15 March 2015

West Coast USA: San Diego, Laughlin & the Grand Canyon










We headed down to San Diego for the day whilst based at Buena Park in Los Angeles. It was nearing Halloween so the locals had the day of the dead decorations up which were amazing! If you are thinking of heading there anytime I would definitely recommend visiting the Old Town towards late October.
The following day we went on to stay in a small town called Laughlin in Nevada, which was situated along the Colorado river. It was kind of like a mini-Vegas which was a nice place to stay for a base to head out to the Grand Canyon and Route 66, but I wouldn't stay there again. In fact the only thing to do there besides gamble was to walk down the Colorado river, which is what we did at sunset one night only to be attacked by hundreds of gnats (yuck!), so as you can imagine we headed back to the hotel rather quickly and decided to catch up on the baseball instead! The next day we headed to the Grand Canyon, which as you can imagine was absolutely incredible and a once in a lifetime experience but I would love to go back and explore a different part of the canyon! 

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8 March 2015

West Coast USA: Los Angeles








I realise I went on holiday quite a while back now (October) but I only put up my pictures from San Francisco (here) for you guys to see. So expect a couple more posts in the next few weeks with the rest of my favourite holiday snaps on!
Los Angeles is absolutely massive! I am so glad we had a tour guide taking us around on our two days there as I would have had absolutely no idea how to get from where we stayed in Buena Park to central LA. On our first day in LA we took a tour around Hollywood; we saw the walk of fame, the famous Beverly Hills and Rodeo drive, and of course the Hollywood sign - to be honest we had pretty much seen all of it within about four hours which gave us plenty of time to shop at Sephora (much to Andys delight!). I think day 2 was definitely my favourite of the two, Universal Studios Hollywood. I had been to Universal in Australia when I was a child and absolutely loved it so I just couldn't miss it. We spent the entire day at the park which meant we got to see all the shows (plus extra ones put on for Halloween!), go on the Universal studios tour and see where some shows are filmed, shop for tonnes of Jurassic park related items, and eat so there were definitely no complaints from me! 
I'd say LA is definitely the place to go if you love driving, and being stuck in traffic for hours on end (literally)! Hollywood and central LA were great, but my only regret was not visiting the Santa Monica Pier - maybe next time eh..;)

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