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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

Seven Magic Mountains

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Finding art installations on the side of the road is something that I’m increasingly loving to do.  There’s a new installation on the way to Las Vegas (from Los Angeles, that is) that you can’t miss.  It is just about halfway between Las Vegas and Primm, Nevada off of the 15 freeway.  It’s called the Seven Magic Mountains and boy is it magical.  It just opened this May and will be there for the next two years.  Created by the artist Ugo Rondinone, the “mountains" are 7 giant rock formations that are as colorful as they are awe-inspiring.  Think a modern Stonehenge but neon.

I don’t think there’s much to say about this stop, except that you need to see it for yourself.  You won’t believe the scale and size of this piece.  Visiting them is really easy, as well.  You can’t miss them off the side of the road.  On the right if you’re headed north.  There’s a little parking lot nearby, but it is a short walk to get to them.  It was extremely hot when I was there, obviously.  It is the desert after all.  There was a pretty strong breeze though, which is definitely really nice.  Unfortunately, they have been graffitied already, so hopefully you’ll be able to see them before they’re gone or even ruined.  I don’t understand the draw of defacing another person’s property or even worse art.  You can probably see some of the markings in the pictures above.  Regardless, it still a great place to visit.

Let’s face it, you’re probably going to make it out to Vegas at some point this summer.  You might as well get cultured along the way!

Yours Truly // Shannon