My final post about this holiday, how am I here already?! The OCD part of me wanted to make a post for each city we went to just so that I could explain everything that happened but I know that would be sooooo boring to read! So I’ve tried to just condense each place into the least I can say while still giving you an insight into what I thought of the place and it’s good or bad points BUT, I would love to hear if you have any questions about where I went, the holiday, visas, anything! Please do leave a comment or email me.
Back to Las Vegas and it’s day 19. As we neared the end of our holiday things became a lot more fast paced. We were visiting massive cities for a matter of hours and wanted to see as much as we possibly could so it took a lot of organisation and running around! The evening we arrived in Los Angeles we went to the Santa Monica pier. It was craaazy busy but a really beautiful beach. I loved the look of the pier lit up with all the lights on the rides. For any of you that play GTA, it looks exactly like it does on the game!
Before we left for the holiday we decided we had two options when it came to Los Angeles. We had one whole day free to do whatever we wanted so we could either; see the majority of our wish list like the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood sign, visit an In’n’Out and drive a segway along the boardwalk OR we could spend all of our free day going to Universal Studios. I can safely say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made to choose to spend that day at Universal Studios. It’s up there in one of the top ten days of my life so far, I had SUCH a good time. We decided to get the ‘Front-of-line’ pass which meant the maximum time we had to wait for a ride was about five minutes! Which was amazing when everyone else was waiting in queues that were 40-60 minutes long. Seriously. In the end we went on every ride in the resort once, with no spare time at the end of the day so I dread to think how few rides we would have been able to go on if we had bought the normal tickets. The front-of-line pass came with a big price tag, about £150, but I would happily pay that amount to go again and have the same experience! I love the photos from this day, everytime I see them it reminds me what a great time I had 🙂
Something we found extremely useful for the whole trip was wonderful Uber. In England I live in a town that doesn’t have Uber yet and so it did take a while for Lauren and I to get our head around it and the app! But it was soooo so helpful. The 30 minute trip to Universal Studios cost me about $7 just because I had a code for new customers, crazy!
The next couple of days were spent mostly travelling on the coach. We stopped off at Carmel for a couple of hours which is a lovely, yet very hilly city on the coast of Monterey. It was here that I discovered Anthropology, another shop I can’t believe I’ve never been to before! But luckily we do actually have them in the UK, phew.
On the final day of our Great American Crossing we arrived in San Francisco and had to say our goodbyes to everyone else on the trip! We had all actually grown pretty close and had made good friends with some people, especially those that lived in the UK. Everyone else was leaving the next day but we still had three days left in San Francisco to enjoy! There wasn’t quite as much that we wanted to see here so it was a lot more casual and relaxed than when we had a few day in New York. Golden Gate bridge was amaaaazing. I do wish now that we had walked across it as it would’ve been quite cool to have seen San Francisco from the other side of the bridge.
If you ever go there and have enough time, go to the Golden Gate park. In the park there is a spot where you can rent segways, bikes and surrey bikes and, of course, we opted for the surrey bike! They give you a map with routes to go on and advise you where to go with the time you have rented. What they don’t tell you though is that you’re going to be riding along actual roads with actual cars which was slightly daunting to Lauren and I as we had a cross a pretty busy road going about 2mph!! But in the end it was such good fun and actually a great bit of exercise!
The rest of our free time was just spent exploring really. There are some cute picture spots if you have a look around, like this tower that we climbed up a million flights of steps for (sorry, I can’t remember what it’s called for the life of me!).
One final word about San Francisco is that if you ever go there, EAT HERE!
They had the most delicious yet simple food ever. It was classic American food but at a reasonable price and tasted so good. It was actually right next to our hotel so we ended up eating there every night!! (Lori’s Diner, Mason St)
The day I was dreading had finally arrived, it was time to go home! Getting to the airport wasn’t too bad and I can happily say that Virgin Atlantic are lovely to fly with but I just had theeee worst flight ever. Everyone around me, and I mean E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E, was sleeping and I just couldn’t seem to drift off even though I had never been so tired! Longest 10 hours of my life.
So there you go, my roadtrip across America wrapped up into a four post, rather large nutshell. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our little adventure and that you might even be a bit inspired to start planning your own roadtrip to a country you’ve always been dreaming of visiting 🙂 with enough organisation and willpower to save it is possible! As I said earlier if you have any questions I would love to hear from you!
Talk soon, love