USA

 


USA is so close to Canada and I have been to USA numerous times.  A list my favourite cities and places to visit below:

  • Favourite City in Western USA: San Francisco
  • Favourite Cities in Eastern USA: Washington D.C. & New York City
  • Favourite States: Alaska & California
  • Favourite USA National Parks: Yellowstone & Glacier National Park
  • Favourite Theme Park: Disneyland  & Universal Studio in California
  • Favourite Museum: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City)
  • Favourite Gallery: The Museum of Modern Art (New York City)
  • Favourite Cruise Route: Alaska
  • Favourite Restaurant: 100's Seafood Grill Buffet (San Diego)
  • Favourite Food Court: NY Flushing New World Mall
  • Favourite City Park: New York Central Park
  • Favourite University Campus:  Stanford University
  • Favourite City with Rich Culture: San Diego
  • Favourite Tower/Observation Deck View: The Rock Observation (New York)

Must Do

1. Visit the unique Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. 

2. Visit New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco and Alaska State. 

3. Take an Alaska cruise. I recommend tourist fly to either Vancouver (Canada) or Anchorage (USA) for one-way 7-day cruise to explore more places of beautiful Alaska. One-way cruise is way more cheaper than cruise departure and return to the same city.

4. Purchase The New York Pass when you visit New York City and Go San Diego Card when you visit San Diego (best deal)

5. If you are seniors visiting New York City, buy senior transit ticket at the subway service desk. You will get two tickets for one ticket price (50% off).

6. Apply a credit card without foreign transaction fees (save you 2.5% to 3%) prior to your US trips. Most places take credit card. 

7. No high-speed train or good train network in USA. Air plane is more popular in the country. Use google flights to find the lowest price of domestic flights. 

8. If you visit New York City with limited budget, you may stay in New Jersey for much cheaper price. Manhattan is just cross the bridge. Book Airbnb from the link below will save you $62 CAD/$43 USD/41 instantly for your first stay anywhere around the world:

https://www.airbnb.ca/c/weic3807?currency=CAD

9. Safety is number one priority for tourists. I feel US is not as safe as Canada or Europe. Put your cash at secure spot on your body and have only small amount cash in your wallet. 

10. US National Park only sell 7-day pass ($35 USD), so plan your trip accordingly.  We just passed through Glacier National Park for 3 hours and had to pay $35. 


Avoid

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1. Avoid staying at hotels in Queen NY or close to JFK airport for personal security reason. 

2. Avoid walking on the street in the evenings and nights.

3. Avoid arguing with local people. Call the police immediately when you are in dangerous situations. 

4. Avoid smoking outside the hotel in evenings or nights. Numerous robberies were reported by tourists. 

5. Avoid visiting or staying at certain parts of the city. Read google and hotel reviews before booking. 

6. Avoid using US airport lounges if you are limited priority passes or MasterCard Lounge Passes. I visited numerous airport lounges in USA for the past few years and found the USA lounges (most snacks and cold foods) are not as good as the ones in Europe and Canada. 

7. Avoid Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC: I feel it is a big trap for tourists, very limited collections, small display floor area in the whole museum, poor customer service, it opened 10 mins late than the scheduled time on the day of my visit. 

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USA Attraction Highlights

Calgary to San Diego by WestJet; Calgary to New York City by WestJet; Calgary to Newark by Air Canada; Calgary to Seattle by Alaska Airline; Calgary to Los Angeles by WestJet

San Diego Old Town
San Diego is a beautiful coastal city. No winters here at all. In average, 266 sunny days per year in San Diego. I love California!

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego

Sea World San Diego

Santa Barbara, California

Stanford University

Stanford University was established in 1891. It is one of the world best and well-known university. 

Stanford University is the most beautiful university I have ever seen

Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University

Impressive Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco World's Fair 1915 Site

San Francisco World's Fair 1915 Site

San Francisco

San Francisco

We took a cruise tour to see Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco City Hall 

San Francisco View on the hill

Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite National Park 

One the way to Yosemite National Park 

Disneyland in California
Disneyland in California
Disneyland in California

Grand Canyon 
Grand Canyon 

Grand Canyon 
Hoover Dam
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Universal Studios Hollywood 

Universal Studios Hollywood 

Universal Studios Hollywood 
Yellowstone National Park is the most popular National Park in USA
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Helena
Helena

Sunset on the highway to Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. 

United States Capitol
United States Capitol
United States Capitol

Washington D.C. 
White House in Washington D.C. 
Washington D.C. 
Washington D.C. 
Washington D.C. 
NASA in Orlando
NASA in Orlando
NASA in Orlando

New York

New York
MOMA in New York
New York (The Rock Observation)
New York (The Rock Observation)
New York (The Rock Observation)

New York Night View from Empire State Building
New York Night View from Empire State Building
New York Night View from Empire State Building
New York Night View from Empire State Building
New York Night View from Empire State Building

Boston Harbor

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