Tuesday, August 2, 2011

West Coast USA 2005: Tips and Tricks

It's been an interesting article looking back on the details of a trip taken over 6 years ago! I have added the best and worst from our trip below, with some recommendations if you're thinking of doing a similar itinerary.

Favourite Photo:

Lone Cypress, Monterey


What would you do differently next time:
  • Spend more time in Sedona, we really only drive through and there is so much more to the area
  • Spend at least one night on the Strip in Vegas, we've been there so many times to see family and never stayed on the strip!

  • We had excellent weather, May was a perfect time of year for this trip
  • Book ahead at the National Parks, I don't know how many people we ran into that we're trying to book that day and had to drive 1+ hr out of the park to find accommodation
  • Buy food and snacks from the grocery stores and take them with you, then you can have impromptu picnics along the way

Favourite Photo:

Kings Canyon National Park

  • Grand canyon, pictures don't do it justice
  • Driving down Hwy 1
  • Death Valley - who builds a castle in the middle of nowhere?
  • The big trees of Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, as with the Grand Canyon pictures don't do them justice
What would you do differently next time:
  • I wouldn't miss anything, I would make it longer though to see more National Parks

  • Don't be put off by the Americanism you see on television, it's nothing like the country itself.
  • Hire a car, it's the best way to see what you want when you want
  • Make sure you see the Grand Canyon by helicopter
  • Stay at the Golden Gate B&B in San Fransisco - great location

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