Places to See

Moab

During the first year of my relationship with Jose, we traveled to Moab a lot with our friends. Sometimes we camped, and sometimes we got a hotel. We didn’t hike the golden arch since most of us visited the golden arch some other time in our lives already, so we did “hidden” attractions.

Honestly, I don’t remember the places I visited in Moab, but here are some pictures I found from our trips.

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Spiral Jetty x Golden Spike

Jose and I wanted to explore attractions in utah a little more, so we decided to take a trip to see the spiral jetty. It was a one day trip, because that’s when we were both available. The drive is a few hours and kind of confusing. We didn’t plan on visiting the golden spike, but it was on the way there so might as well. This is where the east and west railroads crossed, i believe. they had more things in their museum, but i can’t remember if this was free or not to see… either way, it was cool to see this in real life. Moving onto the spiral jetty, the roads were confusing. We got to the point where gps was telling us the wrong route so we had to find it on our own. we drove past a sign that said we were trespassing private property but jose told me it was the right path… turns out, it was. strange, right? parking was tight and there were flies everywhere! after we walked down to the artwork, it was just beautiful… i recommend taking a blanket and having some sort of picnic here!

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Bryce Canyon

November 26th, 2016

It was cold, windy, and amazing. Bryce canyon is only a few hours away from downtown slc, so we decided to take a two day trip there. Our friend was supposed to take care of the accommodation, as he said he was going to get us an airbnb for the 9 of us to share. However, we ended up staying in a hotel and sharing rooms. Our group split up into half the following day, because some of us wanted to sleep in. I was apart of that group. We left our hotel around 2/3pm, forgetting the sun sets at 6pm. Even though we were limited on time, we still got to explore what we wanted to.

Here are pictures I found from this trip

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The UP House

We’re such big fans of the movie so we decided to take a little trip to see the UP house! the homeowners are fine with guests out in the front, but it’s just common courtesy to not be so rowdy or damage anything since this is their home. It might be less than half an hour from downtown salt lake so why not make a visit?

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The big apple – New York

If you’ve read my post before, you would know I plan everything last minute. This trip was also planned last minute and our day’s events were planned the day of… but  it was a success!

Lets start out with flight prices:
the cheapest tickets we found three weeks before our trip in July were around $250. however, we didn’t score those tickets because we thought that if we waited, it would be cheaper. we were wrong. prices went up to $400, sometimes even $500. We ended up getting tickets for $300. How? We bought one way tickets instead of a round trip. we flew into NY and flew out from boston. It was just cheaper that way and we planned on visiting Boston anyway.

So, here’s our travel details
fly from SLC –> NY (laguardia is a cheaper airport to fly to than JFK. a little disappointed, but my wallet was happy. )
greyhound from NY –> BOS (tickets were around $20 and it was a 4hr bus ride)
fly from BOS –> SLC

If you are going to NY with a couple of friends like I did, I recommend using airbnb when picking accommodations. It’s a site where people rent out their living spaces and some are really cheap! Now, where should you stay? Not the Bronx… or I mean, you could. that’s where we stayed but the area was a little sketchy at times and since we always came back to our house late at night, it wasn’t the best neighborhood to be walking around at that time. i’d say stay in manhattan or brooklyn. the downside of bronx was also that it took awhile to get to the city – about half an hour maybe.

We took the subway/metro on days when we weren’t lazy to walk a few blocks to the station. tickets costed, if i remember correctly, about $3? Actually, that could be a charlie ticket in boston. Maybe it was cheaper in NY. I’m not sure but either way, it was cheaper to take the subway than to uber when we all combined the cost of our subway tickets vs. splitting an uber.

So, where should you visit?

– Times square (free)
*it’s unreal when you’re standing in the middle, looking around.
– central park (free)
* this park is HUGE and we tried completing it within two days but we never did. It was just way too big and we ended up walking to the streets and taking an uber.
– St. patrick’s cathedral (free)
– Rockefeller center (free)
-Top of the rock: inside rockefeller center (roughly $40)
*Yes, it’s pricey but it’s my favorite spot to see the city/skyline. they have many levels to see the view, so you don’t have to worry about it being crowded, as you also have to reserve a time to go as well.
– radio city music hall (free from the outside hahah)
-Museum of Modern Art (I think we got in it for free because it was on a day and during the hour that they’re free admissions)
*OK, YOU MUST VISIT THIS PLACE. FAMOUS ARTWORKS AREL LOCATED HERE LIKE VAN GOGH’S STARRY NIGHT PAINTING AND MORE.
– grand central terminal (free, unless you use the subways of course)
* xoxo, gossip girl
– brooklyn bridge (free)
* cutest bridge ever.. but also a busy, touristy populated bridge.
– Staten island ferry to see the statue of liberty (free)
* we didn’t want to pay to go see the statue because crown tickets were sold out and the pedestal tickets weren’t worth it so we just took a free ferry to staten island which passes by the statue. You’ll also walk past a lot of RUDE scammers on your way into the building for the ferry, telling you you need to purchase a ticket but you don’t. DON’T LISTEN TO THEM.
– Little italy
– Chinatown
– 9/11 memorial and museum
-Madison square park / flatiron
– the high line
*an old railroad area turned into a scenic view
-empire state building (roughly $40)
* we went during the sunset and it was packed. they don’t make you choose a designated time to go. instead of waiting in a line to use the elevator to go up 8 levels to the very top, we had to skip the line and take the backway – the stairs. the workers let us, and everyone else who wanted to take the stairs to see the sunset at the top quicker, which was really nice of them. however, when we got to the very top, it was jam packed and you honestly couldn’t see much. people hogged the front, recording the sunset with their electronics and we were stuck in the back. I used my selfie stick and stuck it to the front in order to get decent pictures. not worth it. top of the rock was so much better.

