Here is a photo essay from a road trip down the West Coast we took before our departure for the Peace Corps as we tried to see as much of America as possible.
We began our trip driving down the coast from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco before cutting inland to see Pinnacles National Park and Joshua Tree National Park.
A quick stop on the Oregon Coast on our way South
The massive motors that power the cable cars can be seen from the cable car museum
Cable cars, are preferred way to get around SF
The Golden Gate Bridge
Exploring one of the caves of Pinnacles NP
A road to nowhere in Joshua Tree NP
Silhouetted joshua trees in the park
One of the remaining and now abandoned markets on Route 66
Not a lot left on Route 66 but the signs are still there
Following our trip to Joshua Tree we took a trip to the Grand Canyon where we hiked to the bottom.
1/4 of the way hiking down the Grand Canyon
After our hike we stopped by Antelope canyon, one of the most recognizable spots for photographers in the world. The woman was incredibly unhelpful and refused to sell me a photographer pass (because a mirrorless camera isn’t professional enough) but we did the regular tour and still had a good time.
Looking up at the strange rock formations of Antelope Canyon
The light filtering through Antelope Canyon produces unique color casts
A twisting column through Antelope Canyon
The narrow, twisting path through Antelope Canyon
Leaving Arizona, we made our way to Colorado to see Mesa Verde and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks.
An underground room at Mesa Verde NP
From hot to snow in a day after making the drive to Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
Spruce House at Mesa Verde NP
Our last big destination was Utah to see the three National Parks there we had not yet seen: Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef.
A lonely tree clings to the cliffs in Canyonlands NP
Delicate Arch at night
The sun sets over Canyonlands NP
The expansive network of canyons in Canyonlands NP.
One of many slot canyons in Capitol Reef National Park
Fading light in Capitol Reef National Park