Huge 4000-Mile Family Road Trip Out West

I recently went on a 2-week road trip out west with my whole family. We drove about 4000 miles and drove through 10 states. Here’s a thorough breakdown of each day of the trip!

Day 1 (7.23.17) of our two-week Hock Family Road Trip! We visited Josh's college K-State in Manhattan, Kansas. This photo is from the library's Great Room, where they host yearly Harry Potter dinners because it looks like the Great Hall.

Day 2 (7.24.17) of our road trip. En route to Denver, Colorado. Mostly driving through Kansas- lots of corn fields and windmills. My goal is to visit every state and get a picture next to each sign by the time I'm 30. Not pictured: Josh stayed in the van to avoid a picture, per usual.

Day 3 (7.25.17) Spent the day in Denver, CO. Walked around the downtown area and visited the Mint, the Tattered Bookstore, the outdoor Pavilion mall, Civic Center Park (tons of food trucks), the library, and Union Station. The picture was taken in Union Station, which is mostly a public co-working space with little shops. Almost got the Transit van stuck in a parking garage! 

Day 4 (7.26.17) Drove from Denver to Moab, Utah. Stopped at a few scenic areas along the way in Denver. We tried to drive up Mount Bierstadt to hike, but Jake got altitude sickness. Instead, we ate lunch and walked around Georgetown, a quaint little town in Colorado.

Day 5 ( 7.27.17) Stayed at Red Cliffs Lodge near Moab, Utah. We drove through Arches National Park and did some hiking. Nathan and I climbed up one of the Windows arches in this pic. Great views!

Day 6 (7.28.17) Stayed another night in Moab and went to Arches again in the morning. Here, I'm standing at the base of Balanced Rock. Then we drove a few hours to Salt Lake City, and checked out Temple Square, the Planetarium, and a beautiful outdoor mall downtown.

Day 7 (7.29.17) Spent most of the day traveling from Salt Lake City up to Yellowstone. We drove past the Tetons but didn't get a chance to go in the park. Our condo is on the north side of Yellowstone, so we drove through the entire park on the way. Photo: Mammoth Hot Springs 

Day 8 (7.30.17) We stayed another night right outside Yellowstone and went into the park again the next day. We hiked around a few trails thT had hot springs, waterfalls, and creeks. Apparently Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the U.S! I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites though because a lot of the park is pretty dry. Photo: I'm collecting patches from national parks to sew onto my Camelback backpack. 

Day 9 (7.31.17) Spent a lot of time in the van today! We drove from Yellowstone to Buffalo, Wyoming and stopped at Bighorn National Forest in northern Wyoming.

Day 10 (8.1.17) Only 3 more days of vacation left! Today we drove from Wyoming to South Dakota, and stopped in Rapid City to see Mount Rushmore. It's quite a bit smaller than you would think! We also stopped in Sturgis, where there was a huge biker event going on this week. 

Day 11 (8.2.17) Today we spent the day in the Badlands in South Dakota. It was definitely more exciting than I expected! I would compare it to a mini Grand Canyon. Also, I’ve been experimenting with different Lightroom presets until I find one that I want to maintain my Instagram photos with. Let me know if you have any favorites!

Yesterday we got to Nebraska and visited the Joslyn Art Museum. They had a beautiful 15,000 pound glass sculpture (The Saint Louis art museum is still better though😉).

All States Covered: MO, KS, CO, UT, ID, WY, MT, SD, IA, NE

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