Now, when I told people that we were driving from the Southeast to Denver the most common reaction that I received was "You're driving? Are you crazy? Why don't you just pay to fly?" There were a coupla reasons that we chose to drive: 1.) Flights at holiday time are extremely expensive - it would have been around $1500 for three of us to fly. 2.) We could carry alot more stuff - ski clothes and Christmas presents included. and 3.) I actually enjoy a good road trip. In fact, I think everyone should do at least one good, long road trip to see their own country at least once in their lifetime. This was my third long road trip - several years ago we drove cross-country to the Grand Canyon and two years ago we made the same drive to Denver that we did over the holidays.
So we rented an all-wheel drive vehicle and left from Asheville, North Carolina headed for Denver. We drove through parts of North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. We passed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Flint Hills of Kansas, heavy flooding in Missouri and a Christmas lights extravaganza at Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
And in no particular order, here are some photos from that trip through the "flyover" states of the heartland of the US.
In all, it was about 3500 miles round-trip. Surprisingly, we drove through rain, clouds and sunshine but not much snow. It was particularly rainy (and smoky) as we drove through the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina - and I annoyed everyone because I couldn't stop singing "Smoky Mountain Rain". We passed lots of farmland and so many windmills, especially on the prairies of Kansas. My daughter laughed at me because I took pictures of rest areas - but they were so cute and retro. I would've loved to stop and see some of the attractions along the way but time was of the essence. That will have to be for "next time."
How about you? Any long road trips? Do you love a good long road trip? Or is flying more your style?
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