Having talked for a number of years about doing a road trip around the South Western US states, we finally took the plunge in 2013 and had the most unforgettable three weeks, seeing some of America’s most iconic sights such as the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate Bridge and Monument Valley and driving nearly 4000km through every sort of scenery imaginable. In short, we really caught the road trip ‘bug’ and now as we are about to head off on our third US road trip in the last 20 months, Nigel has become somewhat of a walking Road Trip encyclopaedia and the go-to free travel agent of our friends. View Post
In part one of our Insider’s Guide to Road Tripping, we answered 5 of Nigel’s most asked questions regarding the planning of a road trip. Now it is time to put these tips into action and plan our route! There are literally thousands of options when it comes to possible routes for your road trip, depending on how much time you have and what your interests are. The first part of our itinerary is designed to take two weeks and is loosely based on our first road trip.
“Welcome to the beautiful Bay Area”, came the voice of the cabin steward through the tannoy, as our plane descended into San Francisco International Airport. Martha had been waiting for this moment not just since we booked our 3-week US road trip nearly a year previously, but for as long as she could remember, having had a poster of the Golden Gate Bridge take pride of place in her bedroom as a child. Tears of joy were streaming down her cheeks as she looked out the window, full of excitement.
The beauty of a road trip is that when one adventure ends another one is just beginning. And so early on the morning of 11 September, the “Super Shuttle“ taxi, mentioned in part 1 of our series, collected us from our house in San Francisco to take us (and a gentleman with a lot of luggage, bearing a suspicious resemblance to Dustin Hoffman) back to the airport.
The following morning was spent doing some last minute shopping in beautiful Sedona before leaving for Monument Valley, about 330km away. You will recognise Monument Valley from the many movies and commercials which have been filmed there, going back to the famous Western movies starring John Wayne in the 1930’s and 40’s as well as movies such as ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Back to the Future III’, ‘Forrest Gump’ and the recent ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’. View Post