Our Ultimate 5-Month Road Trip

Ultimate 5-month US Road Trip

Our plan to road-trip across the United States (and some of Canada) in 5 months!

Well guys, we’re going on a road trip.

Many of you know by now that Joel (my husband) and I have decided to move back to Indiana. There were many reasons for this move, but mainly it was because we simply miss our families and friends and want to be close to them again. Insert obligatory friend/family photos below…

BUT before we settle back down in the Indianapolis area, we decided to take a 5-month (YES I SAID 5) road trip across the United States, and up into Canada for a bit. We’ve decided to go through:

  • 39 U.S. States (staying in 28)
  • 4 Canadian Provinces
  • 25 metro areas and tourist towns
  • 37 National Parks, National Monuments and natural protected areas.

Why am I telling you this? Because WE WANT YOU to follow us along our journey and share experiences with us that you’ve had along your trips as well. We’re at a turning point in our lives and will never have the opportunity to do this again, so we’re doing it!

5-Month North America Road Trip
At the Great Sand Dunes National Park

Joel and I have always been adventure-hungry, anyone who knows us will tell you the same. We’ve been traveling in some way, shape or form since we met in 2011 and Joel moved across the world to Germany for a year. One visit from me and the rest was history, we caught the bug and have been looking for ways to explore our beautiful world ever since.

5-Month North America Road Trip
Arches National Park

Another reason I want you to follow our trip is to bring awareness to the beauty and fragility of our natural protected areas. There is uncertainty ahead for our natural lands and the more we know, the more we can educate others and help continue to protect these areas so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Those who have ever gone on a hike with me know that we abide by the rules, we stay on the trail, we don’t cut the switchbacks, we pack out what we pack in, and we take care of Mother Nature as she has taken care of us since the beginning.

5-Month North America Road Trip
Grand Tetons National Park

If we don’t step-up and take responsibility for these lands, then who will? This is something we have always felt extremely passionate about and I just want others to be able enjoy nature the way Joel and I do.

We’re also going through many major cities and tourist towns that we have never visited before and I’m looking forward to learning about the rich history of each and every place. YOU GUYS, I have never looked forward to anything more in my life…ok maybe my wedding. But we have never done anything as epic as this and I think it will be a life-changing experience.

5-Month North America Road Trip
I mean, who WOULDN’T want to hang out with me?

ON TO THE SCHEDULE! Below is our FULL itinerary, which is still somewhat subject to change depending on life (car troubles, accidents, illness, etc.), but this is what we’re sticking to. We want friends, family, acquaintances and friends of friends who we’ve never met to join us anywhere along the trip. Shoot me a text or email me at selfandsustenenace@gmail.com and let me know if you’ll be in the area at the same time or even if you just know someone cool we should hang out with.

Stay tuned for a post on how to pack for a 5-month road trip. Because Lord knows I still need to figure that one out.

