So my best friend and I just spent the last 10 days visiting some of the worlds most iconic national parks in America, it's safe to stay this has hands down got to be one of the best trips of my life. If you like activity holidays, seeing incredible naturally created wonders, road tripping and being outdoors then I can't recommend these spots highly enough! However be warned, these were no walks in the park. I would recommend having all the right equipment, getting some training in and being really organised when it comes to booking accommodation and excursions.
I flew to LAX from London Gatwick which cost £410! Yes pretty cheap! I flew with Norwegian airlines, which I must admit offers the very basic when it comes to flying long haul. No headphones, food must be pre-booked and paid extra for, no drink service, no blanket or pillow however if your looking to travel on a budget and don't care about all the extras!
My friend lives here in LA so we stayed at her apartment for one evening before leaving for the Grand Canyon. We packed the car of all the essentials:
- Sleeping bags
- Sleeping mat (do not underestimate the important of a decent mat, mine was crap and I was freezing at night!)
- Hiking Boots
- Hiking poles
- Hiking clothes
- Charging power pack
- Cooking equipment
LA - Grand Canyon (8hours)
We arrived at the Grand Canyon National park, which is a $30 entrance fee unless you have a yearly pass. Our first nights accommodation was staying at Bright Angel Lodge which was practical, easy and comfortable. The cost of this was $90 with a shared bathroom and toilet but after an 8 hour car journey is was worth it and just what we needed before a big day of hiking.