United States

States/Districts Visited: Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, PennsylvaniaRhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, VermontVirginiaWashington DC, West Virginia, Wyoming

National Parks Visited: Acadia, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Haleakalā, Mammoth Cave, ShenandoahYellowstone

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Visited: December 2016 – 4 days

Arizona is home to one of the largest canyons in the world. Carved millions of years ago from the force of the Colorado River, it is 446km long, 29km wide and at its deepest is 1829 m from rim to the river. It truly is a sight to behold. But there are a variety of other attractions in Arizona’s red rock landscape and desert climate that are worth exploring as well.

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Visited: September 2016 – 2 days

Connecticut, often referred to as the Constitution State or Nutmeg State, is the southernmost state in the New England area of the United States. It is the richest state per capita in terms of income and is also rich in historic culture. We visited Connecticut for two days over the Labour Day weekend to enjoy the final days of summer outdoors.

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IMG_5379Hawaii | Maui

Visited: November & December 2019 – 10 days

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is often referred to as the Valley Isle. This refers to the flat bridge of land between the two volcanoes that make up the island: Haleakala to the east and the West Maui mountains to the west. With miles of sandy beaches, lush green jungles, and rugged volcanic landscapes, Maui offers a wide range of activities on land and in the water.

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IMG_2940Illinois | Chicago

Visited: September 2014 – 4 days

Chicago, known as the Windy City, is not actually the windiest city in the United States. But it is famous for its Chicago-style pizza. Baked in a deep dish pan with the crust extending upwards along the sides, the ingredients are layered in opposition to a regular style pizza. The cheese is placed directly on the dough and the sauce and toppings are layered on top. It’s perfection.

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IMG_2940Kentucky | Mammoth Cave

Visited: November 2021 – 1 day

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is the longest known underground cave system in the world and contains more than 640 km (or 400 miles) of explored passageways. It was designated a national park in 1941 to better preserve and protect the cave system and is now also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mammoth Cave National Park features a variety of tours to learn about the history of the cave and explore the natural beauty underground.

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IMG_8630Maine | Acadia National Park

Visited: September 2017 – 3 days
May 2018 – 3 days
September 2018 – 4 days
May 2019 – 3 days

Located on Mount Desert Island along the Atlantic coast in Maine, Acadia National Park is the first and only national park east of the Mississippi River. It encompasses all of the beauty, charm, and ruggedness of New England’s wilderness. Many of the trails weave their way up, down, and around mountains, through lush forests and along a granite coastline that has been (and continues to be) ravaged by the never-ending lapping of waves by the ocean.

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Visited: Various times throughout 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Ties between the thirteen American colonies and Great Britain started to unravel in 1765. And Boston was at the forefront of years of protests and acts of rebellion to gain independence. Today visitors can tour many of the historic monuments and sites in downtown Boston and relive an important piece of American history.

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IMG_0582Montana | Glacier National Park

Visited: August 2016 – 4 days

Glacier National Park is located in northwestern Montana along the US-Canada border just south of Waterton Lakes National Park. Together these two parks formed the first ever International Peace Park to better preserve and protect the shared ecosystem along the Continental Divide. Spanning across a million acres, Glacier National Park is home to 25 active glaciers (although scientists estimate they will all disappear by 2030), 71 species of mammals (including the grizzly bear!), and 151 trails (totaling 1,200km). The Going-to-the-Sun Road, the park’s only road that cuts through the park, offers exhilarating views as you’re winding around, through, and over the mountainous terrain.

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IMG_9084New Hampshire | White Mountains

Visited: January 2016 – 2 days
October 2017 – 2 days
February 2019 – 2 days

New Hampshire is home to a network of over 150 mountains where the majority of which have an elevation greater than 3,000 ft. The White Mountains range alone covers around a quarter of New Hampshire where many of these high peak are located. This area is filled with some of the best hiking, alpine skiing and cross-country skiing in all of New England.

