This spring, Man vs World will discover America.
My soon-to-be wife and I will be touching down in the land of the free and the home of the brave in late September this year for a honeymoon road trip. We’ll drive through California, to Vegas, and along the famed Pacific Coast Highway.
From the moment I popped the question on a beach in Bali last year, we’ve had our hearts set on a honeymoon in the USA. And now, at the time of writing, there are exactly 10 weeks – or 70 days – until we go.
I can’t wait to visit all of these places on our itinerary…
The City of Angels is the first stop on our three-week honeymoon road trip and the place where we’ll pick up our wheels. Be warned, folks – we drive on the left in New Zealand so you might want to avoid the roads around LA while I get the hang of driving on the wrong side of the road.
During our time in LA I hope to do the following:
- Drive down Sunset Boulevard with the roof down.
- Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be.
- Visit Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice Beach.
- Stroll down Rodeo Drive and walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Visit Disneyland and Universal Studios.
- Catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.
- Do one of those cheesy tours of celebrity homes.
That’s right; we’re going to do all the really touristy stuff when we’re in LA. We’re keen to know what you think we should do while we’re there, so let us know in the comments section.
We’re going to Vegas, baby! I keep telling the future Mrs Man vs World that we should get married in Vegas and save on the exorbitant cost of getting married here. She doesn’t like that idea very much.
Nevertheless, when I’m not doubling my money at Caesars Palace I plan to do the following in Vegas:
- Visit at least one of those famous Vegas buffets
- Catch the Bellagio fountain show
- Stay at the MGM Grande and Paris Las Vegas
- Go to Cirque du Soleil
- Leave Las Vegas with my shirt on my back
I was only joking about the doubling my money thing – I’m extremely risk averse. More likely I’ll gamble only a little bit and spend my time people-watching instead. What do you think I should do in Vegas?
Is the Grand Canyon as impressive as its name suggests or is it merely a great big hole in the ground? I’ll be able to find out for myself later this year.
We plan to spend one night at the Maswick Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park, which apparently is the 15th oldest national park in the United States of America. You can thank Wikipedia for that amazing factoid.
Death Valley sounds awfully welcoming, doesn’t it? Besides its frightening name, this valley in Eastern California has the distinction of being the hottest place on the planet.
I’m looking forward to working on my tan in Death Valley National Park, exploring the subtropical desert climate and checking out such delightfully named features as Badwater Basin, Dante’s View and Furnace Creek.
After the glitz and glamour of LA, the bright lights of Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Death Valley, we’ll relax for a night in the Californian city of Bishop on our way back to the Californian coast.
We probably won’t do a lot here, to be honest, but I am hoping we’ll get an opportunity to eat at one of those classic American diners you always see in the movies.
Before you read this, scroll down and take a look at that photo – it’s pretty impressive, huh? That’s why we’ll be visiting Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite is famous for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, streams and wildlife. Among the species of animal that call Yosemite home are bears, bats, coyotes, beavers, bobcats and owls. Here’s hoping I get to see some wildlife, just not too up close and personal.
Napa Valley is wine country in the United States of America and if there’s anything I like doing while on holiday it’s drinking. I’m very much looking forward to sampling the local produce.
Meanwhile, Napa Valley is well-known for its gourmet and fine-dining restaurants. I’m a restaurant critic and food writer here in Auckland so I’d be remiss if I didn’t indulge myself in that area, too.
This time I hope to do the following in San Francisco:
- Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Check out the America’s Cup village
- Go back to Fisherman’s Wharf for some chowder in a bread bowl
- Check out some more of the city’s amazing restaurants
- Hire a bike and ride along San Francisco bay
And if we have time, I wouldn’t mind re-visiting Coit Tower and going for a spin on a cable car again.
Word on the street is Monterey is one of the prettiest cities along the Pacific Coast Highway, where the rugged Californian coast meets the Pacific Ocean. No doubt we’ll get on the water around Monterey Bay and hopefully see some sea lions around the city’s Fisherman’s Wharf area.
Another picturesque seaside village on the Californian coast, Cambria is located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We’ll check out local landmark Hearst Castle and go for long walks on the beach – doesn’t that sound romantic?
Finally, our last stop before heading back to LA will be the American Riviera of Santa Barbara. We’ll check out East Beach, the city’s most popular beach, and indulge in a bit more wine and food tasting. And I’m sure the Mrs will be getting a bit of last-minute US shopping in.
So there you have it, a rough itinerary for my US honeymoon road trip. From there we’ll fly down to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico for a week, where we’ll rest and recover from our road trip at a beachside resort. I can’t complain; my life is looking pretty good right now.
Got any travel tips and advice? I’d love to hear all the things I should see and do while I’m in America.