Around The States (And Cuba) In 90 Days

After our 6-week trip around Spain in July/August 2015 (read A Slow Spanish Summer), we had such a good time that we then went on a 3-month trip around the USA and Cuba from September to December 2015. My wife and I had been planning a ‘big trip’ for a long time and as we had already been to Japan (the only place we had both totally agreed on) in the last few years, our top 3 choices had been:
 
 
A) Thailand/Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos
B) Argentina/Uruguay/Chile
C) the USA/Cuba
 
 
Although they were all incredibly appealing, we chose the USA and Cuba for no other reason than my wife won the roll of the dice and we also knew that at some point we would go to the other countries. We started in Boston and then essentially did a loop of the whole country, coast to coast via Cuba.
 
With somewhere the size of the USA, it’s difficult to include everything you want in your itinerary, however many compromises and much planning later, we put together the whole trip, even including accommodation for every night. 
 

For example, I’d absolutely recommend going up the Empire State Building in New York, but as we had already done that on a previous trip, this time we loved going to the Ellis Island Museum and Barney Greengrass, the best Jewish deli in the city which had been recommended by some local friends.

Pastrami bagel
Pastrami bagel from Barney Greengrass
 
Over the next few posts I will write about the trip, including some fantastic pictures from my wife, however roughly speaking in addition to many other points of interest, the route went like this:
 
Boston-Vermont-Cape Cod-New York-Chicago-Seattle-Vancouver-Portland-San Francisco-Big Sur-Los Angeles-Las Vegas-Santa Fe-New Orleans-Memphis-Nashville-Charleston-Savannah-Miami-Bahamas-Cuba and then we flew back to London.
 
Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
One of my favourite artworks. ‘Nighthawks’ by Edward Hopper at the Art Institute of Chicago. But I couldn’t believe it was so small…
 
One of the fun things about writing posts such as A Slow Spanish Summer and these upcoming USA ones is that as it has already been quite a few months since the trip, my wife and I can relive the fantastic experiences all over again, remembering all the little and not-so-little things that we have maybe already forgotten.
 
I will be publishing a post on the first part of the trip very soon.
 
Later dudes…
 

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