Disneyland/Disney’s California Adventure

After my last visit to Disneyland earlier this year, would there be another opportunity for me to go back?

During a business trip with my dad to LA, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to this time because I was mainly there to work. However, since I didn’t have to do anything yesterday, this was where the opportunity came in.

I originally planned to go to Knott’s Berry Farm near Buena Park, but it was too far from where we were working. So, that’s why Disneyland was the better option for me because it was closer and it gave me a chance to visit the other places I missed out on during the last time I was there.

Here’s a list of places I saw and attractions that I went on during this experience:

-Space Mountain

-Astro Orbitor

-Splash Mountain

-Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

-Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

-Matterhorn Bobsleds

-“It’s A Small World”

-Mad Tea Party

-Disneyland Monorail

-Disneyland Railroad

-Grizzly River Run

-Soarin’ Over California

-Radiator Springs Racers

This experience was better than the last one because I downloaded the Disneyland app before arriving. This shows how long the wait is for all the attractions, dining recommendations, showtimes, and even where you can meet the Disney characters.

If I had more time in LA, maybe I could take a tour of Hollywood, visit the campuses of UCLA and/or USC, or even take a trip to the beach such as Long Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, or Santa Monica. However, if I stayed at Disneyland longer, maybe I can stay at one of the Disney Resorts or ones closer to it.

No matter the location, there’s always something waiting to be discovered! Can’t wait to see where my next destination will take place!

Las Vegas Tour (The Finale)

The final leg of the Las Vegas Tour included places I didn’t get a chance to cover until today!

First stop was a bird’s eye view of the strip from the High Roller Wheel. This giant Ferris wheel is larger than the one you see at the county fair and you can have a bar service that’s perfect for celebrations and get-togethers!

Next were the other two casinos I wanted to see on my last visit, but never had the opportunity: Treasure Island & The Mirage. There were also some other places I wanted to revisit, but unfortunately I didn’t have enough time: 

-Trump Hotel

-Circus Circus

-Fremont Street

-Madame Tussaud’s

On the flip side, I did manage to visit the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, since I wasn’t able to do it on my first visit.

Overall, this trip to Las Vegas was even better than the first because I was able to see a lot more things and I got an opportunity to go to my first Vegas Pool Party, which was definitely the highlight of it all!

Can’t wait till my next visit to Las Vegas and to see where my next destination takes me! 

Las Vegas Tour (Vegas Pool Party)

The Las Vegas Tour continued with a Vegas Pool Party at the Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell Hotel and Casino.

This was one of my bucket list items to do in Vegas since I’ve heard a lot of people have done it. The most popular place to do it is at the Encore Beach Club at the Encore Hotel & Casino. However, the admission is about $100 and the bungalows and cabanas were around $3000!

After looking at several casinos that have pool parties, I decided to go with Drai’s Beachclub because the admission was $30 and was definitely a lot cheaper than Encore Beach Club. Every moment of this experience was totally worth the money!

With perfect weather and a great view of the strip, this was the perfect setting for a pool party! They had two pools for people to use with a walkway in between each one, bungalows and cabanas with pink sofas for lounging and hanging out with friends, a bar with refreshing drinks to enjoy, bar service from lovely ladies, a DJ playing upbeat funky music to get the party going, and beach balls to throw around the pool!

Overall, this was without question the highlight of the Vegas Tour because I got to experience a Vegas Pool Party in person and met a bunch of new friends to hang out with! I highly recommend this place to anyone whose looking for a pool party in Vegas at a reasonable price!

With one day left, there’s more to see and surprises to uncover!

Las Vegas Tour (The Party’s Getting Starting!)

The Las Vegas Tour began with about an 8 hour drive with my dad and uncle from Fremont.

Upon arrival, the first stop at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign to officially kick off the tour! Then, it was no waist of time for me to go down to the Vegas Strip to get the party started! Stops included the New York New York, the Cosmopolitan, the Aria, and Bellagio Hotels and Casinos.

With the bright lights and colorful scenery on the strip and casino, this was definitely an enjoyable experience! There were also tons of slots, card tables, and casino games to choose from, great souvenirs to take home, expensive dining options, and night clubs to really make it a party!

