While I love Europe (and hope to maybe live there one day), there are so many places right here in America I want to see as well. Sometimes I forget how big the United States is, I mean for the Ryder Cup in golf… it’s one country vs. an entire continent (and don’t get me started on the Presidents Cup)! So time to put your passport away and let’s road trip across this beautiful country!
1 | Monument Valley, Utah
When I think “The Great American Road Trip”, the first image I think of is Monument Valley. Maybe I’ve seen the movie Cars one too many times with my son, but there’s something about the wide open spaces and the unique red stone structures scattered throughout the valley. Utah is also home to Zion National Park which is a state park I would love to visit one day.
Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona are these amazing slot canyons. They are so picturesque that it would be a crime not to see them with my own eyes! Antelope Canyon includes two separate sections, both equally photogenic.
Also near Page, Arizona (two for one!) is Horseshoe Bend, a meander of the Colorado River. It is a short 3/4 mile hike from US Route 89 to the steep cliff overlook (it’s a 1,000 feet drop to the river below). That’s a pretty short hike to see some wicked views of the Colorado River.
El Capitan, My Captain! One of my coworkers recently went to a wedding at Yosemite and all the pictures he showed me from that weekend were breathtaking! Not only is Yosemite easy on the eyes, but it has everything from fishing and rock climbing to horseback riding and bird watching.
Goal: Crossing this off my bucket list this summer! Honestly I have no excuse, Hamilton Pool is only about a 2.5 hour drive from my house and about 45 minutes from Austin (which we go to at least twice a summer). Jacob’s Well in nearby Wimberley, Texas is also a great swimming hole in Texas.
This beautiful gorge is located 40 minutes east of Portland, Oregon and is in the Columbia River Gorge. The hike to get there is little over a mile and features moss covered walls and waterfalls! Insert fairy tale here. Expect to get wet cause the creek is your trail and can get somewhat deep at some points (see the above picture)!
I don’t know much about this state park except for the incredible pictures floating around like the one above. It’s like something out of a Peter Jackson movie. It is located about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Syracuse and Rochester and about 3 hours from Niagara Falls. The next time I’m up east, I’m definitely going to try to make it up there!
Have you been to any of these places? What is on your USA bucket list?
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