Exclusive Hotels In The States

There are many fantastic hotels across the United States. Places like San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York have some of the most exclusive hotels in the world. These hotels are palatial structures complete with the best amenities, the latest high tech gadgetry, comfortable furniture, amazing food and an unbelievably high level of personal service. These hotels host kings, queens, sultans, world leaders, movie stars, captains of industry and many other multimillionaires who demand excellence and will pay any price to get it. And there are hotels that are willing and able to oblige them.

The first hotel ever built in the United States was the City Hotel in New York. Constructed in the 1790s, this hotel was dedicated to housing the world’s brightest and most affluent people. The City Hotel provided amenities then that are still considered the industry standard today. Many of the boutique hotels New York has today follow in that tradition. Luxury, sophistication and discretion are the watch words for these establishments. Some of the boutique hotels New York hoteliers have created equal royal residences in their commitment to providing unsurpassed quality, convenience and comfort. Rooftop pools, private gardens, centuries old furniture, world renowned private chefs, personal tailors and suites that encompass entire floors and offer spectacular views of the city are not unusual in the best boutique hotels in New York.

Los Angeles is used to stars who demand the best of everything. The city’s most exclusive hotels reflect this. From their location to the amenities they offer and the prices they charge, Los Angeles’ best hotels are not for just anyone. Patrons in multimillion dollar cars, wearing rare furs and diamonds the size of oranges that demand caviar and imported spring water for their pets, expect nothing less than the most posh of places to lay their heads. Los Angeles’ exclusive hotels provide hand carved furniture made of rare ancient wood, elaborate four poster beds replete with sheets made of imported silk or high count cotton as soft as the wings of an angel, bathrooms made with the best Italian marble and Oxford educated butlers to take care of their every need.

The great hotels in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami are no different. Their suites offer the world’s best furnishings, 360 degree panoramic views of the gorgeous cityscapes around them and superlative service. All designed to please their multimillionaire guests.

London Movie Location Tours Are Educational And Fun For All Ages

As a popular international tourist destination, London has an infrastructure that caters to the needs of the millions of visitors the city greets annually. Accommodations can be found to fit any budget and many offer easy access to various attractions. Several famous spots are within walking distance of each other but there is an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, taxis and the underground Tube. Tourists who are interesting in exploring this vibrant city will find a number of fun London tours to choose from.

There are several organized sightseeing tours available that will help visitors get a feel for the city. Options include excursions around the city by every type of transportation including buses, boats and bicycles. Some are tailored for various special interests like history, castles, politics, shopping and art. There is even one that shadows the moves of the infamous Jack the Ripper.

Trafalgar Square marks the exact centre of London with its monument to Lord Nelson. Several sculptures are displayed here including the four bronze lions that guard the base of Nelson’s Column.

Members of the English Royal family once lived in the palace now known as the Houses of Parliament. Westminster Hall has been standing since 1097. Highlights include the Lords and Commons Chambers, the Royal Gallery and the Queen’s Robing Room.

Westminster Abbey is located in Parliament Square near the Houses of Parliament and was the location of nearly every royal burial held from 1272 to 1760. The late 7th century edifice contains the remains or at least monuments dedicated to some of the biggest names in politics, science, literature and music including Isaac Newton and William Shakespeare.

Tourists flock to the Tower of London to soak up centuries of history. This formidable fortress served as a prison and many notorious inmates met their demise here. The site now houses the crown jewels in addition to an impressive collection of medieval royal armour and weapons.

Shoppers can choose from the many famous shopping districts. Quaint Covent Garden features a number of small boutiques while the shops on Portobello Road are known for dealing in fine antiques. Picadilly Circus is a lively area, bright with neon and Savile Row is home to several high end clothing designers and tailors.

Visitors will find London tours that are interesting, educational and fun regardless of age. Knowledgeable guides are available to point out various buildings of historical significance and provide detailed information about the city. There are also a number of self-guided walks for people who would rather explore the area at their own pace.

