Helge visits USA

I recently had the pleasure of visiting a few major cities in USA; New York, Las Vegas and San Fransisco. Although this trip was mainly for work, I managed to sneak in a few hours of photography.

New York

This was my first trip to New York and it’s a city I definitely want to visit again – preferably with more time to explore. I prioritised seeing some of the most famous sites and here are a couple of tips from a New York first-time visitor with very limited time:

Instead of going to your hotel gym (if it has one), go for a jog in Central Park.

New York skyline as seen from Central Park
New York skyline as seen from Central Park

If you have appointments that are not located too far apart, use the great Citi Bikes. Especially cycling the Brooklyn Bridge is a lot of fun!

Brooklyn Bridge
Cycling across the Brooklyn Bridge

Take the Staten Island Ferry. This trip gives you great views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhatten Skyline. And best of all, it’s free.

All pictures are taken with the Fuji XT-1 and either the Samyang 12mm 2.0 or the Fuji 18-55mm lens.


Las Vegas

I hate Las Vegas. I really like Las Vegas. It’s the only city I’ve been to where the hotels are the attraction. Although they are “bad taste” in that they’re trying to mimic famous European destinations, you have to admire the amount of money poured into them. Most of the hotels are open to the public, so spend some time exploring. My favourites are The Venetian, Caesars Palace and Wynn.

San Francisco

Although this was my second time in San Francisco, I can’t say I’ve gotten the feel for the city yet. I do enjoy it though. And as a hub for exploring the gorgeous surroundings it’s perfect. Below are a couple of the mandatory pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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