Week 1 – Finally, Our trip begins!

Day one - New Orleans.

New Orleans was the first stop on our month long adventure. We knew right away we had to hit up Bourbon Street for some gator tail and jambalaya, no trip to New Orleans would be complete without it.. So that's exactly what we did!  

Bourbon Street was fun, but after a few hours of seeing the city we were ready to move on , so we hit the road and headed for Texas, excited to get the trip underway... 

Cadillac ranch and the famous Route 66

Cadillac Ranch was created by three guys in the mid 1970's who were part of an art group. Ever since it has become a must see part of the Route 66 road trip.

This entrance to Cadillac Ranch is literally just a hundred or so feet away from the interstate. It's super easy to get to... No road trip along Route 66 would be complete without seeing this place.

We couldn't pass up the chance of trying out our graffiti skills! 

 

After Cadillac Ranch we hit the road... Next stop - Midpoint Cafe

Midpoint Cafe

The Midpoint Cafe is a restaurant that was built in 1928 and is the halfway point of the original Route 66.

After taking a nice long break from the road, and getting our fill of the biscuits and gravy we headed on down Route 66 and made our way to the blue hole of Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

The Blue Hole

The Blue Hole of Santa Rosa is a circular, bell-shaped pool east of Santa Rosa, New Mexico. It's a great place to go diving, swimming or just to relax and have a picnic. 

The pool was an amazing deep blue, it was beautiful!

The blue hole is a must see if you're doing the Route 66 road trip. Just make sure to bring your swimming trunks!

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

The Tent Rocks are some really cool cone-shaped rocks near Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

We really enjoyed our time at the monument, very unique scenery!

Bisti Badlands

Bisti Badlands is a 45,000-acre wilderness area located in northwest New Mexico. The badlands have some really cool rock formations and can be easily added to your route if in the area.

There are unmarked trails in the park, but we just kind of wandered around and did our own thing.. 

We had a great time at the Monument! We will be coming back to explore more in the future.

Canyonlands & Arches National Parks

There are quite a few arches in the two main parks on each side of Moab. One of our favorites was the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. We hiked the trail into the Arch just before sunrise and got some really amazing photos!

We loved the hike to the Delicate Arch (pictured below), although the crowds of people kind of ruined the experience for us.. The wait time to get to the arch for a photo was literally around 30 - 45 minutes so we just hung out and shot photos of the arch in-between other peoples photo sessions.

Natural Bridges National Monument

The Natural Bridges Monument was just a quick stop over on the way from Moab to Monument Valley, we enjoyed it but it didn't excite us like Canyonlands and Arches did.

Bridges national monument is road tripping central

It's definitely worth the time to stop by for a hike or two if you are already in the area and have the extra time.

The Route So Far

A preview of the route so far... You can get a more detailed version here.

Week 2 – Into the west

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is located around the Utah-Arizona border, and is really amazing to see if you have a little extra time. If you've ever seen the movie Forest Gump then you will probably remember the scene where he ends his run and says he's tired and thinks he'll go home now, that's where we were!

road trip through the desert

We had an amazing time in Monument Valley, and will be coming back through next time we're in the area.

Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon

Page, Arizona is an amazing place, and if you have the time and money there is a ton of things to do and see here.

We chose to do the Lower Antelope Canyon photo tour and had an amazing time!!!

Our guide was fun and taught us a lot about the history of the local tribes and the canyon.

Don't forget to hit up Horseshoe Bend before you leave! It's free to see and not far at all from Page.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park ended up being our favorite park we visited on the road trip.

Angel's Landing is frikin awesome! We absolutely loved this hike! Our only regret while in the park was not hiking it twice.

angel's landing in zion national park is a special place to hike

There are a lot more hikes in the park besides Angel's Landing, I suggest checking before you come here to make sure the hike you want is accessible. The rivers in the park were exploding when we came through, so we didn't get to do some of the hikes we had planned.

We will be coming back to Zion soon!

Joshua Tree National Park

We only passed through Joshua Tree, but enjoyed the drive.. If you aren't pressed for time you may want to spend a whole day here as there is quite a few sites to see in the park.

The Joshua tree's were interesting and very unique looking, you should definitely add this place to your route if you decide to come this way!

Bubblegum Alley

After a brief stop in hollywood we made our way up the coast.

Our first stop - Bubble Gum Alley.

 

Bubblegum alley is this small bizarre alley way in the middle of San Luis Obispo where people have literally stuck thousands upon thousands of pieces of chewing gum to the wall. Some people have actually spelled there names and even wrote things with gum...

San Francisco

We loved it in San Francisco, but hated the traffic! Getting in was an absolute nightmare no matter what time a day it was, it seamed the traffic never stopped.

The Fisherman's Wharf, and Golden Gate were some of the highlights of our stop in San Francisco. If you go to the wharf, make sure to try their famous chowder! It was so amazingly good!

san francisco bay is really cool
china town in san francisco is a place

China town was a total let down. Very overrated in our book! We literally spent 10 minutes here before moving on.

The Route

A preview of the route's middle section... You can get a more detailed version here.

FINAL TWO WEEKS

North California Coast

Road tripping the California coast line is something we had always wanted to do, it was everything we thought it was going to be.. We loved it.

the coastal california road is a great drive

This tunnel bridge along the ocean was really cool, I parked the car and walked back down the road all while dodging traffic to get this photo!

Above is a campground we stayed at near the Redwoods National Park. This probably ended up being one of our favorite spots of the whole trip.

Oregon

Oregon is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of America. We fell in love with a little town on the coast called Brookings in southwest Oregon, it was the most amazing small town we've ever been to!

One thing that took us by surprise is just how many beautiful waterfalls that are in the state!

Palouse Falls, Washington

We weren't sure what to expect before we arrived at Palouse Falls, right away we fell in love with this park!

Should you choose to camp out for the night, there are tent spots in the park that are pretty decent for the price. Arrive early if you want a spot as they fill up fast.

We had a great time in the park, make sure to bring your hiking shoes and camera for the best experience! 

Montana

Montana is one of our favorite states in all of the U.S. If you love the outdoors, you will love Montana! 

kootenai falls is really flowing these days

Kootenai Falls

Glacier National Park

Glacier is one of our favorite parks in the states, there are a ton of hiking trails and photo opportunities here.

If you like hiking, there are a ton of hiking trails all throughout the park, here you will witness some of the most beautiful scenery you can find anywhere in the world!

Glacier park in montana is a nice place to spend the day

Glacier National Park is one of the parks we keep coming back to year after year. We absolutely love it here.

The Route

A preview of the route's last section... You can get a more detailed version here.

We had one of the most amazing months of our life road tripping the U.S. We spent one night in a motel and one night in a hostel, the rest of the trip consisted of solely camping underneath the stars.

 

Feel free to hit us up with any questions about our trip!

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