EPIC USA Road Trip! (2,361 Miles, 21 Days, 7 States and 6 Nat'l Parks)

EPIC USA Road Trip! (2,361 Miles, 21 Days, 7 States and 6 Nat'l Parks)

EPIC USA Road Trip! (2,361 miles, 21 Days, 7 States and 6 Nat’l Parks)

We did it. We quit our jobs, moved out of our apartment, sold all our belongings and left Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, and off to the USA we went for our Great American Road Trip, the first part of our 8-month trip around the world.

For the first leg of our big adventure, we started with a 3 week-long Epic West Coast USA road trip and tried to hit all of the US National Parks we could.

After our direct flight from DXB to Seattle with Emirates, and more than 14 hours in the air – which honestly, wasn’t enough to catch up on all the movies/series Emirates’ ICE offers! – , we landed in Seattle Airport and went to pick up our trusty car at Hertz.

The Emirates direct flight from Dubai to Seattle is a dream because it leaves Dubai at 8:35am and lands in Seattle at 10:55am the same day, wasting no time and allowing for a good nights sleep before exploring all you can in the US.

We had no idea that Emirates flew this route but were thankful to find it as it proved to be the perfect launching city from which to start a great American road trip – and the stunning nature, ocean, and scenery was the perfect beginning to our amazing adventure down the west coast of the USA.

Now that we’d sorted the flight and arrived to Seattle, we had to find our home for the next three weeks – time to get our rental car!

Since we registered in advance for the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty programme, we didn’t have to queue and could directly select our car on the spot at the airport in Seattle – with an additional driver for free! #WIN This was a huge benefit after a long flight and allowed us to get right on the road. It’s the little things like this that make such a huge difference on a trip like this.

Tip: Register for the Hertz Gold Plus loyalty programme to benefit from awesome features too!

Seattle, Washington
Once we picked up our car, we headed directly towards Seattle city center for a quick visit to Pike’s Market on Elliott Bay, one of the oldest in the USA, where you can find fresh produce, independent businesses, the most amazing seafood in the US, and specialty foods.

We then had to stop for a coffee at the world’s oldest operating Starbucks on Pike Place, a classic! (we’re so white…)

After this quick visit to Seattle, we had to continue towards Portland, where we spent the first two nights of our West Coast USA road trip – in one of the funkiest cities in America.

Portland, Oregon
We woke up early on the second day (thanks, jet lag!) and went for a morning workout in Forest Park, which ended up being absolutely beautiful and we finally could breathe real oxygen and see greenery and trees, which we missed so much living in the desert for so many years! Forest Park is the largest urban park in the US and goes on forever with endless amazing hikes and trails.

After a lunch at Whole Foods (you know it), we visited Powell’s Books, the oldest independent bookstore in the world. We could have stayed for hours – the bookstore is huge, has all genres imaginable and is such a cozy place!

Crater Lake, Oregon
On the way from Oregon to California, we made a stop at Crater Lake, and we’re thrilled we did! Upon entering the Crater Lake National Park, we bought the $80 America the Beautiful pass, which allows you unlimited entry to all National Parks in the USA for a year – super worth it if you’re doing a West Coast USARoad Trip as each individual National Park pass is around $20-$30.

Redwood National Park, California
While driving down from Oregon into California, we stopped by Redwood National Park, as Jeff had never visited – even though he lived in California for years!

San Francisco, California
This was our second time in San Francisco together, and we decided to start a 5k run on the Golden Gate bridge to kick-start the day! What a feeling, to be on one of the (if not THE most) iconic bridges in the world, running and feeling great!

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is difficult to cover in a few days as it’s so massive and spread out. We managed to see a lot of Jeff’s friends, do some amazing hikes to Griffith Observatory and up Mount Hollywood and even watch a Dodgers baseball game (I am yet to fully understand the game, but it was an incredible experience with an unparalleled atmosphere!).

Las Vegas, Nevada
We made a quick detour by Las Vegas, since I had never been. We stayed right on the strip in the Treasure Island hotel…

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  2. Mario Aligayen on June 13, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    American travels a lot !

