USA Roadtrip – The Full Story

In March and April we spent 3 weeks in the USA. Starting in Los Angeles we travelled to Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and many other places along the way. We knew that being on the road for 21 days with 5 kids would be hard, but we still managed to have a fantastic time. If you have been following the story and thought that everything went perfectly, it didn’t. We had to make many changes to the original plan.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California

After our two days at Yosemite, we drove back to the coast to the unmissable Monterey Bay Aquarium. This was top of my sister’s list of things she wanted to do in California.

It didn’t look like much from the outside, especially for a well-renowned tourist attraction, I did wonder why it is said that this aquarium is the number one in the world.

San Francisco, California

We arrived in San Francisco late in the day and headed straight to Baker Beach where we met up with my sister, Sarah, and her family who flew in from Washington. Sarah has planned the next stage of the road trip, as this is her dream “vacation” (she’s American now), and she had kids of ideas of things to see and do. So I wasn’t expecting to walk onto the beach to have a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sacramento Capitol Park, California

One idea was to take an hour’s detour to Lake Tahoe, but as it is ski season and we didn’t want to ski so it didn’t seem worth adding the extra driving time onto our journey. We passed by the snow in the mountains, spent the night in Reno, and continued our long drive in the morning. About 2 hours before we arrived in San Francisco, we passed through the Capitol (capital) of California – Sacramento – and it was sunny.

Zion National Park, Utah

When we arrived at Zion it was midday, which actually became 1pm as we drove into a different time-zone. It was HOT and the car park was full so we had to park in town. We soon realised that we weren’t prepared for this. We didn’t know that we would be encountering 25 degrees heat, and didn’t have enough shorts or sun hats.