This blog post has actually been a work in progress for the last two years. In December of 2014, we set out for a USA road trip. Since then, we’ve made the drive across North America four times, using four different routes. It’s impossible to sum up a country as huge and diverse as the US in a few paragraphs or photos. Our USA road trip left us marvelling at the beautiful landscapes we encountered, and the wide variety of culture found in every state we visited. Through these four different routes, we managed to see 32 different states. This blog post is two years in the making, over 15, 000 miles, a few thousand photos, dozens of hotels + motels, and a handful of new friends we’ve met along the way.
A few tidbits we saw/ate/learned along the way:
- Charleston, South Carolina has the most delicious Shrimp and Grits (you simply must try the Hominy Grill)
- Southern hospitality is alive and well in Savannah, Georgia (The Marshall Inn was divine)
- Best chicken sandwich of the entire trip goes to Nashville, Tennessee (Acme Feed & Seed). For the cocktail aficionado, you’ll want to stop by The Patterson House. It may take them 10 minutes to mix one drink, but it might also be the most delicious drink on this side of the Mississippi.
- New Orleans is the best city to strike up conversations with random strangers
- Route 66 is still around, and Tucumcari, New Mexico is still glowing with relic neon signs of the past. (Side note: it’s impossible to get a decent cup of coffee west of Tennessee and east of Arizona).
- Tombstone, Arizona has the most incredible sunsets we’ve ever seen and Jerome, Arizona has the best cup of coffee of the whole trip (if for some reason you’re in the area, grab some lunch at the Flatiron Cafe)
- Marfa, Alpine and Marathon Texas is the most random collection of little towns – featuring great (albeit hipster) motels (The Thunderbird – you can rent a typewriter, or a DVD, but there are no TVs in the rooms – how curious!) and the best tacos we had on the whole trip (White Buffalo Bar)
- For a good time in a big city, head to Clifton’s in Los Angeles
- Utah completely blew our minds. A one of a kind experience can be found at Moab Under Canvas. Also – for the outdoorsy, adventurous couples out there – contact us if you want a completely out of the box wedding. Moab Under Canvas will deliver.
- Mount Rushmore. It’s every bit as kitschy, underwhelming yet completely incredible as you think it is. Lived out my Eva Marie Saint – North by Northwest fantasy there for the day.
This list could easily go into the hundreds of places we stopped and discovered. For now, enjoy this small selection of photos, and when you’re ready, hit the road. There’s a whole world out there to explore.