California – Road Trip Republic

On a rather chilly morning on the platform of my nearest railway station whilst waiting for a train over to Wimbledon I saw this advert on the wall. It caught my eye immediately because of the Road Trip association. California Road Trip Republic! For more suggested itineraries look at Discover California Road Trips Of course it isn’t only the first or last stop on a … Continue reading California – Road Trip Republic

Visalia-CA Certified Autism Destination

The city of Visalia is nestled between Fresno and Bakersfield about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. To the South East is the Sequoia National Forest. It’s location is an ideal stopping off point on a California road trip or as a base to explore the verdant forests of California. This month Visalia became the first Certified Autism Destination in America. A report … Continue reading Visalia-CA Certified Autism Destination

Hollywood Walk of Fame – Los Angeles, CA

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the must visit attractions when visiting Los Angeles. Approximately 10 million tourists visit the free attraction annually. Hollywood Boulevard is home to just over 2,700 stars that are embedded into the pavements and covers 15 blocks of the Boulevard and 3 blocks of Vine Street, a distance of 1.3 miles east to west and for a further … Continue reading Hollywood Walk of Fame – Los Angeles, CA

Route 66 – Most Miles by State

Route 66 starts in ‘The Windy City’ Chicago and passes through 8 States along it’s 2448 mile journey to Santa Monica Pier in California. In order of direction along Route 66 this is mileage each state has claim to fame of Route 66  Illinois – 301 miles. The starting/end point is Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive but the sign is on E Adams St … Continue reading Route 66 – Most Miles by State

Coronavirus – US/Canada Land Border Still Closed

All non-essential travel by land between USA and Canada has been closed since the Global Coronavirus Pandemic took hold in March 2020. It was due to open again on 21 June 2021 but once again has been pushed back by at least another month. Apparently double vaccinated Canadians might be allowed to cross into America if they can show their vaccine status by way of … Continue reading Coronavirus – US/Canada Land Border Still Closed

High-speed Train Las Vegas to California

There are exciting plans for a proposed High-speed rail service to run 170 miles from Las Vegas to Southern California have taken many forms for a decade now. Plans have come and gone with Virgin Trains being involved and currently sitting with a company called Brightline who are the only privately run train operator in the country and currently operate in Florida between Miami and … Continue reading High-speed Train Las Vegas to California

Fairfield, CA – Jelly Belly Factory

AS SEEN ON GREAT AMERICAN RAIL JOURNEYS BBC2 with Michael Portillo and to my great satisfaction. If you happen to find yourself between San Francisco and Sacramento on the I 80 make a stop at the Jelly Belly Factory. Factory Tours of Jelly Belly, Fairfield, CA. Tours are free and you get to see the in depth process of how these little beans of joy … Continue reading Fairfield, CA – Jelly Belly Factory

Route 66 – 2448 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica Pier

‘Get your kicks on Route 66’! There are plenty of options to experience the Historic Route 66 but here are some facts about why the interest around this particular road and other must travel roads. America’s Main Street is one of the nick names for Route 66. Will Rogers Highway is another name associated with this most historic of roads.  It was in 1939  that immortalised  Route … Continue reading Route 66 – 2448 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica Pier