Now that I’ve settled a bit in San Diego, it’s time for some road trip details! If you haven’t watched my road trip vlog yet, you can watch here!
To give you a rundown, our goal was to get to Denver ASAP. It’s not that we didn’t want to see anything between Maryland and Colorado….we just REALLY wanted take our time to see everything driving from Colorado to California.
I’m going to do my best to include the restaurants we ate at and pictures of the places we’ve seen. Enjoy!
Day 1: Frederick, Md to St Louis, MO
Like I said, our goal was to get to Denver as soon as we could, then take more time to enjoy the drive through Colorado, Arizona & Nevada. So Day One, we drove all the way to St Louis, approximately 12 hours from Maryland. We woke up at 5:30am, stopped for lunch near Columbus, OH to quickly got back on the road to reach St Louis around 8pm. We grabbed some BBQ at Sugarfire Smokehouse then finished our night with some drinks at The Lou.
Day 2: St Louis, MO to Denver, CO
Waking up on Day Two, I headed down to The Arch first thing to get a picture before hopping back on the road. We stopped in Kansas City, MO for lunch at Mission Taco. After lunch, we wandered around the city and explored some of the murals before getting back on the highway.
A little over halfway between Kansas City and Denver, 30 minutes down a dirt road in the middle of no where, is a landmark called Monument Rocks. I don’t necessarily recommend driving a BMW with no spare tire out that far, but it was well worth all the stress that came with it. We got there as the sun was setting, and it was one of the first sites I saw that truly kicked off the trip for me.
After taking some pictures and enjoying the view, we had three more hours to Denver, CO. We stayed at the Oxford Hotel. Other than the front desk man not letting Olivia pet the caged bird in the lobby, definitely recommend.
Day 3: Denver, CO to Pagosa Springs, CO
Waking up in Denver, we decided to grab brunch at Snooze. 10/10 would recommend, their drinks were amazing! Honestly, Denver was a dope city in general. As we left Denver, we stopped at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. I can only imagine how cool it would be to see a show there with the city skyline in the background.
Next stop: Pagosa Springs, CO. Driving to Pagosa Springs took about 5 hours and it was probably the most beautiful drive of our entire road-trip. We drove through the mountains for hours as the sun set before we finally got to this little resort town.
Pagosa Springs was the halfway point between Denver and Horseshoe Bend. It’s the tiniest little resort town but had a lot of character. That night we grabbed some pizza from Mountain Pizza & Taproom and hung out in the hotel.
Day 4: Pagosa Springs, CO to Page, AZ
Waking up in Pagosa Springs was COLD. After a little hotel breakfast, we decided to backtrack up the Colorado mountains before heading to Arizona. We pulled over on the side of the mountain, climbed some fences (oops) and witnessed a one-of-a-kind view.
We headed back down to Pagosa Springs, where we had lunch at Riff Raff on Rio before heading out to the Four Corners. Of course we decided to drive all the way there before realizing it was closed due to COVID…awko.
So off we went two more hours to Page, AZ, an even smaller town than Pagosa Springs. We grabbed dinner at a little restaurant called State 48 Tavern and turned in for the night.
Day 5: Page, AZ to Las Vegas, NV
Waking up in Page, I was super stoked for the day. We started off with breakfast at good old Denny’s, and checked out an overlook by the hotel. About 10 minutes down the road was Horseshoe Bend, one of the sites we were planning on seeing. It was…unreal. the pictures and videos do not do this site justice. We spent majority of our morning here just taking in the view.
Back on the road and headed to Vegas, where we decided to round off our trip. We stayed at Caesars Palace, and had celebratory drinks while we waited for our room. That night we explored the strip and caught up with a couple friends from the East Coast.
Day 6: Las Vegas, NV
As you can imagine, waking up in Vegas we were a little…..eXhAuStEd.
Our original plan was to explore the Grand Canyon. It was only 2 and a half hours from Vegas. But…plans change. We all decided to take it easy and relax by the pool. And that’s exactly what we did. Camped out by the pool and enjoyed the sun shine.
That night, I decided to take it easy in the hotel room while the rest of the crew went and explored Downtown Las Vegas.
Day 7: Las Vegas, NV to San Diego, CA
Waking up to the last day of our road-trip was a bittersweet feeling. As the amazing week was coming to an end, the excitement of my new life was beginning. We packed up and headed out to San Diego with an ETA of 3:30pm.
Hope you enjoyed this cross country road-trip itinerary. If you’ve done a cross country road-trip before, let me know where you went and what was your favorite part! This definitely won’t be my last road-trip, so I’d love some inspiration!