Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Touring With The Thomas's

A little introduction for this blog.  California & a bit of Nevada Road Trip!!!

Myself, Craig, likes a holiday where you do as much as possible in the short time you are away.  Doesn’t understand just lying on a beach for two weeks!!  Moaned at for getting up out on the road at 7 am!

Better half, Denise, likes to do the planning of the finer details for the holiday.  Likes to have an itinerary locked and loaded before we go!

Daughter, Meghan,  (12 at the time of travel).  Doesn’t care what she does as long as it involves shopping, theme parks, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and more shopping!

When & Where

17th July 2011 to 2nd August 2011
Flying Virgin Upper Class from Heathrow to San Francisco (SFO) and back.

On arrival at SFO, collect Premium size SUV and tootle down the highway to Monterey.

2 nights at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.  Want to visit the Monterey Aquarium again.  Would like to do a whale watching trip, but this will depend on time and Jetlag!  Up early on the 3rd day for drive down the scenic Highway 1 to Santa Monica.  Stopping en-route at a few places with shopping trip at Camarillo Premium Outlets.  Most important stop is to recreate a food stop we had a few years ago.  The best hog dog we have had.

2 nights at the Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica.  Using this as a base for North LA.  Going to try and squeeze in a couple of studio tours, especially Warner Bro Tour for a “Friends” mad 12 year old!  I would like to go to the Griffith Observatory.  Shopping trips will be to The Grove with lunch at our usual stall in the Farmers MarketSanta Monica Pier at night!  Pop down to The Queen Mary for a wee tour and stay overnight in one of the suites.

4 nights at the Candy Cane Inn down in Anaheim.  Having stayed here the last time in LA, the location next to Disneyland is excellent.  Just a 5 minute walk to the parks.  So, Disneyland will be hit hard again, with California Screamin to be ridden for the first time by Meg!  Obviously, the obligatory trip for dinner to Knott’s Berry Farm for the fabulous chicken and a burger from “train” McDonalds.  The only McDonalds in the world that doesn’t have the normal set-up.  Might pop down to San Diego Zoo Safari Park for a day, wow just seen the zip line there, with shopping at Carlsbad Premium Outlets on the way there or back.  Slip in a couple of games of crazy golf over in Riverside too!

2 nights Staybridge Suites Las Vegas.  Driving to Vegas with a stop at the Calico Ghost Town on the way.  Try to slip in a bit of the original “Route 66”.  Hoover Dam tour is on our list of things to do in Vegas along with shopping, touring the strip at night. 

1 Night at Mammoth Lakes.  Leaving Las Vegas early in the morning for the drive up to Mammoth Lakes via Death Valley.  This is the part of the trip I’m looking forward to the most.  Stopping to get the obligatory photos of Death Valley, then head up the road to our hotel.

4 nights at the Donatello Hotel in San Francisco.  Again an early start to the day.  Yosemite National Park.  Driving the Tioga Pass Road to Yosemite Valley, then onto San Francisco.  We fancy doing a “Duck” tour of the city.  Will also pop over to Sausalito and Muir Woods.  Then just strolling round the city we love.  A visit to the California Academy Of Science is due as it was being constructed in it's new home the last time we were here. 

Sadly will all come to an end on the 2nd August for our flight back to the UK.  Never mind, Virgin have changed the flight times, so we get nearly the whole day in SF!!

So, with the hope of free WiFi on route, the blog will be updated most days, with photos.
Mileage is coming in at 1300 miles direct, so whole trip will be over 2K!! 
Check in later!!!