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 […]

Day2 : Driving Highway One; Carmel to Solvang

Vis større kart

The US Coastal Highway runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles, but it is the part between Carmel and San Luis Obispo that is the real treat. The road follows the ragged coastline and the views […]

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 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 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 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 […]

Day 14; San Francisco, Haight Ashbury and the Fishermans Wharf

Haight Ashbury – 45 years too late but……

Haight Ashbury is more than a name.

Haight Ashbury is one of those neighborhoods that defines a whole culture. Even though more than 40 years years have passed since the “Summer […]

Day 15;Over The Golden Gate to Sausalito and Muir Woods

This is our last day in San Francisco and USA for now. Tomorrow we’re heading back home to Norway. So, today we’re doin’ the last few “must-sees” in the Bay Area. Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and the Muir Woods.

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 […]

The Escape from Alcatraz

50 years on – the hunt for the three escapees continues.

Half a century after the illustrious escape, US Marshall Michael Dyke is still trying to catch up. On June 11th 1962 the three men, Clarence Anglin, John William […]

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is located 2.4 km offshore from San Francisco.

 

The Rock

Often referred to as “The Rock“, the small island was originally used for a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison (1868), and then […]