Adventure Guide for Cross-Country Roadtripping

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Hi guys! I'm Brenna (the Manager here at Sisters of Nature) and I am so excited to share the photos from my most recent cross-country roadtrip adventure!

In May, my three best friends and I decided to take the 4,000 mile trip from Nashville to San Diego and straight up the coast to Seattle. We had no goal in mind other than to hunt down the most gorgeous landscapes the U.S. has to offer. 

Our first stop was Austin, Texas. We walked down Congress Street and explored all of the shops only leading us to an incredible slice of pizza at Homeslice. We ended the night at Lucille's Patio Lounge on Rainey Street. Below is the San Jose Hotel on Congress Street that stole our hearts and about 75 photos on our camera roll.

After a quick stop in Albuquerque, we arrived at the Grand Canyon. We timed it just right so we could have 2 hours to explore before sunset.

The next morning we began one of my favorite drives I have ever been on. We followed a huge span of Route 66 from the Grand Canyon to Palm Springs. It was filled with the longest hundred-mile stretches of desolation interrupted by the occasional abandoned motel cafe, like Roy's.  

We abandoned the route to head into Joshua Tree National Park. The temperature was well over 100 degrees and it felt much more like Mars than Earth every minute we spent in the park. 

After, we high-tailed it to Palm Springs for dinner and another amazing sunset. 

By Day 6, we finally made it to San Diego where we spent 3 days. We lounged at La Jolla Beach, hiked Torrey Pines, and sipped wine at Europa Village. 

Los Angeles was filled with two things only: Lunch at The Commissary and coffee at Intelligentsia. No regrets here. 

As we inched our way up the Pacific Coast Highway, we finally got to see the drop-dead gorgeous views of Big Sur. Believe us when we say these photos do no justice!

 We ended the night glamping at the most magical Air BnB Yurt.

After struggling to peel our eyes away from Big Sur, we made it to San Francisco. We definitely burned rubber in our walking shoes here. We shopped in Haight-Ashbury, ate our life away in burritos, and whale-watched in Land's End. 

Portland was our next stop and it definitely met our expectations. We went to the quirkiest shops, ate the most unique food, and met the most interesting people. And, of course, we made a long stop at Powell's Books

Our final stop was the very foggy Seattle. We hit up Pike Place Market and drank incredible lattes at Storyville Coffee. We also swooned over all the fresh peonies in various shades of pink. 

Our final moments together on the trip were spent at Gasworks Park watching all the sailboats drift by. 

This trip was sincerely a once in a lifetime experience. My friends and I have memories that we will talk about for the rest of our lives. We find ourselves often revisiting these pictures and reminiscing the incredible adventure it all was. If you ever have the opportunity to do something similar, go for it!


Xoxo, Brenna

All photos by: Davis Camp, Calah Caballero, and Callie Burnett 

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