Epic Awesome Amazing Road-Trip Itinerary

DateStarting LocationEnding Location  
5/5/17Fishers, INPittsburgh, PA
5/6/17Pittsburgh, PAWashington DC
5/7/17
5/8/17
5/9/17Washington DCPhiladelphia, PA
5/10/17
5/11/17Philadelphia, PANew York, NY
5/12/17
5/13/17
5/14/17
5/15/17New York, NYProvidence, RI
5/15/17Providence, RIBoston, MA
5/16/17
5/17/17
5/18/17Boston, MAAcadia National Park (Mt. Desert, ME)
5/19/17
5/20/17
5/21/17Acadia National Park (Mt. Desert, ME)100 Mile Wilderness (Monson, ME)
5/22/17
5/23/17100 Mile Wilderness (Monson, ME)Quebec City
5/24/17
5/25/17Quebec CityMontreal
5/26/17
5/27/17MontrealAdirondack State Park (Saint Regis Falls, NY)
5/28/17
5/29/17
5/30/17Adirondack State Park (Saint Regis Falls, NY)Niagra Falls, ON, Canada
5/31/17Niagra Falls, ON, CanadaDetroit, MI
6/1/17Detroit, MIElk Rapids, MI
6/2/17
6/3/17Elk Rapids, MIPictured Rocks Lakeshore(Grand Marais, MI)
6/4/17
6/5/17Pictured Rocks Lakeshore (Grand Marais, MI) Copper Harbor (MI)
6/6/17Copper Harbor (MI)Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Bayfield, WI)
6/7/17
6/8/17
6/9/17Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Bayfield, WI)Minneapolis, MN
6/10/17Minneapolis, MNBadlands National Park (SD)
6/11/17
6/12/17Badlands National Park (SD)Mt. Rushmore (Keystone, SD)
6/12/17Mt. Rushmore (Keystone, SD)Big Horn National Forest (Sheridan, WY)
6/13/17Big Horn National Forest (Sheridan, WY)Yellowstone National Park (WY)
6/14/17
6/15/17Yellowstone National Park (WY)Glacier National Park (MT)
6/16/17
6/17/17
6/18/17
6/19/17Glacier National Park (MT)Coeur d'Alene National Forest (Whiskey Rock)
6/20/17
6/21/17Coeur d'Alene National Forest (Whiskey Rock)Banff National Park
6/22/17
6/23/17
6/24/17
6/25/17Banff National ParkNorth Cascades National Park (WA)
6/26/17
6/27/17
6/28/17North Cascades National ParkVancouver, BC
6/29/17
6/30/17
7/1/17Vancouver, BCSeattle, WA
7/2/17
7/3/17Seattle, WAOlympic National Park (WA)
7/4/17
7/5/17
7/6/17Olympic National Park (WA)Mt. Rainier National Park
7/7/17
7/8/17Mt. Rainier National ParkPortland, OR
7/9/17
7/10/17Portland, ORCape Perpetua
7/10/17Cape PerpetuaCrater Lake National Park
7/11/17
7/12/17
7/13/17Crater Lake National ParkRedwood National and State Parks
7/14/17
7/15/17
7/16/17Redwood National and State ParksLassen Volcanic National Park
7/17/17
7/18/17
7/19/17Lassen Volcanic National ParkLake Tahoe
7/20/17
7/21/17
7/22/17Lake TahoeVallejo, CA (San Francisco)
7/23/17
7/24/17
7/25/17Vallejo, CAYosemite National Park
7/26/17
7/27/17
7/28/17
7/29/17
7/30/17Yosemite National ParkBig Sur, CA
7/31/17
8/1/17
8/2/17Big Sur, CAKing's Canyon and Sequoia National Park
8/3/17
8/4/17
8/5/17King's Canyon and Sequoia National ParkLos Angeles, CA
8/6/17
8/7/17
8/8/17Los Angeles, CAJoshua Tree National Park
8/9/17
8/10/17
8/11/17Joshua Tree National ParkSedona, AZ
8/12/17
8/13/17
8/14/17Sedona, AZPetrified Forest National Park
8/14/17Petrified Forest National ParkGrand Canyon National Park
8/15/17
8/16/17
8/17/17
8/18/17Grand Canyon National ParkZion National Park
8/19/17
8/20/17
8/21/17Zion National ParkBryce Canyon National Park
8/22/17
8/23/17Bryce Canyon National ParkCapitol Reef National Park
8/24/17
8/25/17Capitol Reef National ParkTaos, NM
8/26/17
8/27/17Taos, NMSanta Fe, NM
8/28/17
8/29/17Santa Fe, NMWhite Sands National Monument
8/29/17White Sands National MonumentCarlsbad Caverns National Park
8/30/17Carlsbad Caverns National ParkGuadalupe Mountains National Park
8/31/17Guadalupe Mountains National ParkBig Bend National Park
9/1/17
9/2/17
9/3/17Big Bend National ParkHamilton Pool Dripping Springs
9/3/17Hamilton Pool Dripping SpringsAustin, TX
9/4/17
9/5/17
9/6/17Austin, TXNew Orleans, LA
9/7/17
9/8/17
9/9/17
9/10/17New Orleans, LAOzark National Forest
9/11/17
9/12/17
9/13/17Ozark National ForestMemphis, TN
9/14/17
9/15/17Memphis, TNChattahoochee National Forest
9/16/17
9/17/17Chattahoochee National ForestAsheville, NC
9/18/17
9/19/17Asheville, NCCharleston, SC
9/20/17
9/21/17
9/22/17
9/23/17
9/24/17Charleston, SCCroatan National Forest
9/25/17
9/26/17Croatan National ForestShenandoah National Park
9/27/17
9/28/17
9/29/17Shenandoah National ParkGauley River National Recreation Area
9/30/17
10/1/17
10/2/17Gauley River National Recreation AreaRed River Gorge
10/3/17
10/4/17Red River GorgeLouisville, KY

We hope to meet up with some of you and have some freaking awesome adventures! Rest assured that I’ll have an epic playlist for the ride.

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