I’ve been dreaming of taking a cross country road trip for most of my adult life. Up until now it has always seemed like such a huge commitment. In the past, there were always too many obstacles standing in my way. There’s the usual lack of time and money, not being able to take enough time off of work, and not having anyone to take care of the animals while we’re away.

I’m excited to say that I’m in a different boat at this time in my life. I’ve figured ways around all of the hurdles and am ready to explore this beautiful country as much as possible. The plan is to leave home in Florida sometime between late April and early May. We plan to travel for about 3 months but don’t really have a set date to be back.

We’ll start out heading through Georgia and then go as far north as Michigan, where there’s a place called Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore that sounds really cool. I’ve traveled up and down most of the eastern coast but I’ve yet to explore the Midwest and most of the far West. Being a big cheese lover, stopping in Wisconsin is a must! Plus there’s the must-see landmarks like Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, The Grand Canyon, etc. Also, I hear the Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to visit.

Of course, being die-hard nature lovers we’ll be visiting as many national parks as we can and hiking and camping the whole way. I’m most excited about camping at Yosemite National Park and Mount Rainier National Park Campgrounds. They’re both on the Tripleblaze Top 100 Campgrounds list. One of my concerns though, is showing up to a packed campground and not having made a reservation, not being able to get a campsite. Since we won’t be on a rigid schedule it will be hard to make any reservations too far in advance.

All in all, I’m looking forward to having the adventure of a lifetime. We can work out any kinks that come up along the way. If anyone has been on a journey like this and has any words of wisdom I’d love to hear from you. Also, feel free to leave comments about any cool places you’ve found out there that you’d like to share.

Be on the lookout for upcoming blogs of my stops around the country…….

# Comments

  • JohnH

    On the way to Mt. Rushmore make a detour and hit Badlands NP. well worth the extra 100 miles or so.

    • SarahHikes

      We’ll definitely have to check that out. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  • kjspurlock

    If you can make it up to the New England area, it’s totally worth it. Acadia National Park in Maine is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

    Have fun this summer!!

    • SarahHikes

      I’ve been wanting to go to Acadia National Park but I don’t think we’ll be traveling up the east coast this time around. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  • ldubndahouse

    If you’re going to be stopping in Vegas, you should check out Red Rock Canyon which is 20 mins or so outside of it. Not sure when you plan on leaving but you may want to go during less busy months due to the camping situation. I just got back from a two week trip and we didnt have much trouble gettin camp spots in most np’s. but there are always campgrounds right outside the parks as well. My favorite parks were arches and Zion; both in Utah! Moab is right outside arches and is definitely a town worth staying a few days in ESP. If you like adventure sports. Hope you have a blast!

  • bedhead

    Make sure and visit the pacific NW coast

  • tourinrider

    See about getting a national park permit it allows you in the parks for the one fee, they are not inexpensive but it will save you quite a bit over a camping fee every night, have be careful.

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