12 States in 7 Days

If you’ve ever traveled by car over a great distance (in really any country) you know that it can be one of the best forms of travel known to man. If you’re a passenger, there really is something about having a near endless opportunity to stare out the window and enjoy that scenery that fulfills you in a way traveling by air cannot always do. Of course, car travel takes longer than flying. And if you are the driver on a road trip who must pay attention to the road, well it’s not always the best form of transportation should you want to stop and smell the roses. The great thing about car travel is that it is up to you to choose to stop along the way so everyone in the vehicle can get out and safely enjoy the scenery. Including the driver.

Recently, I was the driver for a 12 state road trip sponsored by Hit The Road and Select Registry. That’s me, standing in front of the BMW I drove from Toronto to Phoenix, Arizona. Make that 12 states and half of one province: Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.

These companies were kind enough to allow myself and uber talented travel writer: Spencer Spellman, an amazing opportunity. We saw our country in a way that truly helped me to appreciate its diversity and the beauty of what it has become, despite a sometimes painful history. My favorite states were Arizona and New Mexico.

I’ll be doing a series of posts on this trip in greater depth over the coming weeks. I especially want to highlight the great Inns that we were privileged to stay at courtesy of Select Registry. This post is a photographic highlight of the territory that we covered along the way. Spencer put up with my wanting to stop in the most awkward of places sometimes to get these photographs. I’m so grateful that we did stop, for I witnessed one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen on the side of a road in Arizona and I can’t wait to feature that on a future Sunset Sunday!

  • October 20, 2010

    GORGEOUS shots! I’m glad you guys had such an amazing journey! You guys have seen more of the USA than most of us so that is a great accomplishment. Looking fwd to hearing about your adventures!

  • October 20, 2010

    LOVE IT!! Jealous…completely jealous I didn’t get to go, but absolutely love the shots. Great work my friend.

  • October 21, 2010

    I just can’t get past the stylin’ Beamer. And I hate that word “Beamer” but it seems to fit here. But I love the car (and photos). What an awesome trip… I love cross country driving in the US.

  • October 21, 2010

    Gorgeous photography. Yep, we have world class sunsets here in Arizona, no question about that. Since I’m doing a weekly Great American Road Trip at A Traveler’s Library.com, I’ll link to this post somewhere along the way. Thanks for a great trip.

    Vera Marie Badertscher

  • October 22, 2010
    amy phillips

    Wow!So many beautiful places to see…you capture them so well.

  • October 24, 2010

    12 states in 7 days and still had time to take these amazing photos. Can’t wait to read and see more 🙂

  • December 19, 2010

    Awesome! I’m so excited to do a similar trip next summer!
    Amanda recently posted…It’s a Small World- After All

  • January 31, 2011

    Wow Kirsten! You did such a great job with these photos. I’d love to get the chance to do a road trip like that some day… Spencer never filled me in about this trip! Sounds like you guys must have had a ball.

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