Michael in California from 14.6 to 30.6.1995
Outward flight : Zürich (ZRH) - San Francisco (SFO) via Washington (IAD) with United Airlines (UA965),
in a B767-300 and then in a B747-200.
I was on seat 28C. Quiet fly.
I was on seat 45E. Quiet fly, after we wait on the tarmac until the thunderstorm clouds had gone away.
Tranfert to Alamo to take my rent car.
At 21:50 a Chevrolet Corsica waits for me.
I drive to my hotel, the Best Western Americania in San Francisco.
I'll stay here until saturday 17.6.1995. They offers a free shuttle service to Union Square.
At first, i buy a 3 Day Muni Passeport. With it, i can take all the transports of the town.
I take the cable-car to Fisherman's Wharf.
I stay here and ont the piers a large part of the day. Some Sea lions sleeps in the sun.
I go also to the Golden Gate Bridge. It's very impressive. The wind blows a lot on the bridge.
Today, i visit the Alcatraz Island. At Pier 41 near Fisherman's Wharf,
i take one of the red white ferry to reach Alcatraz. The island is very interresting.
On the way back to my hotel, i stop in Chinatown. It's like a real chineese town.
Today, i drive to the south along the pacific coast. The views are great.
At the evening, i decide to stop in Santa Barbara. I visit the pier and the town. I like this town.
I sleep in the Days Inn Oceanside.
I drive again to the south. I stop on Malibu beach for an hour.
Then i take the road again, until Chula Vista in the south of San Diego.
I'll stay 2 nights in the Best Western South Bay Inn.
Today, i go to Sea World in San Diego. The park isn't the same as the one of Orlando.
In the afternoon, i go to the mexican frontier. I visit Tijuana on the mexican side.
Today, i change the state. I drive to Las Vegas, Nevada. The town of the Casino-Hotels.
On the way there, i drive through the Mojave desert. A long way ahead.
This evening i sleep in the Best Western Mardi Gras Inn. I'll stay 2 nights here.
Today, i go on the Strip. I make the tour of the hotel and their attractions. It's a beautiful place to be.
The electricity consumption is very high here.
Today, i drive to another state: Arizona.
In the late afternoon, i arrive in Flagstaff. My hotel is the Best Western Kings House Motel.
Once my luggage is in my room, i drive to the Grand Canyon. I'm there in the beginning of the evening.
I go to Papillon Helicopters. I'm lucky, they have one free place on the last tour.
The tour is great. The Canyon is very impressive. I'm seating at the co-pilot's place. My pilot is a lovely girl.
After the landing, i stay here to see the sunset over the canyon. The colors are very beautiful.
Then i drive back to Flagstaff.
Today, i drive back to Las Vegas over a part of the Route 66.
In Las Vegas, i make another round trip on the Strip.
I sleep again in the Best Western Mardi Gras Inn.
Today, i visit the Death Valley. The temparature is very high. I go to the lowest point of the United States.
Then i continue until Bishop.
I sleep in the Best Western Holiday Spa Lodge.
Today, i'll visit the Yosemite National Park. I must drive over a pass to reach it.
The Tiogapass is closed. Too much snow. I take the Sonorapass. It's open since only 2 days.
The Yosemite is closed, because too much people are in there. I have a reservation in an hotel in Mariposa.
So i can drive into the park. It's great.
I sleep in Mariposa in the Best Western Yosemite Way Station.
After the Yosemite National Park, i continue with the Sequoia National Park.
The trees are very high and large.
I stay over night in Three Rivers in the Best Western Holiday Lodge.
Today, i drive back to the pacific coast. In Monterey, i make the "17-mile Drive Scenic Tour".
I stay over night in the Best Western Magic Carpet Lodge.
I drive to the north until Santa Cruz. The Boardwalk must be seen.
Then i drive to the south of San Francisco, near the airport.
I sleep my last night in the Best Western El Rancho Inn.
I return my car to Alamo. Transfert to the airport.
Return flight : San Francisco (SFO) - Zürich (ZRH) via Washington (IAD) with United Airlines (UA964),
in a B747-200 and then a B767-300.
I was on seat 29J. Quiet fly.
I was on seat 22C. Quiet fly.
The pictures below aren't mine.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Cable Car
The beach of Santa Barbara
Sea World in San Diego
MGM Las Vegas
The Death Valley
Monterey 17 miles drive
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