The ultimate western U.S. road trip


Do you like road trips?! Well here’s what to see in the Western United States. I love road trips, though I don’t go on them as often as I’d like. I think once we start to grow our family past the two of us and our dog we may take more road trips as flying can get pricey for a whole family (even with travel rewards). So I planned out this road trip for my husband and I to go on. This trip would be 2 weeks or more depending on how long you want to stay in each place! So here are places to go and things t

o do on your western United States road trip.

You begin your journey in beautiful San Francisco, California

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You have to stop by and see the Golden Gate Bridge! Photo Credit
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Visiting Alcatraz Island (which is near the bridge) is also a great option. Photo credit
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If you want a cultural experience check out China Town or Little Italy districts!

You can stay in a good place in the city ranging from $215-$350 a night, while there are cheaper options I don’t like staying at dives.

After San Fran’, head south to Santa Maria!

And a trip to California wouldn’t be complete without a wine tour!
While in Southern California, Head over to one their famous beaches Get some ides from Yelp 

Hotels in Santa Maria run from $130 to $200 per night

Next on your journey, head east to Las Vegas, Nevada!

Enjoy the sights, walk the strip! Stay at a great hotel! People watching is the BEST in Vegas.
Vegas is beautiful at night!











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Don’t forget to try your luck at the SLOTS!
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Hangout by the pool for a day, swim and enjoy some cocktails. This is at the LINQ Hotel, it was awesome and only cost like $100-$150 depending on when you go.
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From Vegas, take a day trip to the Grand Canyon – It’s only about a 4 hour drive and you can even book a tour in Vegas if you want. Photo Credit

Your trip continues… head north to Zion National Park

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Go for a hike in Zion National Park For more information and photo credit, click here And you can stay in the park and camp!

From Zion continue north to Salt Lake City, Utah

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while you are staying here, take a tour of the city, there is a lot of beautiful places to see, like this Mormon Temple, even if you aren’t religious, it’s great to check them out! Photo credit

Next stop Missoula, Montana!

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So this is actually where I live which is why I added it to the road trip list. For one Missoula is an adorable little town that is over looked in (my opinion) which is why I think you should stop here and putts around for a day before you go to Glacier National Park. Go to Big Dipper Ice Cream, go hike the famous “M” trail, talk a walk along the Clark fork River and grab dinner at one of the many places downtown. I would recommend staying at the Holiday Inn downtown, grading dinner at Tamarack, drinks at the Montgomery Distillery or Draught Works Brewery (its the best one in Missoula hands. down.), and grab breakfast at either the HobNob or Catalyst (they both tend to be busy, but are worth the wait).

Drive North and explore Glacier National Park for a day!




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Glacier is home to the most beautiful views you will ever see! I would recommend staying at the Timber Wolf Resort, they have cabins you can stay in, you can pitch a tent, or you can stay in their bed and breakfast (runs between $30-$120 depending one which one you pick). This is just outside of the park and usually has availability while a lot of the stuff in the park is booked way out and thus always full (like a year in advanced). There is a ton of hiking in Glacier, but you can also drive all day and check out the park, you can hangout by Lake McDonald, and you can stop at the top of the going to the sun road and look at the views and the Logan Pass Visitor’s Center (at the top of this road) which is a little museum too.

After your wonderful last day in northern Montana head west to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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Stop here on your way west, its a beautiful, quaint town with wonderful lakeside views. I recommend staying at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, you won’t regret it! Get a message while your there and enjoy dinner on the lake! Photo Credit

Next stop Seattle, Washington!

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SEATTLE!!! It’s fantastic, bustling city full of culture. Hang out at Pike’s Place Market, visit the original Starbucks, go to the Space Needle and eat lunch at a cute place on the bay. You can grab a nice hotel in Seattle for around $150-$200 a night.

Heading three hours south to Portland, Oregon 




I love Portland, it is such a lively city. Take a walk along the river, rent bikes to sight see, go bouldering at the largest indoor climbing place in the area, eat at the Red Onion (they have the best Thai cuisine), and if dessert is your thing then you should stop by Voodoo Doughnuts or Salt and Straw (an amazingly unique yet delicious ice cream place). You can stay at a nice hotel in the area for about $150 per night.

Onward! Bend, OR is calling your name!

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It’s called “Oregon’s best kept secret” (by whom I am no sure, but I agree with it). Contrary to Portland, Bend gets a lot more sun. It is like a little oasis ^_^ You can hike, enjoy the shops downtown and grab a drink at a  local brewery. You can stay in a Bend hotel for $100-$150 a night or camp! Photo Credit

Last stop… Redwood National Forest.




So you’ve been all over the west at this point, have been to many national parks, but nothing compares to this! Camp and hike in among some of the worlds’ largest tree species.

Last part of your drive is t bring it full circle and head south back to San Francisco! I hope you have a blast!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my post! As always I would love to hear from you. Please comment below!

Where have you road tripped? Have you been to any of these cities and which was your favorite, what dod you do while you were there?

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