Starting with a three day trip from San Francisco to Chicago in the train called the Zephyr, we traveled to the show by car from Chicago, and after that to New York.
As far as airshows go, nobody does it better than the Americans. This includes heaps of warbirds and classic aircraft, a school bus powered by a Phantom jet engine, a night time display with fireworks attached to wingtips, evening musical shows with Little River Band, and awesome pyrotechnical displays. This happens over 6 exhausting days.
New York was the noisiest place I have ever been in, but the Highline pedestrian trail was a haven of quiet. Chicago would have to be my favourite city, where I visited many wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.
I sat down in a small park in San Francisco, among a social gathering of many dog walkers, and sketched in late afternoon sun, Grace Cathedral; a church modelled on the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. American architecture replicates many classical building forms, but this was beautifully crafted in concrete and built in the 1960s.
The City of Oshkosh Courthouse, had very elaborate native inspired carvings in stone framing the beautiful polished brass doors. A very angry squirrel kept threatening to jump on my head as I sketched at the base of his tree, and the ants weren’t too friendly either.