Thanks to pop culture, we all feel some connection with the United States and know a lot about the country through films and music. But it's worth going beyond the screen to explore this huge country.
Meet the cities where trends are created: New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin and Portland. Walk, walk and walk! Its long list of national parks offer the chance to enjoy spectacular hikes in famous places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Aspen, Kenai Fjords and Acadia.
In the United States there are endless possibilities for adventures like the road trip of a lifetime through the West Coast, the excitement of Las Vegas, surfing in Hawaii or skiing in Colorado. You have to explore and find your own American dream!
It is the ultimate city to live in, the ultimate city to be seen in, and definitely the ultimate city to know well and what a better way to get to know the city than from a local's perspective. New York City is the city of skyscrapers, Wall Street, opera, art galleries, ballet, Central Park, restaurants, fashion and shopping. New York City offers the most diverse selection of ethnical and cultural backgrounds through its different neighborhoods.
NYC is so diverse that it offers something special to every traveler that visits the city. If you are looking for art, the Chelsea neighborhood offers some of the best galleries in the world and of course you need to visit some of the best museums in the world such as: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Modern Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum or the American Museum of Natural History. And speaking of history, if you are interested in learning more about the city, take a ferry ride to Ellis Island where you can visit the Immigrant Museum with a stopover at the Statue of Liberty.
The top things to do in NYC are of course visiting Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, riding a bike in Central Park, attending a Gospel Mass in Harlem followed by a greasy delicious breakfast at Amy Ruth's restaurant, Little Italy, Chinatown and those spots we've all heard of.
When finished sightseeing, it's time to go shopping designers' flagship stores on Madison and Fifth Avenues or alternative designers shops in Soho, the Meatpacking District or Greenwich Village. In the Meatpacking district be sure to check out the High Line, a beautiful elevated park, to enjoy with some goodies bought at the Chelsea Market.
Some travelers' most popular destinations in NY is One World Trade Center, the Empire State or the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge, either walking or riding a bicycle, and enjoy the lively and trend setting neighborhood of Brooklyn and one of the best views of Manhattan's skyline. You can enjoy dinner at the River Cafe while the sun goes down in the city.
Our favorite restaurants in New York for a fancy dinner are Eleven Madison and Gramercy Tavern. Our favorite street food is The Halal Guys, located on Sixth Avenue and 54th Street. For dessert try Carnegie Deli (the best cheesecake ever) or Cafeteria (Union Sq.) for a delicious banana cream pie.
Where to stay? If you are planning to find cheap luxury hotels in the city you might be up for a challenge but to save some money a hotel booking in New York might be easier to make online ahead of time. You can always find cheap luxury hotels in the city if you take time to do your research and search the different luxury hotel booking websites on the web.