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First Visit to the U.S. Tour

12 Days / 11 Nights
Los Angeles/Washington, D.C./New York City Tour

 

Los Angeles is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second most populous in the United States, after New York City. Nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine and research and has been ranked sixth in the Global Cities Index. The city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. Los Angeles includes Hollywood and leads the world in the creation of television productions, video games, and recorded music; it is also one of the leaders in motion picture production. Additionally, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984.

Washington, D.C., commonly referred to as Washington, “the District,” or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, the Residence Act approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country’s East Coast. As permitted by the U.S. Constitution, the District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress and is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall. The city hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations.

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. A global power city, New York exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural capital of the world. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

Tour Schedule:
1 Arrive in Los Angeles
Transfer from the airport to the hotel for a 5 nights’ stay. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
2 Universal Studios [B]
Transfer to Universal Studios, where you will spend the day at your leisure. At the end of the day, catch a shuttle back to the hotel.
3 Hollywood & Beverly Hills [B]
Take a tour of Los Angeles by exploring the legendary Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the extravagant neighborhood known for its populace of celebrities.
4 Disneyland Tour [B]
Enjoy the wonder and magic of Disneyland at California’s oldest theme park.
5 The San Diego Zoo [B]
After breakfast, visit the San Diego Zoo, one of the most advanced management facilities in the world. You can take a bus tour around the park, having the endless and wilderness scenery at a glance.
6 Arrive in Washington, D.C. [B]
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Washington, D.C. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for a 3 nights’ stay.
7 International Spy Museum, National Archives & National Gallery of Art [B]
Start the day with a visit to the International Spy Museum, where you can learn about the role that espionage has played in history. Afterwards, explore the National Archives, where the most important documents in the U.S. are kept, and the National Gallery of Art.
8 Air & Space Museum, Lincoln Memorial & Washington Monument [B]
Continue your tour of Washington, D.C., with visits to the National Air and Space Museum, featuring among other things a gallery of early-era airplanes; Lincoln Memorial, a majestic work of Grecian-style architecture complete with a statue of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President; and Washington Monument, where you will get the chance at a breathtaking view of the capital city from the observational deck.
9 Arrive in New York City [B]
Drive to New York City (appr. 4 hours) and check into the hotel for a 3 nights’ stay.
10 Rockefeller Center & Times Square [B]
Visit Rockefeller Center, one of New York City’s most noteworthy landmarks, and Times Square, where you will be able to get a taste of one of New York’s most bustling financial centers and do some shopping.
11 Statue of Liberty & Empire State Building [B]
In the morning, visit the Statue of Liberty, a classic American symbol of freedom. Afterwards, visit the Empire State Building.
12 Depart [B]
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Los Angeles, where you will connect on a return flight to Guangzhou.

 

Sightseeing

Universal Studios
 
Universal Studios Hollywood is a movie studio and theme park in the unincorporated Universal City community of Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in use. Its official marketing headline is “The Entertainment Capital of LA,” though during the summer it is often advertised as “The Coolest Place in LA.” It was initially created to offer tours of the real Universal Studios soundstages and sets. It is the first of many full-fledged Universal Studios Theme Parks located across the world. Woody Woodpecker is the mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood.

Hollywood
 
Hollywood is known the world wide for being the birthplace of the most famous cinema in U.S. history. The city was a small community in 1870 and was incorporated as a municipality in 1903. It merged with the city of Los Angeles in 1910, and soon thereafter a motion picture industry began to emerge, eventually becoming dominant in the world. Buildings, roadways and a public transportation system have transformed the neighborhood. Hollywood has two high schools and a score of other schools and well as a host of tourist attractions.

Beverly Hills
 
Beverly Hills is an enclaved city in Los Angeles County in Southern California, surrounded almost entirely by Los Angeles. Since the 1950s, Beverly Hills has marketed itself as a high-end shopping paradise and home of the rich and famous, which still rings true today; its reputation has even been the basis of a few popular TV shows such as The Beverly Hillbillies and Beverly Hills, 90210. Santa Monica Boulevard bisects the city, with most of the businesses being in the south, the north being primarily residential. Most visitors come to shop or dream of shopping.

Disneyland
 
Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It was originally the only attraction on the property, though it was slightly renamed to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s. Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2011, the park hosted approximately 16.14 million guests, making it the second most visited park in the world that calendar year.

San Diego Zoo
 
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Its parent organization, San Diego Zoo Global, is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than a half million people. San Diego Zoo pioneered the concept of open-air, cage less exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant. Most recently, the San Diego Zoo has added a new California Adventure – providing an entire Australian experience of its native birds and animals.

International Spy Museum
 
The International Spy Museum is a privately owned museum dedicated to the field of espionage located within the 1875 Le Droit Building in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C., across the street from the Old Patent Office Building (which houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery) and one block south of the Gallery Place Metro station.

National Archives
 
The National Archives Building, known informally as Archives I, is the original headquarters of the National Archives and Records Administration. It holds the original copies of the three main formative documents of the United States and its government: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. It also hosts a copy of the 1297 Magna Carta confirmed by Edward I. These are displayed to the public in the main chamber of the National Archives, which is called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.

National Art Gallery
 
The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are a national art museum in Washington, D.C. The Gallery’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts trace the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile ever created by Alexander Calder. The Gallery often presents temporary special exhibitions spanning the world and the history of art.

National Air and Space Museum
 
The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the Smithsonian Institution holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world in 161,145 square feet (14,970.9 m2) of exhibition floor space. It was established in 1946, as the National Air Museum, and opened its main building in 1976. Located in Washington, D.C., United States, it is a center for research into the history and science of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. Almost all space and aircraft on display are originals or backups to the originals. The museum currently conducts restoration of its collection at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Lincoln Memorial
 
The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. across from the Washington Monument. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the primary statue – Abraham Lincoln, 1920 – was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin.

Washington Monument
 
The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first American president. The monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet and 51⁄8 inches (169.294 m). Taller monumental columns exist, but they are neither all stone nor true obelisks.

Rockefeller Center
 
Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st streets in New York City, United States. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Times Square
 
Times Square is a major commercial intersection and a neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Times Square is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. According to Travel + Leisure magazine’s October 2011 survey, Times Square is the world’s most visited tourist attraction, hosting over 39 million visitors annually.

Statue of Liberty
 
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.

Empire State Building
 
The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. The Empire State Building is currently the third-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 22nd-tallest in the world. The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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