Growing up and still living on the West Coast, I have always been surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural places on earth. This is my dream road trip of visiting National Parks I have yet to experience across the desert basin and intermountain west regions. A fantastic voyage of colors, textures, and visuals in 5 states. This road trip is sure to produce amazing imagery, captured in the mind's eye as well as in your camera. As a celebration the rugged natural beauty of the west, one is awed and humbled by it. This trip is in celebration of National Parks, which belong to everyone in the US as our shared national backyard. As John Burroughs once said, "I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
As most epic trips do, this one begins in the famous Las Vegas, NV.
Skip the glitz & glamour of the strip - and witness the glamour of the great outdoors!
The lucky residents of St. George are at the intersection of many great National Parks in all directions.
Utah + National Parks = heaven on earth.
Hoodoo? You do!!
Get into the western frontier spirit!
The granddaddy of National Parks, this one can be seen from space! You can check out the view from solid ground here at the lesser visited North Rim.
The Lake Powell area is nature photographer's dream. Water carved solid rock never disappoints, and color combinations seem effortless.
R&R has never looked so good!
Natural formations sparking natural curiosity in all.
A Canyonlands location, with a nod to Thomas Jefferson brings the west & east US together here.
Have you seen the viral video of the guys swinging from the Big Arch? Not recommended, but your adrenaline will be pumping just to witness these views.
Glamping is fun! Great alternative to full-on camping, and easy decision for all kinds of road trips.
The last UT National Park in the trip, and ending with a burst of such amazing natural colors it's like being in a real-life painting.
When the non-professional photos look like this, how can you not stop here?
The biggest city in the state with surrounding mountain views - truly the best of both worlds.
The open space and natural surroundings feel like the wild west has come to life. Is "rustic-luxury" a thing? If so, this is it!