Bella Ispirazione

US West Coast + National Parks in 2 weeks

US West Coast roadtrip has always been a dream to me, I’m so happy I was able to accomplished it, and although I missed more days in LA I think we did pretty good with the timing.

What I also loved about this trip is that it was the first roadtrip I did without strict planning everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I had an itinerary but I didn’t book any hotel until only 1-2 days before arriving. This is a big step for me and my OCD.

The trip started in LA and finished in Las Vegas, and here is the itinerary I followed:

Day 1 & 2: Los Angeles

Day 3: Pacific Highway

Day 4 & 5: 3 Days / 2 nights in San Francisco

Day 6: San Francisco – Yosemite

Day 7: Yosemite – Sequoia National Parks

Day 8: Sequoia National Park

Day 9: Death Valley

Day 10: From Las Vegas to Grand Canyon

Day 11: Grand Canyon

Day 12: Grand Canyon – Monument Valley

Day 13: Monument Valley – Page

Day 14: Page (Lower Antelope Canyon)

Day 15 & 16: Page – Las Vegas – Houston (home)

General recommendations for this trip:

  • It’s esencial to buy the U.S Park Pass. Each Annual Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas; and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free). It costs 80$, so if you are going to 3 or more parks, it’s already worth it because each park entry is around 35$. Also, you can add 2 names on the back of the pass. So, per example, we have a friend that had the annual pass with only his name typed in the back, he let us borrow it, we put my name in the back, and we used in all the parks (excepts Navajo territory), and shared the total cost of the pass. So we paid 40$ for all the parks entries for the four of us
  • The rented car was the most expensive of the trip, we paid 1600$ for 16 days, insurance full coverage, with Dollars. It is particulary expensive because we returned it in a different location from where we picked it up
  • We used Revolut card in most of the places, except supermarkets and subway stations were it wasn’t accepted
  • Be careful with the different time zones between Nevada and Arizona. To avoid any confusion, we asked the hotel to give us a wake up call
  • The roadtrip was beautiful, but take into account that we drove more than 35 hours in 2 weeks and a total of 4784 km (2973 miles)
  • We didn’t do a lot of hiking, especially in the Grand Canyon where my original idea was to walk down to Havasu Falls and then take a helicopter back. We didn’t have time for it, neither to do the Angel’s trail, so maybe one or two extras days in Grand Canyon would have been a great idea
  • We also missed the Upper Antelope Canyon. We only did Lower Antelope Canyon because the tours can be a little expensive, plus the Upper AC apparently is very short, so we though going to the Lower was better. I don’t know if it was, but the Lower AC was spectacular
  • If you get dizzy on the roads with many curves, pack pills for it because you will surely need them. I actually had to give one pill to a girl who was asking for it at one of the stops to Sequoia National Park

Total Expenses:

Category Per person
Flight      –
Food  521.1$
Hotels 664.4 $
Gas and tolls  86.6 $
Rental Car 396.6 $
Tours and tickets (including Jerry Seindfeld) 253.9 $
Parkings, Ubers and Buses 27.5 $
Total (not including flights) 1950.1 $

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