Best of the Best

For our last post, we thought we would wrap up with a list of our favorite places and experiences… with a few other superlatives thrown in.

Here are our favorites… 

State: Tennessee

City: Santa Fe

Restaurants/Food: This list could probably take up an entire post, but we’ve narrowed it down to two…

– Soulfish in Memphis, TN — a very casual place with great catfish. Served in a basket with cornbread and collard greens… what more could you ask for?

– Orlando’s in Taos, NM — supposedly the best New Mexican food in the state. We won’t disagree… It’s all about the green chilis.

National Park: Zion National Park in Utah and Crater Lake in Oregon

Campsite: Treebones Resort and Camping in Big Sur, CA

Sunrise: Grand Canyon, AZ

Sunset: Sedona, AZ

Music Venue: 3rd and Lindsley’s in Nashville, TN

Hiking: Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

Non-camping Accommodation: we stayed in some pretty awesome places, but here are two that stood out to us:

– Delta Queen in Chattanooga, TN — a riverboat converted into a hotel… now permanently stationed on the Tennessee           River.

– Sky Ranch Lodge in Sedona, AZ — this low-key lodge has the best view of sunset in all of Sedona, and is located on top of a Mesa looking over the red rocks

Stars: Zion National Park, UT and Eagle Lake, CA

Other items of note: 

Most Surprising Destination: Sedona, AZ. We had no idea what to expect from this “new age destination” in the middle of red rock county. But it did not disappoint, and had some of the most interesting and beautiful landscapes of our trip.

Most Beautiful Drive: since driving made up a big part of this trip, it was hard to figure out which were our favorite drives. But here are two that stand out to us… if you only have a few days to travel, both of these would make for great trips!

– the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina

– the Pacific Coast Highway up the coast of California and Oregon

Hottest Temperature: 115 degrees(!) in Las Vegas, NV

Coldest Night: Big Sur, CA… not sure whether it was the cold temperatures or the wind off the cliffs, but it was freezing!

Highest Elevation: 7,000 ft in Taos, NM

Friendliest People: impossible to tell, we met amazing people all across the country.

Thanks to all of you who have followed our trip! If any of you find yourselves traveling across the country and would like any suggestions on places to go… let us know. We would be more than happy to talk about our travels… likely for much longer than you are willing to listen.

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