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    • 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 in October). Central Standard Time: GMT - 6 (GMT - 5 from first Sunday in April to last Sunday in October). 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 October). 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 September.
    • 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.
    • 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. Regular hours on weekends. You must use the main 350 Fifth Avenue entrance.
    • 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.
    • Central Park 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.
    • Rockefeller Center 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.
    • United Nations 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.
    • FAO Schwarz 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 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 shine.
    • 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 Thompson Street Mannequins in the window of Saks Fifth Avenue Store Niketown
    • 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 best !!!!!!!
    • 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 Lincoln Memorial.
    • 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. The Washington DC. Holocaust Memorial Museum. 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 Constitution Avenues. The House Chambers
    • Smithsonian Institution 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.
    • U.S.National Arboretum 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.
    • National Zoo 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 capital. 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 more! Discover Art Park, the Museums, art and music festivals, the Erie Canal and Old Fort Niagara.
    • The Mighty Niagara Falls
    • Maid of Mist at Niagara Falls
    • 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.
    • Alamo Square 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.
    • Castro 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.
    • China Town 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. Grant Avenue
    • Civic Centre 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.
    • Fillmore 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.
    • Haight Ashbury 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.
    • Hayes valley 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 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 holes.
    • Nob Hill 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 hotels.
    • Pacific Heights 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 entertainment. With soaring temperatures during the summer and moderate winters, the city is visited all year round.
    • 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 rooms. The Luxor Resort and Casino Venetian Resort
    • Flamingo Hilton Casino Theme restaurants such as Dive on the Strip 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 casinos.
    • Bellagio Fountain Show Spectacular Choreographed Fountain Show. Hours: 3 p.m. to Noon, Monday thru Friday and Noon to Midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Free! 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 midnight. Cost: Free! 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 facilities inside the national park on the North Rim are only open from mid-May through mid-October.
    • Activities : Auto Touring, Backpacking, Bird Watching, Camping, Cross Country, Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Interpretive Programs, Nature Walks, Snow Skiing, Snowshoeing, Whitewater Rafting, Wilderness Area Wildlife Viewing.
    • 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. Malibu Sunset over Kanan Dume, Santa Monica Mountains
    • Universal Studios Hollywood Walk of Fame: Pergola and statue 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 Rodeo Drive 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 legendary films.
    • 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 shopping. It can only happen in Hollywood...Universal Studios Hollywood. 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 shopping.
    • 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 Drive.
    • 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 world 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 entertainment.
    • Magic Kingdom 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.
    • Disney-MGM 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 Drew Carey. 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 It's Tough Festival of the Lion King to be a Bug!
    • Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade DINOSAUR Kali River Rapids
    • Epcot Centre 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. Attractions : 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 Vizcaya
    • 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 of Miami.
    • Miami Dining 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 Shopping 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 city of tiny boutiques tucked away in side streets -- such as South Miami's Red, Bird, and Sunset roads intersection -- and where outdoor markets tout unusual and delicious wares. 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 hospital. Offerings for Dia de los Muertos in the Museo Dolores Olemedo Patino Metropolitan Cathedral Detail of a mural by Diego Rivera in the Museo Mural Diego Rivera
    • 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
    • Mexico Shopping 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. Waioli church Hanalei Bay
    • Kauai Attractions 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 Wailua Falls. Hanakapiai Falls 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 State Park. view from the Kalalau Trail above the Na Pali coastline 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
    • Kauai Shopping 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 island residents. 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.