10 Day Business / Leisure Trip to the United States (New York & Philadelphia)

Updated: 11 February, 2022 seen 61

A short 10 day trip to the United States, visiting 3 states (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) 

Long story short - I had to fly to the United States for one reason - opening a bank account (see: How To Open A Bank Account in the U.S., As A Non-resident Non - citizen, Wells Fargo Bank), for the flight, we decided to go with Ukrainian airlines from Tbilisi via Kyiv to New York City (see: About Tbilisi - Kyiv - New York Flight by Ukrainian Airlines

Unplanned flight delay in Kyiv happened for 10 hours, during which I managed to craft a short day trip to Kyiv (see: Short Day Trip To Kyiv, Ukraine

Once in the States, on the second day's evening, I was able to handle my financial-related things and it was time for leisure. For the first day's stay, we booked a cheaper hotel in Secaucus, offering a fast and convenient connection to downtown Manhattan reachable in about 20 minutes ($6 per ride in a public bus).

Did some shopping and sightseeing around Manhattan (bought lovely leather shoes from Aldo store)

On January second we bought a bus ticket to Philadelphia (again, traveling in the US by public transport is very cheap, as we paid about $15 for a single ticket). Once in Philly, booked a lovely hotel in the downtown area (China town) just a few blocks away from Reading Terminal market. Philly is amazing for leisure, calm and tranquil. Highly recommend.

Returned to New York City, this time booked a luxury hotel near the Empire State building and enjoyed slow days in Manhattan, trying out local Asian cuisine.

Here I'm listing all major and interesting places we discovered this time in America.

Speaking of expenses, I didn't count after all, but now looking back it seems it was at about $4,000


Central Park, New York City

15 February, 2017 | seen 147
Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with about 40 million visitors yearly, also it's one of the most filmed locations in the world. Central Park…

Zen Ramen and Sushi House, New York City

21 February, 2017 | seen 127
Nestled in the middle of financial district, New York City, we discovered this place by an accident. After wondering around Manhattan, I took the wrong subway ride and once we left subway, we were in a cool neighborhood somewhere in…

La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands

23 February, 2017 | seen 60
La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands was our first hotel in United States, during our latest trip here. We booked this hotel as a secret deal on hotwire, as we wanted to get a reasonable price for a hotel with easy access to the…

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Secaucus, NJ

26 February, 2017 | seen 78
Once in the Burger bar - order burgers. That's how in short I could describe my experience at Red Robin Gourmet Burger in Secaucus, NJ. Located in the some building were La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands, in which we stayed…

Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal

28 February, 2017 | seen 184
There is a super cheap way to travel across the United States using intercity buses. Back in the Summer 2013 I made a long journey from New York to Houston, Texas for about USD 200 per 2 persons using MegaBus.  Last time I was in the US,…

Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia

4 March, 2017 | seen 96
Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market found at 12th and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over one hundred merchants offer fresh produce, meats, fish, artisan cheese, groceries, ice cream, flowers, grilled…

Sleep Inn Philadelphia

25 March, 2017 | seen 41
Offering a fitness centre, Sleep Inn Philadelphia is located in Philadelphia. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and cable channels. There is also a microwave. Featuring a bath or shower,…

Spice C - Hand Drawn Noodles in Philadelphia

5 April, 2017 | seen 380
I first discovered Spice C noodle house in Philadelphia back in 2013, and mentioned it on my article about streets of Philadelphia. Now about 3 years later, re-discovered this place again, after arrived to Philly from NYC and stayed at a…

INNSIDE New York NoMad Hotel Review

7 April, 2017 | seen 174
From the footsteps of mount Kazbegi in Rooms Hotel (Georgia) to the footsteps of the Empire State Building in New York city - that's how I could describe in short our hotel choice during the holiday season of 2016/2017 We booked Hotel…

Hee Korean BBQ Grill in Chelsea, New York Review

9 April, 2017 | seen 93
Our latest trip to the United States was accompanied a lot by visiting local Asian cuisines, a Japanese Sushi place in Financial district (Zen Ramen and Sushi House, New York City) or Chinese noodle house in Philadelphia (Spice C - Hand…

The Empire State Building & Observation Deck Tour

26 April, 2017 | seen 240
OK, this finally is off from my bucket list. Here is the tip I would give to myself - buy "skip the lines" tickets to avoid long hours waiting in the lanes.  it started to remind me my dear Georgia after the second hour of waiting in the…

John F. Kennedy International Airport

28 April, 2017 | seen 82
John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK, FAA LID: JFK) is a major international airport located near South Ozone Park in the borough of Queens in New York City, United States, 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Lower…