Western Road Trip, Day 10 – Colorado Springs

We started Day 10 of our road trip by taking a guided tour of the US Olympic Team training facility in Colorado Springs.

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We also went to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Before the rain came we took a walk through some of the interesting rock formations found in the hiking and rock climbing area of the park.

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Western Road Trip, Day 9 – Moab, UT to Colorado Springs, CO

Day 9 of our road trip through the southeastern USA took us on a beautiful drive from Moab, Ut to Colorado Springs, CO. This video has spectacular views as the geography changes from the “desert” of Utah into the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Some of the drive-throughs include:

1. I-70 and I-25
2. Grand Junction, Colorado
3. Vail, CO
4. Downtown Denver, CO

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In the evening we wandered around Colorado Springs a bit and ended up at America the Beautiful Park.
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Trip start: Moab, Utah

Trip finish: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Miles Driven 426

Western Road Trip, Day 8

We spent most of Day 8 of our roadtrip across the southwest at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. Here’s look at a few of the sights we saw at the Windows Section of the park. Some of the short hikes in the Windows Section include Balanced Rock, Garden of Eden, Double Arch, Turret Arch, and Cove Arch.

Here’s a time lapse ride through Arches National Park. It starts at the Skyline Arch at the northern end of the parks paved road and heads down through the park to the entrance/visitor’s center. The second part of the drive starts in downtown Moab Utah and heads to the visitor’s center in the Islands in the Sky district of the park.

5200 Miles in 4 Minutes – Our (Almost) Cross Country Road Trip

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Highlights from our road trip across most of the USA and back (June 12 – 26, 2017). We started near Columbia, SC and visited various places across the southwest and midwest. Some of the places in the video include:

Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, Texas)
Rafting the Rio Grande (Embudo, New Mexico)
Bandelier National Monument (Los Alamos, New Mexico)
Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona)
The Grand Canyon (Arizona)
Arches National Park (Moab, Utah)
Canyonlands National Park (Moab, Utah)
Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Cave of the Winds (Manitou Springs, Colorado)
The Gateway Arch (St. Louis, Missouri)
City Museum of St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)

Music – “Goodbye to Spring” by Josh Woodward. Free download: http://www.joshwoodward.com/

Western Road Trip, Day 7 – Flagstaff, AZ to Moab, UT

Day 7 of our road trip through the southeastern USA took us on the most scenic roads in America from Flagstaff, Arizona to Moab, Utah. Most of the drive was on US Route 160 in Arizona (Navajo Nation land) and US Route 191 in Utah. This was by far the most beautiful drive of our entire 2 week trip and took us through Monument Valley and the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

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Somewhere in Arizona
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Trip Start: Flagstaff, Arizona

Trip Finish: Moab, Utah

Miles Driven Today: 406

Western Road Trip, Day 6 – The Grand Canyon

Day 6 of our road trip through the southeastern USA took us to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Here’s a look at some of the beautiful views around the Grand Canyon South Rim. Most of these picturesque sights are from the area around Mather Point, The Visitor Center Complex, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar Hotel, Thunderbird Lodge, and Kolb Studio.


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Western Road Trip, Day 5 – New Mexico to Arizona

Day five of our road trip across the southwest United States took us from Los Alamos, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona. The drive was I-25 and I-40 through and around places like the historic Route 66 in Winslow, AZ. We made a couple of steps along the way including Petrified Forest National Park and Standing on the Corner park in Winslow, Arizona.

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In the evening we did some stargazing at the Lowell Observatory:

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Trip start: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Trip finish: Flagstaff, Arizona

Western Road Trip, Day 2

Today started out with a 4:00 am departure from Southaven, MS. We headed to Amarillo, TX via a short side trip through Arcadia, OK to see a couple of roadside attractions on Route 66. The first was Pops 66 Soda Ranch, which is a diner/gas station/soda shop. They boast over 700 varieties of soda.


This is the root beer cooler.


We picked up a few unique flavors, but passed on these two.


Less than a mile down the road is Arcadia’s historic Round Barn. It was originally built with the thinking that the shape would protect it from tornadoes.


Upon arriving in Amarillo, Texas. We checked into our hotel and then took a drive to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a look around.

Trip start: Southaven, MS

Trip finish: Amarillo, TX

Miles driven today: 711