A road trip is so much more than a journey to new places but a lifetime experience that cannot be taken for granted. I have always loved driving and enjoyed even more hitting the open road with close friends to new places near and far. This road trip though took me to some of the most amazing places I have ever been too and let me gain a new love for nature and the outdoors. I started this trip with my girlfriend with the plan to have some fun in places that always seemed to be just out of reach. Yet I ended this trip with a new appreciation for the outdoors and a hunger to explore even more places across the states.
I don’t have time or the words to truly detail every part of this trip but I did want to point out the highlights and some lessons we learned along the way.
- Starting Point – Dallas, Texas
- Roswell, New Mexico
- White Sands National Monument
- Holbrook, Arizona
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Sedona, Arizona
- Flagstaff, Arizona
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Four Corners Monument
- Ridgway, Colorado
- Ouray, Colorado
- Silverton, Colorado
- Crested Butte, Colorado
- Aspen, Colorado
- Ending Point – Dallas, Texas
Must See Places
Every place I went to on this trip is a hands down must see place at one point in your life but there where a few that really took my breathe away. Depending on how much time you have and where you are starting from a lot of these places can be hit in a week but I highly recommend to spend as much time at each one. For instance 3 days at the Grand Canyon was enough to get a taste but no where near enough to fully explore everything you can do.
Roswell, New Mexico
This was our first stop in the entire trip, which we didn’t reach until well past midnight and through a very scary night drive. In reality there is not much to do directly in Roswell, but it offered a nice stop on the way from Dallas.We ended up staying at the Mayo Motel, which I cannot rave enough about their customer service and just friendliness to us, especially at 1am.
It also offers the International UFO Museum which was AMAZING!
In reality it is a little cheesy at parts but offers a pretty in-depth look at the events that happened in Roswell and follows the entire timeline until present day. While I might not be a “believer” it was a pretty cool tour for $5 that gave me a clear picture on the whole event. I don’t know about you but my knowledge of UFO history was primarily from The X-Files.
I wouldn’t go crazy out of my way to go back but if you are in the area, definitely take a detour to stop by.
White sands national monument
Now this is something I had never heard off until I started looking for road trip ideas in the Southwest online. It is in a pretty remote part of southern New Mexico near the border of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. We only knew what we read online and where not expecting much but oh boy this blew our minds. The White Sands National Monument is the largest gypsum field in the world that produces this white looking sand.
You can easily spend hours exploring out there but the heat and chance of getting lost are at an all time high. I definitely recommend staying close to your car and even bringing some cardboard boxes to slide down the dunes!
Holbrook was more of a necessity stop for us rather than a sight seeing stop, we ended up at the local KOA just to get a good nights rest and keep on going in the morning.
Not the fanciest place but it offered a guaranteed spot for cheap with clean restrooms and showers. Plus the cafe had all you could eat pancakes and coffee for $2.99!!!
Part 2 of the trip recap is coming soon so stay tuned and please ask any questions!
What trip are you planning in the near future? What trips have you taken that have been life changing?
As always happy adventures and keep pushing yourself!
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