The USA is a huge country to explore, with 50 states to choose from, flanked by two
oceans and covering an incredibly varied terrain. For five centuries, since the ‘New
World’ discoveries of Christopher Columbus, people from every corner of the globe
have come here in search of ‘the American Dream’. Between them, they have
created the richest, most powerful country on earth, and a fascinating melting pot of
cultures and traditions.
Capital: Washington, DC
General Information :
Language: English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorities
Time : The USA is divided into six time zones:
Eastern Standard Time : GMT - 5 (GMT - 4 from first Sunday in April to last Sunday
Central Standard Time: GMT - 6 (GMT - 5 from first Sunday in April to last Sunday
Mountain Standard Time: GMT - 7 (GMT - 6 from first Sunday in April to last
Sunday in October).
Pacific Standard Time: GMT - 8 (GMT - 7 from first Sunday in April to last Sunday in
Alaska: GMT - 9 (GMT - 8 from first Sunday in April to last Sunday in October).
Hawaii: GMT - 10.
New York is a city of superlatives. Besides being a world financial centre, the urban
island of Manhattan teems with world-renowned restaurants, architectural
masterpieces and venerable art institutions that make it one the world’s greatest
cultural cities. Its hectic pace and its alluring promise of ‘if you can make it here,
you can make it anywhere,’ draw visitors and new residents from all over the world,
who come in search of a piece of this American pie.
New York’s location at the confluence of the Hudson River, Long Island and the
Atlantic Ocean reflects the city’s importance as a port and as the disembarkation point
for millions of immigrants to the USA.
New York is an excellent place to visit at any time of year, although it is particularly
pleasant during the spring and fall, when temperatures hover around 21ºC (70ºF). New
York winters tend to be unpredictable, although cold temperatures bring less snow
here than to other nearby cities, while summers are hot and muggy, often lasting until
New York has always been a city of the world and its multinational, multicultural
inhabitants – who speak over 80 languages – infuse its concrete canyons with a buzz
that is every bit as energising and electrifying as that depicted in countless films and
TV programmes. With over 20,000 eclectic restaurants, 150 world-class museums and
more than 10,000 stores brimming with brand names and bargains from across the
globe, New York really does have something for everyone. Away from the mayhem of
the 24-hour urban hustle and bustle, New York also boasts the bucolic oasis of Central
Park, the breezy park-lined Hudson River and acts as jumping off point for the ritzy
beach towns of Long Island. However, the epicentre of New York life always has been
and still very much is the island of Manhattan, which is surrounded by four other
distinct city boroughs – the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island – all of which
have their own character and attractions.
Empire State Building
The Cathedral of the Skies," as it has been called, identifies New York City more
than any other feature in this landmark filled city. Since its opening in 1931, the
1,453 foot skyscraper has attracted 120 million people to its observatories. 3.6
million a year!
The Observatory Deck is
currently open on weekdays
from 10am to midnight.
weekends. You must use
the main 350 Fifth Avenue
Statue of Liberty
Next to the flag, it's America's most famous symbol for freedom - an icon for the
immigrant, Liberty Enlightening the World as it is officially titled is familiarly the
Statue of Liberty.
Standing 151 feet above New York Harbor since 1886, the ferry brings you to her
feet on Liberty Island. If you want to climb the 354 step narrow winding staircase
inside the Statue, get there early, long lines can mean a 3-hour ascent.
This 843-acre oasis offers both residents and visitors a refuge from the hustle and
bustle of city life. From Sheep Meadow to the Great Lawn there is so much to see
within our pastoral landmark.
A stroll along the Mall, a rowboat ride on the Lake, or a game of softball are just a
taste of what you'll find in Central Park.
Having been built to meet the needs of the people, Rockefeller Center has been a
favorite spot for both New Yorkers and tourists. Visit the outdoor cafe, site of the ice
skating rink, or Radio City Music Hall, the 6,000 seat former movie palace.
Head underground through the labyrinth of passages connecting 14 of the 19
buildings or rise 65 stories to the Rainbow Room. If you've come to NYC to shop,
Rockefeller Center has some great stores including H&M the hip clothing store.
Whatever it is, Rockefeller Center is sure to have it.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Perched on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid, a fighter
jet looks ready to take off! The monstrous aircraft carrier
now houses the largest museum devoted to the armed forces
and the space program.
Docked alongside the Intrepid are the U.S.S. Edson, a
destroyer and the U.S.S. Growler, a submarine which
displays and unprimed nuclear cruise missile.
Behind the 191 waving flags representing the member countries stands a 39 story
monolith known as the Secretariat Building. Along with the General Assembly
Building, conference buildings and Dag Hammarskjöld Library, the United Nations
attempts to maintain peace, protect human rights and promote development
throughout the world on a 6 block stretch of land along the East River.
When you enter the gates of the United Nations, you're actually leaving New York
City. This 18-acres is an international territory belonging to all the member countries.
South Street Seaport
Along the bumpy cobblestone streets toward Pier 17 you'll find restaurants and shops
galore, but this is also an historic district and a living museum. Inside, you can see ship
models, prints and paintings.
Outside, tour the boat building shop or take a tour of the 4-masted, 347-foot cargo
vessel Peking, one of 6 historic ships, and take home a bit of knowledge as a souvenir.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City's grand museum! Journeying through the art of mankind can be a
overwhelming yet joyous experience. From Ancient Egypt through the Renaissance to
American masters, try and take your time going through each section.
