The Road Trip

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars.”

—Jack Kerouac

As you might have read in the about section, I recently graduated college. All endings are also beginnings, so this begs the inevitable question: what’s next?

A great friend of mine completed a five-month road trip across the U.S. the summer after her college graduation last year. Seeing how incredible the experience was for her, I decided to embark on my own five month, 30-state, 2-Canadian province, 24-national park road trip with a friend from high school, Nick Knoke. We plan to live cheaply and rely on the kindness of family, friends, and strangers for lodging and support. We’ll fully enact our Kerouac fantasies, driving on the seemingly endless black ribbons of U.S. roads, meeting eclectic new people and getting into all kinds of interesting, strange, and exhilarating situations in a mix of urban and nature settings. I am enthusiastic about the adventure that awaits.

morgan road trip map

Below is an incomplete list of the places we plan to visit, walk, climb, hike, sleep, and adventure in. Recommendations are always welcome! Post them in the comments.

Begin: Northern Virginia

Pittsburg, PA
Cleveland, OH
Cuyahoga National Park
Detroit, MI
Flint, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Chicago, IL
Milwaukee, WI
Green Bay, WI
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Rapid City, ND
Badlands National Park
Wind Cave National Park
Devils Tower
Cheyenne, WY
Fort Collins, CO
Boulder, CO
Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado Springs, CO
Canon City, CO
Gunnison, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Jackson, WY
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Beartooth Wilderness
Bozeman, MT
Missoula, MT
Flathead Lake
Glacier National Park
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Banff National Park
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Squamish, BC, Canada
Vancouver, BC, Canada
San Juan Islands
Seattle, WA
Olympic National Park
Hoh Rainforest
Elwah River
Portland, OR
Mount Hood
Bend, OR
Gearhart, OR
Crater Lake National Park
Mount Shasta
San Francisco, CA
Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur
Yosemite National Park
Sequoia National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Mount Whitney
Fresno, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Newport Beach, CA
San Diego, CA
Joshua Tree National Park
Flagstaff, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Mesa Verde National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park 
Santa Fe, NM
Roswell, NM
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Big Bend National Park
San Antonio, TX
Austin, TX
Houston, TX
NOLA (New Orleans, LA)
Pensacola, FL
Atlanta, GA
Ashville, NC
Emerald Isle, NC

End: Northern Virginia


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