Our member irv recently completed somewhat of a trip of a lifetime around the United States and Canada. The Grand Canyon, New York City and Disneyland were all included on their jam-packed itinerary, taking in the best that North America has to offer!

After a long flight across the Pacific and a not-so-seamless connection in LA, San Francisco was the first stop. The home of Silicon Valley, the city also offers plenty for tourists. No trip to San Francisco would be complete without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz! Our member also spent a day cruising across the bay to Sausalito. It’s a nice town, and a visit also makes for a great excuse to cruise on the bay or ride over the famous bridge.

Washington DC was one of the next stops, and once again our member was certainly not disappointed! The US capital is home to the White House, as well as countless memorials and the Arlington National Cemetery. It’s also home to some of the world’s finest museums. This includes the National Air and Space Museum, containing exhibits including the original Wright Brothers’ aircraft and even parts from Apollo 11.

Our next ports of call were the Smithsonian Institutes, Native American, Natural History and the Aeronautical & Space, fantastic presentations and my first time back in a museum in probably 30 years, was suitably impressed.

I was impressed with two aspects of this city, the architecture and the preservation of their history, I think we could take a leaf out of their books back home.

After taking in some American history in Philadelphia, the bright lights of New York awaited! With so much going on, the Big Apple is a tourist’s paradise. The convenient subway system and many taxis make it easy to get around but it’s just as nice to walk around on foot, taking in the atmosphere. This was our member’s preferred means of getting around. In fact, they claim to have walked 159km in New York alone!

During their stay our member discovered the Staten Island ferry. This is a free commuter ferry that connects downtown Manhattan with Staten Island. The trip only takes around 30 minutes each way, and comes with some incredible views of both Manhattan and the famous Statue of Liberty!

Our next stop the Staten Island Ferry, what a great way to travel around a superb city for nothing

As the trip continued, our member got up to all sorts of adventures. The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Disneyland, as well as north-east Canada were all on the agenda.

Our trip to the USA included San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Nevadah, Utah , Arizona and Annaheim in California. The Canada leg was concentrated on the east side in Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island.

If you’re planning your own trip to North America, or just enjoy reading a quality trip report, irv‘s North American adventure makes for compulsory reading! View the full trip report HERE.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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