Flight Centre's Online Marketing Manager, Fiona Potts recently embarked on an epic trip though the States. She was invited to a friend’s wedding in New York and it seemed the perfect opportunity to also experience some of the West Coast at the same time. Fiona visited Los Angeles, Death Valley National Park, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Yosemite National Park.
Here are her recollections of the holiday.
What was the most exciting, soothing and surprising part of your trip?
The most exciting part of the trip was definitely Las Vegas – just walking up the strip was exciting but also seeing the interior of all of the amazing hotels, with a flight over the Grand Canyon being the highlight of our stay.
The most relaxing part of the trip was Yosemite National Park – we stayed in a log cabin with a log fire and after a day of exploring the park we would sit on the terrace with a glass of red wine and cheese board – need I say more!
The most surprising part of the trip was Death Valley – this was really just a stopover between LA and Las Vegas but really blew us away. The scenery was awe inspiring and like nothing I’d ever seen before and the sunsets and sunrises were the best ever!
Where did you stay?
In Los Angeles we stayed in Beverly Hills at the Hilton. The location was really the best thing about this hotel as we could walk to Rodeo Drive in a matter of minutes. In Death Valley National Park we stayed at Furnace Creek Resort – a one-time working ranch in the middle of the desert. The best thing about this hotel were the views of the desolate landscape.
In Las Vegas we stayed at the Bellagio – need I say more! The best thing about staying here was having access to the amazing pools and garden areas – as well as front row seats to the fountain displays. In New York we stayed at the Hotel Mela – a boutique hotel just off Time Square – great location, great beds and great complimentary breakfast!
In San Francisco we stayed at the Handlery Union Square Hotel – a big old hotel at Union Square which was in a great location for discovering this amazing city. In Yosemite National Park we stayed at the Sunset Inn, in a beautiful log cabin - an ideal place to relax and unwind after a day in the park.
What was the one thing that made your jaw drop about your trip?
The sunrise at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, it was well worth the 5am start to see it and even though there was about 50 of us there, it was so quiet and peaceful. I would definitely recommend the early start to see this once in a lifetime view.
Tell us a story that happened on your trip that made you laugh or cry?
The famous San Francisco sea lions made me laugh every time I saw (or heard!) them. The way they’d stretch out on the pier and then climb all over each other when trying to get from the pier to the ocean was always fun to watch (although their smell almost brought a tear to the eye!)
Who would you recommend to travel to this destination e.g. families, couples, singles etc? and why?
There was something at each of the destinations for everyone, although this trip due to the amount of time spend travelling from place to place is probably more suited to couples and singles.