A bloggers guide to Road tripping the West coast of America
A bloggers guide to Road tripping the West coast of America
So it has to be one of those lifelong dreams to embark on an American road trip and this month I managed to turn my travel dream into a reality. I’m just back from the trip of a lifetime and have so much to share I just don’t know where to start. First of all when it comes to long haul, I always always try and upgrade, my general tip is buy economy, get to the airport early and ask to upgrade at the airport, it’s never failed me.
Getting there in comfort:
I’d heard from a few friends about this low cost airline flying to the states who do really great priced premium tickets and managed to get us premium flights for half the price you would usually pay on other airlines, result! We flew premium with Norwegian, which most importantly as a fashion blogger meant we could take two bags each. So obviously I took ownership of my hubbies second bag, perfect 3 cases for moi, one for him. We enjoyed a very chilled airport lounge experience before our first ever road trip adventure. Flight time is around 10hr30.
Here’s a few trips when road tripping America:
Step 1; When blogging your way around a dream trip, planning your outfit posts is essential. I had all my looks planned in advance, to save time and have picture perfect moments.
Step two; Do not do as I did and presume your ESTA for previous connecting trips is ok. Literally 72hours before my flight I re-read my esta and realised I needed to apply for a new one, shock horror, panic over it arrived ok before we left for the airport. Always check all your travel visas/insurances etc before you travel.
Book the right transport:
Step three; If your a fashion blogger, a convertible might seems like a great idea but realistically if your embarking on a serious road trip you will need comfort and space, I nearly ordered a mustang and then thankfully changed my mind and booked a large Chevy Tahoe through a uk company ‘RentalCars.com’ and the process was so easy at arrival, departure and the whole journey was in comfort! We collected the car from the airport and that’s it we were off!
So where to visit if your travelling the west coast? We started our west coast adventure in Los Angeles, then drove to Palm Springs for four nights, from there we went through the backroads to Las Vegas and back to LA.
I love the vibe around Sunset boulevard so we started our trip staying at the super trendy Mondrian, bumped into a few celebs and explored sunset and Hollywood. I can’t deny the views from our room over Hollywood were immense. The Sky Bar is also awesome with a chilled vibe around the pool by day and great cocktail vibes with views by night. Our bed was insanely comfy, with no kids in tow, we slept like babies!
So while in LA, we ate close to the hotel at a diner on sunset just across from HM. Then dinner in various places but if you want to get a feel for the rodeo head to saddle ranch, oh my gosh the portions! We hung out at the Sky bar at our hotel which is quite a cool vibe. Then hired bikes and cycled from Venice to Santa Monica beach which was breathtaking, obviously stopping for insta pics along the way.
Then of course the Hollywood sign and where better to eat and be seen than the farmers market in Beverly Hills where we then stayed at the Crescent Hotel in Beverley Hills to take in Rodeo drive. This hotel was so instagramable and seriously old school Hollywood.
Next stop Palm Springs, wow, is all I can say I’m in love. The relaxed Californian attitude is really different to any other state I’ve visited. The weather is amazing, food is super healthy and tasty and the whole place is chilled. We stayed at a gorgeous boutique hotel called the ARRIVE Hotel, the rooms are arty and contemporary, the staff were so accommodating and the setting was breathtaking.
So in Palm Springs I conquered a massive fear, I have always been petrified of heights but heard that the aerial tramway is a must. It’s the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world and goes up over 8500ft. I actually thought I was going to pass out when I saw it, but I did it and am so proud to say it was one of the most magical moments of my life.
Then we finished our Palm Springs stint with dinner at Draughtsman, their was live music, we were sitting under the trees and the food and cocktails were just glorious.
Tip; do not drive to Palm Springs on Friday after 2.30, the 2 hour journey could take you up to 5.30 hours.
Then to Vegas, well what can I say Vegas is vegas, bright lights, gambling and lots of parties. I’m over all that to be honest but if you are going to gamble and party this is definitely the place to do it and its an incredible experience. I wanted to take the scenic routes to and from to capture memories, so we stopped off at Joshua tree park and Mojave national preserve which was Mother Nature in all its glory. The landscape is incredible. It’s well worth plotting your route to avoid the freeways but do not do it at night and make sure you have a full tank of gas otherwise you might end up stranded in the desert.
No trip to the states is a real trip without some retail therapy so along the way we checked out various Simon Shopping Destinations in Vegas, North Vegas Premium Outlets, The Forum Shops at Caesars and The Shops at Crystals, they were all totally different and memorable experiences and we managed to get some amazing gifts to take home.
So apart from sunbathing and shopping, I was so lucky to squeeze in the most incredible 1 hour pamper session at Dior in The Forum Shops, which was such a treat as my skin was really dehydrated with all the travelling and it was such a perfect way to relax in between shopping stops.
Then one of my favourite dining experiences in the states had to be Maestro’s Ocean Club in the Tree House at Crystals, oh my goodness, literally food that melts in your mouth. I had the lobster and Haydn had steak but the desert and starters were just as much to die for! This is a foodies paradise and a must visit.
The outlets at Orange are near Disney and great for all the family. If your visiting Palm Springs desert hills has an incredible backdrop. Then in vegas we checked out three very different shopping destinations; the Las Vegas north premium outlets, the forum shops at caesars where I had a cheeky facial at Dior and finally the shops at Crystals where we had the most delectable meal in Maestro’s Ocean Club
Weather: so in LA be prepared to take a jumper as the day can start a little breezy then the sun comes out to play. Las Vegas is around 35-40 so be prepared with sun cream and your swimsuit. Palm Springs is also hot but can have a little wind so a light jumper of biker for evenings would work.
Love Naomi xx