Whitman’s Sampler Tour

On paper, two months seems like a ridiculous amount of time. Contemplating living out of a campervan for approximately 66 days (give or take the occasional hotel) can seem, well, challenging, to say the least. But trying to see and do everything in America that intrigues me in that whisper of a fragment of a second? Impossible. When more rational minded folk look at my anticipated route, “ambitious” has been the overarching response. So, I’ve decided to consider it a “Whitman’s Sampler Tour.” A taste of this, a nibble of that, and later I can come back and order from the all you can eat menu at the places I want to revisit. Soak in the scenery on the road, stop at a park and hike for a bit, hit the top hotspots in town, and be on my way. With that in mind, I present the current itinerary. Feel free to make suggestions of “Must Dos” in and around these areas, or point out any glaring omissions.

  • Mammoth Cave, KY
  • Nashville, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • Austin, TX
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, TX
  • Balmorhea, TX
  • Valley of Fires State Park, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Taos, NM
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO
  • Arches National Park, UT
  • Four Corners Monument
  • Mesa Verde National Park, CO
  • Monument Valley
  • Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
  • Grand Canyon
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, UT
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
  • Zion National Park, UT
  • Valley of Fire State Park, NV
  • Death Valley National Park, CA
  • Santa Barbara, Solvang, Morrow Bay, Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, CA
  • Yosemite National Park, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
  • Redwood National Park, CA
  • Florence, OR
  • Silverton, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Mount Hood National Forest, OR
  • Long Beach, WA
  • Olympic National Park, WA
  • San Juan Islands, WA
  • Vancouver, BC
  • (some random places in central Washington)
  • Glacier National Park
  • Devil’s Tower, WY
  • Custer State Park, SD
  • Wind Cave National Park, SD
  • Badlands National Park (Mount Rushmore) SD
  • De Smet, SD (Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead)
  • Dyersville, IA (Field of Dreams)
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, IN
  • (undecided place in OH or PA)
  • HOME!