We’re back! After an unbelievable 10-day jaunt through the Southwestern United States, we’re full of stories to share. But first, here’s an overview of our travels, with one photo from each day of the road trip.
Day One: Route 66
After flying to Albuquerque, New Mexico, we rented a car (and what a car it was) and headed west to Holbrook, Arizona—where we spent the night at the Wigwam Motel, a classic piece of Route 66 history.
Day Two: Flagstaff
On the way to the Grand Canyon, we checked out Flagstaff, visiting friends and taking a quick hike at the Arizona Snowbowl to take in the gorgeous and autumnal aspen foliage.
Day Three: Grand Canyon
We capped a day at the Grand Canyon with an unforgettable sunset. Total bucket list moment!
Day Four: Bryce Canyon
Heading northeast to Utah, we explored the bright orange hoodoos at this stunning national park.
Day Five: Arches
Also in Utah, we soaked up the unusual rock formations—and then went stargazing.
Day Six: Mesa Verde
While we had mixed feelings about Colorado’s Mesa Verde, we can’t deny that these ancient pueblo dwellings were pretty cool.
Day Seven: Santa Fe
We hit up Santa Fe’s Old Town and gloried in our fun, comfortable digs at the Silver Saddle Motel.
Day Eight: High Road to Taos
A half-day trip to Taos and back allowed us to check out several of the mountain towns along the way, including Chimayo, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the US.
Day Nine: Albuquerque
We took it easy on our first day in New Mexico’s largest city, but that night’s “magic glow” at the Balloon Fiesta gave us a taste of the next day’s big event.
Day Ten: Albuquerque
Sure, we were taking the red-eye home. But that didn’t stop us from getting up at 3:30 am (oof) to finish our trip at mass ascension during the final day of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.