Start your USA trip in the iconic city of Los Angeles. Nestled in amongst towering mountains, this idyllic metropolis offers something for all travellers alike. If exceptional cuisine is high on your travel radar then you have come to the right place, Los Angeles is the land of endless culinary possibility. For sushi, check out Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills, Tacos 1986 delivers mouth-watering Mexican, for fine-dining aficionados Somni is a must.
It wouldn’t be a complete trip if you didn’t hit the tourist hotspots – they are popular for a very good reason. The Griffith Observatory offers live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, monthly star parties and seasonal events while also boasting breath-taking views over the city. Channel your inner child at Disneyland, ensure you plan ahead to make the most of your time, with 50 attractions between two parks there is plenty to see and do. Lastly, The Getty is a must on your Los Angeles must-see list, for both spectacular art and architecture. Not sure where to begin? Jump in a daily educational tour, these include areas such as the garden, architecture, collection and exhibit areas. This will ensure that you get the most out of your time.
Need to burn off all those delicious eats? Take a hike! Los Angeles offers truly unique landscapes and lookouts. Top on your list should be The Charlie Turner Trail, this leads you to a viewpoint of the iconic Hollywood sign and to the summit of Mount Hollywood. Alternatively, take in the spectacular ocean views from the Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon.
Be warned, you may fall in love with this exquisite city at first sight. Offering an eclectic blend of culture, arts, and cuisine with snow-capped mountains less than thirty minutes’ drive away you really do have the best of both worlds. The only problem you will face is deciding where to begin delving into all that Vancouver has to offer.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you have come to the right place. Vancouver is an outdoor wonderland. For the snow sports enthusiast, check out Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain or Mt Seymour. For those visiting in the warmer months, mountain biking and rainforests hikes are a must. Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers 54-kilometre of picturesque tracks, or if you are up for a challenge take on the Grouse Grind, commonly referred to as ‘Mother Nature’s stair-master’. For those seeking more of a thrill check some mountain biking trails off your list, from CBC on Mt Seymour through to Pipeline on Mt. Fromme there are plenty of options in short travel distance from the city.
Vancouver is an established cultural hub with an abundance of galleries, museums and theatres. Treat yourself to a show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The theatre has been designed with the audience in mind and excels in delivering awe-inspiring performances. Line your visit up with one of the major festivals or events that Vancouver has to offer, from the celebration of lights through to the international jazz festival there is something for everyone.
There is a very good reason why 65.2 million tourists visited New York City in 2018. With a population of 19.49 million, this iconic city is diverse, exhilarating and chaotic. Pack your comfy walking shoes because you will be racking up the km.
First things first, those cliché tourist spots? They are a must! Experience Times Square at peak hour, capture the views that stretch across the city from the top of the Empire State Building, take in the grandeur of The Statue of Liberty, catch a game at the Yankees stadium or pack a picnic and spend an afternoon people-watching in Central Park.
For the art-aficionados, The Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim need to be on your list. For those that appreciate the architecture found throughout the city take a guided walking tour, ensure you get a snap of the Flatiron Building. Also, ensure you take the time to enjoy a performance or two on Broadway or dine at one of the cities 76 Michelin starred restaurants.
Lastly, relive your favourite movie scenes throughout the city, seek out the pop-culture favourite Friends apartment, stay at The Plaza Hotel the primary location of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, chow down on a pastrami sandwich from Katz Delicatessen famously featured in When Harry Met Sally.
New York offers itself up for a quick few days of jam-packed fun or a few weeks of slowly soaking up all the city has to offer.
Fast becoming a popular tourist destination, Seoul is made up of old and new, an eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers nestled alongside Buddhist temples and thriving green spaces.
Offering a delightful array of tourist spots you are spoilt for choice. First on the list, Changdeokgung Palace a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a prior royal residence for over 200 years. For the perfect view over the city without having to hike any of the nearby mountains take a trip to the top of the N Seoul Tower. Next, don your walking shoes and follow the Gyeongui Line Forest Park, stretching 6.3kms this picturesque park passes through popular neighbourhoods Hongdae and Yeonnam-dong.
For those that travel for the cuisine, Seoul will not disappoint. Visit Gwangjang Market for traditional street food and Korean snacks. Enjoy tea in a traditional setting at Suyeonsanbang Tea House or enjoy a meal at the city’s oldest restaurant Imun Seolnongtang.
If you are a history-buff ensure that you hike the old city walls. Seoul used to be fortified with walls surrounding the city, with parts of the wall still open to the public and offering great viewpoints of the city. Get an insight into Buddhism with a visit to the Jogyesa Temple, it is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddism and serving as the main venue for several events, ceremonies and rituals. Or take a trip to the DMZ, a 250-kilometre-long treaty zone established in the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement. Travellers must book a guided private or group tour with an official operator prior to visiting.