California dreamin’ and Vegas gamblin’
The USA are a great destination and offer a lot to see, that’s for sure! Therefore, choosing a place to go is tricky since there are so many to visit! How Travel did not think too much on this one (sometimes it is nice not to overthink 😉) and went for the ‘classic’ US West Coast triangle that includes Los Angeles, Las Vegas (with Grand Canyon) and San Francisco.
Spoiler alert: I loved this trip!!
Getting around LA is complicated. The city is too widespread to walk in (actually no one walks to get to places there 😂), and relying on public transport where you only have a few days in this city is challenging. So I rented a car with Enterprise and picked it up at the airport. With a good navigating system and the most famous sights to see in hand, I was good to go! 💪🏻
The first stop is the Hollywood sign! There are many places to see the Hollywood sign and Trip advisor actually made a great list of all those spots. Choose the best one closer to where your hotel is!
After seeing the sign, you must go on Hollywood boulevard.
This huge avenue is my own Disneyland. So many stars, memories of movies, superheroes walking around, etc. It is wonderful and I felt like a kid! (cheesy I know 😉)
Ever heard of Baywatch? I am sure you did… so I went to Malibu to check it out! How disappointing! No hot beach boys lifeguards stretching around!!! 😒😂 but only beautiful long beaches though… 😳
I think my favourite bit in LA was Venice Beach. Maybe because it reminded me of Camden in London? The fact that people are dressed how they want it to be, no one looks and cares about them. There are lots of street artists and just a casual atmosphere! Awesome place. I wished I stayed longer.
LA was a short trip…. Vegas better not disappoint!
Las Vegas and Grand Canyon
Is there a lot to see and do in Las Vegas? The answer is yes and no.
The strip is the biggest attraction in Vegas as it is downtown where all casinos and hotels are. It is quite amazing to be there during the day where a lot of families with kids are there… and then return at night when all the party people are here to have fun! 2 different worlds in one place!
As a French person, I must admit that I was impressed by the copy of the Eiffel Tower. I also had a really good breakfast at the Mon Ami Gabi restaurant! Highly recommend it! 🥐👍🏻
After a couple of days, gambling, drinking and walking up and down the Strip, I was dying for some peace and quiet! Grand Canyon was perfect for me! You can either rent a car and get to Peach Springs where you will be able to see the Canyon and walk on the Skywalk (transparent path above the Canyon). I am afraid of heights so I could not do it… but still, the view was pretty good! 😉
If you don’t want to drive around 3 hours (both ways!), there are plenty of bus that will get you to Grand Canyon. It will be a day trip but so much worth it!
Ok I will now say it, San Francisco was my favourite part in this whole trip! Even though it was windy and rained a lot, I absolutely loved it! 😍
Here are where you should not miss when in SF.
Fishermans Wharf of San Francisco is an important place to visit. If you are a vegetarian like me, it will be difficult to get through some places with a strong smell of fish! but it is very famous for its crab so if you like this, you’ll be in heaven!
When there, get to Pier 39 and admire the chilled sea lions with a great view on Alcatraz! By the way, I did not visit the prison.. no time for it but I heard people saying good things about this! For sure it will be on my list for my next visit in SF!
Golden gate is an important symbol of San Francisco and I can say proudly that I walked it twice! 💪🏻 I mean it is 2.7km length! it is noisy and windy on it but it is quite impressive to walk on it!
You would not get the whole San Francisco experience if you do not ride the famous cable cars! The speed will not blow you away, it is not very comfortable because it is packed with tourists and locals. But it is a great experience! and get it at the first stop and witness how it turns!
San Francisco has beautiful buildings but what I liked the most is the street arts!
Another HUGE symbol of San Francisco is Alamo Square where you’ll see the Painted Ladies! I loved Full House show when I was a child and when I saw those houses, I was singing the opening song right away!
There are awesome buildings in San Francisco and I loved the story that Francis Ford Coppola wrote the Godfather movie in the café of this big green building, the Colombus Tower! He has now his offices there.
If you need to recharge a bit, I highly recommend to go to the Japanese Tea Garden. It is such a beautiful place, well maintained and cheap! (free before 10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday!)
Lombard street is a must too. I have never seen such a crooked street before! I am happy I did not drive through it but I enjoyed watching people slowing down and turning left and right to get through it!
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Until next time, Go and Explore!