Dubai International Airport

The world has become a much smaller place. Most flights to the Pacific Rim are usually via the US West Coast.  Of course you could fly from Chicago, USA via the North Pole over China to say Hong Kong. Do consider another way to get to the Pacific Rim via Dubai. You would have then circumvented the globe by going over Europe, Turkey, Iraq and the Persian Gulf to get to Asia or Australia. Qantas and Emirates have partnered to offer codeshare flights. Transiting via Dubai Airport to the Pacific Rim was easy. There is no need to leave the airport. Just relax and take a break and you will be on your next flight to your final destination.

New York to Dubai

Flying Emirates Airline New York (JFK), USA to Dubai (DXB), UAE and beyond

The new Dubai (DXB) Terminal 3 is a beauty. Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world.  Flying Emirates Airlines is an experience. Food was great and the planes were new. The flight attendants were multi cultural and fluent in multiple languages. Most of them looked like models. Emirates passengers can eat at their lounges. The buffet was good and complimentary.

You will find both Western and Asian toilets at the Dubai International Airport. You can get all the modern conveniences of shopping in Dubai. This airport is like a huge mall with many places to both eat and shop. While you wait to board your next flight you will have plenty to do. You can get around the airport and everyone serving you was able to speak English.

You can also people watch. East meets West.  You can hear languages from all over the world. Shops are staffed by mostly foreigners from outside of United Arab Emirates. You can find the whole world transiting through this airport. A sampling of people groups, for an example Americans, Europeans, Africans, Asians, Middle-Easterners,  Central Asians, Russians, Indians, Indonesians and Australians. Watch people with different ethnic clothing headed to different destinations, for an example some dressed for pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

There are also spas, health centers, medical facilities and hotels within the airport. Dubai International Hotel is located in Terminal 3. So the airport is pretty much a “city” of its own.

Rocky Mountain National Park USA

Beautiful Estes Park is the closest town to the Rocky Mountain National Park’s East entrance. You can find affordable lodging and restaurants here.  Even Elk roaming the golf course in the Fall!

Rocky Mountain National Park Bear Lake

Take a gentle hike around this lake and enjoy its beauty. You can see the Rocky Mountains reflecting on the water. Stand or sit (some rocks you can even lay down flat) on any of the  huge rocks on the side Bear Lake’s and soak in the beauty of this place.


Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park – Trail Ridge Road

As you drive on the Trail Ridge Road (closed in the Winter), take some time to stop and take photos at the various stops.  Due to the high altitude, drinking lots of water and taking gentle strides in your walk will help you catch your breath. You can get out of breath easy at this high altitude!

View from Alpine Visitor Center Rocky Mountain National ParkView from Alpine Visitor Center Rocky Mountain National Park

Stop at the Alpine Visitor Center for some food and a break in the trip. Enjoy the view of the valley and melting snow (depending on the time of the year and amount of Winter snow).

Beautiful tundra. You can find beautiful flowers up high in the mountains. Please keep to the trails and try not to damage this fragile ecosystem.

Rocky Mountain Glaciers are melting away. Let the kids run out some steam by hiking and sliding!

Poudre Lake Colorado

Milner Pass  and Poudre Lake ColoradoGet up to the Poudre Lake and Milner Pass and take a photo next to the Continental Divide sign. You have been to the roof of the United States! Water flows either East to the Atlantic Ocean or West to the Pacific Ocean.


Hong Kong International Airport China

Hong Kong International Airport China

Hong Kong International Airport China

This is a major transportation hub in the Pacific Rim. You can get from pretty much anywhere in Asia to the USA from Hong Kong. We flew Cathay Pacific. You can get all the Western food and tasty Chinese food at the airport. Our kids got their McDonald’s. The bathrooms are clean and the airport is run efficiently. The airport is a huge mall.  It is a great place for a break after the long journey across the Pacific Ocean from the United States.

Hong Kong International Airport China

Hong Kong International Airport China


Travel Tips for USA Family Travelers

At Travel Explorer USA, we are based in the US and love to explore our home.  There is incredible variety in the things to see in America. You can enjoy beautiful mountain vistas, relax at the beach, or explore the rugged desert.  Or if you prefer, walk through the woods, explore a rain forest, or enjoy magnificent sunrises and sunsets across the plains.  We have breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring geysers.  And did you know we even have fiords, right here in America?  We love the excitement of exploring foreign countries, but you can see almost every kind of natural wonder right here at home if you like. The USA is a great place for family travel.

Please check back often for our USA travel tips.  We will be posting new articles daily, full of advice that is especially helpful for traveling families.  For instance, we know that it matters whether or not the hotel has a swimming pool, and if there are nearby restaurants with food that kids will actually eat.  And our tips will focus on helpful information we have learned by actually being there, most often with our kids with us.

Coming soon……

Upcoming articles will include:

National Parks:

First, let us say that we highly recommend the national parks for fun, memorable, and educational vacations.  We will begin with Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, with more to follow.  Some of our favorite, once-in-a-lifetime family memories have happened in national parks, and we will keep exploring more!


Enjoy our photos of the California Coast,  including Big Sur, Highway One, Pacific Grove, Monterrey, San Francisco, and LA.  We will also feature Anaheim, Sacramento, and Redding, along with our tips for where to stay for the best value.


Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, the gateway to Pikes Peak, and Denver are a few of our favorites.  And we can’t forget Estes Park, one of my favorite places on earth.  You seriously see a postcard-quality view every time you turn around in that place!

East Coast

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is our favorite, family-friendly beach for swimming.  There are so many fun activities for families in Myrtle Beach, in addition to the obvious one of spending time at the beach.  We can tell you the best place to buy souvenirs, as well as where to go for great food.


Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a great place for families to have fun.  In addition, we also enjoyed Charlotte, North Carolina and Fort Mill, South Carolina, as both are great places with friendly people.  We can’t wait to bring you information on more places in the South in the near future.


St. Louis, home of the Gateway Arch is a great place to visit.

Kansas City is known for beautiful fountains, world-class BBQ and jazz, and so much more.  It is also one of our favorite places to go for a family get-away.


Because we make our home in Kansas, we can give you insider information on places like the Monument Rocks, Lake Scott State Park, Mushroom Rock State Park, and Rock City.  We know where to stay in places such as Dodge City, Topeka, or Wichita.  We can also offer first-hand information about zoos, waterparks, lakes, and museums in several locations.

lake sunset

Lake Scott State Park in Kansas

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