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1998 - California, Nevada & Arizona

A coach trip around the scenic bits of the USA.

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After a few days in Mexico City, a dodgy flight on Delta and a day of doing nothing in Los Angeles, I joined my parents, brother and sister on a coach tour of California and Nevada. This is not my normal cup of tea but if my parents are paying for it... This was a traditional coach tour with commentary, nice hotels, scenery, a slightly odd tour manager and interesting passengers.

Saturday 9 May - We started the tour in Anaheim with trip to Disneyland. It is a lot smaller than I imagined. Afternoon drive to Palm Springs.

Sunday 10 May - Palm Springs to Scottsdale near Phoenix. "Rawhide Wild West" theme park for dinner and line dancing.

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The fake cowboy town.

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Okay. Line dancing at its best.

Monday 11 May - Drive to Flagstaff via Sedona. We stopped at Montezuma Castle National Monument. Once we got to the Grand Canyon National Park, I took a helicopter flight out over the Grand Canyon. Luckily I had front seat so had spectacular views, although the photos do not really do it justice.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument.

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The scenery at Sedona.

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The Grand Canyon.

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It's a large hole.

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A seriously large hole.

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The Hammond family at the Grand Canyon.

Tuesday 12 May - To Las Vegas via Hoover Dam. The tour leader would not stop so we did not get much of a look at the dam unfortunately. We met friends of my sister and had dinner with them at Hilton Flamingo (way too much pink).

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Scenery on way to Las Vegas. Photo taken through bus window, hence the reflection.

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The top of Hoover Dam.

Wednesday 13 May - A free day in Las Vegas. Donated more dollars to casino profits. Do not like the place at all.

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The Strip, Las Vegas.

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Luxor, Las Vegas.

Thursday 14 May - A long drive from Las Vegas to Fresno via Barstow and Bakersfield. Scenery quite interesting if you like deserts.

Friday 15 May - Fresno to Yosemite National Park. This is an alternative route due to snow. A very good guided tour of the park. Incredibly beautiful scenery in the park. Back to Sonora.

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One of the many waterfalls in the park.

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The classic view of the park.

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The classic view from higher up the hill.

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The classic view with a bunch of tourists in the way.

Saturday 16 May - From Sonora to Lake Tahoe via Columbia. More snow. Dinner cruise on lake. A very good meal and lots more snow when got back to shore.

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The lake and restaurant.

Sunday 17 May - Clear skies, lots of snow on ground. To San Francisco via Sacramento.

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Yup. It's snow.

Monday 18 May - A day trip around city, including Golden Gate bridge.

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View over the city of San Francisco.

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One of the more famous bridges around.

Tuesday 19 May -A free day in the city.

Wednesday 20 May - San Francisco to Solvang. Could not use coast road due to slips.

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The church in Solvang.

Thursday 21 May - From Solvang to Los Angeles via Santa Barbara. We stayed in Hollywood. Grubby place. I hate it. However, there was a great steak house right next to hotel. The ribs were huge!

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Santa Barbara.

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The Mission in Santa Barbara.

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Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.

Summary - As I said, not my cup of tea. But I saw some new places and some of the scenery is spectacular.

Posted by nzhamsta 12:00 Archived in USA

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