Everyone asks us what our favorite part of the cross-country road trip was, and it’s a tough question to answer. In some ways, the whole trip was the best thing; actually making the drive all of the way there and back and seeing so many different parts of the country. I worried a lot about being bored on the trip or getting sick of being in the car and neither of those things happened. I bought a bunch of books for my Kindle and ended up not reading any of them.
That said, there are a few experiences that I would recommend to others, and there are a few places that I’d like to visit again.
I liked Tucson, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Big Sur, and I wish we’d had more time to spend in each of those. I would definitely consider going back and spending more time in each. I’d recommend the Gateway Arch, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands National Monument, and Arches National Park to others, although I’m not sure I need to visit any of them again. We had fun in Roswell, but I’m not sure everyone would like it. I liked Iowa in general, and Des Moines in particular, more than I expected to, but I’m not sure we will ever be in that area again. I’m sad we missed the chance to see Hearst Castle. I didn’t really like Las Vegas, although we plan to return there for another Utah/Colorado road trip sometime in the future. Maybe we can find something to like about it then.
All in all, everything went more smoothly than I could have hoped for, with only one serious disruption in Oklahoma. Since coming back, we have even talked about doing it again sometime, with a different route. I have a few other plans for long road trips, but I don’t think we will be crossing the country again for a while.