51 Days Across the U.S in 51 Pictures

Why do we travel?  It’s an interesting question with many varying answers.  For me, it’s fairly simple:  In addition to relieving stress and giving people a much needed break from their daily lives, traveling also cements experiences into your memory that we can learn from and be inspired by.  Ultimately, it expands horizons literally and figuratively.  I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this, but some of my most vivid memories in life are not what I’ve purchased or acquired, but the trips I’ve taken over the years and the people that shared them with me.

Our entire route from beginning to end. 9000 miles. 51 days.  A lifetime of experiences and memories.

RVing across the U.S and back. The entire route, from beginning to end, starting in Columbus, OH. 51 days and almost 9000 miles. A lifetime of experiences & memories. Map via roadtrippers.com

My wife and I decided to make traveling an important part of our relationship early on, and it continues to this day. It was also uber important for us to document our experiences through pictures. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s very true. Pictures enable you to hold onto priceless memories far after the trip is over. It’s with that spirit that we’ve created a pictorial overview of a trip we took in the spring of 2015 – RVing across the U.S. and back in 51 days with our two bulldogs. We chose 51 pictures, in chronological order, that either capture a moment in time for us, or that we feel best represent the beauty and unique landscapes of this country we call home. Feel free to comment with some of your favorite travel destinations and stories.  We’d love to hear and learn from your experiences as well.  Enjoy!

Good Ol’ Rocky Top Campground.  Tennessee - The first of 50 nights

Rocky Top Campground. Our first stop near Bristol, TN.

Trucking across the Appalachian Mountains near the Tennessee_North Carolina border.

Trucking across the Appalachian Mountains near the Tennessee & North Carolina border.

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Day 2 – The hills outside Asheville, NC. Our view for the evening.

Biltmore of Bust - Asheville, NC

Biltmore of Bust – Asheville, NC

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Rainbow Row – Charleston, SC

Angel Oak Light Lens

Angel Oak – Possibly the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River, near Charleston, SC

Tybee Island Lighthouse near Savannah, GA

Tybee Island Lighthouse near Savannah, GA

Yoga in the Palms.  Jacksonville, FL

Yoga in the Palms.  Jacksonville, FL

Biking on the beach cruiser.  Ponte Vedra, FL

Biking on the beach cruiser.  Ponte Vedra, FL

 

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A Panhandle Sunset at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Fell in love with New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival

Fell in love with New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival

 

Caught in the rain

Caught in the rain in the French Quarter – New Orleans, LA

Dallas Night Sky

Dallas Night Sky

 

Enjoyed America’s pastime in Arlington, TX

Enjoyed America’s pastime in Arlington, TX

Had a BIG Steak at the BIG TEXAN in Amarillo

Had a BIG Steak at the BIG TEXAN – Amarillo, TX

Almost ran out of gas on Route 66 in the middle of the southwestern desert

Almost ran out of gas on Route 66 in the middle of the Southwestern desert.

Mountain yoga hike with a local yogi in Santa Fe, NM

Mountain yoga hike with a local yogi in Santa Fe, NM.

Took a picture of an ENTIRE mountain outside of Albuquerque

A picture of an ENTIRE mountain outside Albuquerque, NM.

Straddling the border of northern Arizona and southern Utah, Monument Valley is one of the most intensely and genuinely awe-inspiring landscapes in the U.S.  Countless movies, including some of the most famous Westerns, were filmed here.

Straddling the border of northern Arizona and southern Utah, Monument Valley is one of the most intensely and genuinely awe-inspiring landscapes in the U.S. Countless movies, including some of the most famous Westerns, were filmed here.  

Sunrise over the buttes as the fog lifts.  Monument Valley

Sunrise over the buttes – Monument Valley

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Handstands in the sand – Monument Valley

Spent two nights in a tipi campground with our pups run by a super kind Navajo family just outside the park.

Spent two nights in a Tipi campground run by a Navajo family just outside the Monument Valley park. Surreal experience!

Rode our bikes and popped two tires (one each) along this beautiful river in Zion National Park

Biked and hiked along the Zion River in Zion National Park

Walked The Narrows in Zion

Walked the famous Zion Narrows.

Climbed the mountains above Sedona, and realized Arizona is not ALL desert

Climbed the mountains above Sedona, and realized not ALL of Arizona is desert.

