There comes a time on every adventure, when you need to take a step back and reflect just as to how long you are meant to be in one place. Although California has treated me quite well over the past few years, it has come that time to head back to the big city and regroup with friends and family on the East Coast. However, as anyone who is permanently bound to NYC from LA would naturally do, you take the long route and make the best out of the transition along the way. Here are some photos and highlights of the cross-country road trip home I was lucky enough to take with one of my best friends.
Phoenix AZ: It was a great (and hot) place to stop with some gloriously sweaty hikes. People in Phoenix are ambitiously active at scaling those desert-like mountains, however they do serve a great burger and a beer when you are desperate to stop after a long drive.
Marfa TX: It is a long drive through Texas to Marfa that is most definitely worth it. A historically failed booming oil town from the 1920's that was revitalized by a group of artists in the 60's and 70's, Marfa is home to many contemporary art galleries through it's charming streets. We stayed at El Cosmico, which famously hosts many summer concerts and pop up events, that I hope to come back to in the future!
New Orleans LA: We were lucky enough to get to spend 3 nights in New Orleans along this trip, and if there was more time we definitely would have stayed even longer. From staying at charming boutique hotels right by the French Quarter, to traversing the New Orleans Oyster Festival with fellow hostel mates, there was plenty to do.... and drink, along the journey.
Atlanta GA: Was an exhausting drive back from New Orleans, which ended up being our hotel sleep savior. Sorry Atlanta, we can only handle so much in one week and will have to come back!
Asheville NC: One of the most darling brew towns in North Carolina, that is home to many biscuit-loving restaurants and outdoor jam band bars. Perhaps you come for the art scene or the cocktails, but regardless just make sure to take the Blue Ridge Parkway home.
Blacksburg VA: Was a necessary "buffer stop" to spend a night with my sister before officially heading home. However, she did know where to get the best margaritas in town and gave us a lovely tour of campus and the farms.
A few things that couldn't have gotten us along this trip were: Hotel Tonight (a phenomenal app for finding great last minute deals on hotels. You can't beat $80 for in the French Quarter... use code LBORCHERT1 for a $25 discount), regular oil checks (who knew that was the reason my steering wheel was shaking for so long?!), and the Weather Channel App (Texas rainstorms are serious business!).