Drive from San Francisco, California to Phoenix, Arizona and back – a road story

From San Francisco to Phoenix

The drive took us through Big Sur and Higway One. Along the American Riviera and to Palm Springs.

Through the desert to The Grand Canyon and via The Red Hills of Sedona to Phoenix, […]

Day 1: San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea

A Monterey Bay Lighthouse in the fog

 

 

The drive from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea is some 125 miles along the beautiful Pacific coast. It’s a 2,5 hour drive and the scenery is stunning, if this […]

Day 3 : Solvang to Santa Barbara through Saint Ynes and Los Olivos

Trying hard to look like Denmark – Solvang, California

Walking around in Solvang certainly gives you the flavour of Denmark, but in a strange sort of American way. The houses look very much like the typical oldfashion danish countryhouse […]

Day 4 – The American Riviera – Santa Barbara to Santa Monica

Driving along the American Riviera is a spectacular experience. The clear blue skies and the green hills with the vast Pacific ocean pounding on the shores.

The Pacific keeps pounding

 

 

Someone will always challenge nature

 

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Day 5 – Santa Monica and Hollywood

This is how Santa Monica presents itself to tourists:

Santa Monica was originally developed as a seaside retreat at the turn of the 20th century.

The Pacific Park — for Amusement

The railroad owners built the first version of […]

Day 5 – A day-trip to Hollywood

Leaving Santa Monica for a day-trip to Hollywood:

In Santa Monica we’re staying at the Holiday Inn Express and they supplied us with an affordable limo to take us to see some of the famous sights of Hollywood.

 

Day 6 : Through the Desert to Palm Springs

This Morning found us leaving the cold ocean winds of Santa Monica for warm and desertlike Palm Springs.

But first we had to make a little detour: As one of us take a more than average interest in textiles, fabrics […]

Day 7: PioneerTown and Palm Springs Street Market

 

Pioneertown – just a dusty old tourist-trap

Just some 30 miles outside Palm Springs, in the Yucca Valley you’ll find Pioneertown, a worn-down former movie-set, now turned into a tourist trap.

It’s a dusty, windy place but, of […]

Day 8; The Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Park Entrance

Actually, the Joshua Tree is not a tree at all, but it is an unusual tree-like species of Yucca, a member of the Lily Family (Liliaceae), and sometimes considered in the Agave Family (Agavaceae).(ref: The […]

Day 9; Through the Desert from Palm Springs, Ca. to Kingman, Az.

 

That is one straight Road, Yucca Valley

 

The drive from Palm Springs take you through places like Yucca Valley, 29 Palms and at Amboy you hit the iconic Route 66. No drive in the West or Midwest […]

Day 10; Riding Route 66 from Kingman to Williams

Get your Kicks…..

Leaving Kingman, we also left the Interstate 40 and headed for the legendary Route 66.

It’s a leisurely drive, and just outside Kingman we found a touristshop giving us a glimpse of what this road used […]

Day 11; The Grand Canyon and beyond

After spending the night at a run-of-the-mill hotel in Tusayan, a place build to cater for visitors to the Grand Canyon, we got off to an early start and drove the short distance up to the Canyon.

 

Grand […]

Day 12; Sedona and the Red Rocks

 

Sedonas Red Rocks in the Morning

 

Waking up and looking out the window in Sedona is a special experience. the famous Red Rocks are shining in the morning sun. From our window at the Matterhorn Inn we […]

Living it up at The Hotel California, Palm Springs

Welcome to the Hotel California

Hotel California, in Palm Springs is very unlike any hotel experience you’ll ever have

and I can’t imagine any other hotel that would even come close!

I know that this is a lot to […]

Joshua Tree National Park – a Photo Gallery

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Santa Barbara – moorish and detached

Santa Barbara has something for you ,whether you like hiking, fine-dining, water sports, lazing on the beach, culture, or a great night-life.

A Santa Barbara Landmark

Santa Barbara is a town with a difference

Santa Barbara county is sometimes […]

J. Woeste Garden Center – Los Olivos

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Los Olivos – Small and charming

Located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, this charming little historic town is a gem.

Los Olivos, In the California Countryside

With a grand view of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, Los Olivos is famous for its […]

Solvang – more Danish than Denmark

Solvang is a strange place to visit, it looks very much like the images you get in your head when reading H. C. Andersens tales. In a way it looks more Danish than Denmark. However, a fifteen minutes walk is […]

The Elephant Seals of the Piedras Blanca, Cambria

Discover the elephant seals sleepy hideaway just off Highway One at Piedras Blancas

 

Elephant Seal at Piedras Blanca, Cambria, North San Luis Obispo, California

Strewn out on the beach, continuously flipping sand over their backs, the elephant seals […]

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