I just read some great road trip inspiration from Lonely Planet about the less-romanticized North-South U.S. Highways. We’ve experienced a few of the ones they mention. Last spring our trip took us on a good section of Highway 89 (Nicknamed the National Park Highway) in Utah and Arizona and Nick and I have traveled Parts of U.S. 1 in Maine and U.S. 101 in California and Washington. I grew up near U.S. 61 in Iowa and U.S. 41 is Lake Shore Drive through our current city of Chicago. This list includes a nice geographic variety of American highways. Perhaps the most intriguing is U.S. 83 out there smack in the middle of nowhere. Road trip anyone? Check Out the complete list:
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- 07.22.21 : Explored a secret little permit-only area of Vermillion Cliffs National Monumenr. No, it’s not “The Wave” but it’s similar and we were the only people to be found for miles around, so it was even better.07.21.21 : Hiked 10 miles round trip down the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs. The 3,300 feet of elevation gain in the heat was tough, but it’s an incredible trail. This is the Redwall Bridge about 2.8 miles and 2,100 feet down from the rim.07.20.21 : Saw some crazy rain and thunderstorm action while at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Second pic was later that evening with clear skies.07.18.21 : The Zion Canyon Narrows hike was even cooler than anticipated. We hiked nearly 4 miles up the canyon through water ranging from ankle to waist deep.07.17.21 : Zion Canyon viewed from Observation Point. We got there via the 3.5-mile East Mesa Trail from the east edge of the park. Angel’s Landing is the point at the center right.07.17.21 : Thor’s Hammer viewed from the Navajo Loop trail at Bryce Canyon.