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Roadtrip Round-up

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This is a sad time you guys. I've run out of road trip material to write about.  Sad, right? Well, my cross country road trip did give me enough content for over 6 weeks of posts. If you missed any posts, don't fret!  I've made it super easy for you to see all of the content from my 10-day trip below!  These are the places you can read about/really just look at pictures:

St. Louis, Missouri
Memphis, Tennessee
Cadillac Ranch, Texas
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Valley of Fire, Nevada
Seven Magic Mountains, Nevada

I've laid out reasons to visit these places, the best places to go and even tips on what to bring on your next road trip and how to plan it.  For weeks now, people have been asking me what my favorite place to visit was.  After thinking about, I don't think I can just pick one.  There were great aspects of really everywhere we went.  St. Louis, was the biggest surprise of the trip.  You can read all about it.  It's a great city.  Memphis barbecue was better than I expected and I expected it to be so good.  Cadillac Ranch is pretty out of the way, unless you're driving on Route 66.  It is a really cool site and is interactive since you too can graffiti the cars.  White Sands was so picturesque and serene.  All you could see was sand for miles and you can't forget about the sledding.  Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park are the perfect places to visit.  They are so breathtaking that you really just have to see them for yourself.  So what are you waiting for? Go check them out now!

Yours Truly // Shannon

3 Reasons to Visit St. Louis Now

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3 Reasons to Visit St. Louis Now - Shannon Did What?

I’ve got to tell you, I’ve always wanted to visit St. Louis, but I never wanted to specifically fly to St. Louis to do so.  I wanted to say I saw the Gateway Arch and that would be that.  I mean the Gateway Arch is that iconic.  So I thought this roadtrip would be perfect!  Stop through St. Louis and check that off my bucket list.  This is preciesly why we chose to go through St. Louis instead of driving south to Nashville from New York.  I’ve always wanted to go to Nashville and still do, but if I had the choice to fly to St. Louis or Nashville, I would have always said the later.  But that was two weeks ago. Never would I imagine I’d be sitting here now telling you that I loved St. Louis and I would without a doubt go back.  There are three reasons why you should bump St. Louis higher on your bucket list:

1. CITY MUSEUM

Yes, this is going before the Gateway Arch on my list.  You already know I’m going to say the Gateway Arch, but have you heard of City Musuem?  It was like an adult disneyland well that kids love too.  Let me figure out how to explain this place to you because it’s unlike anywhere I’ve been before.  This “museum” is really not much of a museum but more like a giant playhouse that you can literally climb on anything.  It has slides, ladders and tunnels galore, a hollowed out plane and schoolbus and even a 10-story slide.  It was started by acclaimed artist named Bob Cassilly who decided to make art out of unique objects he found.  You can climb on and touch any and every piece of art, though.  Kids love this place, but adults will love it too.  Trust me, there’s a bar on the roof.

I’m sad to say we planned poorly, had a little too long of a boozy brunch and didn’t check to see what time the Museum closed, so we only had 20 minutes to soak it all in.  But man, did we get our fill in those short 20 minutes.  First of all, we not only talked the parking attendant to let us park for free, but also the front entrance with a long sob story of how we’re driving across the country and a bunch of pleases.  We got an, “Ok, just don’t be the last one’s out”.  I would go back to St. Louis just to spend a full day at the City Museum.

2. GATEWAY ARCH

Of course, you can’t go to St. Louis without a visit to the Gateway Arch.  It’s known as the gateway to the west, which was extremely fitting for my friend, Hannah.  We were, after all, driving west to move her from Boston to California.  I’m not sure I realized how large the arch was until I saw it.  It was definitely crazy cool and worth the photoshoot you can do in front of it.  If you want, they also have a tram ride you can take inside the arch to an observation deck at the very top of the arch.  You can actually see the small windows at the top for views of the city.

P.S. There are great views of the arch from the Four Seasons Terrace.  You can sit have a drink (or two) with an amazing view.

3. ST. LOUIS BBQ

I didn’t realize that St. Louis is known for its barbeque.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try it while I was there.  The struggles of spending less that a day in a city. But apparently, it's amazing so I did get you some amazing recommedations from a very trustworthy local aka my friend Mike.  Who, by the way, was the best tour guide while we were in St. Louis.  Did I mention I want to go back to St. Louis?  BBQ is definitely one of the reasons why.  Try these places out:

Pappy's Smokehouse
Bogart's Smokehouse
Sweetie Pie's Kitchen

 

Moral of the story go visit the Lou (as the locals call it).

Yours Truly // Shannon