The Epic American Road Trip

This road trip has been a long time coming. Asher and I quit our jobs to take some time away from the city, hoping to gain perspective and hit the open road for about 6 weeks.

We started with a trip to Israel, which I’ll share with you in the near future, and now we’ve embarked on a road trip across America. We started in New York, and plan to drive all the way south to New Orleans and west to California, then back again to NYC (with many other stops along the way). It’s an ambitious trip, but we’re super excited. It’s amazing how busy you can stay on the road, and how difficult maneuvering the logistics can be. 

My perspective is to vaguely plan things out, like accommodations, length of stay, top cities we’d like to hit—but to stay simultaneously relaxed and open to spontaneous pitstops. We will camp, rent airbnbs, and stay in hotels from time to time—absolutely trying to do this on a budget, for around $50/day (ha!). 

We started in Washington DC, and in the course of one evening, and the next morning, managed to walk from the Lincoln Memorial up the entire national mall to the end at the Capital. We saw most of the memorials, and visited the Smithsonian Zoo, and the Natural History Museum. In honor of the upcoming trip, we watched an IMAX movie about America's National Parks, and let me tell you, we both cried the whole way through it. It was made by the producers of Everest, and was narrated by Robert Redford. Highly recommend it!

Washington DC—Things we struggled with:

  • We were going to camp outside the city, but headed out too late. We switched gears to stay in a hotel and spent way more than intended since hotels are so expensive. No bueno!
  • Parking. Ugh! We had to park a 30 minute walk away from the museums, which was time consuming and HOT. Most of the parking in the city requires a resident permit, which is obnoxious, but understandable. We were trying to find free or cheap meter parking.

Things we loved most:

  • The  museums are spectacular, and the national parks IMAX movie inspired us for the road ahead!
  • Walking the national mall—great exercise, and beautiful views

Tips for moving forward: 

  • Set up campsite in the daylight, when you first arrive, if possible
  • Don't stay at a Motel 6. lol.
  • Research parking options in advance, whenever possible.

Here’s to beautiful adventures!