I live in the heart of Texas. Driving out of the state from Austin is a feat that not all are brave enough to conquer. El Paso is at least 8 hours away, and the sights along the way don’t include much aside from Alpine, Marfa, Big Bend National Park (all of which are worthy detours). Trust me, my family has done this drive more than a few times. Every spring break, my parents and my younger brother take a road trip, often times with no clear destination. Last spring break, we had set out on another journey, making stops at White Sands National Monument, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley among other places.
As you can probably tell, we didn’t really “arrive” anywhere. Rather, we were on the road everyday.
The first day, we made it all the way to White Sands, passing through El Paso around 3 in the afternoon. We had only a couple hours before sunset at White Sands but we made the most of it:
White Sands National Monument
We continued on our journey through New Mexico and into southern Arizona. We’d already been to the Grand Canyon once before, but the grandeur of the canyon can’t be ignored and passed upon.
My family and I drove north towards native lands. We were drawn to the peaceful isolation of Monument Valley. After watching the golden light disappear into the night, we sat out in the cold as the sky got darker and darker, and thousands of stars became brighter.
Before we knew it, it was time to head home again, but not before we made one more stop: Sedona Arizona.
Photos from other stops along the way:
Road in AZ
The Southwestern United States has so many unique landscapes, all of which are worth visiting. Road tripping through all these spots provides an excellent opportunity to see appreciate the beauty of the landscapes without hurry.
- Kiran Topiwala