Sunday, March 21, 2010

USA Dreaming

We had grand plans this year for my 30th, we wanted to experience a white Christmas in the USA, however the budget really was not stretching as far as we would have liked and a change of 30th celebration destination was needeed. That does not mean I have stopped dreaming about our grand USA Road trip. I come up with new ideas and plans everyday as I thumb through my USA travel guide, that I got for Christmas last year.

Disneyland is one of those places that has always been a must see and experience destination for me. Probably because both my husband and I are big kids at heart, and more so now with our own children who are Mickey mad at the moment. I think I could pretty much sing the opening to Mickey Mouse clubhouse verbatim, I've been subjected to it that much. Buzz and the princesses are also very high on my girls favourite list as well. So no stop to the USA would be complete without a trip to Disneyland.

There is so many other things to see on the west coast, would we drive up to San Francisco or would we keep going up and head up to Seattle. Then there is the other direction Los angeles, San Diego, or do we keep going on beyond the border and grab some bargins in Tijuana, Mexico. Then there the other theme parks Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Lego World, the list goes on.
A definite stop for us would be San Diego Sea World, I have wanted to visit Sea World ever since seeing Free Willy the first time when I was a little girl. The desire to visit has not swayed in the slightest.
The start of our grand road trip and I think master of all things glitz and glam, Las Vegas, all that neon, the casinos and Circus de Solei. It seems to be one of those places I need to see to believe. I couldn't think of a better way to start a road trip and little bit of gambling, well actually a little bit of watching other people gambling. I'm not a fan of gambling but I'm sure my husband would be in the midst of it all for sure.
Grand Canyon, even if we only manage to get to a look out or if we are fortunate enough to budget in a helicopter scenic flight, the Grand Canyon is a must see stop for me. Just the pure vastness of it, the colours, it truly is nature at it best and most importantly something I want to experience and take in.This one is for hubby, get your kicks on route 66, he really is quite USA mad and I think driving across the continential USA on route 66 is very likely been a long standing dream of his, as well as ring side seats to an NBA game, but he's definitely dreaming on that one. So the dream is to drive our camper van (might as well be a Winnebago whilst I'm dreaming) across Route 66 and then veer off towards New York but not into New York itself, no ways I'm driving there. Will trade the camper in for the bus, train or ferry.
New York, New York, was my ideal stop for our White Christmas, witnessing the massive Christmas tree in Times Square as well as Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, just spending a leisurely few days exploring New York and the many museums.
Now call me crazy, I do have two young kids and all, but seeing a show on Broadway would be a dream come true for me. It has been on my "one day list" for as long as I can possibly remember. My girls are young but I truly believe if we were fortunate to see a matinee like "The Lion King" or even "Mamma Mia" my girls would have an absolute ball, as would I. I'm even quite sure the hubby would enjoy it, not that he would be prepared to admit it.
As far as I am concerned, no trip to New York would be complete without a side excursion to Niagara Falls, you are so close, it would be crazy not to. I would love to cruise on the ship that goes right up to the falls and feel the drenching of the spray. To hear the noise these falls make would be amazing. It is and will always be a must see for whenever life takes us to the USA.
Other little pitstops that we have also thought about but may not necessarily happen to get to on our road trip, given the great size of the USA and the realisation that we need to be pratical and can't see everything all in one go as much as we like to are...
Washington DC and the White House
Florida and in particular Miami Beach
Kennedy Space Centre, how awesome would it be to see a launch
Walt Disney World, maybe not both in the same trip but we will eventually see both, I know it.

Don't think I could go past a Hawaii stop over, somewhere to relax and unwind after a whirlwind USA experience.
One day we will get there, maybe when the girls are a little older, maybe in a couple of years, I know we will, only time will tell. Hopefully we won't need to put it off for too much longer. If I have too much more time to think about the places we are going to see and go, I will need to take a 12 month holiday, not that that is a bad thing. :)

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