Hiking · Travel

National Parks

Since we go to national parks quite often, I thought I will be better off having my own place to stay rather than renting all the time.

The following house I have is closed to most of the Utah and Arizona national parks within 2 hours or less drive. There are a lot of national parks around : Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Antelope, etc.



Vancouver is awesome!!

We just got back from a long road trip to Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was an amazing trip, one of the best I remember in recent years.

For those interested in stats :

  • Trip length is nine days.
  • Trip expense is just under $1500 for 4 adults and 1 child. See the pie chart breakout below. Therefore, it’s roughly $300/person or $30 per person per day.vancouver-expense

Trip details :

  • The first day of our trip was a 400 + miles drive from LA to Sacramento. We stayed in a 2 acres farm house. It turned out this was the worst part of the entire trip since this airbnb house was not very clean and it was actually the most expensive ($131) airbnb stay of our entire trip.
  • The second day we drove from Sacramento to Portland, it was a very long drive (600 miles). We arrived just past 7pm, this airbnb host Karen was the most amazing host in our entire trip. Moreover, it was the cheapest as well, $42 to be exact.
  • The third day we arrived in Vancouver, Canada. We stayed in a glamorous apartment complex at the Vancouver downtown centre for 4 nights. The location cannot be any better. It was another one of the best deal – $115 per night, 2 beds and 2 bathrooms on the 31th floor with amazing views of the city and harbor.

Best pit stop :   Shasta lake in California (breathtaking views)


Best parks :

– Stanley park (Vancouver, BC)

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– Queen Elizabeth park (Vancouver, BC)

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– Minoru park (Richmond, BC)


Canada Place (waterfront) – an iconic landmark and venue for world-class events and inspirationally Canadian experiences.


Best FOOD!! (Vancouver has the best Chinese food, I can’t wait to go back) :

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Last but certainly not least, my daughter absolutely loves Vancouver :

It’s her first time staying at a high-rise apartment complex. She absolutely loves it.
She goes shopping at the T&T Chinese grocery market, learning how to walk.

Cruise Deal

Holland America has pretty good deals on Pacific Coast cruise from San Diego or San Frans. to Vancouver. It’s only $199 per person + tax for a 4 nights cruise on Eurodam. I cruised on the Eurodam in 2009, it was a very nice ship!

Then there was even a better deal on the Nieuw Amsterdam ship which is a newer ship from Holland. Sailing from San Diego to Vancouver for 4 nights, has limited last-minute balcony suite room for $249 per person + tax.  (Updated : this is sold out now)

Take advantage of these great deals before they are gone!! See the link below :