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Jucy Wheels Out West

10 Comments 09 January 2013

Jucy Wheels Out West

There’s something about Western USA that just pulls people in. It’s in the shining lights of cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the wide open roads on the Pacific Coast Highway and especially the jaw-dropping landscapes of national parks like Yosemite and Grand Canyon. The West has long attracted travellers looking to stretch out or even make it big.

And in 2013 that’s going to be me.

I’m happy to announce that for my first trip of 2013 I’ll be heading out with with Jucy Rentals in the USA. During the three week tour of California and Nevada, I’ll be stopping at three major cities, at least five national parks and as many beaches as humanly possible.

I was first introduced to Jucy almost three years ago in Australia. Their cute green and purple vans with an even cuter pin-up girl on the side were extremely popular down under, which made me envious that we never had anything like that in the States.

Not anymore.

A look at my Wheels out West, the Jucy Champ campervan. Photo courtesy of Jucy Rentals

The vehicle rental company premiered in the USA this past summer. Why is this so exciting? Because they offer affordable rentals allowing people at all ages and budgets to go on the road trip they’ve always dreamed of, including me.

It may sound weird, but I’ve traveled the world more than my own country. This will be my first serious road trip of the USA since childhood. Sure I went on the regular family road trips and I’ve been on a few weekend trips here and there, but I’ve never been on a large-scale road trip anywhere in the USA and have traveled minimally out West.

So after three years of living abroad, it’s finally time to travel the homeland. The trip will start and finish in Los Angeles, looping out to Las Vegas than on to the Grand Canyon and back.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Here are a few of the things I’m most excited about:

Big cities:

  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Las Vegas

Big parks:

  • Big Sur
  • Yosemite
  • Grand Canyon
  • Joshua Tree

Big attractions:

  • Eames House
  • Hearst Castle
  • Alcatraz
  • Napa Valley

It’s going to be a full three weeks. Luckily, I won’t be doing it alone. I’ll be catching up with friends along the way, traveling with Emily, one of my best friends from college, from Big Sur to San Francisco and meeting up with Ric in Napa Valley to finish off the trip together.

I’ve done my research and picked out a lot of places I’m eager to visit, but I want to hear from you! Where would you visit on a road trip of Western USA? What sights are you eager to see and what would you like to know more about?

Thanks to Jucy Rentals USA for sponsoring my trip out West. Visit their website to start planning your own US road trip. Use the code “BobbiUSA” to receive 10% off your booking. Follow my trip right here on Heels and Wheels, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. As always all opinions are my own.

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  • purplekat99

    I love seeing the Jucy vans in the US! I get major flashbacks to NZ when I do:-). My only recc is to keep an eye on the weather, You never know when a road will be closed for snow or washed out because of rain, especially on the coast. We are getting into “mudslide season”!

    Not sure how much you are into blogger meet ups, but I am back and forth from LA to SF a few times this month so feel free to give a shout when you are in either, if you wanna meet up:-).

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Yes! I’m excited to see one in the US and even more excited to be in one! Thanks for the tip. I’ve already noticed some closures from when I first started planning the trip. Would love to meet up too! I’ll send you a DM of my dates for those locations.

  • Andi Fisher

    Wow, where do I start so many places to recommend! This is my backyard so I am MORE than happy to provide suggestions or look over what you already have! I love all the locales you’ve suggested!

  • Kristy

    When you out at Joshua Tree, make sure to go to PioneerTown, put your name on the list at Pappy & Harriett’s, go back and explore PioneerTown, then eat. Yummy & cool! If you don’t quite want to camp everyday, the Hicksville Trailer Palace near Joshua Tree is a really awesome experience.

    Then, if you can, try to stop by the International Banana Museum. It’s just south of Palm Springs. (I wrote about our recent trip on my blog Skitler Sightings & Travel Tales.)

    By the south rim of the Grand Canyon is Flintstones Bedrock City. Awesome replica town of the Flintstones. Some great Route 66 finds like the Roadkill Cafe and Oatman, AZ over that way too…

  • Heather

    I love that they’re in the US now! Gav and I have been wanting to do a west coast road trip so this is great news.

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Yes! Isn’t it amazing? Feels like a little bit of Oz followed us home. You should do it!

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    PS. Let me know if there is anything you would want to learn more about road tripping the West Coast.

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Thanks for all the amazing tips!! I’ll definitely check all the places out. Looking forward to the International Banana Museum!

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Thanks so much!!! I’ve already had a look on your site for things and it’s been so helpful. But if you have just one local secret that I’m missing from this trip-I’d love hear it! Also, would you want to do a Tweet up?

  • Andi Fisher

    For which area? Would love to know you plans for Vegas and Big Sur and the city, can probably provide more suggestions! Love to do a tweet-up with you – let me know timing / city. I am at, I have your email address from your blog comment as well.

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