Rose Center for Earth & Space
The brand new, state-of-the-art center will take you to from the inner workings of our
planet to the outer limits of the galaxy. The 87-foot sphere which appears to float in a
glass-walled cube houses the new Hayden Planetarium, featuring the most
technologically advanced Space Theater in the world, in which visitors can
experience Space Shows of incredible realism. The Planetarium, as well as the "Big
Bang Theater" -- a dramatic re-creation of the first minutes of the origins of the
universe, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe, which examines
issues such as how the universe evolved.
The Taj Mahal of toys, FAO Schwarz - famous for its life-sized stuffed animals and
kid-sized sports cars, will bring hours of fun for shoppers young and old
Times Square draws approximately 37 million visitors spending up to $16.4 billion
annually. The Times Square Visitors Center, in the restored landmark Embassy Movie
Theatre, is steps from more than 5,000 businesses with 250,000 employees, and from
world-renowned landmarks and tourist attractions. Times Square is surrounded by 45
Broadway theaters, drawing 11.6 million people annually and generating tickets sales
of more than $588 million. Times Square is also the hub of New York’s hospitality
industry, surrounded by 28 hotels, accounting for one-fifth of all New York City hotel
rooms. Free walking tours depart from the Visitors Center every Friday at noon, rain or
Whether it's upscale Madison Avenue or the bargain-friendly Lower East Side, the
Big Apple offers everything for everybody!
Department Stores : Bloomingdale’s / Macy’s Herald Square / Saks Fifth Avenue
Clothing : The NYC Webstore / Century 21
Toys : FAO Schwarz
Main Shopping Areas : Madison Avenue / Fifth Avenue / 57th Street
Polo Ralph Lauren Store
The Disney Store
A Chess shop on
Mannequins in the window of Saks
Fifth Avenue Store
Dining in New York
What’s on the Menu ??
Asian Fusion, Casual Gourmet, Barbecue Chic, Desserts, Italian, Japanese, Meat ,
Sea Food, Quick Fixes…. You ask for it and New York Serves you the
It is difficult to believe, when looking along the elegant National Mall framed by
stately buildings, that the land on which Washington, DC was built was originally
marshy swamp. Chosen by George Washington for its strategic location between the
South and the North, as well as its accessibility to the sea along the Potomac River, the
capital is situated in a specially created district, which avoided the problem of
establishing the capital city in any one state. Originally designed by the French
architect, Pierre L’Enfant, in 1791, Washington is a city of green parks, wide treelined streets and very few skyscrapers, all of which give it a European air. It is very
much a purpose-built capital, a city of grand buildings, such as the White House, the
US Capitol and impressive monuments, such as the Washington Monument and
Washington, DC (Washington to visitors and DC, or the District, to locals) is divided
into four quadrants – northwest (NW), northeast (NE), southeast (SE) and southwest
(SW). It is a city of neighbourhoods, each with its own diverse culture. Capitol Hill,
beyond the Capitol, is a blend of government buildings, townhouses and speciality
shops and restaurants. Foggy Bottom, also home to several government buildings, is
now a charming, quiet neighbourhood. Perhaps the most famous is Georgetown, an
historic district with elegant 18th- and 19th-century townhouses, home to many
influential residents, as well as chic restaurants and shops. One of the most colourful
neighbourhoods is Adams Morgan, with an eclectic mix of international restaurants,
sidewalk cafés, ethnic stores and late-night entertainment.
White House Visitor’s Centre :
A museum of American history as well as the Presidential residence, the White
House tour is highly recommended on your next visit to the nation's capital.
Explore the monument, which can be seen from every corner of Washington, D.C.,
that stands in tribute to George Washington, the "Father of His Country," who helped
determine how America's three branches of government would work together and
with the President.
Washington Monument :
The US Capitol :
Tour this symbol of democracy, recognized all over the world, and see American
legislators in action within this architectural marvel. Between Independence and
The House Chambers
Known variously as the "nation's attic" and the "national museum of American
history," the Smithsonian fills these roles and so much more. Explore the many
museums, take one of the many tours and enjoy some of the many cultural programs
presented there during your visit.
Many species of trees and other plants are grown and studied at this magnificent
national outdoor museum, where something is always in bloom. The arboretum is
open every day, and provides a cafe and gift shop, so you can take your time and
make a day of it.
Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens
The first mayor of Georgetown, and his wife who was the granddaughter of Martha
Washington, built this neoclassic mansion. The spacious gardens and internal
furnishings, artifacts and memorabilia have all been preserved faithfully. Enjoy a
tour of this amazing property, and step back into old Washington, D.C.
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, home to the giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei
Xiang and hundreds of other species, the best veterinary hospital and endangered
species research field station in the country, the National Zoo should not be missed
on your next visit to the nation's capital.
Shopping In Washington DC
Upscale boutiques, cozy antique
shops and vibrant outdoor markets
abound in Washington, DC's
neighborhoods, while bargainfilled outlet malls are located just
minutes from downtown. Save
room in your suitcase for the
treasures you'll find in the nation's
If shopping is on your mind, DC
is the place to go! From upscale
boutiques in Georgetown to great
malls to Bohemian shopping in
Adams Morgan to world-famous
outlet shopping, Washington, DC
is a shoppers paradise.
