This 16 day trip to the States was our honeymoon; below I have listed the full itinerary so if you are interested in a particular place then you can jump to it by clicking through my posts via my profile page. I'm going to split the trip report into sections by putting the locations in that particular forum but post this section in every post so people are aware of where we visited.
The full itinerary:
18th September 2011 to 4th October 2011 (16 days)
Los Angeles (4 Nights)
Hotel – Beverly Terrace: http://www.hotelbeverlyterrace.com
Las Vegas (3 Nights)
Hotel – Platinum: http://www.theplatinumhotel.com
Yosemite National Park (2 nights)
Hotel – Yosemite Lodge: yosemitepark.com/Accommodations_YosemiteLodg…
San Francisco (3 nights)
Hotel – Hotel Del Sol: jdvhotels.com/hotels/…overview
Monterey (1 night)
Hotel – Super 8: http://www.super8monterey.com
Pismo Beach (3 nights)
Hotel – Sea Crest: http://www.seacrestpismo.com/
Leave Tuesday 4th October (Drive back to LAX Airport)
Day 14 – 1st October 2011 – Pismo Beach
We woke up quite early in Monterey as we knew the drive to Pismo was around 3 hours, so after checking out and having breakfast we set off around 9am. We decided on Pismo Beach as a last stop due to the 2 weeks of driving we had already done, (if you're just reading this refer to my previous 13 trip report’s) we thought it would be a nice stop to chill out and spend some beach time :) but before arriving at Pismo we were to drive Big Sur :)
We were both looking forward to driving the Big Sur and we were not disappointed. The 90 miles of wild coastline were awesome, we stopped a few times for pictures so the journey to Pismo was probably around 4 hours :) this was not a problem though as we were not in a rush.
We eventually got to our hotel in Pismo Beach around 1pm, we stayed at the Sea Crest Resort (http://www.seacrestpismo.com/) the check in time was around 3pm but the room was ready so we headed up. We opted for a ocean view and we were so happy we did, this was our view from balcony - …photobucket.com/albums/…DSC00737.jpg
The room was really nice to, much better than what we expected, it had useful utilities including fridge freezer, microwave etc... and the room and bathroom were very clean. Overall we were very happy. So after stripping down and changing we thought lets hit the beach :) it was around a 2/3 minute walk down some steps before we got to the beach, perfect :) I will be honest the beach wasn’t stunning as there was quite a lot of seaweed which attracted fly’s and every now and then there was a dead bird, but that aside there were spots where you could sit away from all that.
We attempted to enter the ocean but it was freezing and I didn’t have the balls to do it so I didn’t go all the way in, we decided to walk along the beach a little before eventually turning round and heading back to the hotel. We decided to jump in the Jacuzzi and chill, was lovely :) after all this the time flew and was now around 4/5pm so we headed back up to the room to get showered as we were getting hungry :)
Whilst Hannah was in the shower I jumped on the TA iPhone app and had a look at nearby restaurants! Awesome app eh? It was recommending us to visit the Ventana Grill (tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g32894-d…) it was literally a 4 minute walk away so I was pleased as I could drink.
After a short walk we entered the restaurant, it was quite busy in there and the lady said we would have to wait an hour for a table, this was expected as I had read on the reviews that reservations were recommended, so as it was a nice night we ordered a bottle of white and sat outside on the balcony area which had brilliant views of the ocean, it was such a nice evening we even got to watch the sunset, check out the picture - …photobucket.com/albums/…DSC00717.jpg
Around 45 minutes had passed and we were called in, as we had 45 minutes to look over the menu we ordered straight away, Hannah had seabass and I had a dish called Seafood & Chipotle Penne Pasta, oh my god it was fantastic! I'm not usually a seafood person but that dish was amazing! It had prawns, clams, tuna... ahh my mouths watering now :) It was definitely the best dish I had ordered all honeymoon! Amazing! Really do recommend this place.
After the excellent meal we headed back to the hotel for some sleep
Day 14 done :)