It’s crazy how many photos we took during our American road trip. I haven’t counted but we easily took thousands between us and right now they’re on external hard drives and spread across both our MacBooks. In fact, I think we even got a little bit of a photo-taking burn out and haven’t used our cameras much since arriving in Vancouver (apart from this past weekend in Whistler!).
One of my favourite Sunday night activities is to take a look through some of the photos I took and remember the cool places we visited. I’ve narrowed it down to 10 of my favourites (although I could probably go on for ever!). And, if you wanted even more USA inspiration take a look at these instagram icons in the USA.
Mammoth Lakes, California
We stumbled across these thermal springs near Mammoth Lakes in California completely by accident. We took a detour in search of a hot spring (which turned out to be TOO hot). We found ourselves in this magical place where you could hear the water bubbling away and see the snow capped mountains in the distance.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Sure Antelope Canyon in Arizona is extremely busy and pretty expensive but is it worth it? I’d still say so! This slot canyon in the middle of an Indian reservation is spectacular and there aren’t many places like it in the world. I’m glad we fit this in to our American road trip itinerary.
Flordia Keys and Highyway 1
Our trip down to Key West, and the southern most point of Continental USA, feels like a life time ago (it was back in March!). The road down was beautiful and framed by palm trees and turquoise waters. We took the drone with us and captured shots from above like this one of the old highway which is a bit broken!
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
I didn’t know anything about the state of North Carolina before we drove around the USA. By the time we reached Florida the state was one of my favourites. This sunset was on the island of Ocracoke. We sat in the back of the van with dinner and a beer and it was perfect!
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Driftwood beach on Georgia’s Jekyll Island is said to be one of the most romantic beaches in the US, if not the world. It’s pretty easy to see why with sunrises like this! Jekyll Island also features on my round up of underrated places on the USA’s East Coast.
Arches National Park, Utah
Arches National Park was the first of many National Parks we visited in the USA. It still remains one of my favourites although they were all absolutely beautiful. We put on our hiking shoes and headed out on the Devil’s Garden trail. The whole 7 or so miles were absolutely beautiful!
The Oregon Coast, Oregon
Yet another state I knew absolutely nothing about, I was stunned by the beauty of Oregon’s coastline. We travelled up most of the coast from Brookings in the south, to Canon Beach in the north. This was about half way up where we saw the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen in my life.
New York City, New York
New York never fails to impress. I visited with family when I was much younger and it was great to go back at show Thom some places I remember (and see plenty of new places too!) This time around we went up the Rockafella Centre for this view of the Empire State and beyond.
By the time we reached Yosemite we’d been pretty spoiled by American’s Natural beauty. However, Yosemite doesn’t fail to impress even the most spoiled traveller. We went back into the park at nightfall under the light of the full moon and spotted the rock climbers sleeping on the side of El Capitain. If you look at the photo above, you’ll see a couple of light circles on the rock – those are the climbers!
Mt Rainier National Park & a bear sighting!, Washington
I’d just asked Thom whether he thought we’d see a bear once we got to Canada. Then, as we turned a corner on the road out of Mt Rainier National Park this black bear strolled in front of us. He seemed utterly non-phased by our presence and continued crossing the road before sniffing for food in the grass on the other side.