We finished our road trip only needing to spot one more state in the 2 week long license plate game. Where are you Rhode Island?
The fifteenth and final day of our road trip across the USA and back took us from the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Alton, IL back to our home near Columbia, SC (770 miles). Some of the cities we pass through include Knoxville, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina.
We made one quick unscheduled stop in Metroplis, Illinois.
On Day 12 of our road trip across the USA we start to head back east. Here is a time lapse of the very flat drive from Colorado Springs, CO to the Kansas City International Airport area of Kansas City, MO (around 600 miles).
The first part of the trip is on US 24, but the majority is US 70 East.
On Day 13 of our road trip across the USA we did a short drive on I-70 from Kansas City Missouri to St. Louis, MO. We started near the Kansas City International Airport and ended up in downtown St. Louis near the Gateway Arch.
Once when made it downtown, we spent a little while at the playground in Kiener Plaza. Then we visited the Old Courthouse, walked around Busch Stadium, and then went to the top of the Gateway Arch.
View of Busch Stadium and The Old Courthouse from the top of the Gateway Arch:
Trip start: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Trip finish: St. Louis, Missouri
Miles Driven 900
On Day 11 of our road trip across the USA we drove to the summit of Pikes Peak. Here is a time lapse (1 photo/sec) of the 19 mile drive from Highway 24 all the way to the top of Pike’s Peak, Colorado. These videos were recorded a couple of days prior to the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb automobile race, also known as The Race to the Clouds, so you’ll notice the preparations taking place while we are driving.
The first video is a time lapse drive to the summit. The second is a walk around the summit of Pike’s Peak. The third is a complete drive from the summit to the bottom.
We started Day 10 of our road trip by taking a guided tour of the US Olympic Team training facility in Colorado Springs.
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.
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
In the evening we wandered around Colorado Springs a bit and ended up at America the Beautiful Park.
Trip start: Moab, Utah
Trip finish: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Miles Driven 426
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.