This is only the beginning because there will be tons more fun and March Madness games going down!

2019 March Madness/Las Vegas Tour

Anyone who’s planning to watch March Madness, here’s the schedule of all the games leading to the National Championship Game:

-First Four: March 18 – 19

-First Round: March 21 – 22

-Second Round: March 23 – 24

-Sweet 16: March 28 – March 30

-Elite 8: March 31

-Final 4: April 6

-National Championship: April 8

This will be an intense tournament to see who will be crowned the next champion!

Along those lines, I’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for the first and second rounds of the tournament and to revisit places I saw on my last trip during my 21st birthday in 2014!

Looking forward to this trip and may the best team win!

Disneyland/Disney’s California Adventure

Is there anywhere else in the world I would go to?

After taking a last minute business trip with my dad to LA, a trip to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure was my next destination! This was my first time back since 2006 and I’ve never had an opportunity to go mainly due to the large crowds, until now! With perfect weather, I had only one day to enjoy the magic that Disney had to offer.

Here’s a list of all the attractions I went on:

-Space Mountain

-Splash Mountain

-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

-Disneyland Monorail

-Jungle Cruise

-Autopia

-Soarin’ Over the World

-Monster’s Inc

-Golden Zephyr

-The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

-Disneyland Railroad

Out of all the rides I went on, my favorites were Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because they were the best roller coasters, plus I never been on Splash Mountain or Big Thunder during my last two visits.

I also enjoyed the monorail because its a convenient ride to Downtown Disney from Disneyland. The Disney Railroad was also enjoyable because it takes you around the perimeter of the park and you can get off where ever you want. The best part was getting a picture with Goofy and Pluto, but it would’ve been nice to get some with Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and Donald Duck.

Overall, this trip to Disneyland was definitely a magical experience because I felt like I was every kids wanting to go and every moment was totally worth it! If I had more time there, maybe I’d stay at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or one of the other resorts, so I can have easy access to both parks.

Can’t wait to return to Disneyland and to see where my next destination takes place!

Seattle Tour (University of Washington)

The final stop of my Seattle tour was a visit to the University of Washington.

This school is part of the Pac 12 Conference and is home to the Washington Huskies. This was also one of my top sites to visit because I’ve never seen it during my last two visits and now I finally had a chance!

The tour began with stops at Husky Stadium and Edmundson Pavilion, which are the sites for football and basketball, complete with a gorgeous sunrise over Mt. Rainier.

Then, it was onto the main campus itself, with a stop at the Drumheller Fountain while going through the Rainer Vista. This was the main entrance to the campus and it was the most picturesque site, especially facing toward Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

Then, it was onto touring the different halls around the campus, including the Smith Hall, named after me. Out of all the different classes they offered, my favorite was art because I could see myself taking any one of them and showing off my talents to everyone on campus! Maybe one of my projects would be something around the university or a landscape in Washington State.

Of course, no trip on campus would be complete without visiting a library, so the Suazzllo Library was the one I wanted to see because of the large reading room to study or read books, and that room reminded me of a colonial library. There was also a room named after me as well like the Smith Hall, so I guess you can say I found three Smith’s in Seattle!

Out of all the places on campus I saw, my favorite area was definitely the Husky Union Building (“HUB”) because it’s one of the best places to hang out when students aren’t in class.

This building had everything from a book store, a food court, and a Game Center with bowling, billiards, video games, foosball, and board games. When I visited the University of Maryland, their game room was closed.

However, this one was open and I had to try it out for myself. So, I played a couple rounds of pool and a did a little bowling. Even though I haven’t done it in a while, it was definitely worth the experience!

If I was in Seattle, I would definitely attend this campus and be part of the Washington Huskies while taking my favorite classes, living in a fraternity group or dorm room, hanging out at the Game Center with friends, and of course watch a live football or basketball game.

Overall, this tour of Seattle was definitely better than last year’s because I got a chance to see even more places and the weather was absolutely perfect with lots of sunshine and no rain!

I can’t wait to see where my next destination will take me!

