The MGM Lion Habitat is a free attraction in Las Vegas located inside the MGM Grand casino. At the edge of the casino floor, right next to slot machines and gambling tables is a glass enclosure and the lions appear each day inside it.
The Dolphin Trainer For A Day experience is based at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas as part of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden at the rear of the hotel. It’s really expensive but that’s because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m really glad I did it. I just needed to get all my relatives to pay for it!
Celebration is a purpose built community near to Disney World in Florida and the moment you arrive, you know there’s something different about it. Partly because everything is new and partly because it was initially developed by the Walt Disney Company, the whole place is a bit like a stereo-typical “perfect” American town. It’s like Main Street USA on speed!
Coit Tower in San Francisco offers terrific views of the downtown area and bay. It stands on Telegraph Hill, at a height of 210 feet and you can see it around large parts of San Francisco. When you look at it from a distance, you can see that it resembles a fire hose and there’s a very good reason for this.
The Boston Freedom Trail is a 2.5 miles long route around the city which is marked out in the sidewalk with red bricks. Basically, it takes you to the various historic sites of significance in the fight for American independence. So you’ll see churches, meeting houses, burial grounds, parks and a ship amongst the various locations.
The EPCOT theme park is based on an idea that Walt Disney had to build an “experimental prototype community of tomorrow” which is what EPCOT actually stands for.
The idea evolved though and the park is now a combination of two main elements – a “World Showcase” where different nations are represented around a large central lake and then a collection of attractions with a science and technology theme.
The CN Tower is one of the tallest free standing structures in the world and has been Toronto’s biggest tourist attraction since it opened in 1976. It was the world’s tallest for tower for more than 30 years, but lost that crown back in 2010. The tower dominates the city of Toronto and you can see it not just elsewhere in the downtown area, but also from miles away.
Ellis Island, just off the southern tip of Manhattan, was the gateway to a new life in the USA for immigrants arriving between 1892 and 1954. Despite the closure of the complex many years ago, the grand buildings still remain intact, including the huge welcome hall and the whole place is now a national immigration museum. Many original features remain so you get a real taste of what it would have been like to arrive as an immigrant.
Georgetown is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Washington DC and it’s packed with attractive houses, tree-lined avenues and quaint shops. We’d recommend spending some time just walking the streets and you’ll come across some lovely individual houses and beautiful terraces.
Downtown Disney is a collection of restaurants, experiences and shops lining a long walkway on the edge of a lake. It really comes alive at night when the atmosphere is brilliant and it’s pretty normal to find street entertainers offering music and comedy. There’s also a Cirque de Soleil theatre here presenting a show called La Nouba and a cinema.