How many of us have always dreamed of packing up our vehicle and driving across the country? As one can imagine if you have a pulse you would be on this list due to the life-changing experience that comes from this kind of cross-country journey. Coast to coast and back again, each time taking a different route; it is beyond all imagination the number of iconic cities, historical landmarks, national parks and let’s not forget the mouth-watering food that you will find at each and every stop along the way. Even though a trip of this magnitude demands quite a bit of time, planning and freedom from your daily work schedule it can and absolutely will change the way you look at travel for the rest of your life.
Due to the recent pandemic, this trip (which was always on our radar for the distant future) became an instant reality and simply could not be passed up. Our first priority to find the perfect vehicle for this type of trip that checked every box from what we needed to be on the road for roughly a month. After doing some research and conferring with friends who had done the trip before us we decided to go with an ever so spacious campervan from Travellers Auto Barn in Los Angeles. The Hitop Campervan that we chose came fully equipped with a full kitchenette-fridge, gas cooker, microwave, and sink. Exactly what the doctor ordered, we loaded up the van with everything one could need for this type of trip and were on the road to our first destination, Las Vegas, Nevada!
Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada
Distance: 270 mi
Average Driving time: 3 hours, 57 minutes
Most of us that live in Southern California have made the road trip to Las Vegas many times, the drive under 4 hours is as easy as it gets for a fun-filled getaway! The excitement building each and every mile that brings you closer to Sin City is one that never gets old. There is nothing better than the view of the strip that you get as you come over that last bend in the 15 North freeway, one of the most electric cities in the world is right before your eyes. It is no wonder tourists flock here from literally all parts of the world with the unending sights, attractions, world-class gaming, fine dining, shopping, and more! For the ultimate Las Vegas stopover check out these highlights to guarantee a trip to remember!
Key Attractions & Highlights
Book a table at Carbone for authentic Italian dining.
It is a well-known fact that Las Vegas is world-renowned for its wide array of incredible restaurants. So many choices-how does one pick a winner? A for sure can’t miss while visiting Sin City is Carbone inside ARIA Resort & Casino. This celebrated concept from Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick pay homage to the Italian-American restaurants of the mid-20th century – an era of glamour, showmanship, and tableside service which is the real showstopper at Carbone. With the perfect combination of hospitality and entertainment, you will be treated like a mafia boss as your “captain” whips up your Caesar salad right before your eyes. Impeccable service is guaranteed each and every time you take a seat inside Carbone (which we have to mention the seating comprised of tufted private banquettes reminiscent of the Rat Pack era). The New York-inspired cuisine is influenced by that same time in history but takes its culinary cues from the great talents and techniques of today showcasing elevated classics such as Lobster Fra Diavolo, Chicken Scarpariello and Octopus Pizzaiolo. With timeless classics served day in and day out with an idyllic Vegas old school vibe, it simply doesn’t get better than Carbone for authentic Italian Dining
Enjoy an evening flight above the clouds over the “Entertainment Capital of the World” with a luxury helicopter flight over the Strip.
With all the endless entertainment throughout the city of Las Vegas, why not break the mold and get a bird’s eye view of one of the most colorful landscapes in the world? Enjoy an evening flight above the clouds over the “Entertainment Capital of the World” with a luxury helicopter flight over the Strip. A breathtaking experience to say the least make sure to bring your camera as you soar over Las Vegas in style taking in the sights of each and every hotel and casino in the city. Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, flies more than 200,000 guests annually out of four locations: Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim and Maui, Hawaii. The company operates the largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star helicopters with nearly 50 aircraft and holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world.
Best Place to Stay: Vdara Hotel & Spa
Vdara Hotel & Spa is an internationally inspired all-suite hotel and spa designed for those who love the excitement of Las Vegas but prefer to enjoy it in an exclusive, non-gaming, smoke-free setting. The two-story 16,000 sq foot holistic spa, luxurious pool, intimate meeting space combined with a sophisticated vibe at Bar Vdara and a casual eatery and marketplace at Market Café create a warm and inviting environment within this AAA Four-Diamond hotel. Looking to kick back with friends before a big night on the town? Check out VICE VERSA Patio & Lounge. This boutique venue can be found in the center of the Vdara Hotel and is the ideal casual space for business or pleasure day or night. Chill with friends on the patio and enjoy light bites and handcrafted cocktails as you take in the warm Vegas vibe complete with a stunning water feature and fire pits. Need to get in that early morning workout session before a day at the pool? Vdara Hotel comes with a state-of-the-art 2000 square-foot fitness center fully equipped with the latest and greatest cardio machines, free weights, and functional training modalities offering its guests the ultimate workout facility.
