Sleepless in Seattle :) Road trip Vancouver to Seattle :)

Seattle, also known as the Emerald City due to the lush forests surrounding it, is a modern metropolis with a rich cultural history. Only one hundred miles from the Canadian border we wanted to go Seattle while we were in Vancouver and are glad we done it. The close proximity of the US border near Vancouver makes it easy and routine for Vancouverites to travel across the Vancouver to Seattle border for vacations and more. Being from Australia, It was amazing experience for my family and I to hire a car from Vancouver and drive to USA. It was an easy trip and if your are planning one you will Totally love it. 

There are four border crossings that you can use to travel from Vancouver to Seattle. From west to east, they are the Peace Arch (where Highway 99 ends in Canada then becomes I-5 in the U.S.), Pacific Highway (used by buses and trucks and accessible via 99; it also leads you back to I-5 in the U.S.), Lynden/Aldergrove and Sumas/Abbotsford. All crossings have a NEXUS lane for NEXUS card holders for a faster transit across the border.

If you’re traveling by bus from Vancouver, you will cross at the Pacific Highway crossing. The Peace Arch crossing tends to be more popular with visitors that are driving their own vehicles across as it links with the main highways on either side of the border. To travel across the Vancouver to Seattle border crossings, you will need appropriate travel documents to pass through immigration. 

Once we arrived in Seattle what an eye opener. We TOTALLY loved this place. Downtown city and harbour areas are amazing. Also we did factory outlets and grabbed some bargains for kids. 

Seattle is famous for following attractions. We enjoyed some of them and could not do the rest because having not enough time but definitely will be back in near future to enjoy it all. 

1. Space Needle – www.spaceneedle.com

2. Starbucks Coffee – the home of the largest coffee chain in the world.

3. Microsoft – headquarters are in Redmond

4. Grunge music – Nirvana

5. Weather – Rain!

6. Outdoor activities – great riding, hiking etc

7. Frasier TV series – set in Seattle. 

8. Mount Rainier

9. Pike Place Market! 

10. Grey’s Anatomy TV series – set in Seattle

11. Boeing factory – one of the worlds largest employers.

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New York, New York, New York ………….

Baby I’m from New York!
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York!
These streets will make you feel brand new,
Big lights will inspire you,
Hear it for New York!
(New York, New York, New York) 
On the avenue,
There ain’t never a curfew, ladies work so hard
Such a merlting pot
On the corner selling rock
Preachers pray to God,
Hail a gipsy cab,
Takes me down from Harlem to theBrooklyn Bridge

 

Every time I hear this song it makes me leave all of my responsibilities and head off to the city of dreams. A trip to New York has been a dream for us from very long time. We always wanted to visit the place of tall buildings, history, and where culture is intertwined with its people. The city that never sleeps is a place where millions of people daily are all trying to accomplish something. New York is the city of opportunity; it has been a home for many who have immigrated here in hopes of creating a better life and living an American dream. Our experience of the city through all of our senses reminds us why someone will keep coming back for more. Our appreciation and love for this city arises in that you’ll never find anywhere else that is quite this diverse.

Hands down, Times Square is the most frenetic part of New York City, a cacophony of flashing lights and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that many New Yorkers studiously avoid. If you like sensory overload, the chaotic mix of huge underwear billboards, flashing digital displays, on-location television broadcasts, naked cowboys, and Elmo clones will give you your fix.

TOP 10 things to do in New York:

  • The Empire State Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Top of the RockObservation Platform & Rockefeller Centre
  • One World Trade Centre
  • 9/11 Memorial& Museum
  • High Line Park
  • Wall Street & Charging Bull: The Financial Centre
  • Time Square
  • Central Park
  • Broadway

Some Interesting facts about New York

  •  A little over 8 million people live in New York City. That means 1 in every 38 people in the United States call the city home.
  • More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. 4 in 10 households speak a language other than English.
  • Oysters were so popular in New York in the 19th century that the shells were used to pave Pearl Street. They were also used for lime for the masonry of the Trinity Church.
  • France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 for its centennial celebration. The statue was shipped as 350 pieces in 214 crates and took 4 months to assemble at its current home on Ellis Island.
  • New York City’s Federal Reserve Bank has the largest gold storage in the world. The vault is 80 feet below street level and contains $90 billion in gold.
  • The New York Public Library has over 50 million books and other items and is the second largest library system in the nation after the Library of Congress. It is also the 3rd largest library in the world.
  • The United Nations headquarters was established in New York City in 1952 after World War II.
  • The first pizzeria in the United States opened in NYC in 1895. Since the 1960s, the price of a slice of pizza has been roughly the same price as a subway ride, generating the idea of “Pizza Principle” among economists.
  • The borough of Brooklyn alone would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank fourth nationally.
  • Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until the Times moved there in 1904.
  • New York City became the first capital of the United States in 1789.
  • More Chinese people live in New York City than any other city outside of Asia. More Jewish people live there than any other city outside of Israel.

New York is an architectural marvel with plenty of historic monuments, magnificent buildings and countless dazzling skyscrapers. New York City is the place that we want to visit, revisit, and visit again.