Road Trip! A Journey Across the USA

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My first cross country drive was in summer of 1976 at the ripe old age of 18, and since then I’ve actually lost count of how many round trips I’ve made from coast to coast to coast, but I do know that it is over 40. One of those trips actually took me from San Francisco to Texas to Virginia to Massachusetts to Alaska and back down to California… a mere 10,000 miles. Many people can’t understand why any sane person would opt to drive for 6 or 7 days rather than taking a 6 hour plane flight, but these pictures may give you a glimpse of why I crave the open roads. Here’s a compilation of photos I’ve taken along the way over the years. (I first posted this in 2016, but have made significant updates since then.)

SF Rainbows
Rainbows over San Francisco
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Sunset at Pacifica, California
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The famous Big Sur Coast of California
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Big Sur, California
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Laguna Beach, California
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Mt Lassen National Park, Northern California
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Amazing volcanic landscapes of Mt. Lassen, California
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Hiking at Mt. Lassen National Park
Central California
California Hillside in Spring
Along the San Andreas Fault, Central California
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Joshua Tree National Monument, California
Outside Palm Springs, California
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California’s Mojave Desert
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Crossing the High Sierra, California
Donner Summit
Crossing Donner Pass on Interstate 80, California
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Wild burros roam the streets of Oatman, California near the Arizona Border
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Near Kingman, Arizona
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Viva Las Vegas!
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Along Interstate 80, Nevada
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Rachel, Nevada (Gateway to Area 51?)
The San Francisco Peaks, northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona
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This canyon needs no introduction…
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Outside Page, Arizona
Monument Valley
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah Border
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The Moki Dugway, Utah
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View from Moki Dugway looking south toward Valley of the Gods
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View from the top of Moki Dugway, Utah looking southwest
Just west of Bluff, Utah
Navajo designs
Inspiration for Navajo designs? Southern Utah.
Valley of the Gods
Valley of the Gods, Utah
Near Mexican Hat
Near Mexican Hat, Utah
The Goosenecks, Near Bluff, Utah
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Mexican Hat, Utah
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Heading toward Lake Powell, Utah
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Lake Powell, Utah
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Bryce Canyon, Utah
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Descending into Bryce Canyon
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Cedar Breaks, Utah
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Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
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Checkerboard Mesa, Zion National Park, Utah
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Virgin River, Zion National Park, Utah
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Red waterfalls near Moab, Utah
Torrey winter
Redrock cliffs near Torrey, Utah
Along the Road near Hanksville, Utah
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Capitol Reef National Park near Torrey, Utah
Burr Trail
Redrock Country, Burr Trail, Utah
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Along the Burr Trail, central Utah
Stegosauraus
A stegasaurus hiding along the Burr Trail, Utah?
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Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
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Killer Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie at Gifford Homestead, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Long Island Deer
No pie for you!
Next gas
Fill ‘er up! A Lonely stretch of I 70 in Utah
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Glistening winter morning in northern Utah
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Northeastern Utah
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Great Salt Lake, Utah
WYOMING
A back road in southern Wyoming
Abuelita's
A stuffed sopapilla, and a sopapilla with honey, Abuelita’s, Bernalillo, New Mexico
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Taos, New Mexico
Santa Fe
Fantastic Mexican Food in Santa Fe. New Exico
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New Mexico/Colorado Border
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Colorado Skies
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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park
The Sangre de Cristo Range, Colorado
Near Cortez, Colorado
Sunset east of Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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The Continental Divide in Colorado
The Mother Ship over Colorado
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Chicken Fried Eggs over cornbread and buffalo hash, Sassafrass, Denver
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Portrait of a chicken fried egg
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“Gooey Cake” at Sassafrass, Denver
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Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
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Christmas lights in Colorado
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The Colorado Rockies north of Denver
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Biscuits and Gravy! Road trip cuisine!
Nebraska Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon roll for dessert! A Nebraska Breakfast
Kansas, just west of Kansas City, Missouri
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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes in Kansas City, Missouri!
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An Oklahoma City Treat
The Oklahoma Panhandle
The dramatic Dallas, Texas skyline
Cotton Fields, Texas
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Chicken and Waffles at Berries and Batter, Chicago
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Rural Indiana
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Kentucky Blue Grass Country near Lexington
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A Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich, Louisville
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Graceland, Memphis
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Only in the South: Graffiti in a Mississippi Men’s Roomi
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Summer in the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina border
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Winter in the Smokies, North Carolina
The iconic view from Atlanta’s Jacskon Street Bridge, Georgia
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Plantation outside Charleston, SC
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Fall comes to South Carolina
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Sweet Potato Pie and Bacon Ice Cream, Husk in Charleston, South Carolina
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Dismal Swamp, Virginia Beach, VA
W & M
College of WIlliam &; Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
spoon bread
Virginia Spoon Bread, Richmond
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Cherry Blossom Time, Tidal Basin, Washington, DC
Cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms in Washington, DC
Fried Green Tomatoes Miss Shirley
Fried Green Tomatoes with Lump Crabmeat, Miss Shirley’s, Baltimore, Maryland
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Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania
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Amish Farm near Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania
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Little House on the Amish Prairie, Pennsylvania
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Amish Country, Pennsylvania
Amish Goat
An Amish goat…
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Christmas in Pennsylvania
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Manhattan from the Jersey side of the Hudson
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17th Street, Chelsea, NYC
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Lady Liberty, NYC
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The Big Apple, heading uptown
Chelsea and the Empire State from the Highline, New York City
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Massachusetts State House, Boston
Downtown Providence, Rhode Island
The White Mountains of New Hamshire
Ogunquit, Maine
Classic Maine View, Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

4 thoughts on “Road Trip! A Journey Across the USA

  1. This is the road trip, which I would love to make. Although I live in Finland, I have made road trips in Florida few times, Nevada and California. Many years ago, I knew an American owner of a bookshop in Helsinki. He used to spent one month in every state and explore it thoroughly. My dream is to someday drive the Route 66.

    I love driving and especially on German motor ways where are no speed limits. Driving fast is fantastic experience among fellow car drivers. How fast I have driven and how much in my life, You can see here:

    About me.

    How long time it took You to make this road trip?

    Happy and safe driving.

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    • When I make a cross country trip, it depends on how much time I have and which route I decide to take, but generally I take 6 to 7 days to go from coast to coast in one direction. It’s a wonderful experience… but we DO have speed limits! 🙂

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      • Thank You. In Finland, we have also and too strict, I think. Cars and roads are coming better and better, but speed limits stay and in some cases come slower. 🙂

        Happy weekend.

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  2. I had to return here once more. Did You know that Finnish people love American cars! I have old post showing some interesting photos. In this post, I have for example photos from Shelby Cobra CSX from the year 1966 having 800 HP! What a car.

    American car show.

    Because You are driving so much, I just wonder which car You have. Three years ago, I sold my Opel Vectra OPC and bought BWM 535 d 3.0 xDrive. Engine 230 kW and Torque net: 630 Nm / 465 ft-lb.

    Regards. Matti.

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