The Big Loop: Cities
The focus of the trip was definitely on the natural wonders, but we happened across a few funky cities along the way.
After a time consuming border crossing, Seattle was a welcome surprise. In the space of an afternoon, we managed to cram in:
- Pike Place Public Market – famous for the hustle and bustle of its seafood sellers and as the home to the original Starbucks (no, we didn’t partake – the queue was out the door and across the street!
- Space Needle – offers a brilliant view of the city, and all the more special when Mt Rainier looks like its floating!
- The Sculpture Park on the foreshore – pretty impressive, even to a bunch of heathens like us
I liked it so much, I’m going back in a few weeks to catch up with some ex-pats! Definitely worth a visit.
No trip along the west coast would be complete without a stop in San Francisco. China Town and the botanical gardens were high on the list, but most impressive was the Golden Gate Bridge:
You know you’re in the tree-hugging hippie state when leave the redwoods to discover they’ve been replaced with their metal brethren:
On the home stretch we stopped in Las Vegas as our launching pad (literally – Jeneen and Mario took a helicopter ride from there) to the Grand Canyon. From the Stratosphere and away from the noise, Las Vegas actually looks quite pretty:
And of course, admiring the Bellagio water fountains was a great excuse to partake of the Bellagio buffet… again 🙂