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USA: Making The Most of A Day In San Diego Old Town

We love San Diego. It was one of our favourite stops on our Californian road trip. We were based in the fabulous and lively Gas Lamp Quarter and thoroughly enjoyed every second we spent there. We also found it to be a great base from which we could visit other parts of San Diego and the surrounding area, including the stunning beach resort of La Jolla and of course San Diego Old Town. The Old Town is super easy to get to from…

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USA: Walking The Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California

Saturday nights in San Diego can be crazy and when we visited last June, our Saturday night in the city certainly was, especially as it was our 6th wedding anniversary and we had to celebrate. Needless to say, Sunday morning saw us reaching for the caffeine and donning our shades as we forced ourselves out into the bright morning Californian sunshine. As we only had four days in San Diego, there was no way we could waste a day of…

USA: 5 Reasons to Spend at Least a Day in Monterey Bay, California

I did mention Monterey in a blog post I published last year – 5 Great Towns for An Overnight Stay along the Pacific Coast Highway. However, I do not feel that the short write-up in that post really did the fantastic little city justice. Therefore I have put to together this post to delve further into what it has to offer and why if you are visiting California and planning a road trip, you really need to include it in…

USA: 4 Places of Historical Interest You Must Visit in Los Angeles

You may consider Los Angeles to be a modern, glitzy, possibly even superficial city, but if you scratch just below the surface, you will find that the City of Angels is actually steeped in history. Throughout the city, there are many historical sites, buildings, and hotspots you really must visit. LA is a sprawling city, so ensure you book a centrally located reputable hotel. Also, don’t forget to grab your camera for ALL the Instragammable spots across La La Land and set about exploring the following…

USA: 8 Great Free Things To See and Do In LA, California

When we took our month-long road trip through California last year one of the places we were most looking forward to visiting was Los Angeles. We based ourselves in West Hollywood for 5 days and wanted to see and do as much as possible in that time. From people we had spoken too and blog posts we had read, it appeared that LA was Marmite – some people love it, some people hate it. Having now visited, I’d say Mr…

USA: Snog, Marry, Avoid – California

I’m sure we all know the rules of this game, right? If not, here’s a little summary – normally, this game is played using people. Someone lists 3 people and you choose which you would snog, which you would marry and which you would avoid. Here’s an example completed by Vicky, purely to demonstrate how the game is played and in no way has there been any serious thought gone into the answers (honestly!): 

USA: Top 10 Attractions Along Route 1, The Pacific Coast Highway, California

The last post we wrote about the Pacific Coast Highway, included our suggestions about where you should stay overnight if you want to take your time when driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles or vice versa, of course. Route 1 is more commonly known as the Pacific Coast Highway. It has so many attractions, both natural and man-made that you should definitely check out along the way. It’s important to note that due to a massive landslide in early 2017 when…

USA: Finding Bliss in San Diego, California

San Diego is one of those cities where you can experience it all. It has amazing entertainment, an abundance of shopping, beautiful beaches, and the best places to stay. Before you pack your bags and head that way, use this handy guide to help you with the planning stages.

USA: 5 Great Towns For An Overnight Stay Along The Pacific Coast Highway, California

The Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) does start in Northern Washington and ends in San Diego. However, as we had limited time in California and wanted to see the most dramatic scenery we opted to drive the section from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Also, driving this section of the Pacific Coast Highway in a 5 litre Ford Mustang had been a dream of Mr ESLT’s for as long as I have known him. So when we got the opportunity…

USA: 5 Things You Need To Be Prepared For When Visiting Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park had been a dream of ours for years. I, in particular, had drooled over photographs of the stunning scenery on numerous occasions wishing I could see it up close for myself. So when we started planning our California road trip it was a no brainer that we would head to Yosemite and see if the photographs really do, do it justice. Having now returned I can confirm that they don’t. In fact, nothing could do it justice…

USA: Wedding Anniversary Day Trip to La Jolla from San Diego, California

One of the last stops on our California trip was San Diego. We had heard only good things about it and we were eager to explore and indulge in its famous nightlife. It was also our 6th wedding anniversary whilst we were in San Diego and we decided well in advance of our trip that we wanted to do something special that day to celebrate. After a bit of research, we decided on a day trip out of the city…

USA: Is Universal Studios Hollywood Just For Kids?