Dining In Washington DC
Washington, DC's restaurant scene is sizzling with innovative newcomers as well as
the tried-and-true "power dining" favorites. Why? Because Washingtonians spend a
greater percentage of their food dollar dining out than any other citizenry in the
country and welcomes nearly 20 million worldly travelers each year. The New York
Times says, "In fact, the range is comprehensive and the international scene
impressive." A quick tour of the city - any part of the city - reveals more big name,
national chains as well as some of the best signature restaurants in the country.
Excitement awaits you in Niagara USA!
Niagara Galls, NY will amaze you! Have fun
at the Seneca Niagara Casino, on the Maid of
the Mist, touring the Cave of the Winds, riding
the Whirlpool Jet Boat, Sport Fishing and
Discover Art Park, the Museums, art and music
festivals, the Erie Canal and Old Fort Niagara.
Lockport Mall, Prime Outlets Niagara Falls USA,
Summit Park Mall, Barbara Ann’s Antiques,
Clotilda Antiques & Collectibles, The Country
Doctor Antiques & Gifts, Just Lookin’ Antiques
Lauffer’s Antiques & Collectibles, McMullen’s
Antiques, Old Sanborn Milling Company, Olde Main
Street, Rizzo’s Used Furniture & Antiques
Sanborn Old General Store, Shawnee Country Barns
Antique Co-op, Stimson’s Antiques & Gifts
Tattered Tulip Antiques & Gifts, The Shops at
Teapot Hollow, Treasure Market Antiques, Varney’s
House of Wine & Antiques
The City is a cultural wonderland, an ethnic treasure chest where custom, tradition and
history are preserved, celebrated, shared. So take your time and explore the city. You'll
find that the Gold Rush days have never really ended here; there's still plenty of gold to
be found. The restless spirit of The City's Barbary Coast past lives on, fueled by a
desire to be different, nurtured by infinite viewpoints, personalities, styles.
Magical moments abound. The echo of cable car bells from atop great hills. The
rejuvenation of the soul upon crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. The splendor and
elegance of a boat cruise on San Francisco Bay. The soft touching of wine glasses over
a gourmet meal. The views. The people. The sights. The sounds. The City.
San Francisco's diversity is perhaps most evident in its neighborhoods. The City's
restaurants, shops, theaters, art galleries, museums and, above all, its people hold the
key to unique visitor experiences.
One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square's famous
"postcard row" at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight,
escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers,
providing a stunning contrast. The grassy square itself is an ideal midday break. One
of 11 historic districts designated by the Department of City Planning, the area
includes several bed and breakfast inns.
Steep streets and brightly painted Victorian houses give this upper Market "Gay
Mecca" neighborhood that distinct San Francisco look. The Castro is a series of
imaginative boutiques, bookstores and bars. Novelty items abound in shops at the end
of Market Street between 16th and 17th Streets. The heart of the area is 18th and Castro
Streets. Built in 1922 the Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street, survives as one of the last
grand movie palaces, featuring revivals and pre-film concerts on the mighty Wurlitzer.
The Names Project at 584 Castro Street, houses the AIDS memorial quilt.
The entrance to Chinatown at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is called the "Dragon's
Gate." Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant
Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on
foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums
comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and
enjoy a "dim sum" lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies.
San Francisco' s widest street, Van Ness Avenue, runs straight down the middle of
Civic Center, a Beaux Arts architectural wonder where The City's symphony, opera and
ballet dazzle audiences. One of the area's crown jewels, the War Memorial Opera
House, is one of the world's greatest opera houses. The Asian Art Museum is one of the
largest museums in the world devoted exclusively to Asian art with a collection
comprising nearly 15,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of history. The museum
reopened in March 2003 at its new, expanded Civic Center facility. The main library at
Grove and McAllister Streets is one of the greatest public learning centers in the
country and one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Over one million
books, 400 electronic work stations, a children's discovery center, and special rooms on
African American, Chinese, Filipino American, gay and lesbian works surround a lightfilled atrium. One of The City's major convention venues, Bill Graham Civic
Auditorium, hosts numerous concerts and public events throughout the year.
Near Pacific Heights on Fillmore Street south
of Broadway are a number of intimate cafes
and restaurants as well as a concentration of
upscale clothing, kitchenware and home
furnishings stores. Foreign films fascinate at
the import film house on Fillmore near Clay.
The "Summer of Love" lives on mainly in stores throughout this charming Victorian
sector; vintage clothing, books and records are abundant along Haight Street, the
neighborhood's busiest stretch.
Places of interest include 710 Ashbury Street, once home to the legendary musical
group, the Grateful Dead; 112 Lyon Street, where famous singer Janis Joplin lived;
Buena Vista Park, with its delightful views of The City; and, for architectural
highlights, Masonic, Piedmont and Delmar Streets.
A Short Distance from Civic Center lies Hayes
Valley boasting galleries, antique shops, restaurants
and book nooks. The New Conservatory Theatre
Complex, a magnet for lovers of avant-garde
theater; Audium, uniting space and music in a truly
original context; and The San Francisco Performing
Arts Library & Museum, covering the history of San
Francisco performing arts, are additional visitor
enticements along the Van Ness corridor.
The Marina was developed on the site of the 1915
Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Marina
Green, a grassy playground with stunning views
of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco
Bay, attracts joggers, sunbathers and kite fliers.
