Empire State Building
The fourth-tallest skyscraper in New York, The Empire State Building is a National heritage structure and one of the seven wonders of the Modern World. The enclosed observatory on the 102nd floor is the city’s highest lookout point. From here, you can enjoy views of all five boroughs and five neighboring states; at sunset, you can glimpse an elongated urban shadow cast from Manhattan all the way across the river to Queens. It highlights the Art Deco style and its architecture is in sync with American culture. It was ranked number one by Americans for its architecture.
Statue of Liberty
My first stop and probably the one I was most excited about was visiting the Statue of Liberty (or as we called her 'The Lady')! Getting here from the hostel was the first challenge; meandering through the foot traffic, trying to cross the busy New York Streets, while not forgetting to take pictures and follow the map at the same time! It was tough but we made it! We took a route that led us through Times Square and Wall Street, which was amazing to see. The ferry to the Island where 'The Lady' lives, was only a short 15 minute journey, but I wouldn't recommend doing this with a hangover, especially if you're partial to sea sickness! Ground Zero & 911 Memorial Museum
Classic meets current at Rockefeller Center, New York City's ultimate shopping destination. From spacious flagships to unique specialty stores, there is something here for every taste and closet, in iconic surroundings as sophisticated as they are welcoming. And whether you want to grab a quick bite, get your cappuccino fix, meet friends for cocktails or savor a special family dinner, you’ll relish the delicious options. There are several paid tours available - check them out.
Boasting more than 4 million visitors a year from all over the world, the Millennium Park in Chicago is one of the must visit tourist attraction favored by both international and local tourists. It has some of the best gardens and play areas in the city which includes BP Footbridge, Cloud Gate, Lurie Garden and the Crown Fountain. Its ideal atmosphere and children loving environment makes it a must visit place in Chicago. The park also features The Grant Park Music Festival every year which is a musical concert series held for around a week and is known all around the United States.
Arlington National Cemetery
From there we visited the Arlington National Cemetery. And again, what a somber moment. Americans are truly proud of their country and you can feel it wherever you go around the States. When we arrived at the cemetery, it was “the changing of guard” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The guard is changed every hour on the hour Oct. 1 to March 31 in an elaborate ritual.
Far away from the chaotic streets of San Francisco lies an island usually called as "The Rock" and houses a prison which anyone will never dare to escape from. This beautiful island of Alcatraz also having a magnificent light house offshore of California is a famous and wonderful attraction of San Francisco. The famous prison and the lighthouse are historical landmarks and engineering marvels in the history of San Francisco and is now maintained by the National Park Service.
We followed some Chinese tourists into the Senate and to our utter surprise they were admitting tourist to see running senate session in session at Capitol Hill. Remember not to carry any liquid, it won't be allowed inside. The place was swarmed my people protesting against Govt shut down too!
Tip : Rent a bike to explore faster and cover more distanceFun fact, I was with my little backpack waiting for bus 7 to take me up the city to meet a friend of mine. And a guy asked me the time and wandered if I was on the way to work. I loved this interaction. I don't why I just feel good when I blend in and people think I’m a local.Anywho, so I meet up with my friend in her neighborhood near Golden State Park and Haight Ashbury.Weather is out of our control. And it can be frustrating when you’re in such beautiful places without the sun. Everything would have been more enjoyable under the natural light and not rain drops. But eh, that’s how it is.
Old Fort Niagara
It's not that now I don't complain about my disappointments & problems, but now I am capable enough to accept it.Now I know I am the only one who can make myself feel better & strong. This incident is hysterical, I got busy in my work and didn't call my best friend for complaining about anything for a long time. :D Almost after one month, he sent me a message that '' How are you? How's life ?'' and I started laughing at him after reading his messages because he found a bit strange that how I could survive without complaining about anything for one month :D. I just replied to him : Life is perfect, and I'm handling all the surprises (challenges) very well. Don't worry. :DSo, my dear friends, Mark Twain said this earlier ‘’ 20 years from now you'd be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.’’ Try out the things which you were afraid to do a few years before and the things which would make you happy at the end.So it's like any activity like Climbing the mountain, cycling of 100 km or asking your crush for a dinner date. :D And I believe at the age of 60 when you'll be sitting somewhere at the different corner of the world, you would live these moments again in your life while telling your crazy stories to your grandchildren. :D
The next morning, we ventured out to explore the heritage of the city. The first place we went to was the French Renaissance-style château called Pittock Mansion. Belonging to the family that owned The Oregonian newspaper, the house which was built in 1914 creatively incorporates English, French and Turkish designs. It also features several progressive inventions such as a central vacuum system, intercoms, an elevator and indirect lighting that were in use almost a century ago.