In June 2010 John and I went on our very first cross country road trip. We drove from Boston to Las Vegas visiting New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. Memorable stops included the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ommegang Brewery, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame, Gateway Arch in St. Louis, City Museum, Pappy’s Smokehouse, Arthur Bryant BBQ, Anheuser Busch Headquarters Brewery, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Underground Salt Museum, Dodge City in Kansas, Great Sand Dunes Park, Rio Grande National Forest, Durango in Colorado, Ska Brewery, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Vegas.
Driving cross country definitely gets into your soul somehow – feet kicked up on the dash, pit stops in small towns, the endless hazy road ahead of you. There’s something romantic about it but also so practical. We live in a big beautiful country that begs to be seen. Many people have asked us why travel the US when you can go to Europe? My response is simple: there is so much to explore and learn from our own country, I need to see and understand that first and foremost. I need to experience my country and the freedom you feel when you get in a car and drive it end to end. The spirit of that kind of trip, no borders or boundaries as you go, was thrilling to me.
So, because we can’t shake it, we decided to plan a second cross country road trip to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary (can anyone else not believe that it’s been a year already?!). We’re leaving tomorrow so there will likely be nothing new on the blog for 2 weeks. I may try to update photo posts from the road, we’ll see. Definitely expect in depth trip reports when we get back though!
This trip is a more northern route than our last trip. We’ll be going through New York, Ontario in Canada, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, to Portland, Oregon where we honeymooned. Check out the route:
We’re really excited to get away. We both desperately need a vacation and some uninterruptedly time together. I can’t wait to share our trip when we get back!
Also, if you need any advice on trip planning, check out my Trip Planning 101 post.