4 Weeks Road Trip Through the US

Grand Canyon Roadtrip US

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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 :) And this is our 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!

 

Click through my HopBucket gallery above to see the highlights of the road trip :)

HopBucket

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 :)

 

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49 Comments

  1. June 5, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    This looks like the trip of a lifetime! I’ve been to California but I’d love to visit some of the parks as well as Austin!

  2. June 5, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Looks like an incredible route, i followed a similar path last summer. Yosemite is one of the most incredible places i have ever been in my entire life!

  3. June 5, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Wow! What an amazing trip that would be! We are driving from Nebraska to Oregon this summer and I think that is pretty epic! I love that you have Pagosa Springs on here, we used to go camping there every year when I was a kid!

  4. June 5, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    These pictures are beautiful and what a fun trip. I remember when I was a kid and we drove from Houston, Texas to San Francisco and Sacramento. That was the longest ride, but it was so much fun!

  5. June 5, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    What an amazing trip to go on! A nice balance between city and nature. We drove from Oklahoma to LA one summer and stopped at the Grand Canyon for a day. It was not really on the way but totally worth it.

  6. June 5, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    What an incredible trip this must’ve been! I’m going to New Orleans at the end of next month but we’ll only be there for 2 days – any suggestions or things you absolutely loved?

    • Karateandcaviar
      June 6, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      I really enjoyed the haunted walking tour we did :) Afterwards we went to a few bars that also had haunted places hehe. Just have a quick search on google – there are so many haunted places apparently :)

  7. June 5, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Sounds fun! I’m from New Orleans, and lived in New England, but have never been on the West Coast! I’d love to take a road trip like this! As for New Orleans though, the food is a must try!

  8. June 5, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    This looks like the most fun trip!! I live in this part of the country so you gave me some ideas for places to visit! Thanks for sharing xoxoxo

  9. Hannah
    June 5, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    This is great! I did a week-long road trip in California, which was super fun. I’d like to do a bit more out there though. I’ve been to Yosemite and everything many years ago, but I’d love to go back.

  10. June 5, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Wow this trip sounds absolutely amazing! You’re so lucky that you got to visit all of these breathtakingly beautiful places!

  11. June 5, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    What an incredible trip! I would love to do a month long road trip. My boyfriend and I are going to Nashville in August. Have you ever been?

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    • Karateandcaviar
      June 6, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      Oh cool! Not been yet. So many cool places still to explore :) Have fun!

  12. June 5, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I would literally LOVE to do this exact trip. I bet you had such a blast! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  13. June 5, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    Great information! I am so jealous! I am hoping soon my husband and I will get to take a road trip like this.

  14. June 5, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    I love the Las Vegas area. I would recommend to visit Lake mead and Red Rock canyon next time. We live in New York so I would skip that but otherwise amazing itinerary!

  15. Lacee
    June 6, 2017 / 12:06 am

    What an amazing trip this would be to take! Several of these places are on my bucket-list!

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  16. June 6, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Sounds like a really cool trip! My husband and I are trying to find some time to do the entire west coast.

  17. Karin
    June 6, 2017 / 9:00 am

    What an awesome trip! Definitely makes me want to pack up and hit the road. :-)

  18. June 6, 2017 / 11:14 am

    this is such a cool trip!! I’d love to do something like this one day. You could travel in the states for a lifetime and still never see all that there is to see. great post!

  19. June 15, 2017 / 4:07 am

    wow what a great post and amazing pics. I´m going to las vegas this summer and I´m so excited

  20. June 15, 2017 / 6:51 am

    This is my dream trip I hope I can do the same in a short future, it has to be amazing trip. Thanks for share it I am taking some tips.

  21. June 15, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    That was a jampacked schedule but I’m sure you had an amazing time in each of the destinations! It’s awesome to be able to go around the US and see the spots that we’re known for. I’ve never heard of that app! It sounds awesome!

  22. June 15, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Wow! You definitely hit all of my favorite places. I love taking road trips. I’ve actually road tripped across the US 3 times over the years! Great and fun article, thanks for sharing :)

  23. June 15, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I absolutely loved Sedona! I would recommending taking one of the Pink Jeep tours there, or driving your own Jeep if you have one!

  24. June 15, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    A 4-week road trip would be amazing, especially in the USA. I would love to do this trip!

  25. June 24, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Just this week I was telling someone that I would like to drive across a few states one day. Sounds like this would be a great way to start

  26. robin rue
    June 26, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I am on the east coast, so I think there are so me things I would like to see here. The grand canyon is a good one, though.

  27. June 26, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Oh my goodness this sounds like the most amazing road trip! I would love one day to head to the US and take a road trip around seeing some of the sites as it just sounds like the perfect way to see the country.
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  28. June 26, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I’ve never heard of this app before but I like the idea of creating photo travel stories. Travelling is about creating memories and experience. This app sounds like fun!

  29. June 26, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Love that you stopped in Albuquerque. Next time stop for lunch for some green chile burritos

  30. June 26, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    That must have been so much fun! I’ve only been to New York, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon on your list. Need to explore more!

  31. June 27, 2017 / 3:33 am

    Your road trip sounds super fun! I am doing a few short trips with my kiddos this summer!

  32. Adaleta
    June 27, 2017 / 4:02 am

    Wow this is really cool but so awesome to cover so many places!!

  33. June 28, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I’m so happy I found this post! I saved it, since I would like to make a similar road trip, and I would love to visit these places!

  34. June 28, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    You have a nice travel site very helpful. I personally love traveling as well my goal is to visit all 50 States i have no deadline just taking my time and enjoying the road trip.

  35. July 1, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    I love a good road trip. We take 1-2 in the summer every year.

  36. July 5, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I thought you didn’t have pictures until I got to the bottom of the post! I was sooo disappointed! Looks like you had a blast.

    • Karateandcaviar
      July 5, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Haha, yes, I can imagine – so many tips and no photos! Saved the best for last ;)

  37. July 10, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I’d just love to up and leave everything and do this trip right now, it sounds amazing! I think I will have to wait until the kids are a bit older before we do something like this. Fab post :)
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  38. July 20, 2017 / 3:32 am

    This is giving me so much travel inspo. My boyfriend and I have wanted to do a road trip around the US for a while and I think we just might use your trip plan as a guide! I have a couple questions though:

    1) How much time did you guys spend driving vs. seeing the sights and doing stuff?
    2) How much do you think you guys spent in gas?

    Would love to see a post from ya on traveling on a budget!

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    • Karateandcaviar
      July 20, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Hi Shannon, I think we spent around 2-4 hours per trip to major sights. E.g. 4 hours Grand Canyon, 2-5 hours per hike, 3 hours in a city if we were just driving through rather than staying over etc. The trip is ambitious and I wouldn’t recommend it if you have not booked a relaxed week for afterwards haha. We went to Hawaii for 2 weeks thereafter, so for us it was great :) Fuel costs, I really don’t know anymore. I think it was OK as gas in the US wasn’t as expensive as in Europe.

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