Before we flew to U.S in 2014 I was not totally convinced that we made the right choice. For me USA was gangs, violence, barbie girls, highly obese people, drugs, skyscrapers, traffic, greasy food….everywhere. I had a really bad image of U.S.
Yes I am still having this image of USA but not as bad and extreme. After over two month of road trip mostly around Califonia, Utah, Arizona and Colorado I realised that the gangs and the violence are not on every corner of the street. Not everybody are fat or barbie skinny. There are drugs but we were never offered any. There are traffic but mostly in the big cities, like most of the cities all around the world.
Actually, David and I fell quite easily in love with U.S, atleast of what we saw and experiences. We both saw an amazing side of U.S that we did not expected and we both agreed that we can’t wait to get back there!
Here are some of the reason of why WE love doing a road trip in U.S.
The landscape, national parks and monuments.
We live in Switzerland and we are spoil with beautiful landscape but the one in USA is extraordinary! USA has everything the mother nature has to offer! Just one hour drive away from a huge busy city you can find a stunning landscape and a feeling of calm and harmony!
The nature is the main reason of why we love USA. This endless land is screaming to be explored! And most of it are for free! We have not once been disapointed of a national park we have visited. The visitor center are all great, clean and the staff are always helpful. We can feel that the rangers really care about the the nature. There are tons of FREE, fully equipped camping site around the parks. Use them but please respect the rules too!
The Americans are what swiss people are not; open, friendly and very chatty! At first we were quite chocked of how people could come up to you and talk like we were best friends! And then she or he would turn around and totally ignore you like you don’t exist! We got used to it. Americans have a very positiv vibe about everything. “Aweeesome”, “Beautifuul” or “Amaaazing”, we keep hear they say. We just looove à l’américaine enthousiasme!
USA is one of the best country to make the ultimate dream road trip not only because of the good roads but aswell of how many wow-moments you will have while driving on one! There are so many great, scenic highways all over the country. One highway that is well known worlwide is the historical route 66 or the pacific coast highway route 1 along the westcoast. My absolut favorite is the route 12 in Utah! Breathtaking!
The waiters and the waitress in USA are dependent of tips and they really deserv it! We did not came across any waiter/waitress that showed us how much they hated their job! They were always cheerful and smiling. Every 5 min or so they would come to our table and ask if everything is alright, if we needed a refill..anything. David and I who live in Switzerland (or Europe ) are not use to that kind of service! At first we got annoyed! We even thought that they wanted us to hurry and leave the table for the next client!
The fast food chain restaurants
Living in a country where there are not much choises of fast food chain USA was the food heaven for me. Ok fast food is not healthy but when you are on a road trip you sometimes don’t care! And it is really cheap and the plates are huge coming from someone who eats a lot!
Our favorite chains are :
- Bubba gump shrimp CO (from the movie Forest Gump)
- Panda express, chinese cuisine.
- In-N-out burger
- Taco Bell
The Americans love the viewpoints! And so do we! Don’t get me wrong, I love to walk but sometimes you are just to lazy to walk some km to have the best view so we appreciate alot those viewpoints where you can just parc the car, step out of the car, walk 2 meters and there you have the view!