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Coast Views from Route 1 to Big Sur

Road Trip: Driving California’s Highway 1 to the “End of the Road” at Big Sur’s Mud Creek Slide

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It was a little over a year ago (that’s back in early 2017 depending on when you’ve stumbled on this post) that a series of winter storms wrecked havoc on stretch of Northern California’s Highway 1 around Big Sur. All told, something like a million tons of dirt and rock came down destroying bridges, road ways, and entirely altering the coast. Early on there were several slides and road closures but most of those have since been cleared with some…

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Mount Hood from Lost Lake, 2017 Spring View

That time I randomly ended up Oregon’s Lost Lake

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One of my favorite adventures these days setting off on a random road in search of something new. Whether it’s a possible scenic route on a long drive or just wandering around near a local spot, its amazing what you can find if you leave the freeway and turn a few times. Of course not every drive is a success and sometimes the sights I expect to find manages to elude me but more often than not the unknown road is well worth the detour. Interesting…

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Denver to Las Vegas: An Incredible, Week Long Road Trip Through the Southwest

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From the mountain peaks of Colorado to rocky landscape of Utah and the deserts of Arizona, the American Southwest is home to endless sights and countless adventure opportunities. When it comes to exploring the region there’s really no way to experience it all quite like driving and the Southwest offers a truly epic road trip venue. Any time of year is fair game for a visit but if you’re up for a some real adventure, avoid the crowds by visiting in winter or early…

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Picking the Right Car to Take On Your Road Trip

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I first wrote on this topic as response to a question on Quora. While I have restructured my thoughts here, I encourage you to visit the original where you can find other traveler’s opinions as well as mine! Lots goes into planning a road trip whether it’s across America from New York to Los Angeles or just a few hundred miles between and with all the route finding, destination picking, hotel reserving, few people stop to really consider the car they’ll be taking. It is of course easy to…

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[Photo Tour] The Most Amazing Day Trip: Canada’s Icefields Parkway, Winter Style

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In my years as a traveler, I’ve seen some truly breathtaking places and taken many amazing trips along the way but when I started driving down the Icefields Parkway a few days into my Canada road trip this winter, I knew the bar had been completely shattered. Stretching nearly 150 miles (232km per the official site), the Icefields Parkway is the direct route between the towns of Banff and Jasper, Alberta and cuts through the splendor of both national parks and showing off the literally dozens upon dozens of mountains, lakes…

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Tunnel Mountain, Banff

Hello from the Canadian Rockies!

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Hey there friends! Yesterday after a minor car accident (everyone is fine), a crazy storm and a lot of driving, I arrived in Banff (that’s in Alberta, Canada), my first ever visit to the Canadian Rockies. I’ll be here for the next few weeks touring and of course finding things to share here. Look for posts to follow but in the meantime, you can find my regular updates on Instagram.…

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Why fly when you can drive?

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As I sit in my hotel room somewhere out in the eastern part of Southern California sorting through photos from my 1,017 mile drive down highway 5 before we head out for Mount Whitney in the morning, I can’t help but reflect back on the 14 hours seating in a car that it took to get here. I’ve driven highway 5 from the bay area to southern California too many times to count and swore off ever doing it again today but the hundreds…

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Road up from Panamint to Death Valley Proper

12 Road Trip Travel Hacks & Tips for Adventurous Travelers

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Let’s be clear, not all road trips are the same. For most people the drive is about getting somewhere to do something and then go back… yawn! The way I see it, the drive should be as much of an adventure as the destination, even if that means going way out of the way to find a new route or sights worth seeing. Where you’re going is just one place and there’s bound to be plenty of others on the…

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Glacier National Park in the Off Season: Road Trip Adventure from Portland, Winter Style

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Trip Date: April 14th – April 15th 2015 (ok so it’s a spring trip technically but in winter season) There’s a lot of reasons to visit national parks out of season: fewer crowds, cheaper accommodations, and less distractions of course but it’s more than that. Call me a little crazy here if you like but as the number of people thin out, nature comes back to life and the environment seems… a little different. My favorite Christmas Eve was at…

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Recap: Southwest Road Trip (LA -> Death Valley -> Zion -> Bryce -> Grand Canyon -> LA)

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Well, I’ve reached that not-so-fun part of every trip where you start to realize that, come this time tomorrow, you’ll be home (better be a lot earlier than this, yikes). As I’m sitting in my last hotel of the west bound journey (and trying to ignore the temptation of the options that are Vegas 10 flights below), I thought I’d take a minute to recap what’s happened over the last 1,500+ miles. Still working on the posts but chime in…

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