I’m not talking about the Empire State Building.

I’m a strong believer that, although yes, it is great to go up iconic buildings (for example, the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye…) but it is never the best view of the city.

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If you’re looking for that picture perfect moment in that iconic city, then what’s the point if you can’t see the most iconic building in view?SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThat’s why, during my long visit to the bustling city of New York, we went to the Rockefeller Centre (aka Top of the Rock) for one of the best views in the world.

Not only can you view the Empire State Building towering over the other skyscrapers, but you get the perfect view of Central Park…

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There are numerous viewing points/floors, too, so you get the best experience.

My highlight was climbing right to the top and getting an open air view of the entire, spectacular  city, without any glass hindering the scenery.

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So sure, head up to the Empire State Building for the experience. But head up to the Rockefeller Centre for the best view of all.

 

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You don’t always need to venture down south to have a beach day.

Maine isn’t known for being the beach destination, but it sure is ‘Vacationland’.

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During my time in Maine, me and three of my girls that were amazing enough to take the British tourist around, spent spent a day exploring beaches and towns.

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Hills Beach in Biddeford Maine is a long stretch of sandy beach. Follow the grassy sand dunes down to the coast and take in the quietness of the coastline and the pine tree views from a distance.

Not only did we sunbathe, but I had the real USA experience with a fire on the beach and had my first ever s’more…

The beach and a bestie can’t get much better!

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When the sand and sun gets too much, perhaps take the short drive towards gorgeous Kennebunkport for the cutest shops and bars.

Kennebunkport is a town in in York County, Maine, and is perfect for a little gift shopping and strolling around the port. See masted ships and boats line the panelled – and surprisingly for the USA – quite old buildings. Unsurprisingly though, the town is as charming and gorge as the rest of Maine!

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Driving to the top of the Griffiths Observatory, the starry view became more clear on the climb.

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Approaching the giant, iconic building, you notice that the view is almost more magnificent than the building itself.

See every angle of Los Angeles, from the city, the Hollywood sign and the hills that surround the twinkling lights.

It really is beautiful up here, and we were so lucky that we decided to go last minute, as it was one of the highlights of my trip.

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Los Angeles from above is even more beautiful than from down below, in the middle of it all, and the view from Griffith Observatory is amazing.

Most surprisingly, it’s also free – so you can hike, drive or ride up without any cost to you at all!

Could you ask for anything more?

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I have been out of London for over a week now. I flew to Boston on the 12th June and have been exploring stunning New England, USA.

I write this on my way to my next destination: New York City. New England has treated me amazingly, i didnt want to leave!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I stayed with my friend and family in Westbrook Maine (near portland); and was overwhelmed by its beauty.

Untouched by tourists (really – i didnt meet anyone but americans here), this was the place to get a real authentic experience!

But look out for more posts coming soon on what really makes this place so amazing.

One of the best things about Portland is the seafood.

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This is where the Lobster Shack comes in. It was a Tuesday afternoon and the queue was out the door.

If its good enough for the locals, its good enough for me!

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Perched by some rocks on the sea, this is the perfect place for some good seafood grub.

The staff are just as friendly as the locals here (which might i add, are the friendliest people i have EVER met), and the food is even better.

It was only obligatory for me to try the famous lobster roll and a bowl of clam chowder…

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I would eat it again right now if it wasnt for the fact that it turns out i might actually be allergic to shellfish… funny story that! But it was totally worth it.

So that is my first reason to visit Portland, Maine. The seafood is pretty darn good.

Keep reading my posts for more of my travels in America, this one is a bit short and sweet but I have some more amazing things to show you from Maine, Massachusetts, New York and California coming soon.

 

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