Driving Across the United States is Surprisingly Fun and Educational

Formerly being a airline travel enthusiast, I never considered driving across the United States until an unfortunate incident forced my ex-fiance and I to change our travel plans. We had flown out to Las Vegas, to attend a business convention late one night. The next morning, I turned on the television, only to find that planes had flown into the World Trade Centers in New York. It was 9/11, which devastated us and everyone around us. At Caesar’s Palace, all the tvs were tuned to the tragedy, instead of the usual horse racing or other sporting events. You could hear a pin drop as everyone watched the tragedy unfold, live. The convention closed early due to the horrible tragedy. We were given t-shirts as we left the convention center, in memory to the people who perished in New York and Pennsylvania. Fortunately for us, my ex had already rented a van to get around with, as rental cars sold out quickly when all the planes were grounded. In Las Vegas, the airport is right in the city limits, very close to the Strip. With the planes all down, all we saw was an occaisional military jet fighter circling the city now and then. It was eerie and a reminder of the possible danger to the area. We left and drove over to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, our spirits lifted as we visited the coastline, stopping at lovely places like Balboa Island for lunch, Laguna Beach (full of interesting boutiques and restaurants) and Dana Point, where we stayed in a beautiful oceanfront hotel. Later, we went over to Burbank, and attended the second taping of the Tonight Show, with Jay Leno. The experience was surreal, nobody felt like comedy, so the show was subdued. Jay wheeled out a motorcycle that he was going to auction off for charity, and Arnold Schwartzenegger, Tom Cruise and others came to sign it. Being in the studio was fascinating, the temperature in the large room was cold, to keep the many hot stage lights from bursting, one of the producers told us. We had front row seats, because we got in line very early. If you go, make sure to go much earlier than told to, because it takes a lot of time to park, and the line to get in is very long.

After leaving downtown L.A. we drove around Beverly Hills and Hollywood. I liked Beverly Hills, seeing the beautiful homes was my favorite. Signs were posted everywhere saying that forest fires can happen and gave a daily rating to how much of a chance there was of having one. Interesting. Some movie stars’ homes were on regular streets like yours and mine. Others were high up in the mountains, shielded by gates, high walls and ominous “keep out” signs. I don’t blame them, with all the crazy people in the world. All the posh shops were nice, but a shopping spree there was out of the question unless we won the lottery and were rich like the Hilton family – one piece of clothing could be the cost of a new car or even, house in downtown Beverly Hills. Wow. We drove all over, taking pictures, stopping at fast food places like In and Out Hamburgers and Krispy Kreme Donuts. We also stopped in lovely ethnic restaurants to eat Mexican, Thai and Indian food. The Mexican restaurants were my favorites, most were authentic and gave large portions.

We drove through the desert, going back east, saw Hoover Dam, which was immense. Because of the tragedy going on in New York, everyone there was on edge, so we weren’t allowed to stop on the bridge, just drive past it and park elsewhere. It was very scenic to see the dam, built long ago, with Art Deco influence on the well-built bridge and buildings. It was incredibly hot but the heat was dry, not humid. We drank gallons of soft drinks and bottled water to keep from being dehydrated. The vistas of tall mountains and large amounts of water being pumped by this powerful dam were really fascinating for this midwestern girl.

Our next state to visit was Utah, land of amazing rock formations and mountains. We only saw the southern part but what we saw was breathtaking. Bright red rocks jutting out of the ground, tall mountains and an endless night sky full of stars. We parked on the side of the road and watched the sky for an hour, deep in the desolate parts of the mountains. Without city lights (or any other civilization, for that matter) we could see everything, including the Milky Way. It was both beautiful and surreal at the same time. Utah is loaded with natural wonders and incredibly scenic.

Next, we drove to Colorado. It was so scenic driving up and down the mountain roads of this colorful, beautiful state. The whole state is a photographer’s dream, especially with all the colors of the fall.The aspen trees were turning yellow, since it was now autumn, and the huge mountains all around us took my breath away. It felt and looked like the Old West to me. We stopped at an old mining town, even got to eat buffalo burgers (made of yes, real buffalo meat, which was good). If we’d had more time I would’ve spent a week there, but my ex had to get back to his job so time was limited.

Just east of Denver, everything got amazingly flat. Prairies are desolate and finding signs of life off the highway were few and far between. When we saw a gas station, we’d stop at it, because who knew how long it would be until the next one came along. People there were very friendly. We stayed overnight in a lovely old-fashioned hotel, and ate at the family restaurant next door. True Americana at its best.

We started seeing hills again in parts of Iowa, which we weren’t in for long. Next came Illinois, where we stopped in Chicago. Having been there many times in my past, we stopped at places I liked, like WaterTower Place, the theater and the art museum downtown. There is a lot to do and see in this impressive city, just do it during the summer, because the winters there are cold and brutal. Chicago is a big city, with a long skyline as you drive past it. Much bigger than my hometown of Cleveland.

Late at night, we arrived at my home, in the outer suburbs of Cleveland. The trip was a success, even if it was marred by tragedy, we made the most of the situation. It took us a week to get home, and someday I plan to do it again, but this time with more time on my hands. If you want to see what America is really like, rent a car (try not to use your own, due to the major wear and tear this kind of travel does to a car) and plan places to see before you go. We did this trip without planning and it was still a success. We’d driven through lovely state parks, past amazing scenery and met wonderful people. Next time I do this, I’ll go get a triptych at the auto club and plan it to see more of the off-the-beaten-path places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Napa Valley. Driving is a really great way to see the details of our great country up close and personal, so make sure to give it a try.