Aloha guys! After our 3 weeks on Kauai, Oahu and Big Island, we flew to L.A. When we planned this vacation we decided that we don’t want to fly directly back home after Hawaii but include a longer stop-over on the US west coast. And we came up with the idea of doing a roadtrip from L.A. to Las Vegas!
Roadtrip from L.A. to Las Vegas: Hiking in the Hollywood Hills
While in L.A., we stayed in another airbnb accommodation. It was a guesthouse in the Hollywood Hills – an amazing location! Our host provided us with insider tips like from where we could get the best view on the Hollywood sign and how we could hike from the guesthouse to Lake Hollywood and back.
It was around noon when we came back to our guesthouse so we decided to explore some more of the hiking trails in Griffith Park. So we refilled our water bottles and walked over to Dante’s Peak from where we had a stunning view:
Our second day in L.A. was reserved for the Universal Studios. We started with the studio tour where you sit in a trolley and they drive you around the studios. We even saw the original Bates Motel from Hitchcock’s Psycho at one point:
After that, we headed over to Hogwarts. They have rebuild the castle and also the little town of Hogsmeade. I loved the 3D-ride through Hogwarts! So much fun 🙂 And butter beer tastes great, by the way!
Moritz was eager to try the Walking Dead attraction. You basically become on of the survivors and have to find your way out of a hospital that is overrun by walkers. I found it VERY scary, especially because they have real actors, dressed like zombies, that come after you! But I can report that we did not get bitten and made it out alive. Hurray.
Roadtrip from L.A. to Las Vegas: Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park
Our next stop on our roadtrip from L.A. to Las Vegas was Twentynine Palms, a small town close to beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. We stayed there for two nights in a hotel so that we would have one day to hike the park. We have been to Joshua Tree before, but never in winter. It was nice to hike in the desert without the heat! Hikes that nearly killed me the last time, were ridiculously easy this time.
In the early morning, we drove to the east side of the park to start the day with one of our most favorite hikes: Lost Palm Oasis. It is a 7.2 miles trip to get to the oasis from the parking area at Cottonwood Spring and back again. The trail is very well-marked and easy to do, even though it includes some ups and downs. Just the last part, where you can descent down to the oasis, is strenuous and includes some rock scrambling. Make sure you wear proper hiking boots and bring enough water and sunscreen (especially in summer!).
For me, this is the most scenic trail in the whole park. I love deserts anyway and with all the viewpoints and rocks and cacti, I could stop every few steps to take pictures 🙂
Another trail I love in particular in Joshua Tree National Park is Hidden Valley, in the north part of the park. This hike is a short 1-mile-loop and very easy to do. But it still leads through beautiful scenery. The valley got its name from the circle of boulders that surround it. You have to make your way through a narrow gap to enter it. You can than circle around the sandy valley, take in all the beautiful rock formations or even go climbing them yourself.
Roadtrip from L.A. to Las Vegas: One day in Vegas
After Joshua Tree National Park, we hit old Route 66…
…and finally approached our final destination on this four week vacation: Las Vegas. When we had planned our trip originally, Vegas was not included. But we were already joking that we might end up in this crazy town in the end anyway. Well, and of course we did. We just can’t resist! Since we got married in Vegas in 2012, we keep coming back again and again and again.
We didn’t do much on our last day, we basically just walked up and down the Strip, put some bucks in slot machines, lost some bucks in slot machines and enjoyed the free attractions, Vegas has to offer. I am a huge fan of the Bellagio fountains!
So finally, not only the end of our roadtrip from L.A. to Las Vegas had arrived but also the end of our great Hawaiian adventure.
We are back in Stuttgart now, suffering from the cold temperatures! 🙂
I hope you guys enjoyed these few travel related posts. My next articles will be all about Stuttgart again, I promise 🙂