Cross-Country Road Trip Itinerary: Part Two

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Okay, y’all. Our road trip is actually happening! We have been having an amazing time getting to see so many loved ones + beautiful places. Hands down, this has been one of the best things I’ve ever done (other than starting my organizing business, natch!), and I can’t wait to share more about it in due time. However, since we’re now in California, it’s high time to share part two of our itinerary!

  • 6/28: Big Sur, CA
    • I am SO exited the Pacific Coast Highway from Ventura up through Big Sur, ending up outside of Berkeley. We’ll be camping here and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.
  • 6/29: Orinda, CA
    • We’ll be staying with family friends + touring around UC – Berkeley and the city itself.
  • 6/30 – 7/1: Redwoods National Park, CA
    • Another camping stop! This is a bucket list item for sure, and I’m thrilled to see some gigantic trees (and more, of course).
  • 7/2: Crater Lake National Park, OR
    • We missed this on our last trip to Oregon in 2010, so I’m excited we’re making it happen this time around. We’ll be camping + hiking here. Don’t these views just look incredible?
  • 7/3 – 7/8: Sunriver, OR
    • Vacation with Kate’s family! We’ll be staying at a resort where we went five years ago (when our niece was only six weeks old!) and soaking up lots of family time while biking, tubing, white water rafting, and relaxing.
  • 7/9: Tillamook, OR
    • My father-in-law has said the drive up the Oregon coast is one of his all-time favorites, so we’ll be camping on the coast (we tried to get one of the yurts at this campground, but they were already full. A tent site will have to suffice!) and then driving up to Washington the next day.
  • 7/10: Olympic National Park, WA
    • I’m so excited to check this national park out! It looks positively ethereal and I’m thrilled to experience it.
  • 7/11 – 7/13: Tacoma, WA
    • My sister-in-law will be celebrating a milestone birthday, so we’ll be staying at her house to watch our youngest nephews (ages 2 + 3!) while she and her husband take a trip to celebrate. We’re so excited, and also hoping we don’t totally get our behinds kicked by this, haha!
  • 7/14 – 7/15: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • Oh, Canada! I’ve only been to Montreal, so I’m looking forward to exploring the city + seeing the sights.
  • 7/16 – 7/18: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    • This kicks off one of my most looked-forward-to segments of our trip, and also one that’s causing me lots of anxiety. We’re staying near Lake Louise, which seems awe-inspiring, and going around to a bunch of nearby spots! However, I am totally freaked about running into bears. Our campground here is surrounded by electric fences to keep bears out, which makes me really nervous (just keeping it real!). Any tips on dealing with this? I’ve admittedly been doing way too much research on this, but any input (or reassuring statistics) would be fantastic.
  • 7/19 – 7/21: Glacier National Park, MT
    • Another nervous-but-excited stop. I cannot wait to see the beauty here! We’ll be spending one night at a campground and then backcountry camping for the other two. Even more nerves about bears! Again, any input/encouragement/prayers would be fantastic.
  • 7/22: Big Timber, MT
    • Kate’s uncle + aunt have a cabin here and are graciously letting us stay here for a night to regroup after nearly a week of camping.
  • 7/23: Badlands National Park, SD
    • Looking forward to buzzing by Mount Rushmore, seeing the beautiful landscape of the Badlands, and checking another state off of my ‘visited’ list.
  • 7/24: Fort Ransom, ND
    • Honestly, this is mainly a way to check North Dakota off of the list since we’ll be relatively close by, but I’m looking forward to seeing a new place and hopefully stopping by Fargo, which seems like a cute city.
  • 7/25 – 7/26: Minneapolis, MN
    • We’ll be visiting with a friend + her wife who moved away from NC, so we’re pumped to see them and tour around the city!
  • 7/27 – 7/28: Chicago, IL
    • Another stay with a friend + her fiance. They’re getting married later this year, so we can’t wait to catch up and talk wedding planning.
  • 7/29: Stendal, IN
    • This is Kate’s mom’s hometown, so we’re excited to visit lots of memorable spots and see her grandparents’ old home.
  • 7/30: Indianapolis, IN
    • Pumped to visit this new-to-us city and visit with my friend from grad school + her husband.
  • 7/31: Monroe, MI
    • We’ll be camping on the shores of Lake Erie here!
  • 8/1: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    • Looking forward to visiting another Canadian city + also checking out Niagara Falls on our way back to the States.
  • 8/2: Vergennes, VT
    • After a long drive, we’re excited to stay at an Airbnb spot here.
  • 8/3: Burlington, VT
    • This was our final stop during our week-long Vermont honeymoon in 2011, so we’re splurging a bit for a one night stay at the same inn we visited then.
  • 8/4 – 8/6: Acadia National Park, ME
    • The last national park of our trip! We’ve both never been, and are thrilled to take in the views, go on lots of hikes, and camp by the ocean.
  • 8/7: Holden, MA
    • We will (hopefully!) be staying with my uncle’s family here to catch up with them and regroup after camping for several nights.
  • 8/8 – 8/10: Fairfield, CT
    • More time with my side of the family! We’re looking forward to visiting with my mom, her family, and lots of childhood friends + their families while we’re there. New England in late summer is usually gorgeous, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some fantastic weather, but this will be a great stretch of our trip regardless!
  • 8/11: Baltimore, MD/Washington, D.C.
    • We’re hoping to stay with someone to catch up and break up the drive back to NC, but haven’t lined anything up (yet!).
  • 8/12: North Carolina!
    • With that we’ll be back in the Old North State. After staying with friends for a bit, we’ll get to move into our new place. By then I’m sure I’ll be ready to dive back into working with clients + settle into a good routine for the fall.

Have you visited any of these spots? I’d love any + all recommendations! I’m hoping to post more here between now and then about how we’ve organized things on our trip and how that’s been working now that we’re nearly half-way through, but in the meantime, you can keep up with our trip on Instagram!

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