  3. swedes on the road on June 13, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    thanks for this video, very helpful

  4. Mya Llure on June 13, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    How very great a Video!! Thank you from Connecticut, USA!

  5. Abdul Qadir Official on June 13, 2020 at 5:52 pm


  6. 3506Dodge on June 13, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Does Emirates have a discount for travelling with your second, third, or fourth wives?

  7. Active Travel West USA on June 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    WOW! Excellent Video and Tour! Thanks for Sharing! Have you done a small group tour? Check out http://www.activetravelwestusa.com

  8. Backpacking With Chrissy on June 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I’m about to go on a roadtrip through the states in 50 days and I stumbled across your channel…you guys look like so much fun and yes!! Great idea to wake up early and enjoy the sites before the rest of the world joins you!

  9. Chris Spowart on June 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Hi, any chance you could add your route taken on this trip please.

  10. Tony on June 13, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Awesome road trip guys! Hope some day I will have the same opportunity !!!😊

  11. Jeff Dur on June 13, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Americans dont travel that much? Ok….

  12. YAN VEBOT on June 13, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    우와 너무 츨거워용

  13. 3506Dodge on June 13, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    When did some confuse cynicism and emotional restraint with maturity?

  14. SSJ Creation on June 13, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I am from USA,,, all are welcome. I think, You have missed some beautifull places❤️

  15. bret wilson on June 13, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    She said "cool story bro" I thought I heard a sister talking for a moment. Lo

  16. Marek Jaroš on June 13, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Best roadtrip video. Ever.

  17. Стрела Виктория on June 13, 2020 at 6:03 pm


  18. bret wilson on June 13, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Please, please you two do not, do not let anything break you apart. Let nothing small pull you apart. When annoyed with one another please realize it’s not that deep. I know you know all of this but I must say it. I’m very happy for you two.

  19. Linda Gates on June 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    What an adventure!!! I too am afraid of heights. How did you handel the drive through mountains? Those drops are terrifying for me to look out at

  20. Kyle venture on June 13, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    I want to do this since i got to US. Its my second year in america still haven’t found one yet. i want to travel with someone. I dont want to be loner haha

    Just save bunch of money then quit job for a while like 2 months traveling around , im from south carolina but most of american girl i met here has no interest on my offer . I think you need to be handsome and rich before they go with you 😭💔😂 just kidding

  21. lostintravel.at on June 13, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Amazing road trip and such beautiful impressions! Greetings from Vienna!

  22. dana wells on June 13, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    You like Americia but calling our people lazy is ugly

  23. Hans Van de Werf on June 13, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    It’s on the list for next year; just need to find a crew to do this

  24. Erik The Travel Guy on June 13, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Great video! It looks like you got to see some amazing sites and fortunately had some amazing weather! Enjoy the States! See you in our travels…

  25. Natoshia Ostrander on June 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Next time you come back I definitely recommend Montana & maybe u could go up into Canada, so many beautiful places in Canada also.

  26. Heinsenberg White on June 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    You are in heaven guys

  27. Tatsu & Ritaの国際結婚ファミリーVLOG on June 13, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    I also wanna have like this experience!!Really so interesting!!! Thak you good vlog!!!

  28. Brenda Lozius on June 13, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Where did they go swimming??? Answer please!!!

  29. cobradordeimpuestos on June 13, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    "it cost nothing" 75$+tax. Yeah, i need a week picking lemons for get a night that you call "nothing"

  30. ॐॐॐ हम हम Gipendra सोयमभु सोयमभु on June 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I m nepali really nice guzz

  31. Kyanne Highfill on June 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I need tips of how to afford all of this with quitting your job!

    This is all I have ever wanted to do with my life but there’s no physical way I could afford it

  32. krikke2109 on June 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    I love your videos man. Really enjoyable to watch

  33. Jan Folke Rørvik on June 13, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Sounds very stressfull – the tumbnail description.

  34. TRAVSOME on June 13, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbsugcfFZk CHECK THIS OUT !!! SRI LANKA !!

  35. dikke_aap on June 13, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    I love the font that you used to mention the States. May I ask which font it is?

