This year February, i was in #LasAngles and got one day free for some sightseeing. I decided to go to Universal Studio. Being a non working day, It was a lot of crowd there. I started with the Simpson ride first and quite enjoy it. Then i was waiting in the queue for the tour bus of Universal Studio, where they take everyone to show around the sets of Hollywood and a lot more.There was one Korean girl standing next to me in the line and she requested if her friends can join in the line. I was ok with it so i said sure not a problem. She called her other Korean friend who joined her. After few minutes they asked if other friends join too, so i just smiled. I have been to Korea many times so i knew some basic Korean words. I just greeted them saying "anyohaseyo"(which means hello in Korean). They were more excited than surprised and then we started interacting throughout the ride. I came to know that two of them(Jeni and Kate) were settled in NYC since birth and visited other friend(Mini) who was settled in LA.As i was alone so they invited me to join them for the rest of the day. Mini was living in LA from a long time and had been to the theme park many times, so was the best local person who could help me :)
fell in love with this city
San Francisco is the city one falls in love with. The San Francisco bay area is surrounded from three sides by the pacific ocean which brings in the coldest summers i had ever witnessed . After an hour drive from the San Jose city i was able to see the skyscrapers line of the city . Crossing amidst the clouds the skyscrapers were standing strong and rigid without any top ( because of the dense cluster of clouds) . I could only think of the transcendent view people working on top must be having . yeaah!!! i didnt went on top of those skyscrapers ( not in my hands)
After an American breakfast we proceeded on an amazing Whale watching experience. This was a first for us so we weren't sure what we should expect. We drove to Boston harbour to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for Whales, Dolphins, Sea birds and more. And the view we saw was unreal - whales dancing around us flapping their tails !! It was a clear day and we had a fantastic time.
The nation’s capital, it’s packed with things to see and do year-round. Washington boasts monuments that are a must-see; cool neighborhoods with lots of shops, restaurants and cafes; and like New York, people from all over the world. It is also the nerve center of politics. Your embassy is highly likely somewhere in Washington. As a teenager, I spent summers in Washington, staying with an uncle and other relatives who live there. And as an adult, there always seemed a reason to return to Washington, either for work or for pleasure, sometimes both.
Whether you’re looking for a party on the beach in Miami, lesson in history for your kids at a fortress in San Juan, or a snorkelling trip to Grand Turk—this Caribbean itinerary has it all. The Carnival Glory has an adult only area called Serenity Retreat, where you can relax while your teens have a spa day at ZSPA. From dance parties to casinos and game shows to cooking demonstrations, it’s a carnival at sea.Departure: Miami.Stopping at: Amber Cove, St Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk.When: Seven-day cruise from April 1, 2017.Cost: US$539 upwards per person.
A trip I remember most as I did very different stuff..I browsed through Barnes & Nobles more than the shopping malls. I tried various eating spots. I ventured out to places I had never been before. Mostly photos do speak thousand words but the kinda relaxed pace and untouched , quiet places I went to can not be described. It was a wonderful trip since doing nothing or lots as long as that is what you wanna do.And I truly did that...
A quick dash to Tijuana on the Mexican border, San Diego is a nice city with nice weather and perhaps some of the nicest people in California. I’ve made several trips here and I always felt relaxed in the city. It doesn’t have that hustle and bustle that other U.S. cities have. Or at least I’ve never sensed it. Come enjoy its beaches, its restaurants and its chilled nightlife. One of the few places in the United States you can actually swim in the Pacific Ocean and not feel you will freeze to death.
We all know that Philly stays jiggy (as Will Smith says). Philly is a cool place for a weekend getaway from NY, especially if you're there for longer and you want to see the US outside of NY (because it's a completely different thing). Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are worth the trip by themselves. In between meals you might also want to go see the National Museum, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell.
Ah, Portland. No, not Portland, Maine, but Portland, Oregon. This city is the most civil I’ve ever lived in in the United States, though some complain it has changed somewhat with the influx of the not-so-civil Californians :) Still, Portland is a well-run city, a mini version of Seattle. Portland is also neighborhoods with shops and cafes. Coffee fuels this town (as it does Seattle). And microbreweries. The city has a thriving nightlife, and a healthy rotation of monthly happenings. During the Rose Festival the city is even more alive. Have a stroll along Waterfront Park, or take a drive to Multnomah Falls for a nice hike. The city blends urban and nature well, with the largest urban forest in the United States, Forrest Park. I love Portland. I spent nearly 10 years living there and will always consider it my second hometown. On clear days, stare at Mount Hood. Everyone does.
