czarkowski from Bayamón, Puerto Rico

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Despite it being a small city, Olga Maria Czarkowski, founder of Dreams in Heels and Latinas Who Travel, has a special place in her heart for Santa Fe, New Mexico. The highlights she shared are endless. "Delicious food (green chili burger), special ancient drink (mayan chile chocolate elixirs), the architecture and culture (I love the Native American influence), unique shopping (must-haves are one-of-a-kind handmade precious stones jewelry and customized cowboy boots) and spa treatments (chocolate chile wraps and margarita pedicures), the amazing music plus tailgating (famed Santa Fe Opera House) and art everywhere, and lastly, the majestic, panoramic views surround you (there's even hot air ballooning, for a better look) providing the best backdrop for pictures!"

Follow Czarkowski on Instagram: @dreamsinheels

Jessica van Dop DeJesus from Guayama, Puerto Rico

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Jessica van Dop DeJesus of The Dining Traveler will have foodies flocking to her home base. "Not because I live here, but I love to recommend Washington, DC to travelers. It's such a diverse city and there's plenty of culture to be experienced. If you're a foodie like me, you will be overwhelmed with the amazing choices of restaurants!," DeJesus told Vivala. 

We asked her for her top restaurant picks, and whatever your flavor, the food blogger has you covered. "For Mexican, I love Espita Mezcaleria and La Puerta Verde, both with Latino executive Chefs. Fine dining: Blue Duck Tavern and The Oval Room. Casual: Bantam King for Ramen. Jaleo for Spanish tapas and cocktails. Cocktail bars: The Gibson and Columbia Room. Favorite cafe: The Royal, owner's mom is Colombian and they have the best arepas and Colombian empanadas in town," she shared. 

Follow DeJesus on Instagram: @diningtraveler

Mischa Shankerman from New Orleans, Louisiana

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photo: Mischa Shankerman

Mischa Shankerman has so much love for Los Angeles, California. "There are so many options to city dwell or get zen on nature," the Bay Area native told Vivala. "My must do's are watching the sunset in Venice Beach or Sunken City, zipping though the Southern region to go camping at Joshua tree, walking through the palm trees streets of Koreatown after eating at La Guelaguetza, visiting LACMA or LA's new Museum of Ice Cream and if lucky going to a music show at the Ace Hotel's theatre. And of course if you want to shop there are too many options from Hollywood to 3rd Street Promenade. Los Angeles is the city lover's paradise!"

Follow Shankerman on Instagram: @misomischi

Dannielle Romoleroux from Livingston, New Jersey

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Dannielle Romoleroux has a city that is perfect for a group with a variety of interests. "If you're a foodie, eco-conscious consumer, or lover the arts; Portland, Oregon is for you!," Romoleroux told Vivala. "The strong biking culture makes it easy to get around without renting a car, the nightlife variety can satisfy everyone's needs, and the Farmer's Market at PSU (Saturdays only) can make for the best local brunch."

Follow Romoleroux on Instagram: @danniiromo

Emily Garcés from North Plainfield, New Jersey

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If you're looking for the best of both worlds, Emily Garcés has the answer for you — Key West, Florida. "There’s a great combination of city and beach vibes so you have easy access to both," the blogger told Vivala.

Follow Emily on Instagram: @emilymgarces