Why to choose the road less traveled – National Parks in USA [part 2]

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Why to choose the road less traveled – National Parks in USA [part 2]

5 days in the US national parks

How many of you traveling to USA chose to visit nature instead of famous cities? Traveling to national parks can be a challenge because it involves creating a small group, renting a car, few luggages that should fit in the car, lots of planning and a lot of driving. However, it is all so worth it, as many travel agencies won’t get you there with their tours.

The summer of 2016, me and my travel buddies (Irina, Miha, Anca and Alexandra) choose to go visit some national parks in Utah, one of the most beautiful regions with national parks in the USA. We drove all the way from Lake Tahoe, which is approx 1600 miles on Highway 50, the loneliest road in USA. We split the whole trip in 5 days which involved lots of driving. If you ever want to go from California to Utah, here’s my proposed plan. If you are living closer, you are lucky. There are many national parks that we missed: Zion, Bryce and others because we had no time.

Day 1

– drove 5h and slept in Ely  at The Jail House Hotel & Casino for 70$/ room

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Day 2

– drove 5 hours and reached Moab

– got a private lodge at The Lazy Lizard Hostel, the cheapest hostel there, for 10$/night

– hiked until the Corona Arch

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Day 3

-drove the whole day in Arches National Park

– took amazing hikes and photos

-slept in the same place, The Lazy Lizard Hostel

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Day 4

– drove 2h South to visit Monument Valley (spent 30 min)

– drove another 3h to visit Antelope Canyon (spent 4h there)

– drove 30 minutes to visit Horseshoe Bend

-drove 5h back to Ely, slept in the same place

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Day 5

-drove 5h back to California

It was a lot of driving but all so worth it…The trip cost us 300$ because we shared everything: car, rooms, park entries. Thank you for reading :) Let me know what your travel adventure was this summer.

 

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