Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Road Trippin'

One experience that often pops up on bucket lists is an epic road trip with friends and in July a small group of us will be doing just that! We're renting an RV and driving around the country for 17 days, passing through 21 states, to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and back. It's going to be one amazing adventure filled with campouts, breathtaking views, kitschy discoveries, ruckus, and a whole lot of bonding.

We're still nailing down our route, but so far we hope to check out:

- Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water in Pennsylvania
- Chicago, Illinois
- Sioux Falls, Mount Rushmore, and perhaps the Badlands in South Dakota
- Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
- Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty in Utah
- Salt Lake Temple, Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park in Utah
- Grand Canyon in Arizona
- Four Corners (Where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona meet)
- San Juan National Forest in Colorado
- Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee

And in between all that, we're driving through Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, and West Virginia exploring roadside attractions, local foods (BBQ and fried weirdness!) and drinks (Kentucky bourbon!), and the diverse natural scenery on full display in the middle states of America. I have to admit that I never paid much attention to that chunk of the U.S.A. (its vastness is incredible, by the way), but in the last week alone we've been amazed at all that Utah alone has to offer. I mean really, Utah?! Chalk it up to the New Yorker in me. Now I can't wait to leave the east coast behind and finally see what that part of the country is all about.

Have you ever taken a road trip through the U.S.? I'd love to hear your tips, suggestions, or any awesome things to see/do/eat in these states. We're also looking to add two more people to our crew of five so let me know if you'd like to try out for a spot in our RV and drive around the U.S. with us.


  1. Sounds like you'll be make a nice dent in your bucket list next month. Maybe you can find a place along the way to do the hot air balloon ride, too!

    1. That would be amazing! I've been invited to Albuquerque's yearly hot-air balloon festival in the past, but have yet to go. I imagine that would be quite a sight to experience and photograph.

  2. We are heading out to the Grand Canyon and Four Corners on Friday with my parents. I am looking forward to it because we have never been. I would love to go to Arches National Park! And Falling Water would be amazing! You guys are going to have a blast!!

    1. You'll have to tell us all about it when you get back! How long will you guys be out there for?

  3. I can't wait to read your trip reports. Sounds like you are going to have the time of your life with your friends! No suggestions from me because I have never been to any of those places. Would love to someday so take notes for me!

  4. Can I tell you how jealous I am right now? I will anyway... I'm so jealous! I'd love to go on a roadtrip like that!


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