At Vdara there truly is a room for every type of guest, the 57 story luxury hotel consists of 1495 suites ranging from 500 to 1650 square feet which includes studios, deluxe studios one and two-bedroom suites as well as one and two-bedroom penthouses. Decided to bring your four-legged family member to the city that never sleeps? No worries at all as Vdara Hotel offers designated pet-friendly suites as well as an appointed dog park outdoors for guests accompanied by their trusty pooches.
Located between ARIA Resort & Casino and Bellagio, Vdara offers access to all of the entertainment, gaming, shopping, dining and nightlife at CityCenter, while providing a retreat from it all when it is time to rest. For more information and reservations, visit vdara.com.
Las Vegas, Nevada to Park City, Utah
Distance: 422 mi
Average Driving time: 6 hours
One of the major highlights of exploring the Southwest region of the United States by car is the Las Vegas to Park City, Utah drive. This world-renowned route will provide you with a plethora of opportunities to take in some of the most amazing mountainous landscapes and not to mention the fact that you are on route to visit one or more of the country’s most visited National Parks. With Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and much more along this route most travelers plan for a few detours along the way making this a trip to remember! If you have the time we highly recommend visiting as many of these natural wonders of the world as possible as they truly are worth the trip.
Key Attractions & Highlights
Experience a thrill of a lifetime in a bobsled on the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Sliding Track. Need a break from the road?
After a solid 5 hours of driving nothing beats a pit stop that gets the blood flowing! Experience a full adrenaline-pumping adventure as you bobsled down the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games Sliding Track. The Track was home to bobsled, skeleton and luge events during the historic 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games and is now available for the public to relive this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Buckle in, set your GoPro, and smile big as you ride down the track with a professional guide that will leave you reeling for days!
Indulge, relax and rejuvenate with a visit to Serenity Spa by Westgate.
This award-winning and full-service mountain retreat day spa offers a range of services and products for everyone. With 30,000 square feet, complete with 14 treatment rooms, a tranquil waterfall, and magnificent amenities, your vacation becomes complete once you immerse yourself in this calming setting. Come balance your mind, body, and spirit with each treatment ranging from invigorating massages, skin care, body scrubs, and more. Serenity Spa has captured the prestigious Best of State Award and “Best Destination Spa” along with the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award, it is no surprise that this spa is one of the highest-rated on the globe!
Best Place to Stay: Westgate Park City
Westgate Park City Resort & Spa has everything you need for the perfect luxury escape. With one of the most idyllic locations you could ever ask for (literally at the bottom of Park City’s top ski mountain) it is a traveler’s dream come true. Whether you are in town to hit the slopes on some of the best powder in the nation or in search of adrenaline-pumping mountain biking, hiking and more in the summer, Westgate Park City is the perfect choice to reconnect with the outdoors. As you enter the lobby the staff will make you feel right at home; after a seamless check-in, you are taken to one of their world-class accommodations where your time will be spent basking in the lap of luxury. With a plethora of lodging options, guests can choose from luxury suites, one, two or four bedroom villas all the way up to a signature 4 bedroom loft that sleeps as many as 16 guests. Each and every lodging option comes with all the amenities you would expect from a 5-star hotel and more making it a special place to come home to after an activity-filled day on the mountain. Hungry from hitting the slopes? The Westgate Park City offers a variety of premium dining experiences ranging from the award-winning Gastropub “Drafts” where guests can enjoy handcrafted burgers, wings, and more as well as 50 beers from around the world, or if you opt for a more fine dining experience Edge Steakhouse with its comprehensive menu and the fine wine list is one that can’t be missed during your stay. For more information and reservations visit westgateresorts.com.
Park City, Utah to Telluride, Colorado
Distance: 372 mi
Average Driving time: 6 hours, 47 minutes
The drive between Park City, Utah, and Telluride, Colorado can be very different depending on the time of year you attempt to embark on what some call “America’s Most Beautiful Drive”. Spring, summer, and fall expect a picturesque collaboration of nature’s finest beauty from red rock deserts to towering forests while the winter months are a much more challenging feat to say the least. Through all the mountainous terrain it is imperative that drivers plan ahead, making sure they are fully prepared with proper winter tires, chains if needed, and all emergency supplies in case of extreme winter conditions.
Key Attractions & Highlights
Stop and visit Arches National Park on your way to Telluride.
This geographical wonder lies north of Moab in the state of Utah and is bordered by the Colorado River in the southeast. It is best known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive, red-hued Delicate Arch in the east and long, thin Landscape Arch stands in Devils Garden to the north. Absolutely worth the stopover, don’t forget your camera as Arches National Park offers some of the most eye-popping landscapes you will ever lay eyes on.
