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Road Tripping the USA with Mega Babe Tegan Phillipa

Published January 24th, 2018

If there is one place that has bucket loads of big landscapes, nature experiences and chic cities, it’s definitely the USA. I mean where else can you drive around for a few days and find lush mountains, rugged coastline, hip nightlife and seriously good vintage shopping? Yeah probs a few places TBH, but nowhere as good as here.

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Now that we got the promo stuff out of the way, let’s get down to business. Our favourite Insta-crush, Tegan Phillipa has us swooning over an aesthetic AF US road trip, so let’s get to that, shall we?

How long was your road trip and where did you go?

We went for just over 2 weeks and hit:

  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Monument Valley
  • Salvation Mountain/Bombay Beach
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Los Angeles/Venice Beach

What was your favourite destination on the trip and why?

Wow that’s such a tough question, mainly because everything we saw seemed to have such different qualities of beauty! From the natural, lush, green wonders of Yosemite to the feeling of being on Mars in Monument Valley! I think San Francisco is always a favourite of mine. Such a magical city with everything to see/do/eat!

What makes road tripping such a great way to see the states?

Some of the best memories I have from that trip are from in the car, singing along to old school hits, stopping at random diners, cafes or even just spotting things like windmills on the side of the road & stopping to take it all in. There is just so so much to see and being on the road, you have that freedom to pull over and check it all out!

Do you have any foodie highlights to share?

In Las Vegas we found our favourite spot called Sandoval Tacos. The Tacos were 80cents and THE BEST I HAVE EVER TASTED!

In San Fran you have to go to The Baked Bear for their Ice Cream sandwiches – they’re gluten free & delish!
Busters Diner, also in San Fran, has the full American Burger & Cheesy fries experience down pat!

Any other tips or secret places you found and can recommend?

We saved money by hiring a van-style-car, going to Walmart  and buying some Yoga Mats for $4 & pillows for $2. Great if you feel like sleeping in the car a couple of nights! Once we were done we gave it all to the homeless.

Bombay Beach, a deserted town on the way to Salvation Mountain is incredible if you’re in that area.

In Los Angeles you definitely need a car to get around. And do spend a full day exploring Venice Beach/Santa Monica – it’s beautiful!

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Vicki Fletcher

An Australian travel writer and photographer, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, following locals to the best food in town and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's obsessed with colours, stops to admire flowers and dreams of one day restoring a chateau in France. Her top travel tip: always look up. Follow her on Instagram @vickijanefletcher.