Assuming that all goes well, in 20 days, I’ll be hitting the road for a 2+ month-long epic, cross-country road trip!
I’ve made some tweaks to the itinerary as I’ve done so more research on where to go/what to do. I’ve shortened stays in some cities and cut out the entire Florida route. It took up too much time to drive all the way down and up. Maybe next time… Instead, I’m planning to hit up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and head home that way.
Things still aren’t set in stone, though. In my travel itinerary below, in italics, I wrote the hikes/things I plan to do in different areas. Have any other suggestions? Must-sees or must-dos along the way? Things I should skip?
I still need some places along the way to stay. I plan on doing CouchSurfing for the first time, but having contacts would be even better. Know of a friend of a friend of a friend who happens to live in one of the places where I’ll be visiting? Let me know! I’ve got most of the cities covered (yay!), but contacts in the more remote areas/near national parks would be super helpful.
I’m planning to do lots of day hikes, but no solo-backpacking that requires setting up camp. Also, I’m trying to stick with more well-visited areas. So don’t suggest a route that goes into Bumblef*ck, Nowhere, please.
Mt. Evans. What’s not to love about this?
25: Epic Road Trip: Commence! Drive to Cincinnati
26: Drive to Chicago
27: Drive to Milwaukee
28: Drive to Omaha
29: Drive to Denver
30 Denver, hike around Mt. Evans
31: Drive to Boulder, Whitewater rafting
Bison Friends in Yellowstone
1: Boulder, Flat irons
2: Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park: Chautauqua
3-4: Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge, Loch Vale, National Park Gateway
5: Drive to Grand Tetons National Park
6: Drive to Yellowstone National Park
Love at First Sight in Glacier National Park
7-8: Yellowstone National Park, Mount Washburn, Grand Canyon, Hayden Valley, Lamar Valley
9: Drive to Glacier National Park
10-13: Glacier National Park, Iceberg Lake Trail, Highland Loop Hike, Going-to-the Sun Road, Scenic Point
14: Drive to Seattle
15: Seattle, Mt. Rainier
16: Drive to Olympic National Park
17-18: Olympic National Park, Hoh Rainforest, Hurrican Ridge, Ruby Beach, kayak
19: Drive to Portland
20-21: Portland, Mt. Hood
22: Drive to Crater Lake National Park
Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park
23: Drive to Medocino via Redwood National Park
24: Drive to San Francisco
25: Drive to Lake Tahoe
26; Lake Tahoe, Mount Talles,Five Lakes
27: Drive to Yosemite National Park,
28-1: Yosemite National Park, Clouds Rest, Glen Aulin, Tenaya Lake,Half Dome
Cables Going Up Half Dome in Yosemite
I’ll be hiking up this bad boy. Although hopefully with no snow. Snow = No hike.
Hidden Canyon in Zion National Park
2: Drive to Death Valley
3: Drive to Zion National Park
4-10: Zion National Park, The Subway (bottom up), Hidden Canyon, The Narrows, Observation Point, Emerald Pools Trail, Angels Landing
11: Drive to Bryce Canyon National Park
12: Bryce Canyon National Park:, Navajo loop, Queen’s Garden Trail
13: Drive to Arches National Park
14: Arches National Park
15: Drive to Grand Canyon National Park via Antelope Canyon
Havasu Falls right outside the Grand Canyon
16-19: Grand Canyon, Hike to the bottom!, Grand Canyon Rim Trail, Havasupai Falls
20: Drive to Albuquerque via Petrified Forest National Park
21: Drive to Austin
22-23: Austin, Hamilton’s Pool
24: Drive to New Orleans
25-26: New Orleans
27: Drive to Great Smoky Mountain National Park
28-30: Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Mount LeConte, Mt. Cammerer
31: Drive to Buckhannon, WV
Hamilton Pool, right outside of Austin
November 1: HOME!
A lot of people have asked me what I’m looking forward to seeing/doing the most. I’m really excited to re-visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone. When I was at each of those places, it felt like I didn’t have nearly enough time. I have a sneaking suspicion that the same thing will happen again. But last time I was in Yellowstone was the summer before 2nd grade. It’ll be interesting to see what I do/don’t remember and finding new things to love about the park.
Aside from things I’ve seen already though, I’m really excited to do some good hikes, especially Half Dome in Yosemite and the hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (last time I was there, we just did a part of the descent). I’m spending a good chunk of time in Zion, because I hear it’s magical, and I’m really excited to see Antelope Canyon (thanks, Katie, for the suggestion!).
Friends and fam, if you will be in the areas where I’ll be traveling and/or want to tag along for a part of the trip, let me know! Company is always welcome.
For now, I’m slowly getting things ready. I’ve been ordering all sorts of craziness online, from a first aid kit to bear mace.
Okay, that’s all for now!
Peace and love,