So I’ve just returned from my first ever road trip. Well, my first without parents. It lasted a little over two weeks, and we covered just over 4,000 miles exploring the American West! Although it is hard to narrow down my favorite places, I’ve created a list of must-sees if you’re ever around or on the West coast of the United States. Here are some of the highlights of my trip!
5. Sequoia National Park, CA
Sequoia is one of those places where you really feel the power of nature. Walking amongst the largest trees in the whole world really makes me feel tiny! It is amazing how special these trees are, especially because they can only survive in that one particular area and climate of the Sierra Nevadas.
4. Big Sur, CA
Okay, so maybe I’m biased because I live here, but I think the California Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth. As we were driving home towards San Diego from San Francisco, we travelled along Highway 1. On the way, we marveled at the craggy coastline with the cliffs and bluffs and gorgeously blue water. Not too far south of here, we even saw beaches full of sun-soaking elephant seals. So worth the drive.
3. San Francisco, CA
There is so much to see and do here. We only had just over a day here but we could have easily filled many. Between touristy Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate, China Town and Haight Ashbury, this vibrant city has so much to offer. Bring good walking shoes, you’ll be walking pretty much everywhere because its easier, parking is a nightmare!
2. Arches National Park, Moab, UT
This park is one of the coolest I’ve been to. There is a lot to see there but my favorite and their most popular is the Delicate Arch (pictured above). Don’t let the picture fool you, it’s actually an impressive size! The only negative was that it was quite a difficult hike because it goes up a very steep rock. But even if you’re not an avid hiker (like me) it’s still a must-see in my book.
1. Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ
This place blew my mind. The colors and textures of this canyon are breathtaking. Vibrant reds, oranges and even purple in one area made every turn magical. There are two different canyons, upper and lower, and we happened to do the lower canyon. You can’t go in either of them by yourself, you need a tour. The guides are very informative and the overall experience was one I’ll never forget!