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The vastness was more or less what I suspected. The travel time was not. I was aware that you can only drive 65 in the US, But I was not aware that often the speed limit is way lower and some americans manage to drive even slower than that. On average I would say we drove about 4 hours per day.
The roads are in bad condition, compared to here, and our RV had leaf springs on the rear axle and no (or shot) shocks, so it was a shaky ride all the way.
NYC was cool. I would not want to live there. Too busy, too expensive. Seriously, which sane person pays $3k per month to live in a shoe box? But it was impressive and worth a visit.
Las Vegas was also cool. I did neither gamble, nor drink much, so I probably missed out on the core experience but we walked up and down the strip. We were only there for one night before getting our RV.
Grand Canyon is awesome. I definitely recommend visiting the south rim on sunrise as well as taking a helicopter tour.
Antelope Canyon is mind blowingly beautiful. A bit more expensive than the rest but worth the visit.
We did not see too much of the Bryce Canyon core vistas, because we had a 25ft RV and were not allowed on the Shuttle Bus route 🙁
Zion National park is very impressive and a must. Check out the last RV park before the NP border coming from the East. Great Salad, Pizza and Buffalo Chili. All veggies are homegrown!
Death Valley is one giant tourist trap. It was great looking down from Dantes View and visiting all the major spots (Badwater, Devils Golfcourse, Artists Drive, Mosaic Canyon), but man is it overrun with tourists from buses. I liked the more remote national parks better.
Sequoia is awesome. You can only appreciate the size of those trees if you hiked a while amongst them.
Yosemite is ok but boring at first, coming from Sequoia. Because of the end of season and all other camping sites being full, we had to drive all the way to Tuloumne Meadows. Thank god. IMO they are the highlight of the park.
San Francisco is great. Way more relaxed than NYC. Probably because everyone is tired from climbing the damn hills all the time. Awesome food (Stuffed Salmon and Clam Chowder, yummy).
The drive from SF to LA in a convertible down Highway 1 is also awesome. We even so a whale. Yes, a fucking whale. And some elephant seal, those lazy bastards.
If you have made it so far reading, here are some opinions on the US in general:
The people are really nice. I really appreciated that when I came back to germany and was greeted (or rather not greeted) by a grumpy customs officer who did not say a word.
I would only want to live there if a had 2 or 3 million set a side and would not have to work. The people I spoke with all agreed that they have to work a lot to maintain an acceptable lifestyle, especially around bigger cities, and barely have money or time for family and vacation.
The gas is cheap, but it would ruin most cars produced for germany. 87 Octane is Regular? Holy crap. The worst gas you get in germany is 95 Octane, the better one 98 or over 100.
In-N-Out Burger. We need this in Germany. NOW.