Los Angeles, a Lavish & Exciting Movie Entertainment Metropolis
The "City of Angels" is located in southern California; it has the second largest population in the US, just behind New York City. Los Angeles has a very comfortable climate; it is also the center of the movie industry. When people think of Los Angeles (LA), they immediately think of Hollywood Boulevard, famous handprints in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre, Disneyland, the LA Lakers, the latest movie entertainment, the showiest and most outrageous in outfits, shopping, and recreational activities; the city's vitality is visible everywhere!
While visiting downtown LA, you'll find the crowded Mexican market and Los Angeles' oldest buildings in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District. On Olvera Street, Mexican grocery stores and restaurants are lined up on both sides of the walkway made of red bricks. Union Station is one of LA's most important structures. The building's exterior incorporates elements from the Mission and Dutch colonial styles; it is a frequent shooting location for movies and commercials. Take a relaxing stroll in Chinatown to experience Chinese culture through Western eyes. You can sign up for a guided tour inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall; visit MOCA to get close to classics of contemporary art; or check out the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, the biggest museum of natural history on the West Coast. If you're into pop music, then you must visit the holy grail for music lovers, the GRAMMY Museum.
LA is a colorful city that never sleeps. Head over to the Staples Center to watch an NBA game; cheer the team on with other passionate fans! If you head out even further, you'll arrive at the Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, and SeaWorld San Diego; these three theme parks are leading attractions for any visit to LA. LA has incorporated the styles of Latin America into its cuisine, shopping, and entertainment. With so much to do and so many things to see, your only regret will be that you don't have enough time!
The Bright and Colorful City of San Francisco
You can never appreciate the beauty of San Francisco from a photograph. Besides crooked streets of flowers, the hilly terrain, and the trolleybuses, you must also feel the temperature, the air, and the sun in San Francisco to get the full picture.
San Francisco is located on the west coast of the United States, at the northern end of California. It is known for its climate that is warm in the winter and cool during the summer; skies that are clear and azure; and the bright orange Golden Gate Bridge standing majestically over the ocean. No matter whether you're taking public transportation to commute in the city or walking in between Victorian-style homes, you'll notice great cultural diversity at every corner; the City combines Asian, Latin American, and hippy-era influences. People from all over the world are attracted to the comfortable Mediterranean climate. The convenient transit puts travelers at ease.
In 1906, San Francisco was almost completely destroyed by earthquake and fire. After a complete rebuild of the city, streets are laid out in a well-organized manner; however, due to its hilly terrain, an amazing landscape of sloped roads was formed. Buy yourself a CityPASS and ride the cable car all day long; the trolleys are not to be missed, as they go up and down the hills. Take one to the last stop and watch how it gets turned around manually on a revolving wooden platform! Head to the Fisherman's Wharf to enjoy the gentle sea breeze, then treat yourself to a crab feast and try some sourdough bread.
San Francisco is also a paradise for art enthusiasts; there are more museums and galleries than you can possibly visit! Once you enter the Castro district, you'll notice that even the pedestrian crossings are painted in rainbow colors; everything you see here fully showcases the city's freeness and openness. Walk down the crowded Market Street to find countless brand name stores. And Golden Gate Park would take at least a day to walk around. After seeing the sights of the City, you can take a ferry to visit Alcatraz Island; a guided tour will help you imagine how prisoners spent their time here. Shopping, pluralistic culture, art, sunshine, and green grass — you'll come home with full shopping bags and great memories after visiting San Francisco.
Vancouver, the City You Love to Live In
What is poutine? What's different about the burgers and sandwiches here? When you're in Canada, you must buy the Canadian ice wine, smoked salmon, and maple syrup. You will also find plenty of high-quality outdoor products and casual wear brands! The western coast of Canada is rich in fishery resources. Fresh seafood such as oysters, mussels, and giant crabs can be found year-round; trout and salmon also play a major role in the food here.
Canada has a vast land with breath-taking natural landscapes. Vancouver serves as the gateway to reach the West Coast; from here, you can visit the Rocky Mountains and national parks. Immigrants from many countries around the world have transformed Vancouver into a multicultural city. Most visitors' first impression of Vancouver is "friendly". Start from Canada Place to enjoy the harbor view, then go up to the observation deck of the Vancouver Lookout to get an amazing view of the city. If you're into collecting souvenirs, then the one place you must visit is Gastown. Here, you'll find old-fashioned streets, the Gastown steam clock puffing away, and the statue of "Gassy Jack". In Chinatown, you can get a sense of how hard early Chinese immigrants worked in a foreign land by looking at the general goods stores, Chinese medicine shops, and restaurants. If you're into shopping, Yaletown has all the designer brands and boutique stores. If art is what you're after, the Vancouver Art Gallery has many works produced by nationally-treasured artists on display; and Robson Street, right next to the gallery, is world-famous for shopping.
Victoria, situated on the southern end of Vancouver Island, is known for its mild climate and traditional British style. Re-energize yourself by visiting the Butchart Gardens, where the flowers are in bloom for up to 8 months and elite gardeners showcase their skills. In British Columbia, there's also the artsy Salt Spring Island, and the outdoor activity hotspots Whistler and Sun Peaks Resort. You can also visit Kelowna in the Okanagan region, which attracts travelers with its plentiful agriculture and wine-making. It is extremely easy to get around from Vancouver. If you want to see everything British Columbia has to offer, driving yourself allows you to save time and keep a flexible itinerary.