My Holiday in the USA

By Pete | @kingpetey | 24 May 2009

It's been over a year since my last trip abroad to Hong Kong and this time we decided to fly West to America! I was at school when I last went to the USA with my family and I was keen to go back to where we started that holiday - Los Angeles. I would love to say that it was the glitz and glamor that attracted me back however it was simply cheap flights and accommodation.

The flight over was rough. Only joking - this is a set from War of the World at Universal Studios.

Day 1

After a good night sleep and recovering from the flight we headed to pick up the car. We didn't know what car to expect and joked about getting something smug such as a Toyota Prius - this is what we were given. I hadn't driven an automatic car before let alone on the other side of the road however it was easy to pick up and begs the question as to why we don't all have automatic cars in the UK!

We headed straight to Hollywood, a 40min drive from LAX along roads twice as wide as what we are used to in the UK.

The Hollywood sign!

The Griffith Observatory is a great museum dedicated to space. I loved how you could weigh yourself on each planet however everything was in Imperial measurements which drove me crazy!

Amazing views over LA - I'm not sure if the haze is the weather or just smog (perhaps smug from all the hybrids).

We headed back into Hollywood to see the Kodak Theater and walk of the stars.

Day 2

On the second day we decided to visit one of LA's many theme parks, we were too old for Disney so visited Universal Studios.(When I say we are too old for Disney I mean it was a rip off to get in).

The park wasn't too busy so we managed to ride Jurassic Park about five times - I love water rides.

The studio tour took us down Wysteria Lane from Desperate Housewives - was well worth doing.

Day 3

On the third day we drove to Santa Monica to go shopping.

There is not a great deal to Photograph in Santa Monica - so here is a sign with a red light and a taxi.

We went to see the new Star Trek film whilst here - it was awesome. Its a shame that in the UK people don't scream, cheer and clap to films, makes the whole experience more exciting.

Day 4

We loved Universal Studios so much that we decided to go back again. Its clear from Universal Studios that everyone in the film industry loves everyone else, the directors love the cast, the cast love the crew who love the props people who love the wardrobe people. I'm glad we spent the second day here but it was enough ass licking for one holiday.

We sat in the 'soak' zone for the water world show thinking we would just get splashed - we were wrong. It was one of the best live shows I had seen.

I lost count how many times we rode Jurassic Park on the second day.

Day 5

If Universal Studios is for film lovers, Disney for kids then Six Flags is for crazy people who love big rides. Some of the rides such as X2 were insane, fortunately there were plenty of water rides and almost no queues.

Count the Rollercoasters! 

Day 6, 7, 8

Last time I came to the US I was too young to drink or gamble (I might have been able to buy a gun however) so we took a trip to Las Vegas. The five hour drive from LA went smoothly, especially with the cruise control set along the straight highways.

We stayed in the same hotel that I did when I came last time - Circus Circus, mainly because the rooms were only £16 per night!

Since I'd been driving so much for the rest of the holiday I'd not had a drink since the plane. You have to be 21 to drink in most parts of the US - it would suck to be a student there!

Only in Vegas would they build the Eiffel Tower!

Vegas is such as great place for photography - and erm gambling!

The lake in front of the Bellagio

The Bellagio hotel/casino.

The water show in front of the Bellagio is quite impressive.

Day 9 

The ninth day consisted of two long flights home.

It was the next day before we landed back in Manchester.

I really enjoyed my stay in America and can't wait to go back again. Really want to visit the East coast or San Francisco.


Great stuff looks you enjoyed your tour thanks for sharing these pics with us

Looks like a nice trip. Seems like I have the same exact trip planned for next year, hopefully it turns out like yoour did. Regards!

 Hello Pete,

Fantastic travelogue of LA and Vegas! excellent photos - looks like you hit all the fun places.

Saw your comments about wanting to visit San Francisco. we're in shrewsbury this week - we could have loaned  you our house there for a visit! let us know if you're interested - there's always a place for you there.