three weeks ago, my girlfriend and i set out on a fourteen-day road trip across the country in her toyota prius. we drove 8,500 thousand miles through nineteen states between october eighteenth and the thirty-first. from charleston, south carolina we set out for waynesville, north carolina. we camped out off the blue ridge parkway on the first night. woke up and visited organic beans coffee shop in waynesville then headed west towards nashville, tn. walked around the musical city and found some dinner at one of the restaurants off of union street. from nashville we took rt 24 into st louis, missouri where we rode a small escape pod looking elevator 630ft up to the arch’s peak. our next leg of the trip was the longest. from st louis we drove through missouri, iowa, parts of nebraska, and on through south dakota until we landed at the badlands in southwestern-south dakota. from the badlands, we drove through wyoming and into montana stopping at the chico hot springs 45 min north of yellowstone park in montana. after soaking in the spring, we spend the next two days exploring yellowstone. camped out on the southwestern side of the lake. temperature was the coldest here on the entire trip, 27 degrees. still pretty warm for what i was preparing myself for. after yellowstone, we decided we could make it all the way out to the pacific coast and back without losing much time. so, from yellowstone we took off through the rocky tip of idaho and into the gorgeous state of washington. we first entered spokane city around 10 pm. drove around for a little while then continued west. of all the states we drove through, the entire state of washington stuck out for me. the landscape was dramatic, lively and colorful. we explored seattle, took a ferry across puget sound, toured cape flattery a little, took route 112 all the way up to the northwestern tip of the continental us. followed route 101 down the coast where we camped next to the ocean and on through the olympic national forest. from there we drove to portland oregon, explored the city for a couple hours, then took off to view glorious mount hood. unfortunately we did not get a chance to see mount rainer, however mount hood seemed equally as satisfying. from oregon we drove through the southern part of idaho and into salt lake city, utah where we hopped into southern wyoming for a little while right before entering colorado. fort collins, boulder, denver, and the rocky moutains national park were on our agenda for exploring. colorado and yellowstone we’re the furthest west destinations we had originally planned on visiting. being how fast we were traveling we were able to see far more than we thought. from colorado we headed south through new mexico, texas, then on through oaklahoma, arkansas and tennessee. upon arriving at the great smokey mountains we found ourselves traversing back and forth a dirt road over the entire mountain range. we viewed gorgeous scenery and sometimes scenery unique only to our location. after exiting the dirt road into north carolina we stopped at the same cafe we visited at the start of our trip to make a complete circle. from there, we had only five hours until we were back in charleston, south carolina. anyone thinking of setting out on the great american road trip… do it, do it now.
p.s. i have over a hundred photographs to be posted throughout the next few weeks. i will caption with location and other details which appear necessary.