Exploring LA, San Fransisco and Las Vegas

My Summer holiday seems like it was a lifetime ago now. In reality, it’s been a month since I came back from a 12 day adventure exploring LA, San Fransisco and Las Vegas with my boyfriend, Jaymin. I wanted to share some of my favourite places and tips from the trip. First up was Los Angeles. We decided to hire a car for the duration of our stay as there were lots of places we wanted to explore. Jaymin hired the car through Turo which is where people rent their cars to you. It was a very straight forward process (minus a small hiccup when we first arrived and didn’t get the exact car we’d booked…) but apart from that it was all plain sailing.

One of the highlights of LA for me was Griffith Observatory and I recommend paying it a visit! We visited twice, once by day and once by sunset into the evening. You can see the Hollywood sign from here and you can also go on a hike to the sign itself although we chose a different route (more on that later!). They hold free sessions during selected evenings where telescopes are provided to view space. It was really informative. Also, the views from the observatory at night are amazing. LA looks like a sea of twinkling fairy lights!

Of course we walked the Hollywood Walk of Fame and visited the Chinese Theatre. Can you say you’ve been to Hollywood without doing this?! It’s an iconic tourist destination and you can definitely see why! It does get pretty crowded so keep that in mind!

A trip to LA wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Hollywood sign as close as possible, right? We decided to visit Runyon Canyon Park and hiked around the park which only took us an hour or so using the route we took. Jaymin was sure we could get closer and so we went to the Brush Canyon Trailhead and took on the hike. I’m not going to paper over this – it was REALLY hard! The heat was intense which made hiking up the steep incline difficult. But the view at the end was definitely worth the tears (yes, I cried) and the pain!

Next up on our trip was San Fransisco. Of course we decided to visit the Golden Gate Bridge. We hired bikes and cycled towards it from the Pier along the coastline. We then cycled across and got the ferry back. I’d highly recommend doing this as the views are great and there are so many picture opportunities!

We also visited the famous Alcatraz prison which again is a must if you visit San Fran. We purchased our tickets a couple of months before we went which is a must! The tours and ferries get booked up in advance especially over the high season! We took a guided tour of the island and then the audio tour inside the prison.

After San Fransisco we headed to Las Vegas. We hired a car again as we wanted to drive to the Grand Canyon and again we hired through Turo. The Grand Canyon was amazing. The views are incredible and the Canyon seems to go down forever! There are so many picture opportunities and options for varying hikes. There are also buses that will take you on an hour or so ride to view further around the rim.

We also visited the Hoover Dam. I’d studied this as part of project work whilst at school so it was kind or surreal visiting it in real life! It was much bigger than I had imagined. They had a tourist centre which provides talks and short films for a small entry fee. There are also tours of inside the dam however these weren’t on when we visited due to repairs to the lift.

We decided that we wanted to see as much of Vegas as we could at once. The helicopter riders were a little out of budget so we decided to take a ride on the High Roller at the Linq. I’m so glad we did! We went by night and it was so pretty! Vegas really does come to life at night and it was great to see all of the glitz of the hotel lights.

I could honestly talk about everything else we did but I’d be here for hours and the blog post would go on forever! My boyfriend did vlog our trip though so if you want to see everything we got up to you can here!

Let me know if you have any recommendations as we hope to go back in the future!

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