My friend recently moved to Baltimore on the east coast of America and she’s been waxing lyrical about it ever since. I just had to go and see her so I made up my mind to visit last year. What do you know, she was right! What an amazing place to be and although I’m not sure I could live there I’ll certainly be going back for a visit as many times as my friend will allow.
As a European I’d previously considered the USA as something of a cultural desert but I couldn’t have been more wrong and, especially on the east coast, I found a whole host of fascinating facts that enticed me to read and explore further.
I’d like to share with you just a few of the reasons that I think America’s a great place to visit and if you’ve never been or if you think that you might like to give it a chance then read on because this one’s for you.
The food is amazing!
Oh, my, gosh! Portions don’t get any greater than in America. But it’s not only quantity that is beyond belief it’s the range of choice on display too. From delis selling bagels to Italian restaurants selling pizzas, everywhere you look you’ll find a different style of cuisine to suit everybody the world over. Personally I just fell in love with the diner culture and taking my breakfast every day with eggs over-easy and coffee ground and delivered, just the way I like it, was the perfect way to start the day.
Adventure’s around every corner
While I was away I visited some seriously exciting places and my friend and I went on a road trip from coast to coast taking in the legendary Route 66. I thought the east coast was cool but when I saw the west coast I was totally blown away by the incredible range of scenery and the possibilities for adventure. Although I was only out there for a month I was still able to see Yosemite, LA and San Francisco and from staying out in the desert to driving through Big Sur, what an experience!
So many sights!
So, if the west coast has it going on for the scenery then you’ve got to give the east coast the thumbs up for the man-made sights. The architecture in New York is something to truly behold and what with the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Times Square I spent practically my entire time looking upwards. Boston, Washington and Baltimore are no slouches when it comes to sights either and if you consider the rest of the US then you better make sure you’re camera’s ready for action.
Plenty of evening entertainment
Restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres, you name it and America’s got it. There is so much to do over there and I found the people really friendly and polite despite of my initial concerns. The east coast cities have some really cool hang-outs and, from dark and moody jazz bars to atmospheric late-night diners, I found the urge to stay up late, completely irresistible. The west coast wasn’t too bad either and some of the sights and sounds on the Vegas Strip will stay with me for a long, long time.
I can’t wait to start planning my next grand American adventures and I’m going to treat my friend to a west coast trip that she’ll never forget.
Biog: Chris is already prepared for her next trip to America and is eagerly counting down the sleeps until she’s back in California.