I have driven across the country twice so far. I love it. It was one of the best trips I have ever made. It was so much fun to see all those parts of the USA. My first time, I started in San Francisco at home and drove across to Tallahassee where I go to graduate school. My Aunt decided to go with me. It was so much fun to go this adventure with her. We saw and did some amazing things. We also made some mistakes, so I will let you know things to avoid as well.
Day 1: I will tell you about best places in San Francisco and Tahoe soon. In much more detail.
Day 2: We drove down the east side of the Sierras to Las Vegas. It was so neat going through small old mining towns. We even got to see area 51, where the aliens are! It is in a very remote area; you can’t drive in, but there are areas nearby that have fun tourist things to do.
We reached Vegas. We really didn’t have interest in exploring Vegas that much. I figured that I would probably go back one day for a bachelorette party. I really wanted to see the more natural landmarks.
I have never seen the Hoover dam before. The dame was so big and amazing. What an incredible feat of engineering.
From there it is an easy drive to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. This is where you can walk out on the skywalk over the Grand Canyon. It is supposed to be stunning. But when we went they don’t let anyone go when there are thunderstorms and rain. So it is best to go early in the morning during the summer because there are thunderstorms every afternoon. Learn more here.
Day 3: We kept driving to Page, a small town outside of Horseshoe Bend. There is a couple of great places to stay around there. We stayed at a small motel at the edge of the Grand Canyon. It was kind of simple place to stay, but it was all I needed.We woke up early at 6 am to watch the sun rise over the mountains and canyon. Horseshoe bend is so beautiful. It a short walk from the road. After horseshoe bend, we head into Page to grab breakfast and get in line for antelope canyon.
Antelope Canyon is part of a Navajo land; you need a tour to access the canyon. You can reserve tours online before. The best time to go is during the summer; there is flash flooding in the area. If you are trying to get those amazing orange photos of the canyons go around noon. Here is a link to the tours.
It was only noon when we finished antelope canyon and horseshoe bend. So we got back on the road and headed towards Santa Fe. We even drove through Monument Valley. It is beautiful and fascinating.
It is a beautiful desert with these jetting out mountains in red rock. It is an unbelievable view.
As we pass through small ranch towns and desert we come across four corners. The only place in the USA where you can stand in 4 states at once.
We made it to Santa Fe. It was beautiful at night. Golden light and deep blue sky. I love Santa Fe. The dry warm heat radiating off the streets. We went to this incredible place for breakfast, Cafe Pasquals. It is true good New Mexican food; Mexican with organic and local food.
Next state is one of the largest. TEXAS! It felt like it would last forever. It is a long state to drive across. There were hundreds of sunflower fields so we stopped on the side of the road to look at them.
Day 4: We were aiming to get to Austin. The foothills of Texas are beautiful. There is a place called Hamilton Pool. When we went you just had to wait in line and get a ticket. Now you have to make a reservation ahead of time.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go swimming, the park tests the water to make sure it is ok to swim. We had another long drive to New Orleans!
First, stop beignets!!!! Famous Cafe Du Monde. Their chicory coffee and powdered sugar beignets. Make sure you wear white, cause the sugar can get everywhere!
I love New Orleans! Make sure you stop by Frenchman’s Street at night to listen to the latest Jazz. We got to hear some great tunes on the street corner. It is always fun to see the characters down Bourbon Street.
Day 6: Now, the 6 hour drive through the gulf coast to Tallahassee!
We made it!!
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