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IMG_8789New York | New York City & The Adirondacks

Visited: April 2016 – 4 days
July 2016 – 4 days
February 2017 – 3 days

They don’t call it the city that never sleeps for nothing. With over 8.5 million people, New York City is bursting with culture, class, coolness, and crowds. It has been referred to as many names and nicknames over the years: New Amsterdam, the Big Apple, the Melting Pot, Gotham, NYC, but one thing remains: it is still the land of opportunity. And opportunity to sightsee.

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IMG_8789North Carolina

Visited: November 2021

North Carolina was one of the original thirteen colonies and was the first state to declare independence from England. It is often referred to as the Tar Heel State because workers here used to produce tar, pitch and turpentine from the state’s pine trees. North Carolina is also known for its beautiful sandy beaches, rolling hills and rugged mountains.

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Visited: November 2021

Ohio was named after the Ohio River, which is one of the largest rivers in the United States and flows through or borders six states, including the state of Ohio. It is commonly referred to as the Buckeye State due to its abundance of Ohio buckeye trees. It features several major cities, has a rich musical history and offers lots of great outdoor activities.

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IMG_9863Pennsylvania | Philadelphia & Pittsburgh

Visited: November 2017 – 3 days
November 2021 – 1 day 

Pennsylvania is commonly known as the Keystone State due to key role in the founding of the United States. It was here where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed. Pennsylvania features a lot of great opportunities to learn more about an important piece of American history.

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img_5226Rhode Island

Visited: December 2016 – 1 day
and June 2017 – 2 days

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the United States, but it sure has a big history for being a luxurious summer retreat for the rich and powerful during the height of the Gilded Age. With its close proximity to the ocean (and of New York) many of the wealthy – including the Vanderbilts, spent the summer vacationing here during the late 1800s. Many of these elaborate Newport mansions, complete with their original furnishings and decoration, have been preserved and (for a small fee) are open to the public to catch a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and the famous from over a hundred years ago.

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IMG_6825South Carolina | Charleston

Visited: November 2021 – 1 day

Charleston is located in South Carolina on a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean. It is reputed to be one of the most charming and romantic cities in the United States. It is known for its historic houses, plantations, moss-draped trees, cobblestone streets and ocean views.

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Visited: February 2018 – 2 days

Vermont is renowned for its skiing across the New England area. This should come as no surprise given that its name is derived from “mont vert” in French, which translates to green mountain. With over 30 alpine (downhill) and nordic (cross-country) ski centres, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the abundance of snow and mountainous terrain in this Green Mountain State. And hey, if skiing isn’t your thing, Vermont is also famous for its cheese, maple syrup and ice cream.

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IMG_9384Virginia | Shenandoah National Park

Visited: October 2017 – 4 days

The Shenandoah Valley stretches across 200 miles between the Blue Ridge Mountains in the east and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians in the west. The Shenandoah National Park encompasses around half of that stretch from Front Royal in the north to Rockfish Gap in the south. The Skyline Drive, the main road that winds and twists through the park, offers sweeping views of rolling hills from the neighbouring mountain ranges in either direction.

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IMG_8153Washington, D.C.

Visited: April 2016 – 3 days

Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States. It is home to the entire federal government, including the Congress, the Supreme Court and the President. There are numerous museums and national monuments scattered along the city that highlight the history and important people who helped shape this country into what we see today. Many of these museums and monuments are clustered in an area known as the National Mall – a 2 mile strip that extends from the State Capital building to the Lincoln Memorial. And it’s all free.

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IMG_6825West Virginia

Visited: November 2021 – 1 day

West Virginia is located within the Appalachian Mountain range and is often referred to as the Mountain State due to its abundance of hills and mountains. As such, West Virginia is known for a wide range of outdoor recreational activities including skiing, rock climbing and hiking.

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IMG_6825Wyoming | Yellowstone National Park

Visited: September 2015 – 8 days

The first national park was established here in Yellowstone. Situated along much of northwestern Wyoming and parts of neighbouring Montana and Idaho, even over a hundred years ago there was a collective need to protect and preserve the abundant wildlife and many geothermal features surrounding the area. Today Yellowstone boasts of being one of the largest ecosystems in the Lower 48 to support a wide variety of animals – including many endangered species like the grizzly bear, gray wolf and American bison. Resting atop an active supervolcano, it is also home to half of the world’s geothermal features.

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