Hint? Go west, young man, go west. No? Neighboring park is an old faithful, friend… what you’ve never heard of Shoshone National Forest?! You have, haven’t you. Dagnabbit it’s just me that didn’t know! Again!
When we hit the road, I foolishly believed we had gathered all the best American road trip ideas. Now, after driving 10 days, I know better. There is so much beauty to see in America, one cross country trip is simply not enough.
It’s hard to encapsulate everything I’ve learned, along the way. I’m doing my best, trying to get it all down in blog posts. A way to later share with family and friends planning their own American road trip route.
In Iowa, I’d forgotten the power summer storms display as they roll across the land.
South Dakota, I got schooled in cool geology at the Badlands under blistering sun.
Then drove up into fall weather and waved at the 1,300 free roaming buffalo in Custer State Park.
We crossed three seasons in three days thanks to huge elevation shifts.
We drove into Orange Cloud territory in Wyoming. Something else, I knew nothing about.
All of that and I still haven’t written about Yellowstone, Gran Tetons or the wonder that Idaho is, Craters of the Moon!
Travel can be many things. Exhausting, exhilarating, relaxing and educational. For me, it’s also humbling. I have a lifetime of learning yet to do, about my own country, American the Beautiful.
If you’re looking for american road trip ideas, make your trip as long as you can afford. Consider state parks like Custer State Park and give Shoshone National Forest a second look. It’s free to visit and dadgummit I really wish, I had known about it before we drove through. I’d have stayed at least one more day.
Hindsight of a traveler.
If you find any incorrect facts, please call me on it by commenting below. Cheers fellow travelers.
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