US & Canada Road Trip Itinerary : Part One

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Last week, I broke the news that Asia is being postponed.  Don’t worry, it’s still happening and it’s still going to be amazing.  It’s just not happening for another year.  What is happening though is one EPIC road trip through the US and Canada.  

This trip is going to last just as long as Asia was – roughly 9 months – leaving November 1st and planning on being back around August next year.  I’ve put together a rough itinerary and here is where it will be taking us (the continental US portion):

1.  Route 66

We are starting our trip off by following the historic Route 66 from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California.  It passes through major cities in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma City, Texas, Arizona New Mexico and California.  But, it also includes ghost towns, unique motels, quirky roadside attractions and some one of a kind dining experiences.

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Historic Route 66

Utah

After ending up in Los Angeles at the end of Route 66, we will be backtracking a bit to head back into Utah but it will be well worth it.  We plan on hitting up (in this order) Zion National Park, Escalante National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park.

Turret arch as seen through the North Window, Arches National Park, Moab

Canyonlands

Four Corners Monument

We’ll head south from Canyonlands to check out the Four Corners Monument.

Four Corners National Monument

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon is obviously a must.

Grand Canyon

Las Vegas

After all the outdoorsy fun, we’re going to need some city life fun.  And, Las Vegas just happens to be on our way back into California.  I’ve never been, Kaleb has.  He has a pretty epic story about his time in Vegas that I’ll have to get him to share sometime.

Some of the things we are most excited about in Vegas : seeing a Cirque du Soleil show, the neon sign museum, the thrill rides on the Stratosphere building and much more!

Las Vegas

Death Valley National Park and King’s Canyon National Park

After Vegas, we’ll be heading to Death Valley and King’s Canyon national parks.  After reading Syd from Nomadically Inclined‘s posts about her love for Death Valley, I’m stoked.

Returning from Death Valley National Park
Mist Falls - Kings Canyon National Park

Big Sur

Heading to the coast next, I hope to spend a couple weeks in Big Sur because it looks too gorgeous.

McWay Falls, Big Sur, CA

San Francisco

Beyond excited for San Fran.  So many things to see and do here.  Plus, it’s a Nature Lover’s Paradise as well.

Most excited for : Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, checking out the food scene and so much more…

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Yosemite National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park

We will then head back inland to check out Yosemite and Lassen Volcanic parks.

Valley View, Yosemite NP
Lassen Volcanic National Park 9

Redwoods National Forest

Who wouldn’t love these giant trees?!

Redwoods

Crater Lake National Park

I’ve been kicking my ass that I never went here when I lived in Washington so it’s about time.

Sinnott Memorial Lookout, Crater Lake National Park

Oregon Coast

Yes, that coastline is in the United States and in Oregon at that.

Cape Kiwanda - Looking out Towards Haystack Rock

Columbia River Gorge

I want to spend a couple weeks in the Columbia River Gorge area.

Bridal Veil Falls, Columbia River Gorge

Portland

voodoo doughnut portland oregon

Next up is Portland.  Portland is weird and quirky and fun.  I’m really excited to show it off to Kaleb.

I love the weekend market, Voodoo Doughnuts and much more.

Washington Coast

You would never believe that Washington has such a gorgeous coastline but it does.

olympic coastline, pacific northwest

Olympic National Park

At the very tip of the state is Olympic National Park and where we will go next.

Olympic National Park, Washington

Seattle

My home for a few years.  I’m so excited to be going back and to be able to see friends while there as well.

Seattle

Ferry to Alaska

After Seattle, we’ll continue north to Bellingham, WA where we will take the 3 day ferry to Alaska.

Stay tuned for Part Two : Alaska and Canada’s Itinerary… 

Have you been to any of these places?  Any suggestions of things to do and see in any of these places?

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9 Comments

  1. The Guy

    August 15, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    Ashley, this looks like a fabulous trip that you’ve planned. From your photos I dare say you’ve already seen many of these?

    I’ve already been to San Fran, Vegas and Utah in the past and would love to revisit them all. Especially the gorgeous Utah.

    I’d also really like to drive 66 one day, well maybe one month 😉

  2. Sammi Wanderlustin'

    August 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Do you read Everywhereist? She recommends another donut place in Portland, can’t remember what it’s called but I think it’s just the other side of the road as I remember from Voodoo Donuts.

    Also are you not heading to Bryce Canyon? I have been recommended to visit there *instead of* Grand Canyon (tho’ I’d still visit Grand Canyon)!

  3. Angie @ Newton's Travels

    August 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Sounds like an awesome itinerary. I don’t know that I could be on the road that long unless it was in an RV lol I prefer to fly but I imagine if we sold everything we own we could get an RV and load up the pets ha ha

    Alcatraz is so awesome. We really enjoyed it. A whale watching tour in Monterrey should be on your list and if you love quaint towns like I do, stay in Carmel! Carmel by the Sea beach, Hog’s Breath Inn (Clint Eastwood’s restaurant and so much more. We stayed at the Monte Verde Inn B & B (I just wrote the review on it). Cannot wait to keep up with your travels!

  4. Shere

    August 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I’m jealous! we will have three weeks of road trip and we will start in San Francisco and end up in Los Angeles. We also intend to visit a lot of national parks so heading inland instead of the highway 1. Well, I have already done the highway 1 and it’s really nice 🙂

    Shere y Paul

  5. Carmen @ CarmensTravelTips

    August 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    That sounds like an amazing trip you have planned. We’ve visited some of those sites along the way. We stayed in Yosemite and drove to San Francisco one year. Another we drove from San Diego north to Santa Barbara.

  6. Stef

    August 17, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    That sounds like such a great adventure. I wish you all the best and so much fun during your roadtrip and cannot wait to read your posts about your trip!

  7. Lauren

    August 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Sounds like an epic trip! I haven’t been to the west coast before so I would love to visit any of these places! Especially San Francisco, it’s been on my list for a while!

  8. Tara Lepore and Jessi Honard

    August 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    What an awesome trip! Looking forward to your posts about your adventures 🙂

  9. Lisa Goodmurphy

    September 9, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    This sounds like an amazing trip! We saw Beatles: Love in Las Vegas last year – it’s an incredible show!

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