The terracotta Palace of Fine Arts is home to the
hands-on science museum, Exploratorium. Off
Marina Boulevard, streets are dominated by grand
stucco houses and flats. Chestnut Street brims
with inviting stores, restaurants and watering
Of The City's many hills, Nob Hill boasts perhaps the
best view of San Francisco Bay, especially when
observed from a California Street cable car, running
from the foot of Market Street, over the hill and down to
Van Ness Avenue. Nob Hill's noble tenants include
Grace Cathedral, a replica of Notre Dame in Paris;
Huntington Park, site of many arts shows and graced by
a replica of a 16th century Roman fountain; Nob Hill
Masonic Center, an architectural dazzler hosting various
musical events; the Cable Car Museum; and grand
Stately Victorians crown hills blessed with glorious
views in San Francisco's most prestigious
neighborhood. Consulates, finishing schools and
condominiums share this tree-lined perch with The
City's wealthiest families. Jackson Street near the
northwest corner of Alta Plaza Park is a good place
to begin a tour of the neighborhood's mighty
mansions. The house tour reaches its apex along the
Broadway bluff between Webster and Lyon Streets.
Of historical and architectural interest are the
Spreckels Mansion, 2080 Washington Street; the
Whittier Mansion, 2090 Jackson Street and the
Bourn Mansion at 2550 Webster Street The area
also boasts magnificent views of San Francisco Bay
and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Few cities bring to mind such images of
sheer excess as Las Vegas. Located in
the middle of the arid Mojave Desert, at
the southern tip of the state of Nevada,
Las Vegas is an oasis of life, energy and
money – a city whose raison d’être is
temperatures during the summer and
moderate winters, the city is visited all
Las Vegas may have little more than one million inhabitants but its airport is the
seventh busiest in the world, daily spewing out hordes of tourists hoping to win big
bucks at the thousands of gambling tables or one-armed bandits (slot machines).
Over 30 million people visit Las Vegas every year, staying in the city’s 123,000 hotel
The Luxor Resort and Casino
Flamingo Hilton Casino
such as Dive on the
Entertainment so dominates Las Vegas that it is the backbone of the city’s economy,
creating vibrant hotel, retail and hospitality industries. Other industries, such as
construction, to a large degree owe their existence to the fact that hotels need to be built
or expanded. Las Vegas is now the fastest growing city in North America. Its sheer
exuberance in attracting visitors has created something along the lines of a city-sized
theme park. Its residents lead normal lives in normal suburbs but to visitors it is an
endless playground of neon lights, hotel lounges, topless revues, live entertainment and
Bellagio Fountain Show
Spectacular Choreographed Fountain Show.
Hours: 3 p.m. to Noon, Monday thru Friday and Noon to Midnight on Saturday and
Location: In front of the Bellagio Hotel Casino near the intersection of Flamingo and
the Las Vegas Blvd.
Mirage Volcano - The Mirage Hotel Casino
Volcanic Eruption of Fire 100 Feet into the Air.
Hours: Shows start at dusk, with a volcanic eruption every 15 minutes until
Location: In front of The Mirage Hotel Casino on Las Vegas Blvd, about half way
between Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain.
Mirage volcano and the Venetian Resort
Big Shot at the Stratosphere
Stratosphere Hotel Casino
Big Shot is located on Top of the World Tower (Pictured Top Left)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.
Cost: Approximately $12.00 per person, includes admission to the Stratosphere
Tower or for $15 you can ride the Big Shot and the High Roller.
Location: In front of the Stratosphere Hotel Casino, near the intersection of Las
Vegas Blvd., and Sahara Avenue.
Height Restriction: You must be 48 inches tall to enter the ride.
Adventure dome at the Circus Circus Casino Hotel
Theme park at Circus Circus contained within a climate-controlled pink glass dome
featuring thrill rides for all ages plus dinosaurs and other attractions. 2880 Las
Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas 89109. Hours: Opens at 10:00 a.m. daily. Season: Yearround.
Star Trek: The Experience
Be transported to the Enterprise bridge,
plunge down a turbolift and brave a
shuttlecraft mission though space and time;
also enjoy dining, shopping and gaming
during your visit to the 24th century. Las
Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas
89109. Hours: 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., daily.
Season: Year-round. Admission: $14.95.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the
rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than an awe-inspiring view. It is more than
a pleasuring ground for those who explore the roads, hike the trails, or float the
currents of the turbulent Colorado River. The Grand Canyon we visit today is a gift
from past generations. Take time to enjoy this gift. Sit and watch the changing play
of light and shadows. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your
face. Attend a ranger program. Follow the antics of ravens soaring above the rim.
Listen for the roar of the rapids far below Pima Point. Savor a sunrise or sunset.
Grand Canyon is heavily visited for most of the year and it is imperative to plan
ahead for lodging, camping, backcountry permits, or mule trips.
At the park entrance station (either North or South Rim) you will be given a copy of
The Guide, the park newspaper. In it you will find a listing of parking areas, ranger
programs, and visitor facilities.
Visitor services and
national park on the
North Rim are only open
from mid-May through
Los Angeles, America’s second largest city after New York, sprawls along the
Pacific coast of southern California. Its coastline actually stretches 122km (76 miles)
from Malibu to Long Beach, while inland the city spreads out to fill a vast, flat and
once arid basin ringed by the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains.
