Many times have we heard of the seemingly magical land called the West Coast. We’ve seen models clad with perfectly tanned skins lazily baking away in the sun’s friendly kisses. We’ve seen clouds roll over in synchrony like they were crafted from white cottony balloons. We’ve also seen the convertible cars driving along winding roads, their passengers with bright smiles and raised arms, the wind blowing, ever so swiftly, through their hairs.
Perhaps these are only a handful of reasons why the region and some of the states therein have been (and continue to become) the muses of many a great records and songs. Still, if there is a place that’s so much more than what is known on the surface, then it is the West Coast.
The West Coast of the United States of America is a term for a place that encompasses the westernmost area of the country. The Pacific Coast, as it is otherwise known, comprises the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.
We’re sure you’ve been dreaming to have a road trip and experience the oceanic climate here but before we take a full plunge in the almost 3000-kilometre stretch, let’s test the waters by driving through some of the the Sunny State’s top cities and a detour to the City of Lights.
Why We Love San Francisco
We suggest that you rev your engines in San Francisco, where there are little parcels for everyone waiting to be unwrapped. The city may be busy and fast-paced but it’s definitely part of the reason why it’s “Everybody’s Favorite City”. The city has a hip vibe while it’s culture is relatively young due to the thriving and talented workforce.
Begin the self-drive adventure by exploring the country’s most iconic landmarks. The Golden Gate Bridge is considered to be “the most photographed bridge in the world” perhaps due to its sophistication and grandeur. Not only is the “international orange” coloured bridge visually stunning, you can go up for a walk or a cycle and even visit a gift shop called “Bridge Pavilion”.
Before you go even further though, it’s best to get a CityPass in Market Street. The ticket will allow you easy access to some of the best things in San Fran like the de Young Museum, Legion of Honor Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, a bay cruise with Blue & Gold Fleet, the Exploratorium, the Aquarium of the Bay and Monterey Bay Aquarium. If you’ve been wanting to ride a cable car, now’s your chance! The pass also includes a cable car ride to more of San Francisco’s most fascinating attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, and Chinatown.
One of San Francisco’s defining features is being culturally enriched. Even if it’s a little bit more crowded than usual, try to visit the city when there are festivals like the Pride Parade.
After getting your fill of The Golden City, head on to Los Angeles via 1-5 N on our of RVs here in Apollo Motorhome Holidays!
Get Lost in Los Angeles
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by towering skyscrapers and sleek buildings in every corner that’s only a quick glimpse of what’s to come. Los Angeles is also quite an urban jungle and excessive in a good way. Some of the top landmarks that you should drive your campervan to are the Kodak Theatre, The Hollywood Sign, Staples Center and Capitol Building among many, many others! La-La Land is where the magic begins; an in-breath makes you fall in love faster than a love potion does its trick.
The city is wonderfully crammed with all things bright and beautiful. In Hollywood alone, you just might not run out of things to do. If you want some of Tinseltown’s sparkle to rub off on you, go to Hollywood Walk of Fame and try to find your favourite celebrity’s star. If you’re big on the telly, visit the Universal Studios for tours in film sets and production studios; you never know you you could meet!
There’s entertainment for everyone! Have fun with the whole family on rides and attractions in Disneyland. Speaking of the former, why not watch a concert at the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall of the LA Music Center. We know there’s plenty things to do outside but the museums are not to be missed. Check in the Natural History Museum, The Griffith Observatory or the California Science Center.
Don’t leave Los Angeles without a tan! Drive up to Venice Beach, the most popular one there is! Before you head on to our detour, get a bite to eat (a California burrito at that) by driving to San Diego.
What Happens in Vegas
You can’t write about Las Vegas without using at least 10 exclamation points in one paragraph. Yes, that was an exaggeration but what is not is the city’s electrically-charged culture. The city is buzzing with energy day and night and perhaps should not share the nickname “The City That Never Sleeps” with all the other cities of the world.
The city lights make everything else fade into the background. Nothing speaks lavish like Las Vegas and you will be entertained for sure. The Strip, which is a 7-kilometre route of resort hotels and a casinos, alone will give you more than what you asked for. It’s dramatic architecture is best toured at night with its full lighted glory. The drama does not stop there as the Strip reinvents itself non-stop making it one of the best tourist destinations in the world.
Shop at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, visit High Roller Observation Deck to see an unparalleled view of the city, see the dance of the fountains of Bellagio Fountains and the wonderful flora t the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio. The journey doesn’t end there; visit the Vegas Indoor Skydiving, Absinthe and many more!
If you thought that Vegas is all about its modern lifestyle, consider yourselves in the wrong. Outdoor adventures await just a few hours drive from the bustling city. You can go to Red Rock Canyon, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, the Valley of Fire State Park and the Mt. Charleston Scenic Byway to name a few of Nevada’s desert adventures.
Ready for a road trip?
Festivals upon festivals mark calendars in celebration of music, culture and the arts in the West Coast too! If you’re looking for a quiet respite, then you might just be in the wrong road trip. There’s one thing we can always guarantee in this adventure though: you’ll never feel more alive!
Wherever you may go in the West Coast, you’re sure to be splashed with rainbow of cultural and adventures! Drive through the West Coast with Apollo Motorhome Holidays today! Follow us on Facebook for quick updates on promos and specials.