Back in 2013, the newly-appointed team of Donnavventura travel reporters decided to travel to the USA on a highly spectacular “coast to coast” route to many unforgettable sights and wonders.
After starting the expedition in New York, everybody had much more than a chance to get to know the “Big Apple” better; thus it was time to explore Times Square, the classy 5th Avenue, Central Park and the lively districts of Garment, China Town and Greenwich. Then again, it was time for arts, musics and movies, while visiting the Oheka Castle on Long Island - a true inspiration for “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald – the Carnegie Hall and thefascinating Moma museum. A helicopter flight over the nightlife in Manhattan was then the perfect way to conclude this leg of the 2013 itinerary.
Later on the caravan headed to New Jersey, discovering the Bass Islands and than proceeding to Indianapolis. Once at destination, some roaring Camaros were made available for incredibly exciting test-drive sessions on the very reacetrack!
When the reporters arrived in Saint Louis, Illinois, some glorious shots of the Mississippi River were taken right before stepping on legendary Route 66 and set off to the next destination. Such route runs across eight American States, from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California.
The Donnavventura caravan thus went past Springfield, Oklahoma City and Amarillo, Texas. After visiting the famous Cadillac Ranch, our lucky travel reporters enjoyed huge, all-American steaks and a real Rodeo show, before setting off to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built at some 8.000 ft., the oldest capital city in the US offered breath-taking views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, as well as some exciting sightseeing opportunities.
Driving past cow-boy movie-like locations, everybody stopped and stared in complete awe when the caravan reached White Sands Desert. It is not composed of quartz, like most desert sands, but of gypsum and calcium sulfate. Unlike other deserts, the ground is cool to the touch, due to the high rate of evaporation of surface moisture and the fact that the sands reflect, rather than absorb, the sun’s rays. What an astonishing sight!
Finally, the caravan arrived in the Grand Canyon and the legendary Monument Valley: the region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft above the valley floor. Its five square miles have truly defined what thousands of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West. So, everybody in the team immediately thought of… Thelma & Louise!!!
Our brave travel reporters eventually moved on to Las Vegas, another true “stars and stripes” wonder, in the very middle of Nevada Desert. No gambling allowed, just looking and sightseeing, but everybody was absolutely fascinated by whatever they saw down there.
Then it was time to mix and mingle in the thrilling and most lively atmoshperes of Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Monica and Palm Springs. By that time, every member of the Donnavventura team was already feeling 100% American!
In Santa Monica, California, where legendary Route 66 ends, the Donnavventura caravan opted for Highway 1, a most panoramic road running along the Pacific coastline all the way to San Francisco. Up there, the girls enjoyed some more spectacular sightseeing, right before jumping on a flight to Hawaii! Two hundreds chilometres of untainted and eye-catching beaches and bubbly coastlines were already awaiting. Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and the enchanted underwater paradise in Lana’i treated single member of the Donnavventura team to unforgettable sensations and thrilling discoveries. After such a mind-boggling Grand Raid, Sandy Beach welcomed the arrival of the caravan and the celebration of another successful expedition.