Sunset over Kanan Dume, Santa
Hollywood Walk of
Fame: Pergola and
There is more to LA than Hollywood. Disneyland, America’s famous fun park,
although rather elderly now, is the area’s most popular site and well worth a visit. The
city is also home to many world-renowned cultural institutions, such as the Museum of
Contemporary Art, the LA Philharmonic or the Getty Museum. Visitors do come to see
the huge Hollywood sign in Griffith Park and the mansions of the stars in Beverly
Hills, but also to experience the nightlife on Sunset Strip, the beach life, the car culture
and just to look at the people.
LA is exuberant – there are few places in the world where the phrase ‘Express
Yourself’ is taken so literally. From hippy health fanatics to muscled fitness freaks,
from Art Deco lovers to devotees of off-beat religions – they all exist alongside the
glamorous and the wealthy. From classic cars to silicone, LA represents people’s
dreams – and thousands come seeking fame and fortune or just a new life. Los
Angeles is the country’s gateway for immigrants from Asia, the Pacific Rim, Eastern
Europe, Mexico and Latin America. People from 160 countries, speaking 96 different
languages, make up Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Tourist Attractions
Beverly Hills Civic Centre - Public Art Walking Tour Scheduled for First Saturday
of Each Month.
Beverly Hills Trolley Tours - Art and Architecture Trolley Tour and the Sites and
Scenes Trolley Tour - Tuesdays and Saturdays
Catalina Island - Shopping, Water Recreation, Boat Tours, Hiking.
The Art-Deco Catalina Island Casino
Wide, palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills.
Los Angeles Tourist Attractions
Farmers Market - The original Los Angeles Farmers Market - International cuisine,
wide range of gifts from around the world, regularly scheduled special events for
the family and outdoor flavor, not to mention the freshest and finest meats, poultry,
seafood, produce and flowers in all of Los Angeles.
L A Zoo, Malls & Shopping Centres, Movieland Was Museum, Old Chinatown,
Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier & Universal City Walk
Universal City Walk
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hollywood Boulevard.
A tribute to over 2000 artists who have made significant contributions to film, radio,
television, theatre and the recording industries. The first star placed on 9th February.
1960, was for Joanne Woodward. One of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions,
the Walk of Fame lies on both sides of Hollywood Blvd. from Gower to La Brea, both
sides of Vine Street and from Yucca to Sunset. The Silver Four Ladies of Hollywood
Gazebo at Lea Brea, the start of the Walk of Fame should not be missed.
Universal Studios - Hollywood
“World's Largest Movie Studio and Theme Park”
Universal Studios Hollywood puts you so close you can hear the cameras rolling.
Get an inside look at the sets and uncover the behind the scenes secrets of
Then, immerse yourself into the thrilling worlds of your favorite movies. Witness
the all-new Shrek 4-D, with hair-raising, eye popping, butt-busting effects that put
you inside the action. Unleash the power of movie magic inside the Special
Effects Stages. Spin into action at the rock 'n' roll show Spider-Man Rocks.
And, for a big Hollywood finish, visit Universal City
Walk, for L.A.'s hottest entertainment, dining and
It can only happen in Hollywood...Universal Studios
Come see what happens when star-quality critters
monkey around with show business! The Animal
Planet TV network has come to life at Universal
Studios and the animals aren't just in the live show,
they're in control!
Endure the hit movie's blazing inferno of heartpounding heat and fury in a 10,000 degree
blast furnace of searing pyrotechnics and
special effects excitement
Disneyland - “The Happiest Place on Earth”
The Happiest Place on Earth” is an enchanted kingdom of fantasy and imagination
filled with classic family-friendly attractions and magical entertainment, dining and
Attractions : Only at the Disneyland resort can you blast off to outer space,
venture up jungle rivers, encounter ghosts, pirates and flying elephants and find
yourself laughing, flying, spinning and splashing through attractions whose
memories will never fade.
Disneyland's California Adventure
Orlando sits in the sunshine, both literally and figuratively. Thanks to its status as
one of the world's premier leisure destinations, it's one of the fastest-growing cities
in the U.S. Its cleanliness, friendliness and climate make it a popular getaway for
families, honeymooners, seniors and solo travelers, all of whom immerse themselves
in the city's theme-park version of the whole wide world.
But, Disney and friends aside, Orlando has become a major city in its own right with
a rapidly expanding economy and home-grown entertainment centers. It feels very
much like a young city, both in terms of its energy levels and the newness of many
of its neighborhoods. Today the downtown is becoming increasingly popular, with
nightlife, art festivals and street parties complementing eclectic local neighborhoods,
parks and eateries.
Orlando Top Picks
Sights -- The Magic Kingdom and MGM Studios in Walt Disney World; Shamu the
killer whale at SeaWorld; thrill rides at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Museums -- Orlando Museum of Art; Morse Museum of American Art; Mennello
Museum of American Folk Art; the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College;
the Orange County Regional History Center
Late Night -- The neon-flooded Downtown Disney complex; City Walk at Universal
Orlando; the Pointe Orlando entertainment and shopping complex near International
Orlando Amusement & Theme Parks
Back to the future .. The Ride, Blizzard Beach, Body Wars, Dinosaur, Animal
Kingdom, Discovery Cove, Disney-MGM Studios, Earthquake -- The Big One,
ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, Festival of the Lion King, Haunted Mansion,
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, Incredible Hulk Coaster, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt
Spectacular!, Islands of Adventure, Jaws, Jungle Cruise, Jurassic Park River
Adventure, Magic Kingdom, Men in Black: Alien Attack Pirates of the Caribbean
Playhouse Disney -- Live on Stage!, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith,
SeaWorld Orlando, Shamu Stadium, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain,Terminator 2
3-D, The Magic of Disney Animation,The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,
Twister… Ride It Out, Universal Studios, Wet 'n Wild, Wild Arctic , it's a small
Orlando Museums & Galleries
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Complex , Orlando Science Center
Universal Studios - Orlando
Although this theme park caters to many different types of people, its primary appeal
is to those who like loud, fast, high-energy attractions. The park's 444 acres are a
bewildering conglomeration of stage sets, shops, reproductions of New York and San
Francisco, and anonymous soundstages housing themed attractions, as well as
genuine moviemaking paraphernalia.
