In April 2015 I had the chance to go on the most exciting experience of my life to date: a three months road-trip to the United-States with one of my best friend. From New York to Los Angeles, planes, buses and rental cars, we visited ten states, more than forty cities and fifteen national parks. I put up together a list of my top favorite things do and see along with some good addresses to eat and have a drink. I hope you will like it, enjoy!
NYC, New York
The first stop of our trip was the big apple and I don’t think I need to explain why I loved it so much!
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana
Vibrant, dynamic, colorful, musical, good food… NOLA was definitely the highlight of our trip!
Cool, trendy and weird (word of the locals), Austin has definitely nothing of a Texan city. Live music, food trucks and great boutiques are to be found at every corners.
SANTA FE, New Mexico
I absolutely adored Santa Fe! The Mexican center is beautiful and there are tons of great boutiques selling native American crafts and jewels.
We discovered this town by chance and we loved wandering down the streets to check out the lovely shops and cafes. The atmosphere is very relax and the locals are friendly.
LOS ANGELES, California
Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu have definitely stolen my heart! I can’t wait to go back and explore more of West Hollywood.
NEWPORT BEACH, California
Newport Beach is a lovely and peaceful city full of fancy properties where you can watch breathtaking sunsets on the beach.
PALM SPRING, California
A delightful oasis located in the middle of the desert. This famous Californian city is full of palm trees and colorful houses.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, California
SLO was one of the nicest surprise of our trip. The main street is full of lovely boutiques and the farmer market that is held on Thursday is a great place to eat local products.
SANTA BARBARA, California
Santa Barbara is a lovely seaside town with a Spanish inspired architecture surrounded by beautiful mountains. Definitely Worth stopping by!
An iconic village that inner the true Californian way of life. The charm of Carmel is due to its clean and commercials-free streets, the British-like cottages and the sophisticated boutiques. It looks like a movie set.
BIG SUR, California
Located 40km South from Carmel, Big Sur is an isolated and wild area of the Californian coast. Even if the tourism has been developed over the years the properties are very dispersed and the place has kept its raw and authentic atmosphere that has seduced many bohemian artists and travelers since the forty’s.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada
To my big surprise I loved Vegas! I didn’t think I would like it as I always thought it was too cliché but spending 4 days there was definitely so much fun.
-THINGS TO DO/VISIT-
Empire state building (website), New York
There are so many amazing things to do in New York but being on top of the Empire State Building right after the night fall is a pretty magical experience.
Coney island (website), New York
For an afternoon of fun the iconic Coney Island is definitely a must!
Johnny Cash Museum (website), Nashville
A small and cozy museum dedicated to the brilliant musician that offers a range of memorabilia along with some videos that keep you captivated until the end.
Graceland (website), Memphis
Even if you are not a fan of Elvis Presley a visit to Graceland is certainly worth it while in Memphis. The mansion is stunning and the self-audio guided tour is full of surprises.
Sun record studio (website), Memphis
The city of Blues is also known as the birth place of Rock’n’Roll and Sun studio is where it all began. Your funny guide will guide you through the original studio and share some great stories along the way.
Beale Street, Memphis
One of the most iconic street of America and Tennessee’s top tourist attraction, Beale Street offers an amazing choice of bars and restaurants for a memorable night out.
Levitation Austin Festival (website), Austin
Hosted on a beautiful ranch just a few kilometers off the city this great music festival is full of good vibes, friendly people and delicious food. Not to mention the great clothing stalls and alternative
Taos Pueblo (website), Taos
An ancient village that belongs to a Native American tribe
A world heritage site of an ancient village belonging to a Native American tribe.
Williams on the Road 66 (website), Nevada
The lovely town of Williams on the road 66 is worth stopping by on the way to the Grand Canyon
Bombay Beach, California
Once been a relaxing resort in the late 50’s and 60’s, Bombay Beach is now a bleached, rusted and abandoned wasteland with an apocalyptic landscape. Around two-hundred people still lives there today and use golf carts to get around. A very unusual and unique scene that attracts many photographers and visitors.
Bodie Ghost Town (website), California
One of America’s best and well maintained ghost town, Bodie allows you to take a step back in time and see how life in a mining town was. A very moving and authentic experience.
Xo Kitchen (website), New York
If you are looking for a restaurant in Chinatown, XO Kitchen is the place to be. Not only that the food is fresh and delicious, the prices are ridiculously cheap.
The little choc apothecary (website), New York
Located in the trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg this vegan creperie is the perfect place to chill and relax. They do great coffee, delicious smoothies, not to mention the super yummy gluten-free food.
Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar (website), Nashville
Away from the hustle and bustle of Broadway Street, this intimate bar offers live blues shows every single day of the week.
The Beauty Shop Restaurant (website), Memphis
This place used to be a beauty parlor back in the 50’s and it is now a very trendy restaurant where you can eat stylish yet delicious meals while seating in hair-dryer chairs.
Musical Legends Park (website), New Orleans
This was my favorite spot in New Orleans to listen good live jazz while sipping on a beer. Bands are playing every day all day long.
Gumbo Shop Restaurant (website), New Orleans
New Orleans is known for its strong multi-cultural cuisine scene and a trip wouldn’t be complete without trying the Creole and Canjun food. Gumbo Shop Restaurant serves dishes that are to die for and the staff is very friendly.
Gospel Brunch @ Stubb’s (website), Austin
A Sunday brunch at Stubb’s is definitely something unique! Not only that the buffet food is delicious, you enjoy it while listening to an amazing gospel band. Definitely on top of my list!
Cenote Cafe (website), Austin
A cute cafe located on Cesar Chavez, a lovely street full of great shops. Cenote Cafe is the perfect place to hang out with friends over a coffee or a beer and chat for hours in their courtyard.
The Shed (website), Santa Fe
A trip to Santa Fe wouldn’t be complete without trying the Mexican food at The Shed, a colorful restaurant with a lovely patio. One of my favorite.
Cha Cha Chicken (website), Santa Monica
Located in Santa Monica, Cha Cha Chicken served Jamaican cuisine that is too die for! The atmosphere is very cozy and laid-back and the place is always full of people. As they do not have the alcohol license you can bring your own. Highly recommended!
Madonna Inn (website), San Luis Obispo
A colorful and crazy resort located on the Californian coast that offers a unique and unforgettable experience! Either if you want to sleep in one of their 110 quirky rooms, eat at the fancy Gold Rush Steak House or sip on a cocktail at the Silver Bar Lounge, you will for sure have an amazing time. I highly recommend having lunch at the Copper Café and try their carrot cake.
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