After months of saving up and planning, I finally embarked on the biggest trip of my life: a long journey across the United States of America. America is an incredibly fascinating country, filled with both grand vistas, heartbreaking poverty, inspiring success stories, and dynamic cities. During my travels, I visited both huge metropolises like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York City, as well as natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls.
The City That Never Sleeps
The first stop our trip was New York City. After we landed at JFK, we went straight to the hotel, tired after a bumpy transatlantic flight. We spent our second day in NY visiting Central Park, an absolutely awe-inspiring green oasis, replete with life and activities, including a zoo and a skating rink. We spent the rest of our time in New York visiting staples such as the Empire State Building, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the High Line, as well as some less well-known stores and galleries. In addition to visiting NYC, we also went to Niagara Falls, one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world.
Down On Our Luck In Vegas
After an incredible couple of weeks in New York, we headed to Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world. While Vegas is a must-see, our luck (or lack thereof) at the tables limited out enjoyment of the city. However, we still managed to have a lot of fun. One of the most amazing experiences was visiting the Bellagio, with its over-the- top decoration and opulent fountain. It is simply a place out of this world, almost to the point of being too much.
Another must-see in Vegas is the 350 meters tall Stratosphere tower, hotel and casino. The tower hosts a number of insane rides, such as the world’s longest bungee jump, a drop tower on the roof of the tower, a giant mechanical arm which extends riders over the edge of the tower. As true adrenaline junkies, we tried all the crazy attractions, which we can wholeheartedly recommend, albeit only to the most adventurous. Our trip to Las Vegas also included a visit to the amazing Grand Canyon. The scope Grand Canyon is beyond anything I have ever seen before or since, and is something everyone should experience before they die.
The City of Angels
The third leg of our tour took us to Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the US. We visited some of the legendary theme parks, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios, which was great. We also visited Hollywood Boulevard, which was very exciting, seeing as we’re all huge film fans. We also went shopping in Beverly Hills, which was a lot of fun, albeit also very expensive. We spent most of our time in LA just chilling at Venice and Santa Monica beach. The best part of a vacation is often when you just kick back and relax. That way, you can absorb the local culture without having to follow a packed schedule. During our time there, we also visited attractions such as the Getty Center, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to all of its attractions, LA also has a completely unique atmosphere, making it well worth a visit.
Planning Your Trip
When travelling to the US, it is important to remember applying for an ESTA, which grants you visa-free access to the US for trips of up to 90 days.