Category: North America

Posts involving traveling in North America. These posts cover my adventures to the various states in the United States of America as well as trips to Canada.

The Na Pali Experience The Best Na Pali Coast Tour | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Experience the Best Napali Coast Boat Tour with the Na Pali Experience

Napali (or Na Pali), which literally translates to “The Cliffs,” are sea cliffs which stretch for 11 miles down the coastline of Kauai, Hawaii, USA and at points rise as high as 4,000 feet above sea level. They’re also well known for their several sea caves, which means that boat tours are a great way to experience all the cliffs have to offer. My mom and I chose to do our Napali coast boat tour with the Na Pali Experience and had an absolutely blast! Out of our 10-day Hawaii itinerary, touring the Napali coast with the Na Pali Experience Boat Tour group was definitely the highlight of our trip.

Christmas Lights at Stan Hywet in Akron, Ohio, USA | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Deck the Hall: Christmas Lights at Stan Hywet in Akron, Ohio, USA

Standing on 70 acres of land, and consisting of five historic buildings and eight gardens, Stan Hywet is the 6th largest home in the United States that is open to the public. Every year in December, volunteers decorate the estate with Christmas decorations of all kinds, and include over one million lights and a choreographed light show to various Christmas songs. If you’re ever near Akron, Ohio during the month of December, I highly recommend paying a visit!

New Year's in New York: Watching the Ball Drop in Times Square

New Year’s in New York: Watching the Ball Drop in Times Square

Growing up, I would always watch the ball drop on TV on New Year’s Eve. I would see the crazy crowd of people in Times Square all wearing their New Year’s glasses and partying the night away. Despite what others might think, I thought it would be so cool to be in Times Square and experience the ball drop in person. I was so excited when I finally got the chance to go! However, going to New York City to see the ball drop definitely takes some preparation. Here are my thoughts on spending New Year’s in New York.

Rainbow Falls

Submarine Tour and Tropical Gardens

After our adventurous day at Black Sand Beach and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we decided to take it easy yesterday. We did the Atlantis Kona Submarine tour and then relaxed by the hotel pool. Today was our last day in Hawaii, but our flight wasn’t until later in the evening, so we made a few last stops, including Rainbow Falls and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens.

Kilauea Volcano Surface Lava

Black Sand Beach and Volcanoes National Park

Yesterday was our last day on the beautiful island of Kauai, but we decided to stop at the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge before catching our flight to the island of Hawaii, also called the Big Island. There, we went to Punaluu beach, also known as Black Sand Beach, and then to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Na Pali Sea Caves | Footsteps of a Dreamre

Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Experience

This morning, we caught a relatively early flight from the island of Oahu to the island of Kauai. On the plane, we took a look at our original plans for our time on Kauai and discovered that we had more time than we had thought, so we decided to change our schedule a little bit. In the morning, we decided to go to the Waimea Canyon Lookout in impulse. Then in the afternoon we went on a tour with the Na Pali Experience group.

Diamond Head Waikiki Beach

Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach

Today would be our last day on the island of Oahu, so we made sure to fill it with lots of fun. In the morning, we hiked Diamond Head, which was once an active volcano but is now a crater, and in the afternoon, we stopped by Aloha Tower and the famous statue of King Kamehameha. Then, for the first time all vacation, we relaxed on Waikiki Beach and went swimming in the ocean.

Dolphin Adventure

Sea Life Park

The main event today would be Sea Life Park, where my mom and I would be able to swim and interact with dolphins! How cool is that? Then, later in the evening I was able to getting dinner with an old friend and even catch some fireworks over Waikiki Beach.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, and More

Today would be our running around day. We planned to visit Pearl Harbor, the Dole Plantation, Byodoin Temple, and Lanikai Beach. None of those took large amounts of time, but they weren’t exactly close together either. Thankfully, we managed to make it to all of them, and we didn’t even feel rushed.

Canoe Pageant

Polynesian Culture Center and More

The majority of our day was spent at The Polynesian Culture Center. It is a museum that preserves the various cultures of Polynesia, but it’s more of a theme park than a museum. The area is divided into different villages, each having their own performances and activities. I’m the evening they served us dinner and put on a big theatrical performance showcasing the different cultures.

Waikiki Beach

Arriving in Hawaii

My mom was recently recognized for the 30 years she has worked at her company. As a reward for her hard work, the company gave her a “free” vacation for 2 people. Because my mom is the most wonderful person in the world, she chose me to accompany her on her vacation. After some discussion, we settled on Hawaii as our destination.