Seattle Tour (Space Needle & A View of The City)

The tour of Seattle continued with more places I uncovered than yesterday, thanks to an earlier start and sunny weather!

First stop was the famous Space Needle, which is the main landmark of Seattle. Although a lot of visitors go there to get a view of the city, I wanted to see the view from a different building and I already did it the last two times I was here!

Then, it was on to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). This museum has artifacts and the history of pop culture both through music and movies. My favorite parts were the tower of guitars and the Sound Lab where you can create your own music or try out different musical instruments.

Another exhibit I enjoyed was the Holodome, which is an immersive reality space that transports you to incredible places, such as the Seattle Seahawks football field or a journey into a Black Hole.

Then, it was on to the Waterfront, where I got to see the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle Great Wheel. What I enjoyed best about that area was riding Wings Over Washington, which is a simulator ride that makes you feel like flying over Seattle and the entire state of Washington.

To top everything off, I stopped by the historic Smith Tower because its my last name and its one of the oldest buildings in Seattle. However, the highlight of it all was getting a spectacular view of the city from the Sky View Observatory.

This was definitely without question one of the best views of Seattle, especially during sunset because it looked like something out of a book or postcard. But that’s nothing compared to seeing the view in person!

With one more day of sightseeing left, this is my last chance to uncover more surprises on my tour of Seattle!

Seattle Tour (Pike Pier Market & Other Places)

If one travel destination wasn’t enough, why not go to another?

This concept led me back to Seattle, Washington because my dad had a business trip to attend to and I came along for the ride. While helping him out, it gave me the opportunity to revisit some places I saw last time and to see some new places as well.

First stop was the famous Pike Pier Market. This large open air-market has tons of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and other delectable bites.

However, this market is known for the freshest seafood that’s caught locally everyday from fish, crab, and lobster. What I enjoyed best about it was being able to catch a fish from the men who threw it to you.

Another spot at the market was the Gum Wall, where a section of the wall is covered with chewing gum that people left behind, although it sounds kind of disgusting!

I also went to the original location of the first Starbucks that opened in 1971 because Seattle is best known for its coffee. Along those lines, I also visited the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. This is where people can get a chance to see the freshest coffee beans get roasted and they can also have a sample of it.

Other stops included the King Street Amtrak Station, Seattle’s Chinatown, and the Pioneer Square.

Overall, this tour got off to a great start because I was able to cover more ground than last time. However, this is only the beginning and there will more surprises to be discovered as this tour continues on! 

Washington DC Tour (Recap)

After a long week of touring Washington DC, it’s great to be back in California!

Last night was my 6 hour flight from Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Francisco (SFO). However, I did want to stay another week to explore even more places!

And now, here’s a recap of all the places I visited this time:

-Newseum

-Union Station

-Union Market

-US Capitol

-RFK Stadium

-FedEx Field

-Nationals Ballpark

-Capital One Arena

-Georgetown

-Georgetown University

-Dupont Circle

-Washington Circle

-Faragut Square

-The White House

-National Christmas Tree

-Washington Monument

-Jefferson Memorial

-World War II Memorial

-Reflecting Pool

-Lincoln Memorial

-Vietnam Veterans Memorial

-George Washington University

-University of Maryland

-Madame Tussaud’s

-Eastern Market

-Fashion Center Mall

-Arlington National Cemetery

-John F. Kennedy’s Grave

-Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

-Pan AM Flight 103 Memorial

-Ronald Reagan Airport

-Alexandria, VA

-Torpedo Factory Art Center

-Carlyle House

-Gadsby Tavern

-George Washington Mansonic Memorial

Overall, this was an amazing trip to Washington DC, even if I had to deal with a snow storm, but it didn’t slow me down because I enjoyed seeing the National Mall in the winter! Also, riding the Metro was also a great experience because it’s fun seeing where it’ll take you!

If I go back to the East Coast, my top three choices would either be New York, Philadelphia, or Boston because those are trips all by themselves as opposed to taking the train from Union Station or driving at least 8 hours. Can’t wait to see where my next destination will take place!

Special thanks to Uncle Noel, Aunt Malyn, and cousin Brianna for letting me stay with them in Ashburn, VA! Hope to see you again soon!