West Coast USA Adventure

West Coast USA Adventure

Saturday 15 August 2015

San Francisco

  1. Golden Gate Bridge. You can get there by bus or you can hire bikes around Fishermans Wharf and cycle to the bridge & across it. Depending on how far you want to cycle (& you don’t mind the hills) there is a beautiful suburb called Sausalito which is the other side of the bridge & you’ve great views of Alcatraz & the city. I definitely think it’s worth your while making your way that far. I had customers last year that cycled to it and were too tired to cycle back so got a boat across the bay to the city.
  2. Go to Golden Gate Bridge on your first day. The weather is so unpredictable and you could get it on a cloudy day and not see a bit of the bridge. So give yourself the chance to have a 2nd day to go back and see it
  3. Lombard Street. Have a look at it on google images as it should be familiar to you from many blockbuster movies! It has 8 hairpin turns...when you get the rental car would be great to drive down it!
  4. Take a cable car / tram from Union Square to Fishermans Wharf. They’ll leave from close to your hotel (once you get the tram down to it, you could hire your bike & head over the bridge!)
  5. Cheesecake factory on the 8th Floor of Macy’s on Union Square – not to be missed
  6. Alcatraz is a must for San Francisco but you need to book in advance as the tickets get booked up really quickly. You get a boat from near Fishermans Wharf over to it.
  7. We took a day trip to Napa Valley, taking in some wine tasting in a couple of the famous vineyards. An amazing experience on a beautiful sunny Californian day!

Drive down the Coast:

  1. Carmel is next to Monterey, both very popular coastal towns for the first night of your drive along the coast
  2. Try to take ‘17 mile drive’ from San Francisco to Monterey, it brings you via Pebble Beach Golf Club. Go in and have a look at how the other half live. Seems to be no problem to park up and wander around
  3. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara make up the other two towns for overnight stays before arriving in Los Angeles

Los Angeles

  1. If you are dropping off your rental car once you arrive, you can book a tour that will bring you around the Hollywood Homes, Beverly Hills and downtown LA. A really good day trip to get to grips with Los Angeles & it's surroundings
  2. Disney & Universal both have theme parks in Los Angeles
  3. Santa Monica Boulevard / Beach and Pier is fabulous. In my opinion, it's the only place to stay in Los Angeles You can hire bikes / rollerblades and head down the promenade. Check out Muscle Beach!

Las Vegas

  1. Just to walk down the strip at night is amazing. Almost every hotel has something going on outside every hour after dark.. @ M.Volcanoirage Hotel, Pirate show @ Treasure Island, Founatains @Bellagio hotel.
  2. Las Vegas is also famous for it's great shopping outlets in Vegas also. You don't need to go to New York to shop til you drop!
  3. We did a helicopter tour over the strip at night. The aerial view of the lights of the Las Vegas strip are stunning at night.
  4. Grand Canyon – our day trip from Vegas took us via Lake Meade, Hoover Dam through the desert to a cowboy ranch. Ending with a helicopter into the Canyon. We even got to spend an hour horse riding with the cowboys until they serenaded us over lunch! There is a huge variety of options for Grand Canyon trips, but it is is a must do from Las Vegas!

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