Let’s not talk about New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Wow-wee! Suffice to say it’s an anything goes, alcohol-fueled, sexy party. The French Quarter is where it all happens. There’s great music here, including some of the best jazz you’ll ever hear. And the food is uniquely New Orleans. Gumbo, anyone? I love the architecture in the French Quarter. And the uninhibited nature of things. I think I’ve seen it all here. If The United States had an Amsterdam, New Orleans would be it. Or would that be San Francisco? :)
A drive around the down town makes it pretty obvious as to how Texas is different from New York and Chicago like cities.
Day 1 : We arrived at Orlando Disney world on Monday. Our hotel was situated on boardwalk. Name - boardwalk inn, this is located along the lake and we got a lake facing room with beautiful view. Boardwalk has few bars, eateries and restaurants. We didn't plan much for that day so we just walked along the lake. They have made an artificial beach and its so peaceful. Watching sunset from there is one of my favorite memories of Disney world. Orange, purple, yellow, red all the mesmerizing colors playing artfully up in the sky.
January is the time to finally visit that firang cousin living in "Amrika", but that is only if he lives in San Antonio (SA). This is one of the largest cities in the country and has something for everyone, whether he is a lover of hip-hop music, sport, art, liquor or adventure. The only downside is that SA could be a bit heavy on the pocket. The two most popular destinations of SA – the Alamo and the Riverwalk – are surprisingly right at the city's centre, making it easier for one to extract local flavour. Unlike other metropolitans, San Antonio greets you with a lingering pace for you to get into the mood of the place at ease.Famous for: San Antonio Spurs (basketball team) and music.Things to do: Visit the shrine of The Alamo. Witness an NBA match.Weather in January: Temperature fluctuates between 3 degrees and 16 degrees celsius, but it's always sunny during the day.Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 82,000
Place to visit : Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Final day we left after breakfast for Columbus. A good 6 hours drive and we were back in our city.As we really like offbeat locations and try to avoid big cities, so we skipped Detroit, Grand Rapids and Traverse city on our trip to Michigan.
Day 3, Destination: Kansas City, MO - It was early morning start and I was welcomed with pouring rain. After traveling 6 hours, I stopped by a Chinese restaurant somewhere in Illinois to have lunch. After eating I was checking in in Foursquare and the name of the city reminded me of a cartoon I used to watch when I was 8 years old at 4:30 pm everyday. It was the hometown, on earth, of the Man of Steel, Metropolis.
I’ve been to Santa Fe, New Mexico on several occasions, each time I visit I find something new to explore. Santa Fe is a small community rich in history and culture, dating back some 400 years—its so distinctive that it has its own well-known style named for it…”Santa Fe Style.” The colors, textures, tastes and smells of Santa Fe are bright, vibrant and inviting. Santa Fe is a mecca for the creative, 100s of galleries, world-class museums, fantastic culinary scene—when you’re there, you can’t help but feel its overwhelming energy…it’s a feeling that envelop the soul. While visiting Santa Fe, I would recommend taking an open air tram ride…this will give you a good overview of the downtown area and will allow you to get a lay-of-the-land so that you don’t end up walking in circles. You’ll also be able to take notes of the spots you want to go back and further explore.
On Route to Los Angeles.
Day 5: key west time !! Seeing the southern most point on map got me excited. The drive is serene. Ocean on both the sides, beautiful lush trees everywhere.. what else one can expect from life. Travelling is life.. yahi he zindgi!!I enjoyed the drive then we parked our car on Duvall street. From there we started walking towards lighthouse. Beautiful view from there but not worth 10$. Lady on the counter was very rude. Good 360 degree view of key west. Next we went to the southern most point of USA. Can you imagine Cuba is just 90 miles from there!! Took few customary pictures to capture the precious moment then we headed towards the beach. There Are plenty of very cute small restaurants, bars and Cuban shops. It's a happy vibes kinda place. I think if I go back to Florida, I would want to spend more time in key west. It's a perfect laid back place for relaxing. The beach here was wonderful. Shallow and warm water for quite a while for people like me who are not swimmers. We had so much fun at the beach and in the calm water. There are restaurants along the beach so eat, swim, drink, repeat!!! It was getting late so we started back for Miami. We got stuck in thunderstorm for 1-2 hours. Same drive was looking really scary for that time. Water everywhere, dark clouds, heavy rain and thunderstorms, I really wonder sometimes that how nature has so many shades. It really got me thinking that same sea was so beautiful and delight to the eyes in the morning and now it has become so wild and scary in the dark. After rain stopped, we speeded a lil bit and reached our hotel.
Hot Air Balloon