Often when we talk to our friends back home they ask us what our favorite countries are in the world. And they are generally surprised when the good ‘ol US of A makes our top 10 list. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hype of international travel we forget how incredible and diverse the scenery is in our own backyard.
That is why in the fall of 2016 we decided to pack up our lives and embark on a 6-month roadtrip from Portland, Oregon to Key West Florida and back again. With plenty of meandering along the way we managed to rack up over 22,000 miles on our 1994 Ford Bronco and ~150 nights camped under the stars in the spectacular National Parks and public lands of the United States.
Here are a few of our favorite pictures we took along the way. We hope they inspire you to take your own roadtrip across this beautiful country!
Buckskin Gulch, Utah
Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in the US. It is also located just a short distance from the famous ‘Wave’ in Northern Arizona. You can hike the entire 24-miles of the canyon or just journey in a short distance and return the way you came. Prepare to be awed by the towering sandstone walls of the narrow canyon!
Antelope Island, Utah
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Havasu Falls, Arizona
Want to visit Havasu Falls? Check out our other post…
Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
Oak Alley is one of the beautiful plantations along the River Road loacted on the outskirts of New Orleans, Louisiana. If you’re heading to the Big Easy you should definitely take a day off drinking and go visit this well-preserved piece of Southen history.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Joshua Tree National Park, California
White Pocket, Arizona
Racetrack Playa, California
Christine Falls, Washington
Sequoia National Park, California
Desert View Watchtower, Arizona
Crater Lake, Oregon
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Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Monument Valley, Arizona
Anzo-Borrego Desert, California
Ramona Falls, Oregon
Big Sur, California
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Miles of white gypsum sand dunes make White Sand National Monument in New Mexico one of the most strikingly beautiful places in the United States. It contains only 10 designated campsite and visitors without a camping permit must exit the park before 9pm. Camping out under the stars in this vast white desert made White Sands on of our favorite experiences on our road trip and one of our top alternatives to the country’s busier National Parks.
Penny Hot Springs, Colorado
Penny Hot Springs is an inviting little off-the-beaten-path hot spring located just outside of Carbondale, Colorado on the banks of the Crystal River. The landscape is particularly stunning in the winter when the riverbanks are covered in snow!
The Wave, Arizona
Want to visit The Wave? Check out our other post…
Druid Arch, Utah
Temple of the Sun, Utah
Angels Landing, Utah
Angels Landing is one of the most popular Zion National Park hikes. It offers sweeping views of Zion Canyon, but it’s not a hiking trail for the feint of heart or for hikers with a fear of heights. You’ll begin the hike by ascending a set of 21 steep switchback (known as “Walter’s Wiggles”) that will test your endurance and end it by scramble along rock ledges while holding onto metal chains 1,400′ above the canyon floor!
Goblin Valley, Utah
Zapata Falls, Colorado
Alvord Desert, Oregon
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