Feel the energy of the world’s first
3-D cyber adventure, zap an army
of marauding aliens, soar through
time and space, fly to the stars and
face the fury of a full blown
tornado. Get ready for your close up
as you plunge right into the action
of your favourite block-buster
For a landmark that wields such worldwide influence, the Magic Kingdom may seem
small: at 107 acres, it's smaller than Disney World's other Big Three parks. But looks
can be deceiving. Packed into seven different "lands" are nearly 50 major crowd
pleasers, and that's not counting all the ancillary attractions: shops, eateries, live
entertainment, Disney-character meet-and-greet locations, fireworks, parades, and, of
course, the sheer pleasure of strolling through the beautifully landscaped and
manicured grounds. Many rides are geared for the young, but the Magic Kingdom is
anything but a kiddie park.
Discover a magical place with four exciting Theme Parks and two incredible Water
Parks. Experience a world as big as your imagination, where fantasy comes to life
and vacations always end happily ever after.
The park is laid out on a north-south axis, with Cinderella Castle at the center and the
various lands surrounding it in a broad circle. Upon passing through the entrance gates,
you immediately find yourself in Town Square, containing City Hall, the park's main
information center. Town Square segues into Main Street, U.S.A. (the first of the
seven lands), a boulevard filled with Victorian-style stores and snack spots. Main Street
runs due north and ends at the Hub, a large tree-lined circle, properly known as Central
Plaza, in front of Cinderella Castle.
As you move clockwise from the Hub, the Magic Kingdom's lands continue with
Adventureland -- home of Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, and the Swiss
Family Treehouse. Next come Frontierland and Liberty Square, containing Splash
Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the Haunted Mansion.
Fantasyland is directly behind Cinderella Castle -- the castle's rear courtyard, as it
were. Mickey's Toontown Fair is just east of Fantasyland. Tomorrowland, directly
to the right of the Hub, rounds out the circle.
MGM Studios was designed to be a trip back in time to Hollywood's heyday, when
Hedda Hopper, not tabloids, spread celebrity gossip and when the girl off the bus
from Ohio could be the next Judy Garland. The result blends theme park with fully
functioning movie and television production capabilities, breathtaking rides with
insightful tours, and nostalgia with high-tech wonders.
The park is divided into sightseeing clusters. Hollywood Boulevard is the main
artery to the heart of the park: the glistening red-and-gold, multiturreted replica of
Graumann's Chinese Theater, now behind the mammoth Sorcerer Mickey Hat.
Encircling it in a roughly counterclockwise fashion are Sunset Boulevard, where
you'll find the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the amphitheater in which Fantasmic!
is staged, and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster; the Animation Courtyard, which houses
the Magic of Disney Animation and Voyage of the Little Mermaid; Mickey Avenue,
where you'll find the Disney-MGM Studios Backstage Pass, Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire -- Play It!, and the Studios Backlot Tour; the New York Street area,
with Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3-D, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set
Adventure playground, and the Backlot Theater; and Echo Lake, which contains the
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Star Tours, and Sounds Dangerous Starring
The entire park is small enough that you should be able to cover it in a day. Although
most of the attractions are a draw for all ages, the park is really best for teenagers
eager to experience the thrill rides and old enough to watch old movies on television
and catch the cinematic references.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
In 500 acres, this attraction explores the story of all animals -- real, imaginary, and
extinct. As you enter through the Oasis, exotic background music plays and you're
surrounded by a green grotto, gentle waterfalls, and gardens alive with exotic birds,
reptiles, and mammals. The park showcases careful re-creations of natural and manmade landscapes that recall exotic lands ranging from Thailand and India to
southern Africa. You'll also find rides, some of Disney's finest musical shows,
knickknacks from around the world, eateries, and, of course, Disney characters. It's
best to arrive at this park near opening time at 8 or 9 AM -- that's when many of the
animals are most likely to be active
Festival of the Lion King
to be a
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
Kali River Rapids
Explore the world in a day. Sail
away to the distant shores of
nations and imaginations as you
experience all that is possible on
the planet and in the future.
Big Thrills Mission: SPACE, Test Track,
Fun For Little Ones Food Rocks!, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, Kidcot
Fun Stops, Spaceship Earth, The Living Seas
Mild But Wild Thrills "Honey, I Shrunk The Audience”, Body Wars, Maelstrom
Other Attractions Circle of Life, Cranium Command,,EL Rio del Tiempo, Ellen's
Energy Adventure, ImageWorks - The Kodak "What If" Labs, Impressions de France
Leave A Legacy, Living with the Land, O Canada!, Reflections of China, The
American Adventure, The Making of Me
Spaceship Earth, Epcot Centre.
