Over the past few months, I’ve mentioned a few times that my next big adventure, after this much-needed slowing-down time in Arizona, is going to be in the form of a road trip. Starting in early May and extending all the way into mid-July, Chad, Luna, and I will be hitting the road first across the US and then back across Canada.
In case you’re curious, here are some of the places we’re planning to stop by:
Known for its slot canyons (pictured above) and famed Lake Powell, Page is our first stop. We’re hoping to hit said canyons and lake while there (so if you know any guides in the area, let me know!) and we’ll be staying right on Lake Powell.
Park City, Utah
On my radar simply because it is known for being stunning, I have a feeling I’m going to love Park City for its wild natural beauty and its mountain town vibe. Not to mention our gorgeous lodgings.
I’ve never seen the Grand Tetons (enough said, right?), and thus we’re off for a few days of hiking and exploring and breathing that gorgeous mountain air. And at night? We’ll retreat to this beautiful inn.
Next-up, we’re off to Minneapolis to nerd out with other word geeks and eat a lot of good food. Since we’re staying awhile, we’ll be cozied up in an Airbnb rental near downtown.
We’re only in Chicago for one night, but the plan involves rooftop cocktails and excellent food.
Pittsburgh is one of my all-time favorite US cities, but I haven’t been in years…so it’ll be fun to rediscover the outdoorsy, hippiesque, quirky vibes. Plus, we get to stay in the fabulously fancy-looking Omni Hotel and the superbly adorable-looking Morning Glory Inn.
So, my sister just got married (drinks all ’round) and we’re off to wish her and her husband luck and love and all that jazz. Her nuptials were actually the inspiration for this whole road trip. And while we’re celebrating, we’ll be hanging out in our second Omni of the trip, which is just the sort of thing you should do when attending a wedding party.
Next up: DC, where I’m looking forward to lunching with fellow journalists and trying a couple of the bazillion foodie recommendations we’ve gotten from you guys for the area.
After DC, we’re heading to my old stomping grounds for theme park days and meet ups with old friends, as well as a stay in a stunning farm inn.
New York, New York
Back to yet another of my old stomping grounds (did I mention that I lived in New York for about a year and a half after graduating from university?), where I have about a thousand recommendations from my new book to check out for myself.
Now, to Canada…somewhere I haven’t been in so many years and have been wanting to visit for awhile. Our first stop is Ottawa, where we’ll hang with the Montecristo Travels team.
After Ottawa, we’ll head east for a short while because you can’t go to eastern Canada and not see Quebec City, right?
The same goes for Montreal, which has been recommended to me over and over again for its European vibe and tasty cuisine. We were only going to stay one night, but decided to extend to two when we were offered a stay at this gorgeous gem of a hotel.
Now, to Toronto, a town that wasn’t on my radar until I kept hearing bloggers rave about the foodie scene. Our main plan? Attending the tail end of a wine festival and seeking out some secret foodie havens. Also, staying at the Thompson Hotel, whose rooftop lounge is calling to me.
After all that city time, we’re stopping in pretty Pukaskwa, where we’ll be spending the night at the Lakeview Manor B&B in nearby Marathon.
And then Thunder Bay, where we’ll seek out some waterfalls.
Then it’s off to Winnipeg. We don’t know much about it yet, so if you have suggestions, please send them our way.
Then there’s Saskatoon, another place that’s a mystery to me. I’ve heard good things, but don’t really know what to expect. We’ll be getting our shut-eye at the Park Town Hotel.
Jasper National Park
Now, the road trip gets really spectacular, with a jaunt to Jasper National Park (my first trip to the Canadian Rockies).
Keeping to the theme of totally freaking stunning scenery, Banff and Lake Louise are next on our itinerary. This will be one of our longest stays during the road trip because we have a feeling we’ll regret it if we don’t stay awhile.
The small and very pretty city of Revelstoke will follow Banff…
And then Whistler, which has been on my list since I did some advertising campaigns for the area back when I was a full-time employee. Watch for more epic hiking here and yet another lovely-looking hotel: The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre.
Finally, we land in Vancouver, where we’ll spend several months recovering from our faster-paced travels and daydreaming about whatever is to come. We’ve booked two lovely Airbnb spaces (more on that later), each near some of Vancouver’s best-loved natural spaces.
Live in one of these cities? Have suggestions for food and outdoor adventures? Have a favorite hotel or B&B in one of our yet-to-be-booked spots? Please leave them in the comments! And if you want to try and meet up, let me know that, too. I think I’m going to try and plan a couple traveler/reader meet ups along the way.
Most of the hotels mentioned above are offering complimentary stays in exchange for a review. Stay tuned to find out what we think.