North America, Europe · 17 Days · 63 Moments · August 2018

The South West corner - USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ road trip โ€˜18


26 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 18: Fiorenzuola dโ€™Arda, IT ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ  After 20 hours traveling, we made to home, a little bit sad, but as tired as only an almost 5000 km road trip can be! Loved this trip, loved once again this land of infinity, contrasts and colors ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 17: Beverly Hills, CA ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฆ Last US meal @ Shake Shack We also tried the frozen custard... a dream!!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 17: Downtown Los Angeles ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ’ก๐ŸŒด Late morning walk looking for Instagrammable locations: we found the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a crossroad with palms and the Hollywood sign in the background and the Urban Lights @ LACMA
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 17: Santa Monica, CA ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Morning walk on the boardwalk! Last look at the Pacific Ocean and a close one to the fit guys working out on the beach!

24 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 16: Santa Monica, CA ๐ŸŽก ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ” After an endless drive, we reached the place where everything began 4 years ago! โค๏ธ And we had a delicious burger @ Umami Burger.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 16: Valley of Fire, NV ๐Ÿ”ฅ Early wake up, but it worth it!!! The Fire Wave is hard to reach under late morning sun, but it leaved us breathless!!

23 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 15: Downtown Las Vegas, NM ๐ŸŽก๐Ÿธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ก Really happy to have been @ Fremont Street Experience. Different and less haughty than the Strip, but extremely fun with many free concerts along the street!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 15: Las Vegas, NV ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿค๐ŸฅŸ๐Ÿ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฒ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฅ™๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿง€ Huge huge dinner with unlimited alcohol drinks pass @ ARIA Buffet Mine and the pass was offered by MyVEGAS ๐Ÿ˜
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 15: Las Vegas, NM ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘œ๐Ÿ› ... and treat!! Salted caramel cheesecake to share for lunch @ The Cheesecake Factory, The Forum Shop
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 15: Las Vegas, ๐ŸŒž We deserved some relax... @ The Mirage sponsored by MyVEGAS

22 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 14: Las Vegas Strip, NV ๐Ÿ” After the show, we walked to Planet Hollywood and had one of the best hamburger I ever had @ Gordon Ramsay Burger.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 14: Las Vegas, NV ๐ŸŽญ Showtime!!! Cirque du Soleil Kร€ was absolutely astonishing!!! And it was courtesy of MyVEGAS!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 14: Hoover Dam + Las Vegas, NV โ™ ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฃ๏ธโ™ฆ๏ธ On our third visit, we made seeing the Hoover Dam!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 14: Kingman, Route 66, AZ ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿณ After the cold sunrise, nothing better than a gorgeous breakfast @ Rutherfordโ€™s Family Diner
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 14: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ ๐ŸŒ… We tried to see the sunrise... we just froze!!!!!

21 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 13: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒฉโ›ˆ Finally the sun came out, even just for two hours. Then, again lightnings and thunders and rain and hail.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 13: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Not exactly what I had in mind thinking about the Grand Canyon view... for the second time!!! 4 years ago, only grey sky for us in this park and 4 years after we tried again. But we werenโ€™t luckier.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 13: On the road, AZ Wet and cold wake up, we hit the road to Grand Canyon.

21 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 13: Grand Canyon national Park, AZ โšก๏ธ๐Ÿ• Stay @ Bright Angel Lodge. We booked our room without air-conditioning, but just with fan. We were worried for the heat, but with 14 C degrees, definitely there was no problem!! Dinner with pizza (a pretty good one) @ Maswick Pizza Pub under a bad thunderstorm.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 12: Sedona, AZ Nice dinner @ The Hudson
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 12: Sedona, AZ Chapel of the Holy Cross, a must see in Sedona for the architecture.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 12: Sedona, AZ โ›ฐ Perfect day for the perfect hike! Ascension to Cathedral Rock was one of the best trail ever done here in the US. And yes, probably Sedona is one of the best place we visited in the US.

19 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 11: Sedona, AZ ๐ŸŒ„ This was love at first sight. Luckily we decided to go see sunset instead of relaxing at the pool. The hike to the Airport Mesa was simple, harder going back to the parking lot. But the view was stunning ๐Ÿ˜.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 11: Route 66 After 4 years, again on the Mother Road. We stopped at Wigwam Village #6 and Winslow @ โ€œStandinโ€™ on the cornerโ€ point.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 11: Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park ๐Ÿ”ฅ Trail in the Blue Mesa area with 38 degrees!!!! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 11: Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park ๐Ÿ”ฅ On the road again to the stunning Painted Desert. Hot as it looks.

