Saturday, January 30, 2016

USA West Coast Road Trip Dec 16-29, 2015 Summary/Itinerary


This trip was well paced since it was free and easy and we control our own itinerary and accomodation. I enjoyed this trip very much.

As the sun set early, I tried to plan the driving in daylight. The longest and worst route was from Elephant Seal Rookery to Barstow, worsened by the rain! But thank God for safe journey! We arrived safely in Barstow motel in the rain though!

Big Sur and Grand Canyon were beautiful and it was our first to Hoover Dam and towns along the highway 1. Besides nature, we visited 2 theme parks and spent substantial time shopping at the factory outlets for a few times!

The weather was a little colder for us though we wore 4 layers or more, especially in the open Universal Studio! There was literally no place to hide! The attractions and food outlets were open and not heated!! Would not travel in December anymore! It was too cold for us!

Overall, a good trip with delicious meals and comfortable accomodations. Breakfast was the same everyday so it got a little bored. But better than nothing! No complaints!


Day 1 - Breakfast at KrisFlyer Gold Lounge , Terminal 3 -> Flight to San Francisco

Day 2 - BART to Union Square -> Check in to Hotel Hebert Hotel (Review) -> Lombard Street -> Fisherman Wharf -> Pier 39 -> Golden Gate Bridge -> Dinner at Chinatown -> Macy's, Union Square -> Powell Street -> Market Street

Day 3 - Burger King breakfast -> Check out -> Golden Gate Bridge enroute to Muir Woods -> Muir Woods -> Sausalito -> Lunch at Fish & Chips, Sausalito -> Another view of Golden Gate Bridge -> Haight Ashbury -> Alamo Square -> Twin Peaks -> Drive to Gilroy -> Shopping at Gilroy Factory Outlet -> Dinner at Famous Dave -> Check in to Best Western PLUS Forest Park Inn Gilroy (Review)

Day 4 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Drive to Monterey - > Point Lobos State Natural Reserve -> Lunch at California Pizza -> Check in Comfort Inn, Monterey -> Lover's Point, Pacific Cove -> Fisherman's Wharf - > Dinner at Chopstix, Vietmamese Restaurant

Day 5 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Big Sur -> Bixy Bridge -> Pfeiffer Purple Beach -> Sandwich Lunch at Ragged Point -> Elephant Seal Rookery -> Drive to Barstow -> Check in Best Western, Barstow (Review) -> Dinner at Italian Resaurant, Dinapolis Firehouse

Day 6 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Williams Downtown -> Outlet Shopping at Barstow -> Drive to Williams, Arizona -> Check in Best Western, Williams (Review) -> Dinner at Western View Steak House

Day 7 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Grand Canyon -> Lunch -> Desert View -> Steak Dinner at Red Raven's.

Day 8 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Check out -> Hoover Dam -> Lake Mead -> Las Vegas North Outlet Shopping -> Check in Luxor (Review)-> Dinner at Chinatown. Las Vegas -> Fremont Street Experience

Day 9 - Mcdonald's Breakfast at Hotel Excalibur -> New York New York -> Bellagio - > Venetian -> Lunch at Panda Express - > Rest at Hotel -> Bellagio Fountians after dark -> Steak Dinner at Hollywood Dailies

Day 10 - McDonald's Breakfast at Hotel -> Check out -> Lunch at Carl Junior, Barstow -> Check in SpringHills by Mariott Burbank (Review) -> Griffith Observatory Hollywoos Sign -> Santa Montica Beach -> Dinner at Buppa Gump, Santa Monica Beach - > Lights at Museum of Art, La County -> Star Avenue > Hollywood Boulevard

Day 11 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Check out -> Universal Studio -> Dinner at Korean Restaurant, Park Buena -> Check in Fairfield Inn, Park Buena

Day 12 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Disneyland

Day 13 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Check out -> Solvang -> Pismo Beach -> Morro Bay -> Check in Quality Inn, Solvang -> Dinner at Andersen's Pea Restaurant

Day 14 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Check out -> Check in Super 8 , San Bruno -> Wendy's Lunch -> San Bruno downtown -> Dinner at K Grill and Tofu House Korean Restaurant

Day 15 - Breakfast at Hotel -> Check out -> Flight back to Singapore

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