Los Angeles; what another great city to visit. The must-see things in LA have to be Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory and Venice Beach. One of the best ways to experience Beverly Hills is via a tour bus as you get a guided tour of famous celebrity homes, we bought the Starline ‘Movie Stars Homes Tour’ tickets which picks you up right outside the Chinese theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. As we were on the tour bus, we also drove through Rodeo Drive which is famous for its lavish shops and luxurious hotels, the street is so ‘Instagrammable’ with its palm trees and shop windows. So, without a doubt Griffith Observatory has the best view of LA and we arrived just as the sun was setting which was beautiful and orange. You have a clear view of the Hollywood Sign in the distance and also the whole of the city down below. Once we knew we were visiting LA, we absolutely had to visit the Warner Brothers studios as this is where Friends was filmed (favourite show). I would recommend this to anyone as it’s so interesting to see how TV sitcoms are filmed and such a cool experience to go backstage on TV sets. Of course, the whole reason we were there was to sit on the famous Friends ‘Central Perk’ set, it was such a surreal experience and being huge Friends’ fans one we will never forget!
Top Tips for LA
– Walk along the hall of fame
– Visit the Griffith Observatory at night
– Go to the Warner Brothers studios
– Visit Venice Beach for muscle beach
How ’bout that ride in? I guess that’s why they call it Sin City.
28.08.15 – 02.09.15 // Third Stop
I have never experienced a place like Las Vegas; the bright lights, the gambling, and the humidity. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with 40 degrees heat which was unbearable. We stayed at the Wyndham Grand Desert curtesy of a timeshare just off the strip. Due to the heat, we spent most days around the pool relaxing. An absolute must for Vegas is visiting all the hotels on the strip in the evenings, each one has their own theme, casino and nightlife. My favourite hotels were the Venetian, Bellagio and Caesars Palace. The main reasons being the punting at the Venetian, the fountains at the Bellagio, and well, of course where they filmed the Hangover at Caesars Palace. The highlight of my trip was definitely the Grand Canyon helicopter tour, this was my first time in a helicopter and was absolutely unreal – albeit with a ridiculous hangover from the night before. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the Grand Canyon as it’s an unforgettable memory and the best view of the Nevada.
Top Tips for Vegas
1. Visit all the hotels
2. Book a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon
3. Take extra money to lose in the casino
4. Take suncream everywhere as it’s rarely below 30 degrees
San Francisco; the home of the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz Island. The city has so many sights and I fell in love as soon as we arrived. We were lucky enough to arrive to beautiful blue skies meaning a clear view of the Golden Gate bridge which is usually covered in fog! Although we didn’t get a chance to see Alcatraz island, we could see the prison from most of the popular attractions as it’s located in the middle of the sea. A great way of seeing the city is on a tour bus, I cannot recommend this enough as you see all the main attractions. Some of my favourites were Lombard Street, Union Square, and the famous painted ladies. Lombard Street or otherwise known as ‘The Crooked Road’ is located on the top of a very steep hill with an incredible view of San Francisco. It’s always entertaining watching cars manoeuvring down this road as it’s so windy and steep! Another must for San Fran is Sausalito; a small and very cute island situated the other side of the Golden Gate bridge with a great view of San Fransisco. One thing you can’t miss in San Fran is the cable cars, they are a great method of transport around the city, it’s as easy as hopping on and off, and avoids climbing the very steep hills of San Fran. We decided to ride the California line which is the oldest cable car in the city which cost $7 dollars.
Top Tips for San Francisco
– Buy a Big Bus ticket – San Fran is very hilly!
– Visit the Golden Gate bridge
– Take a ride on the cable cars
The Big Apple // The Concrete Jungle // The City That Never Sleeps
21.08.15 – 24.08.15 // First Stop
New York is one of those cities you just have to visit. We were lucky enough to stay in Times Square at Hotel Edison amongst the hustle of the city life. One of the best ways to see the city is up the Rockefeller Centre or Empire State Building as you can see for miles. I would highly recommend the Rockefeller Centre just as the sun is setting as the views are absolutely incredible (picture above says it all). I think we saw just about everything New York had to offer; curtesy of the ‘Big Bus’ tour, you have the choice of 3 routes and you can hop on and off as many times as you like! If you are new to a city, getting a guided tour bus is a no-brainer as they are so informative and such a easy way to get around the city. One sight we had to visit was the 9/11 memorial. The first time I ever visited New York was in 2004 which was three years after the Twin Towers disaster and they were still in the process of clearing the area. I’m so glad we visited the memorial as it’s such an emotional and beautiful place to be. Another perk of having the ‘Big Bus’ tickets was being able to hire bikes and ride them around Central Park, we hired them for 3 hours and it was such a laugh!
Top Tips for New York
– Buy a Big Bus ticket to see the city (you won’t regret it)
– Hire bikes around Central Park
– Find a rooftop bar
– Take a boat trip around the Statue of Liberty