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Our three month, cross USA road trip route

Our USA road trip ended a month ago (a month already!) and it was incredible. We saw so much and we’ve pretty much been enjoying summer since mid-March. Which, if you ask me, is well deserved having converted our van in the freezing cold of a Home Depot car park in Toronto.

Below is the road trip route we took around the US (including the West Coast USA road trip section).

During the route, we covered over 20,000 km, 22 States, 11 National Parks, 1 lost passport mishap, a punctured tire, an expensive visit to the garage, one gun spotted in a restaurant, and 2 bear sightings.

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We covered a lot but it also looks like we really didn’t do all that much?!

I’ve still got SO much to write about our trip (even over a year after we finished). I also kept a diary full of my observations from on the road which I may share a bit of it here (if you’re lucky!).

If you’ve got any questions about our route, want advice on how to plan your own, or just want to say hi then please do 🙂

If you’re wondering how to pack for a USA road trip, I’ve shared some great trips in my road trip packing checklist.

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US National Parks we visited

In the end, our road trip became more of a 3 month national park road trip. Sure, we visited some cities, but we preferred to be out in nature, exploring the beautiful national parks.

usa 3 month road trip map route
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Arches National Park, UT

Canyonlands National Park, UT

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Zion National Park, UT

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The Everglades National Park, FL

Redwoods national park, CA

Yosemite national park, CA

Death Valley, CA

Mount Rainier, WA

Cascades National Park, WA

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If you use the map above, you can click on each state and see the blog posts and guides I have that relate to that state during our 3-month road trip USA itinerary.

This will show you posts such as the best things to do in Seattle, what to do with 48 hours in New York, and exploring Savannah Georgia amongst other cities and towns we visited during our 3 months in USA.

3 month road trip USA budget

This road trip was done in 2017 from March to June and we budgeted $50 US a day per person. This was to include all our fuel, any accommodation costs (though actually we only paid for accommodation twice in the whole three months), food, activities — everything.

We stuck to it pretty well and if anything were slightly under by the end.

Since we’d converted a van into a campervan and used that as our accommodation, we didn’t need to book any hotels or campsites while traveling.

The West Coast was definitely easier when it comes to finding free places to sleep since there are more national parks and national forests, and BLM land. On the east coast, it was mostly Walmart and Home Depot parking lots.

Final thoughts on this 3 month road trip USA route

Our 3 month road trip around America was one of the best trips I’ve ever done. We didn’t really have any American road trip routes in mind. It was very much a case of down one coast, along the bottom, and up the other side.

3 months isn’t really enough time to do everything we did. You have to be prepared to move quite fast and there are definitely places we missed that I’d love to go back and see. I actually include some of them in my USA bucket list post.

They include seeing more of Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, perhaps visiting places like Iowa and Cleveland in Ohio or more of California since we missed places like Joshua Tree and Los Angeles.

But, this USA trip was still a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I feel very lucky to have had. Maybe one day we’ll get to plan another 3 month road trip USA itinerary, who knows?!

If you love road trips be sure to check out this guide to the best places to visit on an East Coast road trip USA as well as trip this awesome New England fall foliage road trip itinerary.

Last Updated on July 31, 2023 by Hannah

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  1. […] 1.5 hour’s drive north to discover White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. During our three month USA road trip we were told to make sure we visited this National Monument by a man in a Home Depot parking lot […]

  2. I’ve just come across your blog through a blogger group and your’s just stopped me in my tracks. What amazing photos and what a wonderful adventure! Thanks for posting about it.

  3. Josefine says:

    Wow, I can’t believe you drove over 20.000 km! I recently did a 2.5 month road trip myself and covered 10.000 km which I thought was a lot! It must’ve been an amazing trip 🙂

  4. Dom and Jo says:

    You went to some of the best places in the States! Next year it’s time to hit up the interior US! =)

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