After a 14 hour flight from Sydney to LA, we arrived in LA at 8:30am on October 3rd. Teddy was travelling with a pet services company and had to be checked by quarantine, so we didn’t get to pick him up until after lunch time – which was still a lot sooner than if we’d have flown him in to Sydney.
The first two nights were based in LA and although we were tired, we decided to just get out and about and try to stay up until 10pm LA time so we could adjust our bodies quicker. We picked up Ted, checked in to our air bnb and went for lunch and a long walk along Venice Beach. To be honest, Venice Beach wasn’t my favourite. Muscle beach etc. were cool, but the stalls along the street, the masses of people and the constant noise of people trying to sell me stuff just stressed me out more than anything. We made it half way to Santa Monica beach before Teddy had enough so we walked him back and had a rest.
Dinner that night was in Santa Monica and we went down a little before sunset so I could get a few photos (forgot the camera though!) and check out the board walk. It had a more chilled vibe and there’s also some great shopping up on Third street promenade. Definitely prefer it to Venice Beach.
The following day we went to see the touristy things like Hollywood, Beverly Hills etc. Hollywood wasn’t that nice, although we drove through West Hollywood and had we not had Ted with us, we might have stopped at a bar. It looked a lot more relaxed with nice bars and restaurants lining the streets.
Vegas was on my bucket list for so long and it didn’t disappoint. It is intense, but we took it easy and we really enjoyed our stay. The highlight was being called on stage during the Zumanity Cirque Du Soleil show which was R rated.
Ted was a fantastic travel companion. I thought he might get sick of all the travelling and hanging around in hotel rooms but he just went with it. Probably helped that he got walked quite a lot, ha!
There were two stops in Colorado – Grand Junction and Denver. Grand Junction was really just a random stop over on the way to Denver. Denver ended up being really nice. We arrived in the dark and went out to Lodo for dinner and then checked out downtown. It seems to have a really great vibe. I’m sad we didn’t get to see more!
I didn’t have high hopes for Kansas City as I thought it would just be another random stopover. I was happy to be corrected as we ended up loving it! It is really quaint with a lot of old architecture and really cool spots to go and eat. We also found great coffee in Kansas City which is always a bonus.
I didn’t realise the baseball was on when we were going to St Louis (which by the way, they pronounce Lewis). There were SO many people around but it made the atmosphere amazing. We were close to the ball park so I got to try my first American hot dog which really excited the guys selling them. Since it was so busy close to where we were staying, we ended up trekking across town to go out for dinner, enabling us to see more sights. Like Kansas City, St Louis was really quite beautiful and I hope to be able to go back and visit some time.
Nashville! Amazing! Seriously, this place is so fun. I don’t think you’d need more than maybe two nights here, which would be just enough to see some live music and explore the city. Broadway is where all of the main restaurants and bars are and almost every bar has live music. I can recommend The Stage on Broadway if ever you’re in Nashville.
After Nashville, we stayed in Roanoke which was even smaller than Grand Junction and then it was on to DC. Home! I have more posts coming up with bits and pieces from DC so far.
* These pics are a mix of iPhone and DSLR photos. Sorry about the terrible quality in some – it took us a while to find a US camera charger!