If you think that you can explore all or even one half, or one quarter, of the United States in a single trip, you’d be wrong. It’s an enormous country that is best experienced in modest sized slices. On the eastern side of the nation, you can get a taste of New England by dining on lobster in Maine, or pour Vermont maple syrup over your pancakes. Along that coast are dynamic cities like New York and we Irish love the Big Apple for its shopping bargains and Broadway shows. If you head south, you’ll be getting into real Southern culture – pecan pie, mint juleps, and stately plantation houses– before hitting Florida, the land of Mickey Mouse, hot Miami nightlife, departing cruises, and sprawling white sand beaches.
Some visitors think the west is best. Seattle is known as a rebellious city, creating trends and then throwing them aside. It helped grow North America’s coffee obsession and introduced grunge rock to the world. Farther south, there are the Rocky Mountains, the Nevada desert and its oasis, Las Vegas, then over to cowboy culture in Texas, before reaching California with the glitz of Hollywood and Los Angeles, plus the bohemian feel of San Francisco. In between, it’s flat plains, rolling badlands, lowlands, picturesque lakes, forests, and must-see cities like New Orleans and Chicago, where architectural gems fill the skyline.
Why you should go:
Everyone should own a pair of monogrammed Mickey Mouse ears from Disney World.
Shopping is a national pastime, with one of the world’s biggest shopping malls, The Mall of America (with 4.2 million square feet) in Minnesota.
The diversity of cultures, landscape, and natural beauty is so expansive that it’s impossible to see it all. You’ll have to visit more than once!
New York, New York - so good they name it twice
Tuesday 14th October 2008
Travel Counsellor: Claudia Lane
Last Christmas four of us decided we would book New York for a getaway break for this October, so after 10 months long wait we headed off on the 14th October for 5 nights and I have to say from the minute we got on the plane in Shannon everything was fantastic. We flew with Delta and they couldn't have done more for us. We had a pre-booked transfer to our hotel which took the pain away and we stayed at The Affinia Manhattan. The hotel was great, it is on 7th Ave & 31st street, straight across the road from Madison Square garden and Penn Station and of course only 3 blocks from Macys.
We dropped our bags and headed towards Time Square, my husband and I had been a few times before but it was the first time for our friends. We were on a mission; Buffalo wings in TGI Fridays, definitely worth the wait.
To relax that night and recharge our batteries we went to Eamonn's bar and grill on East 45th Street between Madison and 5th Ave, a very friendly bar with a nice atmosphere and great food.... view full story
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