The adventures of Russ and Kelly continued with a trip to Syracuse.

The adventures of Russ and Kelly continued with a trip to Syracuse.

This was my first time in the city so I relied on my tour guide to help me out.

Our big stop for the day was at Destiny USA, the Syracuse mall that used to be called Carousel Center.

I never realized how big Syracuse really is before the visit. I knew the university was supposed to be pretty big, but that's about as far as my knowledge went.

When we first arrived in Syracuse I was admiring the skyline and Russ laughed at me when I commented on the size of the city.

I guess when you've been to a place before, that kind of observation means nothing to you. He had fun showing me around anyway.

While we never saw the whole Syracuse University campus, Russ pointed out an area that was connected to the university.

Three or four buildings in a row had something to do with the medical field and they were huge!

After surviving a bit of city traffic, we found a spot in the Destiny USA parking lot and began the journey.

First off I'm glad I wore comfortable shoes. This place is massive! You're talking really long and really wide, not to mention the multiple floors.

We walked from one end to the other and found our first destination: The Cheesecake Factory.

There are only five locations in Pennsylvania and none of them are that close to Wayne County.

I've had one experience with the restaurant during a visit to King of Prussia while in college and I was very excited to go back. I mean how can you possibly turn down awesome cheesecake?

Don't worry, of course we had a real meal first, but there was no way we were leaving without some of that cheesecake.

During this visit Russ and I enjoyed the Reese's peanut butter cup cheesecake and it was to die for! Definitely check out The Cheesecake Factory when you get a chance.

As for the rest of Destiny USA? We did some browsing and shopping, but we also did some exploring.

I saw so much blue and orange supporting Syracuse University it was crazy. There's even a store in the mall dedicated to university memorabilia.

There is so much more at Destiny USA than stores and food. They have go karts, GlowGolf, a movie theater and even an obstacle course.

There's so much to do that you can shop one minute then take a break and enjoy one of those attractions the next minute.

Though I've never been to the Mall of America in Minnesota, this mall reminded me of it with the added attractions.

I kept calling Destiny USA the East Coast version of the Mall of America. There's so much to do and see that we'll have to go back just to partake in them all.

Thanks Destiny USA and Syracuse for a lovely visit and thanks to my awesome tour guide for showing me around.

Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.