My Favorite Cross Country Trip Instagrams

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My Favorite Cross Country Trip Instagrams

If you’re already following me on Instagram, you’ve seen my collection of cross country photos. It’s probably my favorite part of my Instagram feed at the moment, as it brings me back to my incredible eighteen day journey across The United States.

I have always dreamed of taking a trip across the country, but had no idea when it would happen. That was until I quit my job and suddenly had a schedule that was wide open. My friend, Christy, was moving to Portland, Oregon from Asheville, North Carolina, so I decided to keep her company for the big move.

Originally, we only had one week, but then Christy’s start date got pushed back and suddenly, we had plenty of time to see country. We had no real plans, only a vague idea of what we wanted to see, and some time to work with; I think that’s what really made the trip for me.

I was also so surprised by the beauty I found in my own country. I have lived here for thirty years and barely scratched the surface until now. Follow my journey through my favorite cross country trip Instagrams:

After a long, first travel day, we had less than 24 hours in Nashville, but it was a blast, and we wound up staying out until 5:30am. This photo was taken on top of the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which offers a beautiful view of the city. After this, we went to Broadway to dance at some Honky Tonks.

Nothing like a Cracker Barrel map of America and a GoPro to keep me busy on a long drive. We started outside of St. Louis and drove through Illinois and Iowa before resting our heads in Nebraska for the night.

We drove through almost all of South Dakota on this day and wound up with only a little amount of time at the Badlands. Had we known just how picturesque the national park was, we would have budgeted more time in the area. Guess we’ll just have to go back!

After another crazy night out, this time in Denver, we found ourselves in the mountains of Colorado for much needed rest and relaxation. We enjoyed time in the pool, lazy mornings, and views like this. Worth every penny.

Somewhere on the road in Colorado.

The views on the drive from Colorado to Utah were stunning. This doesn’t even do it justice.

After realizing we didn’t have enough time in the Badlands, we made sure to have enough time in Arches National Park. We explored for the whole day, and I have enough Instagram photos to show why.

Devil’s Garden in Arches National Park.

Something about Arches just made us want to do yoga poses all over the park. This is just one of many.

Feeling free and on top of the world. Still in Arches National Park.

After Moab, we wanted to head north to Wyoming, so we drove as far as Vernal, Utah, which is right in the middle of Dinosaur National Park. We had some very interesting scenery during our drive this day, including some information about the dinosaurs that once lived in the area.

We could see the Grand Tetons from hours away as we drove, but for a while they just looked like clouds. It was hard not to take a picture every second to capture their beauty. Again, we didn’t have enough time here, but I know I’ll go back, hopefully one day soon.

While we had only planned to spend one day in Yellowstone, we were called back by its beauty. It’s such a large park that one day really isn’t enough. On our second day, we visited Mammoth Hot Springs, where I captured this shot.

Those were from the trip itself, but I posted two more when I got home that I just have to include.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the open road. Sure, it was exhausting, but waking up to the unknown each day was exhilarating. We were so lucky to have great driving conditions and weather during our trip, which made it easy to appreciate the beauty that continued to surround and surprise us. This was somewhere in Wyoming near the Grand Tetons, the changing leaves were my favorite part. #crosscountry #roadtrip #latergram #wyoming #usa #america #openroad #bbctravel #tlpicks #travelstoke #travelvibes #autumn #changingleaves #fall #mytravelgram #mytinyatlas #wanderingxc #nature #view #naturelovers #nature_perfection #wanderlust #beauty #wanderingsoul #travelgram #instago #instatravel #yahootravelexplorers #seetheworld #traveltheworld

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There is no experience quite like driving across The United States. It’s so diverse, from the landscapes to the people, and often it’s hard to remember that you’re in the same country. I was raised on the East Coast outside of New York City, and I’m used to crowds and traffic, but we barely had traffic on our trip and there were plenty of wide open spaces.

The country is truly beautiful, and I am so glad I was able to see it this way. I’ve driven throughout Southern Africa, around the North Island of New Zealand, and across parts of Europe, so it was about time to explore my home country a bit.

If you’re not following me on Instagram, be sure to. There are plenty of adventures to come in the next few weeks, starting this afternoon!

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Comments (7)

  1. Erin

    Loving all these pics. Loving this journey you’re on. Loving you.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you, my dear! We need a trip together soon!! xx

  2. Leah

    What a fabulous collection of photos showcasing America’s beauty! The USA really is a gorgeous place and I loved following this journey on Instagram. Although, it did make me a little homesick.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you! Little did I realize the beauty of our home country. So glad I had the chance to discover it.

      I can see why you’d be a bit homesick with them. But, at least you have Paris! 🙂

  3. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    Oh my goodness! I vaguely remember seeing these in my feed (and liking quite a few!), but seeing them all in one place give a great snapshot of your journey! I love that you stopped by Cracker Barrel — a must while in the south. And those photos of the plains.. Gorgeous!

  4. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    Every time I leave the U.S., I end up telling myself I need to see more of my own country. It really is an amazing place, even the “boring” places most think of as flyover country. There is always beauty to be found. I’ve made the drive out west several times on my own, though you hit some spots I’ve not yet been to. Seeing the photo of Mammoth Hot Springs made me happy & sad all at the same time. That’s where I lived when I worked in Yellowstone and it will always be a special place for me!

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