May 5th ~ Happy Cinco de Mayo – Southern California
**Our niece is getting married on June 1st in Illinois and we are ramping up our plans in preparation for our road trip from California to Chrisman and return.
Departure date is May 10th and we are allowing two plus weeks to get there. We will be traveling some of the original Route 66. Our itinerary east will take us from Southern California through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and into Illinois.
Scheduled stops include Petrified Forest National Park, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos Pueblo, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, and Missouri Botanical Garden.
Roadtrippers.com was an invaluable tool in planning all of this out.
Click here to see our route going east.
After the wedding and festivities we will be taking a northern route back west. Tim’s mother, Shirley, will be joining us. Shirley has not had the opportunity to see some of our most magnificent national parks, and we look forward to seeing them freshly through her eyes.
The states we will be transiting back from Illinois will include Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and returning to California.
Looks to be about a dozen different states from start to finish.
The highlights planned on the return route will include Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, Porter Sculpture Park, Badlands National Park, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wind Cave National Park, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, George Eccles Dinosaur Park, Salt Lake City, Bryce and Zion NP, and the Grand Canyon.
Click here to see our proposed route from Illinois back to California
We look to get back home in time for the 4th of July Parade and fireworks in Huntington Beach.
I’m still in the planning stage, so if you have any MUST SEE recommendations along or near our route, we would love to hear from you.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: A couple of big items jump out at me today as I write this. We are thrilled to be able to attend our nieces wedding. Ashley and Will are an adorable couple, madly in love, and truly sweet, kind kids. I’m sure I’ll be sharing a few pictures from their special day. Another big one is the opportunity to revisit several of our nations true treasures and see them from a fresh, new perspective.
Hope you will join us as we explore more of our beautiful country!