Trip Summary

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Aug 01, 2012


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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Monday, August 6, 2012

We left home on July 3 and returned home on August 3.  Below is a summary of our trip, although we are still thinking of things to add to this list!

Total Miles Driven = 7207
   (89368 to 96575)

Nights spent in Hotels = 31

National Parks Visited = 8
  • Santa Monica Mountains NP (California)
  • Yosemite NP   (California)
  • Grand Canyon NP   (Arizona)
  • Zion NP   (Arizona)
  • Grand Tetons NP   (Wyoming)
  • Yellowstone NP   (Wyoming - Montana)
  • Mount Rushmore Memorial NP   (South Dakota)
  • Badlands NP   (South Dakota)
National Forests (NF) and National Grasslands (NG) Visited = 6
  • Los Padres NF (California)
  • Inyo NF (California, Nevada)
  • Coconino NF (Arizona)
  • Bighorn NF (Wyoming)
  • Black Hills NF (South Dakota)
  • Buffalo Gap Grasslands NG (South Dakota)
States Visited - 18
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • Utah
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
Notable Cities Visited
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Encinitas, California (bought the car here!)
  • Escondito, California
  • San Diego, California
  • La Jolla, California
  • Coronado, California
  • Woodland Hills, California
  • Malibu, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Monterey, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Mateo, California
  • San Jose, California
  • Fresno, California
  • Mariposa Grove, California
  • Mammoth Lakes, California
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Williams, Arizona
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Hurricane, Arizona
  • Fillmore, Arizona
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Pocatello, Idaho
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Cody, Wyoming
  • Sturgis, South Dakota
  • Spearfish, South Dakota
  • Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Merrillville, Indiana
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Kill Devil Hills, NC
  • Manteo, NC
  • Raleigh, NC

Major Attractions Visited:
  • Raleigh Airport (RDU)
  • Orlando Airport (MCO)
  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • Hollywood, CA
  • Padres Baseball Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Mount Soledad, San Diego, CA
  • Hotel Del Coronado - San Diego, CA (Marilyn Monroe filmed here)
  • University of Santa Barbara, CA
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
  • Big Sur, CA
  • Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco, CA
  • Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA
  • Pier 39, San Francisco, CA
  • Mariposa Grove - Redwood Forest, CA
  • Hoover Dam, Arizona
  • Las Vegas Hotels and Casinos
  • Staged Gun Fight (Drama) Williams, Arizona
  • Route 66, Arizona
  • Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona
  • Lake Powell and Lake Powell Dam, Arizona
  • Salt Lake, Utah
  • John D Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, Wyoming
  • Old Faithful, Wyoming
  • Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Stadium, Wisconsin
  • Wind Farms, Minnesota
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Football Stadium, Pennsylvania
  • Notre Dame Campus and Stadium, Indiana
  • Drove by Andy Griffith's house, Manteo, NC
  • Grave Digger Monster Truck Shop, Kill Devil Hills
  • Lost Colony Museum, North Carolina

Wildlife Seen:
  • Antelope (multiple fields along the Interstate)
  • Cinnamon Black Bear  (Yosemite)
  • Coyote  (in Yosemite with deer leg in it's mouth - see picture)
  • Buck Deer (multiple parks - largest one spotted across from Super Walmart in South Dakota)
  • Mule Deer (multiple parks)
  • White Tail Deer (multiple parks)
  • Elk (multiple parks)
  • Buffalo family (up close in Yellowstone)
  • Marmot (Yellowstone - we couldn't avoid hitting this animal and we went back to move it from the road)
  • Squirrel (multiple locations, different types)
  • Raccoon (South Dakota - missed hitting he largest raccoon we have ever seen by an inch)
  • Tiger Striped Salamander (Zion NP)
  • Raven (Yellowstone)
  • Pelican (Malibu)
  • Sea Gulls (multiple locations)
  
   
    
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