Earlier this month Clayton and I packed up our Shreveport apartment, with the help of movers of course, and departed Louisiana for the Emerald City. We had been wanting to relocate to the west coast for a while and with the robust amount of water, mountains, and close proximity to Anchorage (relatively speaking), Seattle was the ideal spot.
We knew that we wanted to make a trip out of the move but Clayton’s company wanted him to start ASAP so we were on a tight schedule. With the help of some gracious hosts along our route, the trip was a whirlwind but unforgettable. Unfortunately we both needed to drive our cars so we had to drive all 2,500 miles as a caravan but the change in scenery across the states, hours of podcasts, and occasional gas station pit stop kept us entertained.
Our four day journey took us through ten states: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Most days we just got a glimpse of a new state through a brief stop at a gas station or for lunch and on some occasions I found myself only knowing what state we were in after looking at my receipt. Our longest leg was 12 hours of driving (14 for us with stops for gas and to let Tex stretch his legs) and our itinerary broke down like this:
- Shreveport, Louisiana to Manhattan, Kansas: 10 hours
- Manhattan, Kansas to Denver, Colorado: 7 hours
- Denver, Colorado to Boise, Idaho: 12 hours
- Boise, Idaho to Seattle, Washington: 8 hours
I plan to follow-up this post with more information on each stop, so if you ever find yourself with 12 hours or less in Manhattan, Denver, or Boise you’ll be prepared. I would highly recommend a long road trip to anyone considering it. Our journey exposed us to some incredible restaurants, coffee houses, and even tropical dog parks (in Kansas). If we were to do it all over again, I would only change two things: we’d ride together to split the drive time and we’d extend the trip by a few days allowing for more time in each overnight stop and at the random pitstops along the way.