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Monument Valley via Four Corners

Monument Valley via Four Corners

After three absolutely gorgeous nights at Mesa Verde National Park (Part 1 and Part 2), we continued our 2016 road trip west. Our drive through Colorado toward Monument Valley, Utah led us by Four Corners National Monument, so we had to stop! Four Corners National Monument Four Corners Monument marks the only spot in the United States where 4 states meet. The corners of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet at this point. The Navajo Nation owns Four Corners…

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Mesa Verde Part 2

Mesa Verde Part 2

Wetherill Mesa On our second day visiting Mesa Verde National Park on our 2016 road trip, we decided to visit the Wetherill Mesa. After a busy first day at Chapin Mesa, we were excited for more exploring on day 2! Wetherill Mesa Road is a 12-mile, winding road that splits from the main road near the Far View Area. The road is only open from May through October, weather dependent, and there are some vehicle restrictions. The view from the…

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Mesa Verde Part 1

Mesa Verde Part 1

History of Mesa Verde National Park I have visited Mesa Verde National Park many times and it is one of my favorite places to visit. Mesa Verde, meaning “Green Table” in Spanish, is located in the four corners region of southwest Colorado. It is home to close to 5,000 known archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo people including 600 cliff dwellings.  The Ancestral Pueblo people called this area home from approximately AD 600 to 1300. The history, culture and artifacts…

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Albuquerque via Cadillac Ranch

Albuquerque via Cadillac Ranch

Breaking Road Trip Rules After our overnight stay in Oklahoma City, we began the longest day of driving on our 2016 cross-county US road trip. The drive from Oklahoma City to Albuquerque is about 8 hours. We broke 2 of our road trip rules on this trip. We only stayed 1 night in both Oklahoma City and Albuquerque and we drove longer than 5 hours in one day! Sometimes you have to make exceptions to get where you’re going! We…

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

After a foggy morning at our campground in Hot Springs, Arkansas, we started the 5 hour and 20 minute drive to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City was our next stop on the 2016 cross-country road trip! This stop also included another surprise visitor! My sister drove up from Texas to meet us for the day and evening in Oklahoma City. Usually our rule for road trips, especially road trips with the camper, is that we always stay in each location for…

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Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Arkansas

After our 2 nights in Nashville, we continued our drive across Tennessee, over the Mississippi River and into Arkansas on our 2016 road trip! We were trying to keep our driving days down to 5-6 hours maximum so that we had time to explore a little bit each day. The drive from Nashville to Hot Springs, Arkansas was about 6 hours. We checked into Catherine’s Landing, our campground for the next 2 nights. This was one of our favorite campgrounds…

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Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

After a fantastic few days in the Great Smoky Mountains, we continued our 2016 road trip drive west toward Nashville, Tennessee. The route from Gatlinburg through Pigeon Forge and along I-40 to Nashville is about 4 hours. Tennessee is a long state! Because we had two cars, I went ahead of Todd with the camper on this drive. Special Visitors The day we drove to Nashville happened to be my birthday, and some special guests were joining us for the…

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

After a beautiful morning in downtown Asheville, we began the quick hour and forty-minute drive over to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, our home for the next 3 nights as we explored the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The drive through North Carolina and Tennessee was beautiful. Thankfully I was ahead of Todd on this drive because I was able to warn him that the camper would not be able to make it on some of the curvy roads. He had to…

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Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

After completing our morning hike around Abbott Lake at Peaks of Otter lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we began our drive south to Asheville, North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway actually continues into North Carolina and just passes to the east of Asheville. While that would’ve made for an incredible drive, we decided that we needed to save that drive for another trip where we had more time just to explore that area. We would hate to rush the…

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Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, Virginia

While living in Washington, DC, I got a lot of recommendations to visit Natural Bridge, Virginia. Natural Bridge is just a short 3 hour and 15-minute drive from the city. I didn’t know much about the area, honestly. But, once I read a little about Natural Bridge, I added it to our DC bucket list. Unfortunately, our weekends during the short time we lived in the area quickly filled up. So, when we began planning this road trip I figured this was…

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