18 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 10: Gallup, NM ๐Ÿจ Nice stay @ Best Western Plus Gallup. They upgraded us and gave a suite!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 10: Gallup, NM ๐Ÿ” One of the best dinner for this trip @ Badlands Grill. We both didnโ€™t realize what we ordered: Riccardo got a half kilogram burger, while I got one where almost every ingredient was fried!!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 10: El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments, NM โ›ฐ Very very quick visit due to our dear friend, the monsoon...
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 10: Bandelier National Monument, NM โ›ฐ Great morning hike @ Bandelier NM. And one of the best thing is that we were almost alone.

17 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 8: Santa Fe, NM ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿน Back in the Historic District for a great Mexican dinner and margaritas @ The Shed
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 8: Santa Fe, NM ๐Ÿจ Nice stay @ Hyatt Place Santa Fe
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 8: Santa Fe, NM โ›ช๏ธ Our plans changed and we walked for few hours in the historic district of Santa Fe. Quite old for an American city and in some corners, it could remind an European city!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 8: Somewhere in New Mexico ๐Ÿš˜ On the road to Tent Rocks National Monument, but we found it closed due to a major flash flood!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

16 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 7: White Sands National Monument, NM ๐ŸŒ„ The sunset walk with the ranger was extremely short due to approaching (and scaring) thunderstorms!!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 7: White Sands National Monument, NM ๐Ÿ—ป Finally the day has come!! Here we are at the stunning White Sands!!! Too cloudy, perhaps, but at least it hasnโ€™t rain!!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 7: El Paso TX ๐Ÿš˜ Texas was so close that we couldnโ€™t resist to add on our list!

15 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 6: Lordsburg, NM ๐Ÿ• Lordsburg is so beautiful that we decided to have pizza @ Motel 6 Lordsburg
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 6: Apache Pass Road, AZ โ›ฐ Wildlife moment!!! ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 6: Chiricahua National Monument, AZ โ›ฐ These mountains are really beautiful: itโ€™s a perfect place for enjoying the silence while hiking. Unfortunately the monsoon doesnโ€™t agree and ruins our plans.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 6: Tombstone, AZ ๐Ÿš Old Far West town, worth just a quick (very quick) walk.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 6: Saguaro National Park East, AZ ๐ŸŒตโ›ˆ Definitely not a great weather, but the wet desert smells surprisingly good!!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 5: Tucson, AZ ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฏ Mexican dinner @ Guadalajara Original Grill
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 5: Saguaro National Park West, AZ ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒต Wow!!!! I did not expect that this park could be so beautiful!!! The sunset was gorgeous!!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 5: On the road!! ๐Ÿš˜ Itโ€™s sad to leave San Diego, but itโ€™s time for the on the road!!!

13 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 4: San Diego, CA, Gaslamp Quarter ๐Ÿธ Last dinner in San Diego @ Neighborhood Nice staff and great food!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 4: Coronado ๐Ÿ I wanna live here, I wanna live here, I wanna live here!!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 4: San Diego, Balboa Park ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒน Lovely, massive park, full of museums!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 4: San Diego, Old Town Worth a very quick visit. Too much for tourists and fake looking.

12 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 3: San Diego, Mission Bay ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ  Fish dinner @ World Famous Restaurant
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 3: San Diego Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery๐ŸŒ… Impressive and touching.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 3: San Diego, Ocean Beach ๐Ÿ– People of Ocean Beach, I envy you!!!
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 3: San Diego, Seaport Village ๐Ÿ› The Unconditional Surrender statue is fun and the village close to it is nice and full of small shops.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 3: San Diego, USS Midway Museum โ›ด 3 hour visit to the massive aircraft carrier. Volunteers are so kind and enthusiastic that can make the visit interesting even for... me ๐Ÿ˜
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 3: San Diego ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Good morning San Diego!

11 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 2: San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter ๐Ÿธ Night out @ Gaslamp Quarter. Dinner @ Cold beers & Cheeseburgers
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 2: La Jolla ๐Ÿš Meeting sea lions @ La Jolla Cove
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 2: UCSD Campus ๐ŸŽ“ Who could stay in San Diego campus on August 11th, Saturday afternoon with 33 degrees? The answer is in the pictures....
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 2: Newport Beach ๐Ÿ Stop @ Newport Beach.
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 2: Redondo Beach ๐Ÿ– Good morning Redondo Beach.. The Seaside Motel was good for the night.

10 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 1: Torrance ๐Ÿ” First dinner @ Five Guys.. ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฅค
๐Ÿ—“ DAY 1: Hermosa Beach ๐Ÿ Super tired, but the amazing sunset sunset at Hermosa Beach pier gave us the strength to resist. Ryan Gosling was not there, unfortunately...

10 August 2018

๐Ÿ—“ DAY 1: Milano - London - Los Angeles โœˆ๏ธ Here we go again!!! Third trip in the USA, West Coast!!!