An American Road Trip

Last Summer, My boyfriend, a friend and myself rented a car in LA and drove just under 3000miles in 2 weeks, It was the best thing I have ever done.

We rented our car from Advantage after a lot of research we found this to be the cheapest place, being English and under 25 was not going to make this cheap anyway! So after paying $960 we left with a BRAND NEW Chevy Cruz.

We had spent 2 weeks planning this trip and our final plan meant we would leave LA and drive up the coast, but we left a day earlier than planned and the first night we were left driving around trying to find a store to buy a tent from and searching for somewhere that had spaces. After asking several people including some guys getting high on the side of the road, we thought we were doomed. But then with a bit of luck we knocked on the door of a caravan in this one park, and he kindly said we could pitch our tent on his spot if we left early! So our first night we spent in Ventura by the beach.

We headed north from here and after the problems of the first night we took to ringing ahead or getting to places early enough to find a space to camp! Heading through Santa Barbara, Shell Beach and in to Big Sur. Driving up the Pacific Coast Highway was beautiful, but scary! You are on the edge of the cliff, rock fall warning signs everywhere! This is one place you do the 30mph speed limit. After a through the beautiful Big Sur, a look at the waterfall and a night in a lovely riverside campground we head on, Bixby Bridge, Capitola and Santa Cruz where we stay at New Brighton State Beach Park. We explore Santa Cruz and plan to surf…but there’s no swell so we just enjoy the sun and have a bbq dinner. The next day we carry on North, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica – where there is finally surf, then SAN FRANCISCO! We have reservations at Adelaide Hostel – A great place to stay. Parking the car in a car garage for a few days we explore this city on foot and I really fall in Love with this place! The only negative of this stay is our visit to the Golden Gate Bridge is cloudy and we don’t see a thing!

From here we head inland on HWY 120, to Yosemite National Park, BEAUTIFUL! We drive through the park and down in to the valley, set up tent in the Upper Pines campsite and go exploring, there’s waterfalls, rocks, forest fires, mirror lakes and a park full of bears! It’s peaceful and oh I wish we had spent more than one night there. With bear tight boxes and everything locked away we survived the night, and next morning I take the wheel and we head out of the park and on to Death Valley [Read More Here]. The views are stunning and the temperature is insane, we reach 123 degrees freight at one point. This day we drive for over 8 hours and by the evening we have reach Nevada and stay in a roadside motel in Indian Springs.

The next few days pass in a blur we cross Nevada and head to Arizona, we stay at the south rim campsite of the Grand Canyon and watch sunset & sunrise [Read More Here]. We drive through monument valley and that oh so iconic vista, we trek all the way out to Four Corners – what a waste of time and gas but we do get to see the very dried up Colorado River. It feels like we have been in the middle of nowhere forever, that night we spend in another motel in Tuba City where there’s some time zone confusion. Next day we head to Page and Lake Powell this is the first time I feel we are back to civilization. Lake Powell is breath taking, we camp on the beach here and relax for the day.

Next stop is Las Vegas, here we spend 2 nights in the Monte Carlos hotel and just enjoy the madness of this city. It’s so different to any where I have ever been, it’s all about making money from drunk people. But we have some fun and by the time we leave I’m glad we came here, just so I can say I’ve been to Vegas.

Lastly we head back to LA and drive along historic route 66, through the Mojave Dessert and to the same hotel as we started in. This enables us to be able to walk back after we drop the car back – this all goes smoothly, thank goodness.

That is a brief summary of our 2 week road trip, speak to any American and they will say even they haven’t seen that much of America. The best things we did were; Getting a brand new car, camping at every possible point – using the cooking facilities there instead of eating out, always having huge bottles of water stored in the car and all 3 of us being easy going and laid back – we never argued once of the whole trip. Everything worked out perfectly.