After a whirlwind trip of a lifetime travelling from East to West Coast in the US, I’ve finally made it back home! It was an exhausting and exciting adventure, seeing all the landmarks in each city that I’ve only dreamed of and seen on TV. We didn’t exactly get the white Christmas we hoped (luckily escaped the polar vortex before it hit), but I had an amazing time with the boyfriend.
Here’s my trip highlights:
New York – I’ve never been in a place so cold and that’s without the polar vortex! It was -3 degrees Celsius on Christmas Day and even after wearing 4 layers and a thick coat I ended up getting frostbite on my face which was unpleasant. It was exciting seeing all the famous sights, like the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Bucking Bull, Wall St and Empire State Building, but overall New York wasn’t what I pictured in the movies. It was all hustle and bustle, SUPER SUPER busy, had garbage on the streets and I saw a rat in the subway (eww!) but definitely worth visiting.
Highlights – Central Park, Seeing Wicked on Broadway, American Museum of Natural History (even though it was so busy it sounded like a shopping centre)
Washington DC – I regret not spending more time in Washington, we spent less than 24 hours there but it was probably my favourite place that I visited. With all the monuments sprinkled around town, how clean it was and amazing architecture, I just loved it! Unfortunately the day that we were there it was raining too, but we squeezed in the must see sights of the White House and the Capitol building. Also playing Fallout 3 made everything more recognisable LOL! We’ll definitely be back to explore all the museums <3
Highlights – Lincoln Memorial, White House, Capitol Building
Las Vegas – Ahh, Sin City was everything I expected it to be. 2 days was enough to spend in the middle of the desert, it was very ostentatious and glamorous. We stayed at the Venetian Hotel which have canals built around and inside it, and visited the Flamingo hotel with you betcha – flamingos in a habitat there! After enjoying a super glitzy room, watching a Cirque De Soleil show and visiting the Premium outlets where I did most of the shopping, we bailed it on New Years Eve before it got too wild – and caught a few couples on the way to the chapel to get married.
Highlights – The Strip and Venetian Canals
San Francisco – Friends told me I would love this beautiful city, and that I did. I really enjoyed the California leg of our adventure, it was lovely just getting out of the freezing temperatures of the east coast. San Francisco reminds me a lot of Melbourne in Australia, it’s love of food, fashion and culture was amazing. We met relatives and a friend here which was lots of fun as well, it was a lot more laid back than the previous cities. I was also happy to discover the huge asian population here, felt right at home! I shopped a lot here and was excited to discover Lupicia and Davids Tea, and the cell block tour at Alcatraz Island was fantastic. There’s a surprising amount of homeless people and hills here, though.
Highlights – Golden Gate Bridge, Clam Chowder, Alcatraz Island
Los Angeles – This is probably the place I was most excited to go, and I’m glad the weather was awesome. We stayed at the most amazing hotel near Hollywood called Magic Castle Hotel, and they seriously do everything they can to make you have an amazing stay! We got free snacks, free dvd lending, free laundry, and even free breakfast here, and the concierge even dropped us off at an amazing restaurant. Hollywood was disappointing, it’s way overhyped and definitely no celebrities there, plus we got scammed into this really dodgy movie star homes tour. You can’t see most houses anyway because it is gated off and definitely no celebrities. The sign was tiny as well from a distance. The Warner Bros VIP Tour was our trip highlight, where we saw the Big Bang Theory, Friends, Hart of Dixie and Pretty Little Liars filming sets! Disneyland was amazing, as expected which took us 2 days to explore.
For all the Pretty Little Liars fans, here’s the set at the film studio!
Highlights – Disneyland, Universal Studios, Warner Bros VIP Tour
Books read on my trip – reviews to come
Happy new year everyone, while I had an amazing trip, I’m glad to be back! Who knows what 2014 will have in store for us all, but I have a feeling it’s going to be awesome. It was an amazing start to the New Year with memories I will remember forever. We’ve already got plans in mind to visit again some time in the future!
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