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West Coast USA Adventure
Saturday 15 August 2015
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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!)
- Cheesecake factory on the 8th Floor of Macy’s on Union Square – not to be missed
- 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.
- 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:
- Carmel is next to Monterey, both very popular coastal towns for the first night of your drive along the coast
- 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
- San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara make up the other two towns for overnight stays before arriving in Los Angeles
- 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
- Disney & Universal both have theme parks in Los Angeles
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!