Seven Weeks on an American Road Trip ๐Ÿš—

Between March and May of this year, I spent seven weeks on one of the most American things I can think of: a road trip across the USA. The last time Iโ€™d done something like this I was nine years old. Back then, my sisters and I liked to pass the endless hours in the back of our rented van by spitting on each other.

During this latest trip, I met up with family in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Philadelphia, and New Jersey; visited friends in California and Colorado; was joined by my girlfriend for one and a half weeks of the drive; and drove nearly 12,000 miles (19,000 km). Great times!

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Places Visited

Most of the journey was unplanned, as is usually the case when Iโ€™m traveling. I did get a few great recommendations from friends in advance, though.

Following is the full list of places I visited. In these lists, the ๐Ÿ”ฅ emoji marks some of my favorites, ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ marks places I stayed for multiple days, and ๐Ÿ’จ marks cities I drove through but barely stopped. For smaller towns that I only drove through, I didn’t include them in the list.

Part One (March 1โ€“14):

  • Charles Town, WV
  • Martinsburg, WV
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA โ€” Endless cold and empty beaches, thanks to Covid
  • Chapel Hill, NC ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ โ€” Good times with family
  • Myrtle Beach, SC โ€” Not a great spot, and the biggest letdown of the trip
  • Charleston, SC ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • Walterboro, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Savannah, GA ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • Tampa, FL ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ โ€” Got some poker time in at the Seminole Hard Rock
  • Delray Beach, FL ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ โ€” Family
  • Orlando, FL โ€” Universal Studios!
  • Waynesboro, VA
  • Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, VA
  • Washington, DC

Part Two (April 2 โ€“ May 7):

  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Nashville, TN ๐Ÿ”ฅ โ€” Wonderful rock/country music scene and nightlife
  • Memphis, TN ๐Ÿ’จ
  • Little Rock, AK ๐Ÿ’จ
  • Ada, OK (twice) โ€” Within the Chickasaw Nation; got my Covid shots there
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Albuquerque, NM ๐Ÿ’จ
  • Gallup, NM
  • Petrified Forest National Park, AZ ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • Hoover Dam, NV
  • With my girlfriend Meena:
    • Las Vegas (twice) ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ โ€” Played poker during my first stay, and hit up shows and restaurants with Meena the second time through
    • LA (downtown, Little Tokyo, Hollywood, beaches, and LA suburbs) ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ โ€” Got some work done while there, setting up storage for a large archive of cult materials
    • Slab City, CA ๐Ÿ”ฅ โ€” A community of squatters, artists, and misfits
    • Bullhead, AZ
    • Zion National Park, UT ๐Ÿ”ฅ
    • Bryce Canyon, UT
    • Page, AZ
    • Grand Canyon, AZ
    • Alamosa, CO
    • Great Sand Dunes, CO ๐Ÿ”ฅ
    • Denver, CO (twice) ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ
  • Mount Rushmore, SD
  • Rapid City, SD
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Louisville, KY ๐Ÿ’จ
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Pittsburgh, PA ๐Ÿ’จ
  • Punxsutawney, PA
  • Hershey, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA โ€” Family
  • Colts Neck, NJ โ€” Family

I’ve mostly just kept this to the names, but I’d be happy to share advice or more details in response to any questions in the comments. Iโ€™d also love to hear about the upcoming trip you’re planning or the highlights from your past road trip adventures.

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