Now that I’ve informed you all over the past few months about everything we’ve done on our US roadtrip, it’s probably also time to discuss the price tag that came along with this holiday. Same as with Cuba, I had a budget in mind before departure. This time, I was looking at around 2500 euros I… Continue reading How much money do I need for a 16-day US roadtrip?
The Tioga Pass. It's a name my dad and I will forever remember for the trouble it has caused us. The Tioga Pass (State Route 120) is the mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains which is usually crucial for roadtrippers. It's the shortest route from Mammoth Lakes area to the entrance of Yosemite National Park… Continue reading What if the Tioga Pass is closed?
"Try to avoid Yosemite National Park during the weekends", our travel guide said. But unfortunately we did end up right at that place during the weekend. There was no avoiding it as this national park was one of the last stops before flying back home on Tuesday. But it was absolute hell. So even if it… Continue reading Why Yosemite National Park is NOT a good idea on weekends
Of all the roads in the world, none appeals more to the imagination than the famous Route 66. This historic road goes all the way from Chicago on the East Coast of the US to Santa Monica on the West Coast. In 1985, the Route 66 became a lot less travelled on with the arrival of the Interstate… Continue reading The deserted road of Route 66
Mammoth Lakes is thé place in California for winter sports. During the coldest months of the year, the place is filled with skiers, snowboarders and others seeking out snow. But once the snow has melted, it’s also a really nice place to stay. The second-last night of our roadtrip, we spent the night at the… Continue reading Spring day in Mammoth Lakes
Over 40° Celsius or 104° Fahrenheit; in Death Valley that’s the rule rather than the exception. The highest temperature ever on earth was even recorded right in that very place: a sweltering 56,6° Celsius or 134° Fahrenheit. So to say it’s hot there would be an understatement. Since this is pretty much a well-known fact, we… Continue reading Surviving the sweltering heat of Death Valley
With its 1302 square kilometers and over 3,5 million inhabitants, Los Angeles is one of the biggest cities in the United States of America and the biggest in California. Yet we only got one evening en morning to explore this metropolitan. Oops. Of course not all of that area is filled to the brim with hot… Continue reading Los Angeles in speed tempo
Yosemite National Park was the last big stop on our USA roadtrip and unfortunately for us we arrived there on a pretty busy weekend. That easily explained our struggle previous to departure to find good accomodation for the night in the area. We either had to drive more than one hour and a half out of the park, or… Continue reading Back to basic with Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort
Sixteen nights on the road for us also meant sixteen different hotels or motels, one more expensive and better than the other. While we didn’t have a single horrible hotel on our trip –thank god-, there are a few that I would absolutely go back to when given the chance. The Ranch At Furnace Creek… Continue reading The oasis of The Ranch at Furnace Creek
One of the most important things when travelling is sadly also the one of the factors you can't control at all; the weather. Good weather can make an entire trip that much better while bad weather can totally spoil the atmosphere. And just like that our ambiance was a bit ruined when the forecast for the third day… Continue reading Driving through the fog along the Pacific Coast Highway