The United States of America truly is a vast country. It spans over 9.3m Km² and is the fourth largest country in the world, only topped by Russia, Canada, and China. But if you don’t have a big enough wallet to consistently purchase flight tickets to travel across the country and take in as much as you can, then it’s best to pick one small area of the country and see as much as you can in as short a time as possible.
Which area of the country you choose is entirely up to you. If you are traveling from Europe, then the obvious state to choose would be New York. The flight across the pond is considerably shorter if you fly into New York City and its neighboring airports such as Newark. But after you’ve seen the Big Apple, what else is there to see?
East Coast or West Coast?
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Some will point to the likes of Niagara Falls, Boston, and Montreal, which are all relatively short drives from NYC. But over on the west coast, there is much more available, especially if you hire a camper van or an RV. Cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Las Vegas are all within driving distance, allowing one to take in the sights of the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, and the Golden Gate Bridge along the way.
What’s more, you can even base your trip around a sporting event. Admittedly the east coast has events such as the US Open, which is always quite a spectacle. Online bookmaker Bovada’s golf betting odds have made John Rahm a +600 favorite for success at The Country Club in Massachusetts, but the west coast also has plenty to offer.
The City of Angels recently hosted WWE’s annual professional wrestling extravaganza WrestleMania 39. The Showcase of the Immortals saw megastar Roman Reigns successfully defend his championship against Cody Rhodes, while there were also special appearances from the likes of Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, Snoop Dogg, and Logan Paul. As well as that, Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium will be hosting next year’s Super Bowl, an event in which the Kansas City Chiefs are once again the favorites to win.
We feel that the West Coast has more to offer if you are on a limited timeframe. And as such, here is the perfect way to spend ten days exploring California and its neighboring states.
Fly Into Las Vegas
Where better to start off than ‘Fabulous’ Las Vegas, Nevada? Europe offers plenty of flights to the gambling capital of the world, with London, Amsterdam, and Zurich all flying direct to Sin City, and it’s the perfect place to start your trip. Enjoy a couple of nights in the world-famous casinos, walk down the famous Las Vegas strip, and even visit downtown Vegas, the former hub of the colossal city.
They say that New York City is the city that never sleeps, but the same can be said of Vegas. Most bars and casinos are open 24/7, as are restaurants, diners, and gyms if you need to a quick workout throughout your trip. In terms of America as a whole, Vegas is just a stone’s throw away from California and if you have hired a campervan or an RV, the short driver west is simply stunning. And failing that, Frontier Airlines offer flights to San Francisco for as little as $15.
Drive to Los Angeles
After you’ve had your fix in Sin City, the next big stop is Los Angeles. As we have mentioned, the drive west from Nevada is simply breathtaking, and we strongly suggest spending an evening out in the wilderness. There are plenty of spots out in the mountains and it’s guaranteed that you will end up making friends with fellow tourists and ‘van lifers’, perhaps even spending a night around the fire, drinking a few beers, and sharing stories.
The next morning, head into the City of Angels and you won’t be disappointed, as there is so much to do. The Hollywood Sign is a favorite, and rightfully so. But it isn’t just the sign that you need to see, the plethora of mansions in and around its surrounding area are also breathtaking.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios are also must-visit. And if you get the chance to attend an event at SoFi Stadium, you simply have to. The stadium is breathtaking.
A Beautiful Drive North to San Francisco
After you have had your fill of Los Angeles, you can either head south to San Diego and the Mexican border. Or you can head north up to San Francisco. We feel like the latter is the better option.
And that’s nothing against San Diego, far from it. However, the drive to The Golden City is gorgeous. Head through the hills of Sequoia National Park and take in the scenery. Then, you can stay on the periphery of Yosemite National Park in quaint towns such as Oakhurst, before heading into Yosemite the following day.
After seeing the waterfalls that the beloved national park has to offer, the next stop is San Francisco, and what better place is there to end your stay? The city is booming with plenty to do, such as catching a Golden State Warriors game or checking out the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. But one thing that is simply necessary is spending an evening at the Golden State Bridge.
And while San Fran is the perfect spot to end your trip, it is also convenient. There are flights from San Francisco International to no less than 13 European cities, with the flights to Paris being particularly fairly priced.