WEST COAST ADVENTURES - SAN DIEGO!
We had a pretty eventful journey from Lake Havasu to San Diego when we were involved in a small collision (nothing serious - nobody was hurt!) But as a consequence probably my biggest top tip from the entire trip: make sure you get collision damage waiver on any car rental... you never know what idiots might be out on the road and you do NOT want to be paying the excess for the damage to your rental car! We finally arrived in San Diego late in the evening after spending most of the afternoon stood in 40° heat waiting for the local police to fill out forms... ugh.
On our first day in San Diego we decided to head into Downtown San Diego where we got some lunch and walked down to the harbour through the Gaslamp Quarter. We decided to stay in the Gaslamp Quarter for dinner and went to The Old Spaghetti Factory, which did an amazing 3 course meal for the price of your main meal - one of the cheapest but most tasty meals we had! The next day we drove over to Coronado Island which loads of people had recommended we visited during our time in San Diego, and I was very glad they did.
Views from the bridge over to Coronado Island
Coronado Island is home to three major resorts - Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Island Marriott and Loews Coronado Bay Resort, but I was mainly interested in Hotel del Coronado which has been featured in at least 12 films, including: Some Like It Hot (1959), starring the fabulous Marilyn Monroe.
Hotel del Coronado
The Hotel was incredibly ostentatious, but pretty spectacular. I would definitely recommend walking through if you're into the whole behind the scenes Hollywood kinda thing - or if you just want a glimpse at how the other half live!
We had also heard that Coronado Beach is supposedly the fifth best beach in America, and as a bit of a beach fanatic we just had to go and spend some time there (I also really needed to work on my tan!!!) It really didn't disappoint with beautiful clear blue water, soft sand, and a nice breeze to keep the temperature down so you could actually lie down and enjoy the sunshine!
Liam and I on the beautiful Coronado Beach
That evening we had tickets for the baseball, because you can't visit America without a trip to the baseball, right?! We went to see the San Diego Padres play the Philadelphia Phillies and to be honest, neither of us really had much of an idea of what was going on for the first half an hour, but the atmosphere was electric! Definitely one of the highlights of the trip for both of us.
Pizza and hotdog at the baseball... we're practically locals!
On our final day in San Diego, we decided to spend the day by the pool at our hotel, soaking in the last bits of sunshine.
We headed back into Downtown San Diego for dinner on our last night, and stumbled across the most beautifully romantic Italian restaurant Chianti.
This was the best food (and the best wine!) of our entire trip - I would go back to San Diego just to be able to eat here again!
The next morning we did our final drive back to Los Angeles for our flight home :(
Last selfie in our trusty Miguel before we had to say goodbye to him at the airport!
Final selfie at the airport in our San Diego hoodies #shameless
And that is the end of our incredible West Coast Adventure! It truly was the holiday of a lifetime, experiencing places I had only ever dreamt of. I took some of the most incredible photographs I have ever taken, and it has inspired me to take so many more. Anybody considering visiting some or all of the places we went to, I could not recommend it more. America really is a place like no other.