6 Weeks, 15 National Parks – These Are My Favorite Photos

From March 1 well into April, I spent my time road tripping across the United States. From Virginia to California and back, this six-week journey brought me to no fewer than fifteen national parks, one California state park and two national monuments. Hopefully the road trip photos in this post will inspire and encourage you to go on a car trip like this yourself.

I highly recommend it. In fact, as is the case for any form of travel that’s not simply laying on a resort beach, I know from experience that a journey like this will enrich your life tremendously. If you keep an open mind, you’ll discover an America that you didn’t know existed (or an America that you only knew from TV).

I’ve spent some time picking and choosing the road trip photos that I think best represent this amazing journey. I decided to share them below to inspire you guys to go on a similar trip.

My Favorite Cross-Country Road Trip Photos

Road in Death Valley, California
Road in Death Valley, California
Garden of Eden, Arches National Park, Utah
Garden of Eden, Arches National Park, Utah
Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
The Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Campfire, Pinon Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park
Campfire, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National Park, California, Road Trip Photos
Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National Park, California

You’ll see the beautiful tree-covered mountains of Appalachia, the mighty Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, the sand-blasted desert plains of Texas and New Mexico, the canyons of Arizona and Utah, the bone-dry deserts of Southern California, the wildlife-rich water of the California coast, and the endless farmlands of the Great Plains. Besides all this, you’ll see everything from weathered-down Midwest towns to iconic San Francisco and the decadence of Las Vegas.

Long story short, this is a journey that every American—and, for that matter, every traveler from whatever country who has the time—has to undertake at least once in their lifetime. It’s as invigorating as it is humbling, as memorable as it is touching.

Green River Overlook, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Humpback whale, Channel Islands National Park, California
Humpback whale, Channel Islands National Park, California
Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California
Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California
Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

6 Weeks, 15 National Parks

Now, the focus of my trip was seeing as many U.S. national parks as possible. Not to simply check them off my list, but to visit each park thoroughly. For example, in fourteen of those fifteen parks, I spent at least 24 hours. In ten of them, I spent 48 hours and in four, I spent 72 hours. I did at least one strenuous hike in every single one of them.

Moonlight and Joshua tree, Joshua Tree National Park, California
Moonlight and Joshua tree, Joshua Tree National Park, California
Chimney Rock Loop, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Chimney Rock Loop, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Sunset on Route 66 in Southern California
Sunset on Route 66, Southern California
Overlook in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Overlook in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Pigeon Point Lighthouse on Highway 1, California
Pigeon Point Lighthouse on Highway 1, California

I know you liked these road trip photos. So, if you’re wondering how on earth you can manage to take six week off from work, then just talk to your boss. Just talk to them. They’ll probably understand, even if now you don’t think they will. Sleeping in a tent or even in your car saves you tons of money. Listing your house or apartment on AirBnb brings in plenty of cash to fund your trip. I know a trip like this is possible. I did it less than a month ago…

Zion Canyon in Zion National Park, Utah
Zion Canyon seen from Observation Point, Zion National Park, Utah
Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California
Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California
Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Coyote in Death Valley National Park, California
Coyote in Death Valley National Park, California

Which One of These Cross-Country Road Trip Photos Is Your Favorite? Have You Ever Been on a Long Road Trip? Talk to Us in the Comments Below!

About Bram

Website: http://www.travel-experience-live.com

Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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