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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
|Date||Starting Location||Ending Location|
|5/5/17||Fishers, IN||Pittsburgh, PA|
|5/6/17||Pittsburgh, PA||Washington DC|
|5/9/17||Washington DC||Philadelphia, PA|
|5/11/17||Philadelphia, PA||New York, NY|
|5/15/17||New York, NY||Providence, RI|
|5/15/17||Providence, RI||Boston, MA|
|5/18/17||Boston, MA||Acadia National Park (Mt. Desert, ME)|
|5/21/17||Acadia National Park (Mt. Desert, ME)||100 Mile Wilderness (Monson, ME)|
|5/23/17||100 Mile Wilderness (Monson, ME)||Quebec City|
|5/27/17||Montreal||Adirondack State Park (Saint Regis Falls, NY)|
|5/30/17||Adirondack State Park (Saint Regis Falls, NY)||Niagra Falls, ON, Canada|
|5/31/17||Niagra Falls, ON, Canada||Detroit, MI|
|6/1/17||Detroit, MI||Elk Rapids, MI|
|6/3/17||Elk Rapids, MI||Pictured Rocks Lakeshore(Grand Marais, MI)|
|6/5/17||Pictured Rocks Lakeshore (Grand Marais, MI)||Copper Harbor (MI)|
|6/6/17||Copper Harbor (MI)||Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Bayfield, WI)|
|6/9/17||Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Bayfield, WI)||Minneapolis, MN|
|6/10/17||Minneapolis, MN||Badlands National Park (SD)|
|6/12/17||Badlands National Park (SD)||Mt. Rushmore (Keystone, SD)|
|6/12/17||Mt. Rushmore (Keystone, SD)||Big Horn National Forest (Sheridan, WY)|
|6/13/17||Big Horn National Forest (Sheridan, WY)||Yellowstone National Park (WY)|
|6/15/17||Yellowstone National Park (WY)||Glacier National Park (MT)|
|6/19/17||Glacier National Park (MT)||Coeur d'Alene National Forest (Whiskey Rock)|
|6/21/17||Coeur d'Alene National Forest (Whiskey Rock)||Banff National Park|
|6/25/17||Banff National Park||North Cascades National Park (WA)|
|6/28/17||North Cascades National Park||Vancouver, BC|
|7/1/17||Vancouver, BC||Seattle, WA|
|7/3/17||Seattle, WA||Olympic National Park (WA)|
|7/6/17||Olympic National Park (WA)||Mt. Rainier National Park|
|7/8/17||Mt. Rainier National Park||Portland, OR|
|7/10/17||Portland, OR||Cape Perpetua|
|7/10/17||Cape Perpetua||Crater Lake National Park|
|7/13/17||Crater Lake National Park||Redwood National and State Parks|
|7/16/17||Redwood National and State Parks||Lassen Volcanic National Park|
|7/19/17||Lassen Volcanic National Park||Lake Tahoe|
|7/22/17||Lake Tahoe||Vallejo, CA (San Francisco)|
|7/25/17||Vallejo, CA||Yosemite National Park|
|7/30/17||Yosemite National Park||Big Sur, CA|
|8/2/17||Big Sur, CA||King's Canyon and Sequoia National Park|
|8/5/17||King's Canyon and Sequoia National Park||Los Angeles, CA|
|8/8/17||Los Angeles, CA||Joshua Tree National Park|
|8/11/17||Joshua Tree National Park||Sedona, AZ|
|8/14/17||Sedona, AZ||Petrified Forest National Park|
|8/14/17||Petrified Forest National Park||Grand Canyon National Park|
|8/18/17||Grand Canyon National Park||Zion National Park|
|8/21/17||Zion National Park||Bryce Canyon National Park|
|8/23/17||Bryce Canyon National Park||Capitol Reef National Park|
|8/25/17||Capitol Reef National Park||Taos, NM|
|8/27/17||Taos, NM||Santa Fe, NM|
|8/29/17||Santa Fe, NM||White Sands National Monument|
|8/29/17||White Sands National Monument||Carlsbad Caverns National Park|
|8/30/17||Carlsbad Caverns National Park||Guadalupe Mountains National Park|
|8/31/17||Guadalupe Mountains National Park||Big Bend National Park|
|9/3/17||Big Bend National Park||Hamilton Pool Dripping Springs|
|9/3/17||Hamilton Pool Dripping Springs||Austin, TX|
|9/6/17||Austin, TX||New Orleans, LA|
|9/10/17||New Orleans, LA||Ozark National Forest|
|9/13/17||Ozark National Forest||Memphis, TN|
|9/15/17||Memphis, TN||Chattahoochee National Forest|
|9/17/17||Chattahoochee National Forest||Asheville, NC|
|9/19/17||Asheville, NC||Charleston, SC|
|9/24/17||Charleston, SC||Croatan National Forest|
|9/26/17||Croatan National Forest||Shenandoah National Park|
|9/29/17||Shenandoah National Park||Gauley River National Recreation Area|
|10/2/17||Gauley River National Recreation Area||Red River Gorge|
|10/4/17||Red River Gorge||Louisville, 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.