Midwest USA roadtrip

My first roadtrip was all about having fun and this one was all about nature and hiking! And oh my what a journey.

I’m going to write a few posts about this trip because I will recommend accommodation, how to easiest get around, restaurants and so on and it will be too long with just one. As you can see below we had quite many stops and parks visited.

I will start by explaining where we flew and how we drove because then I can focus on each park and city.

This is what the itinerary looked like:

Start – Day 1: Gothenburg, Sweden. Flew over to Bozeman MT through Frankfurt and Chicago. Picked up our rental car at the airport and drove to the motel for one nights sleep.

Day 2: Drove south to West Yellowstone for three nights stay to visit Yellowstone National Park.

Day 5: Continued south of Yellowstone with destination Grand Teton WY. Had a stop at Mesa Falls ID. Arrived to Grand Teton for a visit at the national park. Spent one night in Grand Teton Village WY.

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Mesa Falls Idaho

Day 6: Drove to Jackson WY for a quick visit. Continued south with destination Arches National Park, Canyonlands National park and Dead Horse State Park UT. Stayed in Price UT for a nights rest on the road.

Day 7: Continued from Price UT to Moab UT where we stayed two nights for park visits.

Day 9: From Moab UT we continued south to Zion National park UT. We stayed in Hurricane UT for two nights for park visit and some shopping.

Day 11: Continued driving to Las Vegas where we spent three nights (see separate Las Vegas post).

Day 14: Drove south with destination Sedona AZ to spend a night in the city. Had a short stop in Seligman on route 66.


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Seligman on Route 66

Day 15: Started driving to Scottsdale AZ to spend two nights and relax.

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Loved this guy!

Day 17: From Scottsdale we drove to Phoenix for a night there, another relaxed day.

Day 18: The last long drive with destination Albuquerque NM. Stopped in Holbrook AZ for a nights rest before arriving to Albuquerque NM.

Day 19: Arrived to Albuquerque NM to spend one night and explore the little town.

Day 20: Returned the car and flew over to NYC (see separate New York post)

I want to add that we kind of regret that we didn’t take the flight from Phoenix instead of Albuquerque but the problem was that we had planned a different route on the last part and therefore Albuquerque was included. And we didn’t think about trying to change the flight either until we arrived to Holbrook so we thought we might as well continue as planned. If you’re planning to do a similar trip then stop in Scottsdale, no need to visit Phoenix either as there is nothing to do there.

My upcoming posts will now be focused on the parks and the towns we stayed in.


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