My tour kick-started with a night tour of New York City. We went to the Times Square, Rockefeller and Fifth Avenue. On our way back to Newark, we stopped at to view New York City
Day 2 New York - Philadelphia
We toured New York City, making stops at Wall Street, , Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State Building, Ground Zero and Fifth Avenue. We went up to the Empire State Building to have a panoramic view of New York City. Among all the skyscrapers in New York City, my favourite building is the Chrysler Building. It is one of the top 10 most famous skyscrapers in New York City. It was the tallest building in the world for a brief eleven months before the Empire State Building was completed. Though it lost the honour of being the world’s tallest building, it is still considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the world and is an iconic part of the New York City skyline !
After visit Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, we went to see the Statue of Liberty by taking a cruise.
Our last stop is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is the largest museum in the United States. Surprisingly, we were allowed to take photographs, so I took plenty of photos of the art on display. I also found out we were only required to pay a donation (up to individual) for the entrance ticket to the Museum.
Day 3 Philadelphia – Lancaster - Washington DC
In the morning, we visited Princeton University. Then, we travelled to Philadelphia to the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall. After which, we headed to Washington, DC to see all the famous monuments. The famous cracked Liberty Bell is a sign of American Independence and spirit. This symbol of the American Revolution was crafted in 1752, more than 250 years ago. Independence Hall is one Philadelphia’s most famous landmarks. This is the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated, written and ratified by the Founding Fathers of USA. I was so touched and emotion when visiting this place.
The US Capitol building is famous for its elaborate dome and intricately designed, detailed columns. It was under renovation, so the building did not look its best in my photos. We also got the chance to see the outlook of the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States. There was big crowd near the White House, so we only manage to take a photo from far.
Apart from that, we visited the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorials. The ‘Freedom is not free’ touched my soul.
One of the most interesting place we visited was the Amish Farm and House. This authentic Amish farm in Lancaster, PA is more than 300 years old, it was an eye opener and an educational experience for me. This 25-acre farm is dedicated to teaching people about the Amish lifestyle in a fun and constructive way.
Day 4 Washington DC – Hershey – Niagara Falls
We departed from Washington DC and heading to Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls are comprised of 3 different waterfalls with two flowing on the American side and one on the Canadian side. They each are individually named as the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls (both in U.S.) and the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian). Niagara Falls is part of the Niagara River, which is a strait that connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The Niagara River is roughly about 36 miles long (58 km) and about halfway is the Falls themselves.
On our way to Niagara Falls, we stopped at Hershey’s Chocolate World in Pennsylvania to learn about the chocolate making process with fun, interactive rides.
I felt excited when crossing the Rainbow Bridge – an international landmark and impressive architectural feat that marks the border between the USA and Canada. The Rainbow Bridge across the Niagara River connects Niagara, Ontario to Niagara New York. We arrived Niagara Falls (Canada side) in the afternoon. After checked in to Hotel, I could not wait any further to get up close and personal with the Falls; I walked along the promenade and snapped a lot of photos. The Falls are illuminated by giant coloured spotlights starting around dusk at night. We were so lucky to have the chance to witness the spectacular fireworks display at 10pm on that night.
Day 5 Niagara Falls - Toronto
This morning, we took a ride on the Maid of the Mist to the Goat Island. Goat Island is an island in the Niagara River located between the two waterfalls that makes up Niagara Falls. The boat tour took us directly into the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This was such a special experience. After that, we watched a movie at the IMAX Theatre and ascended to Skylon Tower to view the Falls from a high vantage point.
After which, we went to Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario and the largest city of Canada. It perched on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario. This historic city combines modern innovation with traditional Canadian culture and style. We also visited the University of Toronto which is widely considered the best university in Canada and is known for its pioneering research.
We visited the Toronto City Hall as well. This unique building complex is one of the most famous in Toronto, and also the home of the city's municipal government.
The most exciting place of visit of the day was CN Tower. It is the most recognizable landmark and the tallest building in Canada. We enjoyed a panoramic view of Toronto through this observation deck. It was scary yet exciting to stand on top of the glass floor to look down. This structure was recently nominated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Day 6 Toronto – Thousand Islands – Ottawa – Montreal
In the morning, we left Toronto for the Thousand Islands. We took a Boat Tour of the area before continuing on to Ottawa, where we visited Parliament Hill. Then, we went Montreal to see the St. Josephs Oratory and Old Montreal.
Thousand Islands is an international destination situated between Canada and United States along the St Lawrence River. The region takes its name from the more than 1,000 islands that dot the lakes and rivers along this international waterway. We took a cruise on this picturesque landscape. This picturesque landscape has been a vacation destination for more than 150 years
Ottawa, the capital city of Canada is also its center of technology and politics. This historic city features many museums, art galleries, and performance centers as well as other attractions like the Rideau Canal.
The Parliament Hill, located on the banks of the Ottawa River Canada's capital city, is home to the Canadian Parliament. The gorgeous location and dramatic architecture make this a huge tourist location. There are more than 3 million visitors to this city every year. Parliament Building - this impressive and breathtaking Second-Empire-style building is home to all of the governmental functions of Quebec. Construction on the imposing building took ten years beginning in 1877.
Montreal, is the second-largest city in Canada, and the center of French Canadian culture. Called "Canada's Cultural Capital,"
St. Josephs Oratory-Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is a magnificent domed basilica in Montreal, Quebec that sits on the slopes of Mount Royal. The largest church in all of Canada, this national shrine can hold up to 10,000 people.
Day 8: Montreal -Quebec City (155 miles)
This morning, we explored the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, Montreal. The Montreal city tour includes City Hall, Notre Dame Basilica, and 1976 Olympic Park.
Our next stop after Montreal city tour was Quebec City. It is one of the oldest cities in North America. It was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, and some of the architecture in Old Quebec dates back centuries. The Château Frontenac is the most famous landmark. The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a famous grand hotel and a National Historic Site of Canada. The hotel, which is essentially a castle, sits on a hilltop in the city, and is perhaps the most-photographed hotel in the world. I truly enjoy touring this old city and I absolutely love to look at the building architectures.
Day 9: Montreal -Ausable Chasm -Boston
In the morning we crossed border back to U.S, visited the Ausable Chasm, a beautiful nature wonder in New York. Then, we headed to Boston to visit the campuses of Harvard and MIT. We went in to the campus of Harvard but we only get to see MIT from outside.
We had a very sumptuous lobster dinner at Boston.
Day 10: Boston - New York
In the morning, we had a city tour of Boston. Boston is a city as beautiful as it is historically significant. We stopped by the Trinity church and also the John Hancock Tower, which is an iconic skyscraper in Boston. It is the tallest building both in Boston and all of New England. Our local tour ended here, but we extended our stay in Boston, so that we had more time to explore further.
I did not walk the Freedom Trail, but instead took a Duck Tour. After that, I visited Quincy Market in the Faneuil Hall marketplace of downtown Boston. It is a historic building that still serves as a souvenir marketplace and food court today. The area has expanded to include two other marketplace buildings as well. In the afternoon I took a whale watching Cruise. I forgot the check the weather focus, so even though we saw whales during our cruise, I was unable to take a good picture of the whales due to poor visibility as a result of the mist.
In the evening, we were so glad to find a restaurant that offer Malaysian, our home country food i.e the Fried Kuey Tiao(a type of flat rice noodle), Roti Chanai and Teh Tarik as we really missed our home country food after away for more than 2 weeks.