Arcoss the US from East to West: A Photo Essay

Are your bags packed?

We’re going on a road trip.

Today marks exactly one month until I hop on a plane with my boyfriend and we head to the US for five weeks! I’ve been super nostalgic for the US recently and I think its because I keep imagining all of the USA summer things I want to introduce to the boy that we didn’t have time to do on our last trip. I can picture us cruising the open road in my red convertible, stopping at whichever roadside attractions tickle our fancy (giant ball of yarn, anyone?), and rocking out to classic road trip jams. Cue ‘Summer of ’69.’

Then I remembered that I don’t have a red convertible, or any car for that matter, and instead decided to look at photos of past road trips to help quench my travel bug’s thirst. What better way to rev yourself up for summer in the USA than be reliving old memories of the most beautiful places you’ve been to in the land of the free?

I present to you my favorite photos from across the US from East to West. I still have a lot more ground to cover in terms of seeing my home country in it’s entirety, but I’m grateful to have had opportunities to see what I have.


Long Island, NY


Long Island, NY


Long Island, NY


Watkins Glen State Park, NY


I-90, Western New York


Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY


Rochester, NY


Somewhere in the Mid-West


Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX


Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX


Tinkertown Musem, Sandia Park, NM


Tinkertown Museum, Sandia Park, NM


Tinkertown Museum, Sandia Park, NM


Tinkertown Museum, Sandia Park, NM


Petrified Forest National Park, AZ


Petrified Forest National Park, AZ


Sedona, AZ


Sedona, AZ


Monument Valley, AZ


Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Have you ever been on a cross-country road trip? Any must-see sights? Let me know! Don’t forget to subscribe below to receive new posts right to your inbox!


6 thoughts on “Arcoss the US from East to West: A Photo Essay

  1. nice pics Chelsea! your name reminds me of a football club in England.

    your country is so big that a person needs months to see it properly and get full satisfied.

    i have only been to New York city and Pennsylvania, but there is a place that i shall visit for sure before i go to glory: corn fields in Nebraska and Iowa, you know why? because as many Spaniards in the middle of their 30’s i have grown up watching lots of american movies, many of them horror movies where a boy or girl gets lost at night in a corn field, with someone evil behind trying to catch him/her, haha…you may see it ridiculous and silly, but it is something that has stuck in my head!

    of course we do have corn fields in Spain in Castilla, but those of Nebraska and Iowa seem to be more creepy and scary at night, or at least more movie-ish.

    oh i hope you will bring lots of pics from your travel!


    • Thanks, Pedro!

      Your comment about the cornfields made me laugh… it’s true though! I’m excited to one day bring my boyfriend home in the autumn to take him to a cornfield labyrinth…like in the movies!

      Be sure to check back for more photos of our trip in August after we get back! We’re going on a short trip to Washington DC that I’m really looking forward to.

      Thanks for reading 🙂


  2. Great photos! But you really should travel north first – to Massachusetts 🙂 Boston, Cambridge, Salem, Concord. Plenty of wonderful places to see! Then you can travel west down Route 2 through the Berkshires, into New York state. Don’t forget to stop at the Finger Lakes, before you reach Buffalo!

    I’m glad I found your blog. You wouldn’t happen to have time to write a quick entry about what to see in Merida and where to eat? 🙂 My family and I will be traveling through there pretty soon and we’d love to have some tips on how to use our one day in Merida on the way from Madrid to Lisbon.


    • Hi Jolanta, thanks for the suggestions!

      I may eventually write a post on how to spend a day in Mérida, but it might not be for a few weeks since I’m about to take a trip home. My suggestions would be to definitely see the roman theater and amphitheater and the fortress. Both are included one one ticket along with some other ruins around the city, but those two are the best in my opinion. You’ll be able to see the roman bridge from the fortress, and walking through the center you’re sure to see the templo de Diana and the Arco Trajano.The acueducto de milagros is also really pretty, and the museum is also worth a look, especially if you can go when it’s free (saturdays after 2pm and sundays from 10-2 I think?). Some restaurants in the center that I like are Entrecañas (around the corner from the plaza de españa), A de Arco (next to the arco trajano) and Via de la Plata (across from the museum). Enjoy your time in Mérida!


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