Planning My Trip to USA & Canada with Marco Polo Guides

I’ve spent months going on about my big trip to America and Canada and it is now three weeks until I jet off on my big adventure. Usually, I spend months writing up a strict itinerary and being super organised but time has just flown by. Luckily, Marco Polo Guides have come to the rescue and I’ve been reading up on some of the destinations I’ll be visiting and getting a better idea of where I want to go and what to see.

If you’ve not heard about my trip before, I’m spending the first three weeks on a coast to coast trip with Trek America before heading off on my own for six weeks. This is my ultimate dream trip as I’ve always been fascinated with America and I’m ever so excited to get to explore Vancouver and Toronto too! My trip will end in Orlando where I’m meeting one of my best friends and we are going to have a week at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios!

The Marco Polo Guides have been such a great help at getting my itineraries together and they also come with a little handy map for each destination. For each destination, the books are filled with insider tips and major do’s and don’t’s which is so helpful for new visitors. To keep track of my trip, I’ve made a spreadsheet on excel and also a bought a few travel notebooks like this one from Amazon and Kikki K. As always, I’m so excited to share more details about my trip which I will, of course, be documenting on my blog, social media and most likely YouTube.

Las Vegas

I’m so unbelievably excited about visiting Las Vegas for the first time. I won’t be there for too long as it’s on my Trek America Route but there’s certainly a fair few places I want to visit. There seems to be something for everyone in Vegas from shopping to incredible hotels, restaurants, shows and even thrilling rides. I’m pretty sure I could spend a lot of time just walking through all the themed hotels and also maybe placing a few bets. If I’ve got time, I really want to visit the Neon Junkyard which houses loads of old neon signs. Also, I’d love to do a Zipline down the Old Freemont Street!

Los Angeles

After visiting San Diego, my Trek America ends in Los Angeles where I’ll be spending a week there (including a cheeky trip to Disneyland California). As well as visiting the main sights such as Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive and Hollywood Boulevard, I want to just relax and explore. I’ve also been looking on Air B&B Experiences where you can join locals on hike’s, tours or even photography classes.

Vancouver

I’m super excited about visiting Canada on my trip. First off, I’ll be spending three days in Vancouver before heading East. The Marco Polo Guide for Vancouver also covers The Canadian Rockies and oh my, I wish I was exploring more of the area and staying longer. The guide for Vancouver includes the perfect three-day itinerary for exploring the city and visiting places such as Granville Island, Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain. Vancouver seems slightly spread out so this is a great guide on how to get about and get around all the must-see sights.

Chicago

I literally have no knowledge about Chicago so my guidebook has been a complete lifesaver. I’m not going to lie, my initial reasoning for visiting the Windy City was for Pizza and to see The Cloud which looks like a giant metallic bean. It seems that there is so much to be explored in the city from incredible art galleries to Lake Michigan and there’s even a free zoo!

Toronto

Later on, in my trip, I’ll be heading over to Toronto which features in the Canada East Marco Polo guide. Again, I’m wishing I could explore more of Canada as the guides are filled with stunning scenery. It’s an excuse for another trip to Canada though, right? I’m still not 100% what I’m doing in Toronto yet but I’m actually staying there for four days so I’ll be able to see plenty. Toronto isn’t too far from Niagra Falls so I’ll be going on a day trip to visit the falls and to the nearby town.

 

New York

I’m going to be spending quite a lot of time in New York as it’s my first port of call in October. I’ll also be returning in December to meet up with Ellie. I’ve been to New York before and seen a lot of the must-see sights so I’m looking forward to exploring the city at a slow pace. Next month, I’ve booked myself into a lovely hotel in Greenwich Village which is one of my favourite neighbourhoods. I’m very much looking forward to wandering about following the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw.

Also on my list of things to do in New York is to visit the new Freedom Tower, actually cross the Brooklyn Bridge and also go to Central Park Zoo. My trip at the moment is very much focused on where to go to eat, I’ve had some amazing recommendations. Do let me know if you’ve visited any of these places I’ve mentioned and if you have any recommendations of places to eat or visit. I’d be very grateful!

If you’re interested in seeing some more posts about my Trip plans, I wrote a travel bucket list for Florida & also Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans.

XOXO

*This post is in collaboration with Marco Polo Guides, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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7 Comments

  1. September 27, 2017 / 10:06 am

    I like the overall look of inside of the marco polo guides. They look very helpful and full of information. I like that they have insider tips too 🙂

  2. Lynne Harper
    September 27, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I love guide book, we have used them loads on holidays plus they always come with some fantastic added info and little gems if places to visit x

  3. September 27, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    I love using a guidebook to plan for trips, they’re also full of useful bits that I probably hadn’t thought of seeing! x

  4. September 28, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Guides are so helpful. I’ve never used Marco Polo but they sound great!

  5. September 28, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    I absolutely love Vegas, I got married there and really, really want to go back x

  6. September 29, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Omg you are so lucky! I have always dreamed about going to New York 🙂 I like the ideas of these guides, perfect for travel! I hope you get a very nice trip 🙂

  7. Emma
    September 29, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    I am so excited to follow along with your American adventure!! Its come around so quickly! I’m planning on working in America over Summer and doing a bit of travelling so these guides sound perfect xxx

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