We tried sticking to home cooked meals, as brenda (a friend of mine) cooked us delicious breakfast every morning and we ended up ordering pizza a lot. However, when we didn’t, these were where we went.
– a.cafe ($$)
* the aesthetic is a little weird… but their food wasn’t bad
– Wu Kong (closed now)
– sagaponack bar & grill ($$)
* this place had the best seafood and fries! Jose and I love clams and we ordered 2 dozens for only $20 and it even came with fries!
– made by pauline ($$)
*they sell macaroons in the biggest Macy’s ever, but they were mediocre.
– Tony’s Di Napoli ($$)
*we were in times square and wanted to celebrate Brenda’s birthday so we decided to eat here, since she wanted italian. they seated us even though we didn’t have a reservation and their customer service was great. The food portion sizes were for sharing with 2-4 people. we ordered two entrees and it filled all four of us up. since we were celebrating a birthday, they brought us tiramisu with a candle in the middle and sang to her.
– hot dogs stand (idk)
*Brenda told us that they are called “dirty dogs” here and that we shouldn’t eat them… so as Brenda and I separated from the boys to go shopping, they went to go eat hot dogs behind our backs.

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San Francisco

For the past two years, I’ve visited San Francisco at least once during that year and I still haven’t finished exploring the area. However, I’ve explored enough to write this post!

Travel expenses:
we always drove here since it was about 11 hrs? We stopped in Reno and sometimes we spent the night there but other times we would just stop to eat. I believe it costs us about $100 for gas to SF and maybe $100 again to drive home.

Places to see and the costs:
– golden gate bridge ($7 for fastrak fees if you’re driving across it or free if you park your car and walk over it .. be aware, it’s kind of a long walk but if I can do it, you can too!)
– hill trail: hiking up to see a view of southern san francisco (free)
– pier 39, fisherman’s wharf, and everything else it has to offer near there (free)
– alcatraz: tour the prison and learn about their history (around $35 for adults?)
*if you’re like me and plan your trip a few days beforehand, you won’t be able to score alcrataz tickets since they sell out FAST! instead, we had to wait in line at the ticket booth around 4am on the day of to score some tickets. They don’t open their booth till 7:30am, but trust me, if you  want tickets, you need to make some sacrifices. We waited around until, say, 6:30am when they handed us a ticket that allows us to purchase the actual ticket to get on the ferry and head to the island. They also sell hot chocolate, coffee, and donuts around 6am! Some people tell you that you can’t get out of line to go use the restroom but everyone did it all the time so don’t worry and go pee.
– chinatown (free, unless you buy souvenirs)
*be ready to drop all of your money in this area.
– palace of fine arts (free)
*they have a little area where you can play jenga, bean bags, and purchase some drinks!
– Banksy masterpieces (free)
* my boyfriend loves banksy, and we ended up spotting one in san francisco. we tried looking for more, but some were painted over and no longer exists!
– lombard street (free)

where to eat:
– The new spot on polk ($$)
* their Peruvian coffee is the BEST coffee i’ve ever had! the food was delicious and worth the price and the customer service is also very great.
– China live ($$)
* this place is so aesthetically pleasing. They operate as a store/restaurant. Their food was good, but I wouldn’t come here again.
– Fog harbor fish house ($$)
* we were craving seafood, and sadly their seafood was mediocre. the clams were cooked in an interesting broth… and their prices were outrageous for their portion size. they’re more like three dollar signs to me. However, if you’re lucky and get to be seated by the windows, the view along the harbor is amazing.
– calzone’s restaurant ($$)
*we were starving and in the area, so we decided to try it out. I fell in love with their pasta. Also, you can sit outside along the sidewalk, which was a very popular spot of seating.

If you need help planning a trip here, let me know and i’ll gladly help!

Now, enjoy the pictures. I have more on my vsco 🙂

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Boston, Baby!

Boston – the quieter, cleaner version of New York

My friends and I only stayed a night here, but we regretted it when we landed. Boston is gorgeous, and it has so many things to offer. As we explored the area, we discovered so many cute places and foods. This is where we fell in love with Primark. Primark is a bigger and cheaper version of forever 21. We spent hours in Primark, browsing their items. They sold $5 shoes, pants, and well, almost everything was around that price (besides things such as luggages, jackets, and stuff)! Our total added up to around $100 each, as we all carried a big shopping bag around the city afterwards. Our accommodation was this cute airbnb. It had four levels of rooms and bathrooms, and we were allowed to use the kitchen and laundry room. Their laundry machine was state of the art, and it made me want to do laundry forever!

I don’t remember where we went exactly, but we did go near the pier/harbor, the freedom trail, downtown, and an indoor market that sold food and drinks.

I am a big cupcake lover and restaurants that are so aesthetically pleasing on the inside that I definitely recommend Dig Inn and georgetown’s cupcakes!

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