Around the World in 180 Days - Part 1

Tripoto
17th Apr 2018
Day 1

Our first stop in Los Angeles, California, after checking in to the Friendship Inn - a windswept Venice Beach.

Photo of Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 2

Amazing preserved animal remains trapped in tar pits, downtown L.A.

Photo of The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 3
Photo of Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie

Hollywood, a faded icon.

Photo of Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 4

We do a self guided walking tour in Silver Lake, Pete mounts the Laurel and Hardy Stairs.

Photo of Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 5

Rattler!

Photo of Vasquez Rocks, California, USA by Annie Benzie

We head to Mammoth Lakes via Velaquez Rocks, Red Rock Canyon and the Lone Pine Film History Museum.

Photo of Vasquez Rocks, California, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Vasquez Rocks, California, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Vasquez Rocks, California, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Vasquez Rocks, California, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Vasquez Rocks, California, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Lone Pine, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Lone Pine, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Bishop, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 6
Photo of Mono Lake, California, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Mono Lake, California, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Mono Lake, California, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 7

We are lucky enough to get a couple of days skiing at Mammoth Lakes. Back in time for a G & T and a soak in the jacuzzi at Brendan's condo.

Photo of Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 9

It's bye bye to Brendan, Bonnie and Teddy as we head off to San Francisco.

Photo of Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA by Annie Benzie

Unfortunately the road through Yosemite is closed but it is still a spectacular drive through the Sierras.

Photo of Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 10
Photo of San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie

We do a long walk to Haight Ashbury and The Painted Ladies, Alamo Park

Photo of Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie

An evening tour, with a really excellent audio guide, of the Alcatraz Prison on the island in San Francisco Bay. Personal accounts from ex prisoners, details about notorious inmates like Al Capone and sound effects help create the atmosphere. Bit chilly though!

Photo of Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 11
Photo of Mission District, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Mission District, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie

Second day exploring San Francisco we take a bus to see the fabulous street murals in the Mission District, the beautiful Dolores Park and the Castro where there is a huge gay scene. What a beautiful city!

Photo of Mission District, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 12

We take a bus to the Golden Gate Toll Plaza, ready to walk the bridge. The largest art deco object, built in 1939. Little did we know hordes of young girls were'bridging' too!

Photo of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie

Over the bridge we have lunch in Sausalito and catch the ferry back.

Photo of Sausalito, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 13
Photo of San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie

Our last morning in San Francisco we do a free walking tour visiting many of the locations from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo'. Then we catch the overnight sleeper to Seattle.

Photo of San Francisco, CA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 14

Sleeping on a train is the best! Oregon out the window next morning. We get to Seattle about 8pm and check into the 100 year old Panama Hotel and Tea Rooms. Definitely feels grungy.

Photo of Oregon, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 15

It's a 3 hour flight to Anchorage, Alaska. We pick up our hire car and drive another hour to Jacqui and Bill's where we are welcomed with chicken and dumplings followed by bakewell tart. Next day we are off to Seward sightseeing. First stop, the wonderful Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre. Exciting to see moose, elk, bison, black and brown bears in relatively natural surroundings.

Photo of Anchorage, AK, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Anchorage, AK, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 16

Moose

Photo of Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Seward Highway, Portage, AK, USA by Annie Benzie

Elk

Photo of Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Seward Highway, Portage, AK, USA by Annie Benzie

Bison

Photo of Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Seward Highway, Portage, AK, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 17
Photo of Mount McKinley, Alaska, USA by Annie Benzie

Next day we set off on a three day road trip to the interior. Our first stop, a frozen picnic by the Susitna River in Talkeetna. We spend the first night at the Rough Woods Inn, Nenana, meet a Iditarod 'musher' in the bar, then it is on to Fairbanks.

Photo of Talkeetna, AK, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 18

After a soak in the Chena Hot Springs we head south to the North Pole to say hello to Santa and his reindeers. Then on to Delta Junction to be entertained by Ukelele Russ. Weird to stumble out of the bar at 10.30pm to discover it is still daylight! We head back to Palmer to enjoy another day of Jacqui and Bill's hospitality then it's off to Boston.

Photo of Fairbanks, AK, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of North Pole, AK, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 21
Photo of Alaska, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 22

Boston is warm and sunny. Mike takes us on the 3 hour historical revolutionary walking tour, bringing the story of the European settlement of America alive.

Photo of Boston, MA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 23
Photo of Boston, MA, USA by Annie Benzie

Next day we take the bus to New York City.

Photo of Boston, MA, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 24

Central Park is much bigger and more beautiful than I imagined, it really makes the intensity of NYC bearable. Paul and Joclyn make us wecome in their Upper West side appartment. We go to Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty, see a baseball and a lacrosse game, spend 2 days in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, go to the ballet to see a performance of Giselle, eat Bagels, go to Coney Island and more!

Photo of Central Park, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 25
Photo of Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Annie Benzie
Photo of Empire State Building, New York, NY, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 27
Photo of 161 St - Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 28
Photo of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 29
Photo of Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Annie Benzie
Day 31

We have been traveling for a month and have seen so much across this amazing country. The next leg is six weeks in the car. We pick up the Camry in New Jersey and head north making it to Woodstock the first night. See Part 2

Photo of Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY, USA by Annie Benzie
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