Our member Noel Mugavin recently spent two months in the United States and Canada! And it certainly seems to have been quite an adventure. Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Boston and New York are just a few of the many destinations visited.

Flying Qantas into the United States, our member began by heading across the northern border to Vancouver, Canada. And what better way to start the trip than with a four day tour of the Rocky Mountains during the Canadian summer?

Another early start as I made my way a few blocks to my departure point for my 4 day tour of the Rockies. I had booked the tour through Key West tours, and the first bonus was that there was only 15 people on the coach, so plenty of room to choose the best viewing seat.

Over the following days, the spectacular sights of Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise awaited. This really is a picturesque part of the world, as demonstrated by our member’s many photos, and the great weather seems to have made the visit all the better.

One of the next stops was Milwaukee. The reason for visiting? The opportunity to sample the food, drinks and atmosphere of a state fair. Deep fried cookie dough and cheese curd were just a few of the foods on offer!

To the reason I was in Milwaukee. I had always wanted to go to a state fair, having seen them on food shows and the like over the years, and the Wisconsin one fit best with plans. The fair grounds were an easy local bus trip to the fair grounds in West Allis, a suburb in Milwaukee. All in all the fair was a good combination, with Wisconsin being a farming dairy state, and, Milwaukee a beer city. The fair itself reminded me a lot of Oktoberfest in Munich, with the beer tents set up throughout the grounds.

Baseball is a popular sport throughout the United States, and our member didn’t miss an opportunity to visit a ballpark in Boston. Then, from Boston, a short Amtrak ride away was the one and only New York! Our member arrived in the city that doesn’t sleep on a beautiful summer’s day. There is plenty to see in New York, with Times Square and Grand Central Station providing for great people watching. But our member was quite impressed with another local favourite – the Shake Shack at Madison Square Garden.

Walked down to Madison Square Park, where I got in line to try the highly rated Shake Shack. Definitely worth the wait, best fast food burger, although cooked to order and not so fast, i’ve had.

This was just the beginning of two months of travel around North America! Enjoy the full trip report, including many fantastic photos 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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