I got back from the USA on Saturday morning, after a month of travelling from LA to New York. I’ve seen so many places I always wanted to see, and done so many things that I never even imagined doing. I had the best time of my life.
Here are a few of the weird and wonderful highlights of my USA road trip:
Seeing the Hollywood sign, then I had ‘Party in the USA’ stuck in my head for the first three days of the trip. (Read my LA post here!)
Getting within three feet of a polar bear and a tiger – with some seriously thick glass between us, of course – at San Diego Zoo, one of the best places I’ve ever visited (see my post on it here).
The Vegas party bus.
Driving Route 66, and stopping at Seligman, the town that inspired Pixar movie Cars.
Flying in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, and trekking into it.
Being shown the rock formations in Monument Valley by one of the Navajo.
Running like Forrest – on the road where he stopped running.
Santa Fe in general, a gorgeous place I never would have thought to visit myself.
Singing karaoke in front of strangers for the first time (Taylor Swift – Love Story in Santa Fe, then The Proclaimers – 500 Miles in a bar on Beale Street)!
Roswell. Enough said!
The barbecue we had the night we were staying in cabins. We stayed out until it was dark, when a giant yellow moon took to the sky.
The Carlsbad Caverns. We spent a good two hours making our way into the cavern and looking around. Stunning.
The drive-in movie theatre (Lubbock, Texas).
Trying fried alligator – then feeling guilty the next day when we went on a swamp tour and saw alligators up close.
Getting a tarot reading in New Orleans.
Watching ducks ‘parade’ down a red carpet into a fountain (the Peabody Hotel, Memphis).
Graceland, and Elvis’ amazing car collection.
Line-dancing in a Nashville saloon!
Getting a Bluebird Café T-shirt, even if I didn’t have time to stay for a show.
Live music in Austin, Texas, home of live music. (And more live music courtesy of the jazz band on the Mississippi riverboat, the gorgeous guy in the little San Diego bar, the blues singer in the bar on Frenchmen Street, the ’80s band at the rooftop we went to in Memphis, and almost every bar in Nashville!)
Experiencing the US capital on Memorial Day.
Running up the Rocky Steps.
Trying Philly cheese steaks.
Finally seeing NYC! Times Square and Broadway is one of my favourite places in the world.
Seeing two shows on Broadway: Once and Matilda.
Meeting some truly special people.
These are just a few of the highlights I can remember off the top of my head, but there will be loads more to come about this trip! Thanks for bearing with a quiet blog over the past couple of weeks!