It’s been almost a month since I landed back on Portuguese soil after three weeks of the longest roadtrip I’ve ever taken. And, although I’ve shared many details of it here, I keep getting a lot of practical questions about itinerary, accomodation, food, etc. So I decided to do a short recap of a more informational nature for those who are maybe considering doing a similar trip or at least knowing if it is worth it.
I’ll start with mapping out our itinerary with all of the stops we made and the places we stayed overnight, both of which are marked with the little yellow stars.
Regarding accomodation, as I wrote before, especially in the beginning of the trip, we stayed in AirBnBs and later on mostly in motels. We had a tight budget so we always tried to find the best place possible considering the limit. I highly recommend staying in AirBnBs whenever possible, but of course prices and availabilty vary enormously so it wouldn’t make much sense to list ours here. Still, I’ll share the ones I’ve felt the most at home.
Food is such a huge part of our well-being and probably the main cause of disagreement between us every day because our tastes are so different. I’ve already written here about how the portions are huge and easily enough for 2 people, and water is free, which is always a good way of saving money. Another tip we wish we knew beforehand is that, even in big cities like Seattle, restaurants close pretty early (8.30 or 9pm). We learnt this the hard way after arguing for an hour about where to eat and inevitably ending up at the only open Thai place we found. We ate in many average and even not so good restaurants, and tried to cook whenever possible, but when we actually took the time to do some research through TripAdvisor or Zomato, we usually had good results. I don’t really have a list of restaurants to recommend, but there are some that stood out:
- Everywhere in the U.S.: For a full cheap breakfast, when you value convenience over uniqueness – Denny’s was definitely our favorite
- Portland: food carts with food from all over the world are everywhere (we ate on the block that starts at SW 9th Av. and Alder St)
- Portland: Rock Bottom Brewery for some all-American food (I had some filling Mac and Cheese)
- Florence: The Waterfront Depot (we had to wait an hour for a table – I can’t remember if the food was worth it but the location and the place were really nice)
- San Francisco: Coppola’s Cafe Zoetrope has amazing Italian food (delicious Gnocchi!), the location is great and the building is beautiful
- San Francisco: at my favorite SanFran neighborhood, the Castro, the Sausage Factory is cozy and the food is amazing – Italian, again, of course
- San Diego: we stumbled upon Spike Africa‘s by accident – I loved the nautical decor and the fish tacos
- Phoenix: Alice Cooper’s Cooper’stown has delicious food in dowtown Phoenix (great Quesadilla)
- Somewhere in the desert (I think Arizona): Coco’s Bakery and Restaurant – on our last day we finally found a fast food chain on the highway where we actually enjoyed the food – nice soup and quiche. Oddly enough it was filled only with people over 60
- Boston: Clam chowder and seafood may not be the best choice before a 8+ hour flight but it certainly was delicious at at Tia’s, right on Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
So, here it is – this is really the last post about the trip – written from the comfort of my slumbery bed on a lazy Saturday morning before getting ready to hit the beach to enjoy the end of Summer (I really do love this city) [posted two days later after some minor tweaking and photo editing]