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If you happen to have a month off and fancy seeing a bit more of the US, check out out the four weeks US trip that I did :) I know, when do you ever have four weeks off?! No probs, just cut down on the first few days in LA or skip the long weekend in New York at the end of the trip.
Four Weeks US Road Trip
Before I headed into our US road trip adventure I had only been to New York, Miami and Chicago. I had already wanted to see a bit more of the US for quite while but given the states are not really that close to Europe there was a bit more planning involved. Whilst it’s easy to head over for a week of holiday to LA or for a long weekend to New York, you don’t really ‘use up’ your vacation days to visit Austin or Sedona only, right? But as part of a bigger road trip, driving a few extra miles gives you the chance to see so much more without taking a lot more days off your annual leave.
I had so many places in mind that it was such a challenge to find the perfect balance of packing your road trip full of destinations and still have a relaxed time off. That said, staying just for the night in one place and then continue the next day driving for hours and hours did NOT seem like a relaxed trip. So we made sure that we generally had at least a couple of nights or even 3 nights per stop :) Planning any trip can be quite stressful, but when you sit down and actually take it step by step, it all works out in the end. But one of the most important aspects of any road trip is the playlist. You can’t go on a drive without listening to music! When I was adding music onto my phone, I came across a collection of songs for babies that were added when we went on a family trip a while ago. I better leave it on just in case. But with this being said, let’s get onto the itinerary:
Day 1 -4: Los Angeles
I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate much on LA, do I? Just think Hollywood, Disneyland, Malibu & Venice Beach, amazing restaurants, clubs, bars, shopping… you get the idea :) Time to sunbathe and mentally prepare for your three weeks of road trip adventure!
Day 5 – 7: San Francisco
San Francisco is such a beautiful city with gorgeous architecture, great restaurants and coffee shops, the world famous cable car and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure you drive over the bridge as you will have an amazing view from the other side of it.
Day: 8 – 11: Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is the perfect playground for nature lovers! There are literally hikes for everyone from short and easy hikes to much more challenging ones. And each of them goes through the breathtaking beauty of nature.
Day 11 -12: Yosemite National Park
If you liked Mammoth Lakes, you will be in for a treat! Yosemite National Park has its own stunning nature and landscapes that will make you want to stop every few minutes to enjoy the view! If you are short on time you could head to Yosemite in the morning and continue your journey to Las Vegas in the late afternoon – this is what we did. Make sure to have lots of coffee as you don’t want to head to bed immediately after arriving in Vegas.
Day 12 – 15: Las Vegas
Arrive before 11 pm and get changed to head out in time for a night out :) Save the next day for lying on the pool and watching a show at night. On the last day have a last dip into the pool and leave Las Vegas to arrive at Grand Canyon a couple of hours before sunset.
Day 15: Grand Canyon
A great stop to pass by without a sleepover. Do stay until sunset though as it is incredibly beautiful to watch! They also have a stargazing programme. Check their website here to find out when it’s on.
Day 15 – 18: Sedona
Spend a day hiking and book a tour with a shaman to learn about vortex energy. If you leave early enough in the morning you might want to pass by Mesa Verde on your way to Pagosa Springs.
Day 18 – 20: Pagosa Springs
Pagosa Springs a lovely little town with hot springs. It’s a great stop to relax after hiking in Sedona. You might want to head out and visit the Mesa Verde National Park for a day trip if you haven’t stopped there on the way from Sedona to Pagosa Springs.
Day 20: Albuquerque
Albuquerque makes a great stop while driving from Pagosa Springs to Austin. Have some coffee and a snack, switch drivers and continue the road trip adventure :)
Day 21 – 22: Austin
Austin is the city of live music and it’s easy to see why. When you are walking along the various bars you will hear live music from literally every one of them. Take your pick :) Before you head out for the night, go and watch the bats waking up around sunset. I have never seen that many bats in my life!
Day 23 – 25: New Orleans
New Orleans has a famous old quarter, the French Quarter. Here you will find stunning architecture, amazing drinks & live music, haunted bars and lots of voodoo shops. No surprise that there are lots of spooky walking tours. And once you are back from your tour you might be just in time to join in for some live music in the street and people dancing to it.
Day 26 – 30: New York
Fly out to New York! New York is one of my favourite cities in the world :) There will be plenty of cultural activities, amazing restaurants, hidden cocktail bars, quaint coffee shops, impressive architecture and LOADS of shopping waiting for you! We had a few mishaps in New York though because our car broke down! We had to get a queens towing service to rescue us!
On our travels, we passed many other fellow “roadtrippers”, many of whom were behind the wheel of an RV. This really is the way to do it: exploring the country with the comforts of home along for the journey. A friend of mine who owns one recommends ensuring your vehicle is equipped with quality parts, like reliable rv batteries, before embarking on a lengthy drive like ours.
Click through my HopBucket gallery above to see the highlights of the road trip :)
Have you tried HopBucket? It’s a free travel app that let’s you create photo travel stories within minutes. You can share your story with fellow travelers using a simple link. You can also share it with your readers by embedding your gallery on your blog (like mine above). What I love most about HopBucket is that it creates a location map from your photos it so much easier for people to visualise your trip :) Try HopBucket yourself here.
Have you done a road trip in the US? Let me know in the comments :)