In late July/early August 2016, my travel companion and I embarked on a two week coach tour of the West Coast of the US along with twenty or so other people from around the UK. We toured with American Sky, who are a truly sensational company. We had an inspiring and informative tour guide and a good-humoured driver, both of whom took care of our every need. Each day we would drive for a few hours, making frequent stops for souvenir shopping, lunch and of course ‘potty stops’. Below are some of my true highlights from the trip, which I would highly recommend any traveller to the West Coast include in their itinerary if possible. As I have so much I want to share, this is Part 1.