Encounter surprises at every turn as the streets of the
world spring to life with glorious and hilarious
entertainment. Be it street theater or musical concerts,
live shows are a big part of Epcot
From its beginning just over 100 years ago, Miami billed itself as a travel
destination: Its first motto was "America's sun porch." Warm weather, sandy
beaches and bright sunshine were its selling points then, and they remain a potent
draw today. But America's sun porch has allure far beyond the U.S. People from all
over the Caribbean and Latin America have settled there in the past 40 years, giving
the city a new nickname, "the capital of the Western Hemisphere." As much as we
love Miami's warm-weather fun, it's the city's lively, international character that sets
it apart from many other travel destinations.
Though its residents come from all walks of life, it's the city's upscale sheen that most
often catches the eye. The South Beach Art Deco District (or SoBe) is the center of
Miami's trendy dining and nightlife scene, though its cheerful, neon-pastel buildings
and palm-tree-lined avenues please the hip and unhip alike. Elsewhere in the city,
Coconut Grove and Coral Gables offer their own versions of fine living. As attractive
as these areas are, take time to enjoy the colorful happenings in other corners of Miami.
Sights -- The breathtaking view of the city from the MacArthur Causeway at night;
the Everglades; the palmy streets and posh estates of Coral Gables; Coconut Grove
and CocoWalk; a drive down historic Old Cutler Road from Coconut Grove to
Southwest 168th Street.
Museums -- The Italianate gardens of Vizcaya; art-nouveau and art-deco objects at
the Wolfsonian on South Beach; first-rank traveling exhibits at the Museum of
Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami; and extensive collections at Lowe Art
Museum on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables and the Bass Museum
of Art on Miami Beach.
Cruising the MacArthur Causeway to Miami
Memorable Meals -- Roll up your sleeves and enjoy stone crabs with the rich and
famous at Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant; Chef Norman Van Aken's nationally
renowned cuisine at Norman's; "Palm Tree Cuisine" at Chef Allen's; tropical fusion
at Ortanique on the Mile; Latin blends at Azul.
Late Night -- The street scene in the Art Deco District: wall-to-wall cars, open-air
cafes and dance clubs; the sidewalk bars and bistros, shops and nightclubs along
Lincoln Road and elsewhere on Miami Beach; in Coconut Grove; along Southwest
Eighth Street; in the Design District; and in South Miami.
Recreation -- Golfing at one of Miami's many courses; betting on a horse race;
scuba diving, snorkeling or fishing in the Atlantic or Biscayne Bay; hang gliding,
kiteboarding and windsurfing on Biscayne Bay along Rickenbacker Causeway;
bicycling or Rollerblading through Coconut Grove or South Beach.
South Beach in Miami
The land of the
giants. The exterior
design of a
furniture store in
the Design District
The dining scene in Miami and Miami Beach is much like the cities themselves: a
quirky mix of exotic adventure and upscale glamour. You can sample dishes from
all over the globe and pay just a few dollars, or you can have the meal of a lifetime
and spend accordingly. Indeed, deep-pocketed diners can easily empty their wallets
here. In the process you can enjoy the work of the celebrity chefs who have
pioneered New World cuisine, a loose fusion of Latin American, Asian, and
Caribbean flavors, using fresh, local ingredients.
Miami teems with sophisticated shopping malls whose wares beckon to thousands of
shoppers daily, and the bustling avenues of its commercial neighborhoods that
glitter with storefronts of name-brand retailers from Armani to Zegna. Bal Harbour
Shops, the ultimate shopping mall, is anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth
Avenue and overflows with high-end merchandise from Escada, Chanel, Prada,
Cartier, Fendi, Gucci, and dozens of other exclusive shops. Collins Avenue in South
Beach satisfies all kinds of fashion appetites, whether for Banana Republic, Theory,
or Nike. One block over on Washington are a handful of trend-conscious shops like
Versace Jean Couture and Betsey Johnson and flashy club wear stores. The
discriminating Design District is where many top name designers hold shop when
they are not rehabbing the latest South Beach hotel.
But this is also a
away in side
streets -- such as
Red, Bird, and
intersection -- and
Stroll through Spanish-speaking neighborhoods where shops sell clothing, cigars, and
other goods from all over Latin America. At an open-air flea market stall, score an
antique glass shaped like a palm tree and fill it with some fresh Jamaican ginger beer
from the table next door. Or stop by your hotel gift shop and snap up an alligator
magnet for your refrigerator, an ashtray made of seashells, or a bag of gumballs shaped
like Florida oranges.
The word megalopolis must have been coined to describe Mexico City. The city, one
of the world's most populous, is modern and cosmopolitan, sprawling and
ramshackle, stately, multicultural and packed with historic sites. Its industry, traffic,
accommodations, restaurants, museums, architecture and performing arts are
everything you'd expect of a world-class city, while its poverty-stricken
neighborhoods are textbook illustrations of the problems encountered by developing
nations. Though Mexico City does present challenges for visitors, its rewards make a
visit well worth the effort. Those who do dive into the fray often become addicted to
the city's energy and attractions.
Mexican wedding cakes
Sights -- The Zocalo (main plaza, with its surrounding Historic Center); the
magnificent pyramids of Teotihuacan, a short ride from the city; Ballet Folklorico, a
spectacular presentation of Mexican music and dance.
