When we moved from Georgia to California in 2012, we checked something awesome off of my list — driving cross country! We lived in Augusta — a few hours from the coast — and found ourselves headed to the OC. We made it a *true* cross-country trip when we left by heading east to Savannah first — legitimately coast to coast this way! We had stops in New Orleans, San Antonio, Carlsbad, Tuscon, the Grand Canyon, and Vegas before getting to Cali.
I saw some pretty awesome stuff along the way — we hit a favorite brewery in Savannah before leaving town, and then started on our route. It was my first time in New Orleans, so we had to hit Bourbon Street and visit some of the famous cemeteries. I wound up sick in San Antonio, but had an amazing steak — I’d been to San Antonio before since that’s where I spent my basic training, and had a little outing on the town. In New Mexico, we visited White Sands and Carlsbad caverns. Between Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, we saw some spectacular thunderstorms and wide open spaces. We tried to hit breweries every chance we got.
The Grand Canyon was a first for me — we camped the first night, which was miserable. I’m not much of a camper, to be honest, but it was miserably cold and wet — even in the summer. The views in the park were spectacular though. We spent our second night in a hotel — pretty much because my hubby didn’t want to listen to me legit whine and cry.
I’d also never been to Vegas — we stayed at Planet Hollywood, which seemed to be just our speed — a little grit compared to some of the fancier places on the strip. Vegas was our last stop before we made it to where we’d call our home for the next handful of years. We’re still in SoCal — for at least another a few years — before we head back east. We’re really looking forward to that, but appreciate a lot of the diversity and options that we have at our fingertips in SoCal.
I’d definitely drive cross-country again — except this time, a new & different route to hit totally new states. It definitely gave me a new appreciation of our country and its landmarks…and really, only scratched the surface. There’s so much more to see.