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    Da Albuquerque a San Francisco: Fly & Drive su 5 Stati

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    Martí Micolau
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    Sunday February 1 

    Milan - Albuquerque. Arrive in New Mexico around 18:30 PM. Hotel accommodation at a cost of about € 25 / person.

    Monday 2 February

    Albuquerque - Gallup. In the morning, pick up the car at the airport and then take the cable car up to the Sandia Peack. We then left for Acoma Pueblo to visit the village built on the top of the mesa (102 km, 1 hour by car). From here we left for Gallup (145 km, a couple of hours going calmly), along Route 66 where we slept at America's Best Value Inn for about € 15 / person.



    Tuesday February 3

    Gallup - Bluff. We headed west to visit the Canyon de Chelly (148km, about 1½ hours) in the earth Navajo. The visit is highly recommended, it took us about 3 hours. In the afternoon we leave for the north, to arrive in Utah, in Bluff (156 km, about 2 hours), where we spend the night for about € 23 at the Posada Pintada.

    Wednesday February 4

    Bluff - Cameron. In the morning we headed west to go to the Goosenecks State Park (40 km in about half an hour), very suggestive; from here we continued south following the US 163 Scenic Route until you enter Monument Valley (48 km, about 1 hour counting several stops for photos): the visit lasted about 3 hours, but any minute you want to spend here is well spent.

    At the end of the visit we left for the west, to reach Page (193 km, about two hours of road), where the Antelope Canyon is nearby: here we had a visit booked from spain, the only drawback is that we arrived at 15 that is when the sun no longer created the famous games of light, but an expert guide made us observe other equally special ones, in short, highly recommended! We then set off southwards towards Cameron, 121 km for about 2 hours by road. In Cameron we sleep at the Trading Post, for about € 20.



    Thursday February 5

    Cameron - Seligman. Departure heading west, towards the Grand Canyon: up to the Grand Canyon Village there are 91 km that can be covered in about an hour and a half, but also many panoramic points (about fifteen) overlooking the Canyon. Which is why we only arrived at the visitor center around 13pm.

    From the Village we then descended south until we cross Historic Route 66 a Williams, to follow the most well-preserved original feature up to Seligman, where we arrived after 165 km and about 2 and a half hours on the road due to photos. Here we stayed for about € 23 at the Stagecoach 66 Motel, a simple place but that I can certainly recommend; in the bar / restaurant next door they serve good pizza.

    Friday February 6

    Seligman - Las Vegas. Following the Rote 66 we crossed several very characteristic towns including Hackberry which is definitely worth a stop. We followed the 66 to the ghost town of Oatman - the road to get there was tough, but it's a really nice place, and if you get the chance, drop by.

    From here we went down to Nevada and went up to Boulder, to visit the Hoover Dam (about 230 km, two and a half hours by road). We arrived almost at sunset, so after a half hour ride we headed to Las Vegas (55 km, about 45 minutes): overnight at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel for about € 21,50.


    Saturday February 7

    Las Vegas. We left in the morning to visit Death Valley: among all the visits we made on this trip it was the one that thrilled us less; the landscapes are extreme and desolate, in hindsight I would have avoided and stopped to browse Las Vegas better. I return to the city before dinner, always at the Stratosphere, also because at 21 pm my partner and I got married at the Graceland Wedding Chapel!


    Sunday February 8

    Las Vegas - Barstow. We left Las Vegas heading south to take 66 near Needles (about 2 and a half hours) From here we followed the original stretch up to Barstow (265 km, about 2 and a half hours). Near Barstow we visited the ghost town of Calico, very suggestive. The overnight stay cost about € 18 in a Motel Super8.

    Monday February 9

    Barstow - Los Angeles. Depart south to Los Angeles (210 km, approximately 3 hours). As soon as we arrived at our motel (Saharan Motor Hotel, about € 29, on Sunset Blvd) we checked in and went by metro to Universal Studios, where we spent the afternoon: highly recommended!

    Tuesday February 10

    In the morning we took the bus and went to Beverly Hills (Los Angeles) - a quick tour of the streets and a tub on Rodeo drive - and then to the Santa monica pier, where we had lunch and spent a few hours. We then left again by bus to Downtown, from where we then returned back to the financial district and the Walt Disney Concert Hall; we ended the evening at the Staples Center to attend an NBA Lakers match. Always stay overnight in the same place.


    Wednesday February 11

    Los Angeles - Paso Robles. After a visit to the Griffith Observatory we headed north along the San Andrea fault, with the town of Parkfield as our destination. It would have taken us about 3 hours, but the landscape that awaited us paid off for a long way: green hills spotted with brightly colored flowers, splendid farms, in short, if it weren't for "some" shock it would be an Eden. From here we got off at Paso robles (about half an hour) where we booked at the Economy Inn for about 20 €.


    Thursday February 12

    Paso Robles - San Francisco. In the morning we left for San Francisco moving along the coast to Cambria, to intercept the Pacific Highway (350 km, for about 5 hours of "comfortable" travel): it is a Scenic route very pleasant, with protected areas and sheer cliffs. Arriving in the city at sunset we headed to our motel, the Travelodge by the Bay, on Lombard Street (highly recommended, clean and friendly and courteous), where we stayed for about € 31.

    Friday February 13

    San Francisco. In the morning return of the cars and departure to explore Russian Hill, Chinatown, the Spanish quarter, Union Square and of course the port area, where at 17pm we took a boat for a cruise booked from Spain.

    Saturday February 14

    San Francisco. Morning of shopping at Pier 39 and at 10 am departure by ferry to visit Alcatraz (ticket made from Spain, because you risk not finding any already in the previous days). Lunch and in the late afternoon transfer by taxi to the airport and departure for Spain.

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