monument valley national park

Roadtrip USA West

with a Camper-Van from Los Angeles to San Francisco

What could be a more epic start into the new Year than a Roadtrip USA up from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with stops in Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Las Vegas, Yosemite Nationalpark, and Big Sur? With this trip in February, I could tick so many places from my bucket list, and it was even much better than I imagined.

Day 1 & 2 of our Roadtrip USA

We flew from Munich to Los Angeles. We stayed in a lovely hostel by Venice Beach. From there, we took the Bus to Beverly Hills and Down Town LA. The next day we visited Marina del Ray and Fishermans Village on our way to pick up the van.

Day 3

We got our Van and drove directly from LA to Joshua Tree Nationalpark, it already started getting dark when we arrived there, but we found a nice Camp Site at Hidden Valley. The next day we visited the Cholla Cactus Farm and started the drive up to Grand Canyon Nationalpark.

Day 4 & 5

It was a long drive to Grand Canyon, but the view at our destination blew our mind away. Canyon, as far as we could see, and the rock colors are unique, I could have sat at one of the rocks and looked over the landscape for hours. The feeling was just incredible…
The next day we wanted to watch the sunrise over the canyon and found some beautiful deer on our way to the viewpoint.

Our next stop was by the historic watch tower…

After enjoying this amazing view we made our way to page…

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…where we explored the Lower Antelope Canyon.

The sunset that day was one of my favorite experiences. We hiked to Horseshoe Bend and enjoyed the last sunrays of the day over this epic spot. I´ve seen so many pictures of this place, but the reality was even more impressive…

Day 6

The next day started as epic, as the last ended. We watched the sunrise over Lake Powell and drove to Monument Vally afterward. This stop wasn´t on our planned route, but the extra miles were so worth it…

Our next stop was in the Natural Bridges State Park. It´s so interesting how many different places this nature has to offer…

Day 7

This was again a long day of driving, but we made a few epic stops in our way to Las Vegas.
The first one at Bryce Canyon, this was my favorite Canyon we´ve seen on our trip.

While we were looking for a campsite, we saw the most colorful sunset. It was epic.

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Day 8

We found a nice place for the night at Lake Meadow, and the next day surprised us with a lovely sunrise.

After breakfast, we made our way to Las Vegas, and the city life was so different from camping in the Nationalparks the days before.

Day 9 – 11

I was pretty excited about our next stop. We drove to Yosemite Nationalpark, for which I attended a fantastic workshop I was looking for for months.
And when we arrived at Yosemite, we were so impressed. The view through the valley is so much better in real life than it looks in pictures. And all these beautiful waterfalls, impressive mountains, and the wildlife were just incredible.

Day 12

It was hard to leave Yosemite because there would be so much more to see. But we also wanted to see Big Sure. So we drove back to the west coast.

The view over Mc Way falls made me feel like in paradise. I mean, did you ever see a more beautiful place?

Then we drove the historic Highway 1 up to San Francisco, where we spent the last couple of days.

It was a lot of driving, but we enjoyed every single place we´ve seen so much during our Roadtrip USA! The beauty and diversity of nature fascinated us so much, and there would be so much more to explore. We can´t wait for our next big road trip.

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