*This USA road trips post is a collaboration with Trek America
Is it just me or does everyone seem to be on a USA road trip this year? I’m getting the teensiest bit of FOMO so I thought I would write this post to share my dream road trip for the West Coast of the USA. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York and Florida but I have so much more yet to see over there. After seeing so many friends road tripping over there and their amazing photos. I’ve definitely been won over by the landscapes, the national parks, and of course, the food.
The last few years, I’ve been taking road tripping pretty seriously across Australia. I’m well practiced at camping wild, exploring and driving epic routes. Now I’m always looking for the next opportunity for a memorable ride ad daydreaming of being back on the open road. The USA is such a vast and other worldly landscape and I love the idea of hitting the open road with the stereo blaring and the roof down. Don’t forget to comment and share your West Coast road trip USA adventures.
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My top 5 West Coast road trip experiences:
Yosemite National Park & Yellowstone National Park
What first really captured my imagination about the USA was the spectacular landscapes. Don’t forget the incredible national parks that are scattered across the West. Yosemite and Yellowstone are among many I dream of visiting and hiking the trails I’ve only ever seen on documentaries. The idea of being able to just lose yourself in the steamy geysers of Yellowstone and the giant, ancient sequoia trees of Yosemite. It’s more than enough reason to pack my hiking boots and hit the road.
Despite not being a city girl, I just know San Francisco is a city I would instantly love. It’s quirky cool exterior and artsy undertones would be just the place to inspire my writing. I love the idea of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge looming out of the mist. I couldn’t leave without walking the corridors of Alcatraz listening out for the ghosts of former prisoners.
Las Vegas & Grand Canyon
Of course, it wouldn’t be a West Coast road trip without one crazy Vegas experience! My girls and I have long dreamed of celebrating a joint birthday celebration in this amazing city. Sadly life has stood in the way of this dream becoming a reality. Perhaps one day we will have our dream trip of putting it all on red in the crazy world that is Vegas. Then waking up with the sunrise over the Grand Canyon as we cruise over in a helicopter.
Pacific Coast Highway
There are some roads that just demand to be driven. It would be rude to road trip the West without cruising along Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway. National Geographic have described the Pacific Coast Highway as the ultimate road trip. It’s easy to see why when what is one of the most scenic routes in the world takes you all the way from San Francisco to San Diego. Stretching over 1,000km, the drive will take you from pristine coastline to untouched forests. With plenty of seaside villages and wine making districts to stop off in along the way.
Now I’m not too fussed about the current Hollywood dreamboats. But LA is also the home of classic Hollywood glamour and I’m a sucker for a black and white movie. I’m talking about those suave gents like Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Cary Grant. And who can forget the dancing shoes of Fred Astaire? And the beauties that captivated their onscreen hearts and charmed us all, Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman and Judy Garland. I wouldn’t mind taking a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard to see their names in stars, and who could resist a shopping trip along Rodeo Drive?
If my list has whet your appetite for some USA adventures then why not check out Trek America’s amazing packages for traveling the West Coast – they’ve got a trip to suit all travellers!
What are your dream USA road trip destinations? Do any of these get your wanderlust tastebuds tingling?
*First pic by Jamie Flint