A couple of weeks ago, me and the bf went on a trip to California. Well actually to Nevada AND California, but you’ll see.
First stop on our itinerary was Las Vegas – the city that never sleeps, which became very true for us, but that’s a whole other story… All in all, Las Vegas is worth a visit, but I wouldn’t recommend you to stay more than 2 nights. It’s just enough. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed myself and I’m glad I took it off my list of places to visit, but I’m not planning on coming back any time in the near future – or maybe at all. Las Vegas is just what you would expect from it, it’s bright, it’s over the top, and it’s loud. Which is not a bad thing in particular, it’s fun to breath in some of that hopefulness the players have in the casinos and losing your sense of time, just living in the moment. You can literally do anything, from shopping at designer stores, eating amazing food, going on crazy adventures to starting your day in New York and ending it in Venice. It’s just not real life.
Ahead of our trip, a lot of friends told me they didn’t like Los Angeles at all and advised us not to spend too much time there. We booked 2 nights in Santa Monica and I just loved the vibe of it. Everything was just so easy breezy. LA is not the prettiest city of all, but it’s got some charm. I would loved to spend some more time here instead of Las Vegas, but there’s always next trips, huh?
Of course there’s not trip to California without a proper road trip, so that’s exactly what we did. We rented a car in LA and drove all the way up to San Francisco. Crossing beautiful Malibu and Santa Barbara, the exciting cliffs of the Big Sur area and the harbors of Monterey. It’s such a beautiful trip up highway 1 and I would recommend it to anyone! But make sure to take your time! Of course you can race up in one day, but it’s much more relaxed to spend the night in some of those beautiful beach towns and enjoy some of their specialities.
We spent a lot of time exploring the beautiful city of San Francisco, we pretty much wandered around the city, since it’s only 7×7 miles. There’s a lot of hills, but it’s so fun to explore – so many pretty houses! You usually stumble across another ‘must see’ place every ten minutes of walking, so it’s the best city to get out and take many, many photos
We were lucky enough to spend our time in SF at my friend Jess’s house, sadly she was on vacation herself, so I didn’t get to see her in the end. Instead of visiting a new city and checking out those mobbed tourist spots (which we obvs still visited), it was fun to become a local for the duration of our stay. Live and breathe the culture!
The houses in SF are like no other. I mean, I’ve seen Full House, I’ve watched Mrs Doubtfire, but nothing can truly prepare you for the sight that is these colourful, characteristic homes! They come in every colour. You can walk around the whole city and never get bored of the beautiful buildings, every single one is different. It’s a very unique city, with so much life and culture.
We wandered for hours whilst we were there, walking along the Marina, checking out Lombard Street and even hopping to In-N-Out for a burger. Everyone says this is the best burger in the world, and I have to say – it’s a good one!
The Golden Gate bridge isn’t often seen until you’re right next to it, but it’s a breathtaking sight. Seeing it in person was next level – it’s always been a dream of mine to witness it in the flesh, and it really didn’t disappoint!
I had such a good trip and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun part of the world to explore!