Having been to Universal Studios in Florida twice in my teens, when we were planning our trip to Los Angeles, visiting Universal Studios Hollywood was at the top of my list. As Mr ESLT had never been to either before, he really had no idea what to expect. He kept asking ‘is it like Lightwater Valley’? Now, for those not familiar with Lightwater Valley, it is a little English theme park which doesn’t hold a candle to Universal Studios in…

USA: Wine Tasting Day Trip From San Francisco To Napa & Sonoma With Green Dream Tours

There are few things I get up early for when travelling – sunrises over beautiful tropical beaches, food (obviously) and wine – yes wine! Therefore, the early morning alarm whilst in San Francisco to join a wine tasting tour with Green Dream Tours in Sonoma and Napa Valley was absolutely fine with me. Our pick up was scheduled for 8.15am and we were waiting eagerly by 8.00am. The bus pulled round the corner to the front of our hotel with…

USA: Exploring San Francisco – The City By The Bay with Big Bus Tours

If you are a follower of our blog you will have read our previous posts about Big Bus Tours. We love this company and always use them whenever we are in a new city where they run routes from Hong Kong to Dubai and not forgetting New York. When we booked our trip to San Francisco we secured our tickets for the bus straight away. As we have never been disappointed before, I didn’t even check out the routes or…

USA: Surfs Up – How The Internet Can Help Your California Dreamin’ Come True

A visit to California is a something that appears on 99.9% of traveller’s bucket lists, and it’s not hard to see why. The western U.S state isn’t only a wonderful destination blessed with incredible experiences at every turn, it’s also a location that plays a prominent role in American culture due to its depictions in music, film, and general entertainment.   

USA: A Trip To The Rock – Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, you know that prison on the little island in San Francisco, is probably one of, if not, the most notorious prisons in the world and the subject of many books, documentaries and films. Mr ESLT had wanted to visit for as long has he could remember so when we planned our visit to San Francisco it was at the top of my list of places to book tickets for, but guess what…I forgot! Yep, the only thing he wanted…

USA: 8 Free Things To Do & See in San Francisco

San Francisco is quite an expensive city to visit, especially when it comes to eating and drinking. Therefore, when we visited we looked for ways we could save a few pennies along the way to ensure we could make the most of our time in the city. Here’s our list of 10 great things you can do in San Francisco for free! 

USA: Three Places to Have an Adventure in the Golden State

Located on the west coast of America, California is iconic. Home to the glitzy Tinseltown of Hollywood and with Disneyland, Universal Studios and the Golden Gate Bridge just a few of the attractions there, you’ll never be short of something to do when you visit the Golden State. If you’re planning an adventure trip to California, here are our top three picks for places to go and things to see when you’re planning your itinerary.

USA: Playlist For The Pacific Highway And Beyond, California

We love music, even though we have slightly different tastes, but I suppose the 10 year age gap has something to do with that. We do like some of the same bands and we are both open to listening to the others playlists every now and then. We have the rule ‘my car, my music’ which seems fair enough, doesn’t it? However, when we hire a car and take a road trip we have the rule ‘our car, our music’.

Guest Post: USA: California Road Trip, Through Desert & Snow

Mr ESLT and I are so excited to take a road trip through California next June. We can’t wait to explore what The Golden State has to offer. At the moment we have a million and one ideas of what we would like to see and do however we do not have any firm plans. So when Gaia contacted us with her magical story of the Road Trip she took with her family through California it gave us so much…