Pulled into Palm Springs, did laundry, slept, and left first thing in the morning.  It was the windiest place of our entire trip

One windy day and night in Palm Springs, CA. Easily the windiest place we visited on our trip. 

Finally met the Pacific over 3 weeks into our trip. Hello Santa Barbara Harbor!

Finally reached the Pacific over 3 weeks into our trip. Hello Santa Barbara Harbor!

Viewed (and smelled) hundreds of Elephant Seals in San Simeon, CA

Saw (and smelled) hundreds of Elephant Seals in San Simeon, CA

Someone needed sunglasses on the seaside cliffs at Lucia Lodge in Big Sur, CA

Someone needed sunglasses as we took in the cliffside view at Lucia Lodge – Big Sur, CA.

McWay Falls in Big Sur, California.  The beach is off limits, but the view is enough to drop the jaw.

McWay Falls in Big Sur, CA.  The beach is off limits, but the view is enough to drop the jaw.

Amongst the coastal redwoods near Big Sur, CA

Among the coastal Redwoods in Big Sur, CA

Overlooking the Sierra Nevada range with our pups near Yosemite National Park

Overlooking the Sierra Nevadas with Rucca the Silly Frenchie on the road into Yosemite. 

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Scaled the mighty Vernal Fall Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park.

Followed the Love Bus down Lombard Street, the most crooked street in the world, in San Francisco, CA

Followed the LoveBus down Lombard St, the ‘Most Crooked Street in the World’, in San Francisco, CA. 

Hugged some Giant Sequoias in the Avenue of the Giants (Northern Cali)

Hugged a Giant Sequoia while walking through the ‘Avenue of the Giants’ in Humboldt County, CA.

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A road like no other – Avenue of the Giants. 

Stood on top of Portland at the Departure at the Nines

Stood on top of Portland, OR at Departure at the Nines

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Feeling small at Multnomah Falls, 30 minutes outside Portland, OR.  

Pretended we were on a spaceship at the Space Needle in Seattle, WA (Oh, we had dinner at the top too - It’s a rotating restaurant)

Iconic to say the least, Seattle’s Space Needle.  Do yourself a favor and make the trip to the top during sunset. Incredible 360 degree views of the downtown skyline, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. 

Pike Place (1)

Stopped at one of the most famous city markets in the U.S. – Pike Place Market.  You’ve probably seen people in Seattle throwing fish.  This is where that happens. 

Constantly tried to prevent the dogs from climbing into the captain’s chair while driving

Continually tried to stop the dogs from climbing in the captain’s chair whilst driving. Sorry guys, only people with thumbs can steer the RV. 

 

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Drove through the rolling hills and mountain scapes outside Boise, ID.  Boise was a surprisingly cool little town. 

Somewhere between Salt Lake City and Provo.  A loan house sits on a deserted road in a mountain valley.

Somewhere between Salt Lake City and Provo, UT, a lone house sits on a deserted road in a mountain valley.  

Absolute beauty in Arches National Park.  Moab, UT

Absolute beauty at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Sunset over Moab, UT near Arches National Park

Sunset over Moab, UT near Arches. 

Experienced ‘mountain town’ life in Buena Vista, CO

Experienced ‘mountain town’ life in Buena Vista, CO

A glimpse of Pikes Peak from the Garden of the Gods.  Colorado Springs, CO

Caught a glimpse of Pikes Peak while hiking in Garden of the Gods.  Colorado Springs, CO

Stayed 17 hours in the middle of nowhere. Paxico, Kansas.  (No spaceships allowed)

Driving through Kansas was long, but not quite as boring as we’d imagined. Spent one night in the middle of nowhere – Paxico, KS (no spaceships allowed)

On a rainy, foggy night - Walked through the the Gateway to the West backwards as we headed home to Ohio

On a rainy, foggy, chilly night, we walked through the Gateway to the West backwards, as we headed home to Ohio.  

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After 2 months in a 25 foot RV, we were both happy to be home in Columbus, OH, but also excited for our next adventure.  We love to travel, but feel extremely lucky to live in such an amazing city in the heart of the country. 

Until next time, keep traveling!

One Comment on “51 Days Across the U.S in 51 Pictures

  1. Aaron
    Pictures are beautiful. Tom and I are heading that direction next spring. The picture of the arch is amazing. We have been there.

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