There is nothing like a good road trip to clear the cobwebs out and give you a fresh perspective on life! My husband and I recently rolled the odometer a few thousand miles on a roadtrip to Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. We both love to drive so this is the best kind of vacation for us of all. We plan a day or two of strictly driving and then park the truck and trailer for at least three days to take full advantage of a new place.
We spent three nights in Zion National Park and four nights at the Grand Canyon. Glorious!
Here are three of my favorite things from our road trip.
1. Listening to a good book on tape!
I always pick a few audio books to listen to while we drive along…makes the time pass so much faster but in a good way. We listened to audio books from the children’s section this time because I have some favorite storytellers that just happen to write books that are aimed at children. Andrew Clements is just one such author. Extra Credit was a delightful tale of pen pals that we actually listened to twice during our trip we liked it so much. The other book is the first in a series of six written for middle schoolers. It is just a light mystery sort of book that we thoroughly enjoyed and we will be continuing to listen to the next book on the next long road trip.
My other favorite audio book author is Brian Jacques and I think we have listened to every book in the Redwall series at least once. The author himself narrates much of the series with his Scotch accent and it is like being at the theater.
Martin the Warrior You can click this link and then click the sample to hear a bit of this book in the series.
2. Collecting Starbucks mugs.
We now have a half dozen “you are here” mugs from Starbucks. They make a great souvenir for coffee drinkers who like to have a large mug of coffee in the mornings. I kicked myself for not buying the Arizona mug with the saguaro cactus on it but I will be back to Arizona again someday. In the meantime, I will enjoy my Las Vegas mug!
3. Good road trip food.
We mostly ate at our campsite in the trailer for most of the trip but we decided to try a few new places just for fun.
Lake Tahoe Brewing Company: One place was in Carson City, Nevada. This is the capitol of Nevada but still a relatively small town. What a great place to stop for pizza and a delicious beer! My husband is a beer guru so this really hit the spot with him. I loved the wood-fire oven pizza…a little thin on the crust but still very tasty. I would highly recommend giving this place a try if you find yourself in Carson City or Fernley Nevada or also in Truckee, California (near me!).
El Tovar Dining Room and Lounge (Grand Canyon National Park): We had an enjoyable afternoon snack at this historic spot one afternoon overlooking the Grand Canyon. We will definitely be going back for appetizers again.
Sonic: We enjoy a good Sonic lunch when we are on the road. This one was in Kingman, Arizona and convenient to Hwy 95. My favorite drink? Cherry Limeade! We don’t have Sonic near our home so this is always a treat when we are on the road.
Cafe Oscar (Zion National Park): A great place to get a burger on a rainy day at the national park. Officially in the little adjacent town of Springdale, Utah, this cafe was hopping the day we were there. It was sort of funky but fun and I enjoyed their coffee and unique ceramic mugs.
I love to hear your favorites too! Leave me a comment if you have a favorite to share back with me.