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.

Touristy Things to Do in San Francisco | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Touristy Things to Do in San Francisco, California, USA: Our 2-Day Itinerary

After spending 2 days in Los Angeles[INSERT LINK HERE], we made the long drive to San Francisco. For the most part when I travel, I like to try unique activities along with the “must do tourist attractions.” However, for this trip my mom and I found ourselves getting excited by a lot of the touristy things to do in San Francisco. Because we only had two days to spend there, we decided it was totally okay to spend our time indulging in all the “must do things in San Francisco”. Check out all the touristy things we did during our San Francisco 2-day itinerary!

A Fun Weekend in Los Angeles, California, USA: Our 2 Day Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

A Fun Weekend in Los Angeles, California, USA: Our 2-Day Itinerary

When I was on my way home from Japan, I decided to stop in California. I had never been to the west coast of the United States, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity. Luckily for me, my loved ones were willing to meet me there. After a decent amount of research, we decided to spend 2 days in Los Angeles before moving on to San Francisco. Find out how we decided to spend 2 days in Los Angeles!

Learn How to Make Lei at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Learn How to Make Lei at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii

There are so many things to do and see in Hawaii, USA that it can be almost overwhelming. However, don’t get so caught up in all the places to go that you look past your own hotel! Depending on what day it is, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has lei making, hula lessons, ukulele lessons, and more. Luckily for us, we had enough time to check out the lei making event. There, we got to learn not only how to make lei with real, traditional flowers, but we got to learn about their importance and how they are used in Hawaiian culture.

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.