Museums -- The outstanding Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Chapultepec Park;
Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, containing works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera;
Museo Frida Kahlo; Museo Franz Mayer Museum, housed in a restored 16th-century
Offerings for Dia de los
Muertos in the Museo
Dolores Olemedo Patino
Detail of a mural by
Diego Rivera in the
Museo Mural Diego
Memorable Meals -- Pork loin, followed by Bavarian cream and strawberries, at the
San Angel Inn; mariachi music and spicy huachinango a la Veracruzana (red
snapper, Veracruz style) at Fonda del Recuerdo; shrimp in tequila sauce at the
Hacienda de los Morales; huitlacoche (corn fungus) at Cicero Centenario; prime rib
and romance at Del Lago Chapultepec.
Late Night -- Hot salsa nights at Mama Rumba's Cuban bar; the too-cool ambience
of Rexo; margaritas and a piece of history at La Nueva Opera bar downtown.
Tacos el Pastor
Native crafts and specialties from all over Mexico are available in the capital, as are
designer clothes. You'll also find modern art by some of the best contemporary
painters, many of whom are making a name for themselves in the United States. And
of course Mexican goods are a far better deal here than in overseas outlets.
Department stores and malls are generally open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and
Friday 10-7, and Wednesday and Saturday 10-8.
With volcanoes like Mount Kilauea squirting out new land like toothpaste out of
the tube, Hawaii, quite literally, is growing. In fact, there's an expanding volcano
near the Big Island that's still a few thousand feet below the surface of the ocean.
One day, in a few hundred or a few thousand years, it will become the newest
Hawaiian island. In fact, it already has a name: Loihi.
Meanwhile, there's already enough beauty and activity in Hawaii to fill more
vacations than we could ever take. With so much to choose from, first-time visitors
need to be selective. Our recommendation is to settle first on the Hawaii you want to
see. It might be beaches, luaus and nightlife; it might be rare orchids and hikes in the
rain forest; it might be quiet countryside, small towns and scenic drives. Whatever
the combination, there will likely be an island or islands best suited to your desires.
Farther north and west than the other Hawaiian islands, Kauai's craggy mountains,
luxuriant valleys and many breezy beaches have managed to dodge excessive
development. Yes, there are hotels, resort complexes and some of the state's best
golf courses, but they're discreetly located in compliance with a law that prevents
any building from towering over the coconut trees. As a result, it's the natural
scenery that elicits the "Wows!" on Kauai.
Serious hikers should set aside an extra day or two just to hike this island's
marvelous nature trails. There's also challenging golf, whale-watching (NovemberMarch), a sensational helicopter ride and a rubber-raft trip on the ocean. It should be
noted that some people -- especially those who don't hike or don't take the helicopter
or raft trips -- may find Kauai dull, as shopping and nightlife are limited.
The main road tracing Kauai's perimeter takes you past a variety of easily explored
landscapes and attractions. There are magical mountains, cascading waterfalls,
verdant fern grottoes, mist-shrouded caves, and a lighthouse designated a National
Historic Landmark. All around the island are beautiful overlooks where you can
stop to take a breath and soak up the fragrant beauty. Two essential terms to know to
get your bearings: mauka means on the mountain side of the road, and makai means
on the ocean side
With Lihu'e as your point of departure, it's easy to explore the island by traveling to
sights along its eastern and northern coasts, then visiting attractions around Lihu'e
itself, and finally striking out toward the southern and western coasts.
Traveling north from Lihu'e, you'll encounter green pastureland, lush valleys, and
untamed tropical wilderness. An area rich in history and legend, this was where one
of the first communities of Polynesians settled more than 1,000 years ago. As the
road turns west, tracing the island's north shore, you'll time-travel through historic
plantation towns and the definitely here-and-now resort of Princeville, and wind your
way up into the mist-shrouded primeval wilds around Ke'e Beach and Na Pali Coast
view from the
above the Na
As you follow the main road south from Lihu'e the air seems to become gradually
warmer and drier. This is one way to tell you're nearing the region called Po'ipu,
named after the south-shore resort town that is its unofficial center. The sun shines
steadily on the populated, friendly beaches here. A string of condominiums and
hotels lines the coastline, and an impressive variety of water sports is available.
Heading west along Kauai's south shore, you'll pass through one former plantation
town after the next, each with its own story to tell, toward Waimea. From Waimea
you can drive up along the rim of magnificent Waimea Canyon to reach the crisp,
cool climate of Koke'e, 3,000 ft above sea level. Here you'll discover another facet of
this ancient island: Sequoia forests and swamp lands that provide a home to
remarkable indigenous birds and plants, and a mountain lodge that welcomes guests
with old-style warmth and hospitality.
View of Waimea Canyon
Along with a few major shopping malls, Kauai's has some really delightful mom-andpop shops and family-run boutiques with loads of character.
Kauai's also offers one-of-a-kind options for souvenirs. For instance, the famous shell
jewelry from nearby Ni'ihau is sometimes sold on Kauai's for less than it is on other
islands. The Garden Isle is also known for its regular outdoor markets where you can
find bargain prices on various souvenirs and produce and get a chance to mingle with
Mainland-style discount and department stores reached Kauai's years ago, carrying an
all-inclusive selection of moderately priced merchandise. Kauai's major shopping
centers are open daily from 9 or 10 to 5, although some stay open until 9. Stores are
basically clustered around the major resort areas and Lihu'e.