    Lovely video by the way. I’ve watched many, many travel videos, but the energy that both of you give makes this video really stand out compared to all the others.

  36. ellathelittlebitch on June 13, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Where are the best places to go like this but too make it family friendly

  37. Gabrielle Ste-Marie on June 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Wow, this is incredible ! I cried after a few minutes. I’m from Quebec in Canada and I did a one month and a half road trip in USA this summer. Your video remembered me a lot of things.
    It’s really funny, because we were also at Monument valley on the 4th of july ahah, but it was in 2019. If you’re interested and if you have any questions for another road trip in the west coast, I did a video myself of our road trip. Thank you for all the memories!

    This is the link of our road trip, if you’re interested 🙂

  38. Bryan Gonzalez on June 13, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    This is great! But “Great American Road Trip” is definitely very misleading. This is more of a Great Road Trip Across the American West. Which is still fascinating!

  39. Travel Channel on June 13, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    thank for sharing beautiful video, new friend

  40. ONE Memories Overland Never Ends- Memories on June 13, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Love your video ! Amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!

  41. The Orangutan 2 on June 13, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
    Indianapolis, Indiana,
    And Colombus is the capital of Ohio,
    There’s Montgomery, Alabama,
    South of Helena, Montana
    Then there’s Denver, Colorado
    Under Boise, Idaho.
    Texas has Austin, then we go north,
    To Massachusetts, Boston,
    And Albany, New York,
    Tallahassee, Florida,
    and Washington DC,
    Santa Fe, New Mexico,
    And Nashville, Tennessee.
    (Elvis Presley used to hang out there a lot, ya know.)
    Trenton’s in New Jersey,
    North of Jefferson, Missouri,
    You’ve got Richmond in Virginia,
    South Dakota has Pierre,
    Harrisburg’s in Pennsylvania,
    And Augusta up in Maine,
    And there is Providence, Rhode Island,
    Next to Dover, Delaware.
    Concord, New Hampshire, just a quick jaunt,
    To Montpelier, which is up in Vermont,
    Hartford’s in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall,
    And Kansas has Topeka,
    Minnesota has Saint Paul.
    Juneau’s in Alaska,
    And there’s Lincoln, Nebraska,
    And it’s Raleigh out in North Carolina and then,
    There’s Maddison, Wisconsin,
    And Olympia in Washington,
    Phoenix, Arizona,
    And Lansing, Michigan.
    Here’s Honolulu, Hawaii’s a joy,
    Jackson, Mississippi,
    And Springfield, Illinois,
    South Carolina with Columbia down the way,
    And Annapolis in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.
    (They have wonderful clam chowder)
    Cheyenne is in Wyoming, and perhaps you make your home in,
    Salt Lake City out in Utah where the Buffalo roam,
    Atlanta’s down in Georgia,
    And there’s Bismarck, North Dakota,
    And you can live in Frankfurt in your old Kentucky home.
    Salem in Oregon, from there we join,
    Little Rock in Arkansas,
    Iowa’s got De Moines,
    Sacramento, California,
    Oklahoma and its city,
    Charleston, West Virginia,
    And Nevada, Carson City.
    That’s all the capitals there are!

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  43. Justin Wagner on June 13, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Where is this chick originally from? France?

  44. Abdul Qadir Official on June 13, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    I am also planning for the same type of road trip after watching this video.

  45. Dalique89 on June 13, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Amazing trip!! Please check our journey in a quality edited video : https://youtu.be/Sl8UNSRgOTE

  46. bret wilson on June 13, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    The most high Yahuah-God has sculpted so much beauty. The sierra mountains are something special.

  47. Tuan Tran on June 13, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Being a millionaire ?? Nope !
    I can’t expect my life more than this.
    What a dream life

  48. Ihcati Ahihcu on June 13, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    блять та за шо

  49. The Orangutan 2 on June 13, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Can anybody name all 50 states and their capital

  50. some fujo on June 13, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    I saw Antelope Canyon and immediately thought, "OH it’s that one Apple iPhone wallpaper"

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