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our american adventure {chapter 3}

So our time in America is coming to an end. We’re on the last leg of our American Dream.

The final chapter of our American adventure starts in our white SUV driving down the strip. Nothing can really prepare you for the scale of Vegas. With all arms and heads hanging out the car window, we cruised down the strip like gansta’s bopping to RnB alongside Hummers, other (larger) SUV’s and Limo’s.

Arriving at the Tropicana Hotel we were pretty sure we couldn’t get more excited than we already were. However getting in the night-club style lift to the 22nd floor, our suite had incredible views over the MGM Grand and New York New York. we jumped on the beds screaming in true Vegas style. I couldn’t wait to start exploring.

The Strip entertains many strange and wonderful characters. Mum and Dad had a great time “mingling”.

The food in Vegas is amazing. Large portions of New York steaks, Nachos and burgers ensure you’re thoroughly soaking up the “yards” of beers and cocktails (as well as gaining a stone in weight).

Our favourite restaurant in Vegas is Hooters. Yes, you heard it, Hooters. Obviously to my 17-year old brother it was heaven on earth (that can be said for my dad and boyfriend too I’m sure). I wasn’t won over by the idea but the girls, all-be-it baring a bit too much skin, are very sweet and accommodating.

On the penultimate day of our trip, we flew high above the Vegas skyline by helicopter. Vegas is even more spectacular from the night sky with the twinkling of the casino lights, to the headlights of hundreds of limousines that line the strip.

I have a slight fear of helicopters so unfortunately my heavy breathing entertained everyone on the small helicopter. When we returned to ground, I found Mum and Dad had demolished 3 bottles of Champagne which the company were supposedly going to “throw away”.

Fremont Street is without a doubt one of the coolest places on earth. Locked in its own history, you feel as flamboyant as every casino and show girl that lines it.

The light show transforms Fremont Street – a wonderful display of digital images to Don McLeans “American Pie”.

Kandy Kane marked our last day exploring The Strip. If you fancy a tummy crippling laughing fit I urge you to check him out on YouTube.

There is a reason the Grand Canyon is one of the Natural Wonders of the World. It is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful places I have ever visited.

On the plane home, it was hard to digest how much of the world we had just seen. If you’re interested in travelling from San Francisco to Las Vegas, I’ll be writing a “where to go, what to see” post verrrry soon!

And if you haven’t checked out Chapters 1 & 2 of our American Adventure you can have a read here and here!

our american adventure {chapter 2}

The highly anticipated Pacific Highway One certainly lives up to expectations {hence the photo-heavy post, I do apologise!}. Starting just south of San Francisco, we headed on our way in our lovely white SUV (although packed in like sardines). Our first taste of California’s gorgeous beaches was around an hour south of San Francisco.

As we got further into Pacific Highway One, we soon became one of the only cars on the road. The twists and turns of the coastal road across stunning little bridges brought out the hairs on the back of your neck. The sun shone the whole way to San Lois.

Carmel by the Sea was so quintessentially American, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the lovely timber buildings.

Next we headed in land towards Death Valley.

our american adventure {chapter 1}

After months of planning {planning dinners, planning drinks, planning walks – you get the picture}, we had arrived in San Francisco. One of the best memories of my trip in hindsight, was the first time I saw the Golden Gate bridge. As the plane circled San Francisco, the silenced gasps on the plane was such a touching moment I will never forget. It certainly is the heart of the city.

Having arrived at our gorgeously boutique’y hotel, we ventured out into Union Square and headed for the Ferry Building. There is a real buzz around the city, and it was my first taste of American life. The anticipation of what was to come was very overwhelming. I couldnt wait to see Alcatraz, I couldn’t wait to touch the bridge and I couldn’t wait to eat my first Taco. I had never been so grateful to have jet-lag.

Next we headed to Lombard Street and I couldn’t have chosen anything more apt to do first in the city. The views are incredible and I had the same “butterfly” feeling when I first saw Alcatraz. Everything was even more incredible that I had imagined.

Coit Tower was another incredible highlight. From getting the rickety old lift to the top to the sensational views, I loved every minute of being up there. The open air makes you feel like you are on top of the city, and to some degree you are.

Alcatraz is sensational. The audio tour is wonderfully created and at some points you feel you need to pinch yourself, to snap back out of the 60’s. The one thing that surprised me about Alcatraz is that it inst as emotional as I expected. I half expected to be blubbering the whole way round, but I was instead in awe of their inmates determination.

This is my favourite picture of our time in San Francisco. It sums up everything our trip was about; great weather; wonderful sights and lots of walking!

Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge is an experience I will never forget. At times I felt like my life was flashing before my eyes. It made me realise the world is so much bigger than you will ever imagine. So thank you America for giving us San Francisco. Next stop…Pacific Highway One!