Best Place to Stay: Hotel Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge
The ultimate escape of leisure and adventure awaits you amid the magnificent San Juan Mountains in Telluride, Colorado. Located at the base of Telluride Ski Resort, The Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge offers a first-rate residential experience with a personal, dedicated staff and all the amenities of a luxury hotel. The attentive and enthusiastic staff will allow you to enjoy the comfort of a home away from home without the hassles of daily life. Choose from a two or three-bedroom residence fully equipped with a spacious kitchen, living and dining area, washer, dryer, over-sized bathroom, and a private balcony which serves perfectly as you rise in the morning coffee in hand gazing out onto the village below. Lodge amenities include complimentary transportation to and from Montrose and Telluride airports, complimentary valet parking, 24-hour fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, game room, business center, and access to the private Himmel Spa.
Tucked into a box canyon in southwestern Colorado between the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village the property offers endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. Discover local galleries, unique boutiques and enjoy culinary delights at various restaurants just outside the lobby doors. Telluride is known for its festivals during the summer and the winter showcases unparalleled skiing at Telluride Ski Resort among other winter activities from snowmobiling to snowshoeing. The two towns are connected by a free gondola, allowing you to explore the best of both worlds – the bohemian, funky town of Telluride and the luxurious, European-style Mountain Village. For more information and reservations visit fairmont.com/klammer-lodge-telluride/.
Telluride, Colorado to Colorado Springs, Colorado
Distance: 301 mi
Average Driving time: 5 hours, 40 minutes
Another mountainous drive filled with incredible landscapes, the drive from Telluride to Colorado Springs offers nature at its best once again depending on the time of year. If you are traveling in the winter months be fully prepared for winter conditions as you will be climbing to high elevations which can be dangerous at times. As you make your way through one of the most majestic mountain ranges in North America you will be surrounded by natural beauty any direction you look, snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and more, it simply doesn’t get better than this.
Key Attractions & Highlights
Experience the exhilaration of Seven Falls with a high-flying adventure that propels you across “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado”.
Located in the secluded South Cheyenne Canyon, The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure consists of 10 zip lines (divided between two courses) that range in distance from 300 feet to 1,800 feet as well as moderate hiking, rope bridges, and a controlled 180-foot rappel that offers stunning views of the waterfalls and the canyon below. A 15-minute “ground school” allows expert guides to fit each guest with harnesses, helmets, and gloves as well as provide instructions on how to safely navigate the course. You’ll also encounter Indiana-Jones-style suspension bridges, scenic hiking trails, and incredible views along the way. Soaring Adventure is a truly unforgettable way to experience one of Colorado’s natural marvels.
Gain the skills needed to survive when the West was Wild!
Check out the Wild West Experience which begins with a ride up Old Stage Road, the stage-coach route used by those making their way to the gold-mining communities of Victor and Cripple Creek. Once off the stage-road, you will find yourself in the forested canyon floor of South Cheyenne Creek, where Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir whisper in the breeze and the creek flows toward Seven Falls Park, far below in the canyon.
This hidden canyon is where you will learn and hone the skills once necessary to survive in the Wild West! Standing archery targets offer a chance to perfect your aim before you head through the forest to the walking range where 3-D targets of critters and varmints found in the Wild West will be waiting for you. Once you have made your way through the archery range, you will exchange your bow and arrow for tomahawks. Your guide will show you the proper technique for tomahawk throwing, and you will have the opportunity to throw at three hanging targets made from thick slices of local timber. After you stick your tomahawks in the bullseye, you head to the pellet gun range where a plethora of targets provide many options for you to aim at. The “tink” of a direct hit will reward you, and the sound of target bells lets you know you have become a sharpshooter!
Best Place to Stay: The Broadmoor
Situated at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, this legendary Forbes Five Star, and AAA Five-Diamond resort is celebrating over 100 years serving as one of the best places to stay in the entire country. Founded in 1918 the Broadmoor has been receiving the highest of accolades since its opening and continues to hold standards that are second to none in the hotel industry. The Broadmoor and its Wilderness Experience properties of The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp, and Fishing Camp encompasses a whopping 5,000 acres with landscapes that rival any resort worldwide.
The Broadmoor has long been known as the ultimate family escape. Offering accommodations for any type of traveler the resort houses 784 rooms, suites, and cottages, brownstones as well as the 5 bedroom estate house. It includes three championship golf courses, a Forbes Five-Star spa and fitness center, nationally recognized tennis staff and program, 26 retail boutiques and 10 restaurants, including Colorado’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurant Penrose Room, as well as 10 additional cafes and lounges. Other activities include falconry, guided mountain biking, hiking, rock-climbing tours, fly-fishing, paintball and more. The BROADMOOR Wilderness Experience properties are three unique, all-inclusive, boutique facilities that highlight a true Colorado experience while offering mountain rustic luxury along with The Broadmoor’s legendary service. In addition, The Broadmoor owns and manages three attractions that include the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Seven Falls and The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure zip-line courses. For more information and reservations visit broadmoor.com.
Colorado Springs, Colorado to Topeka, Kansas
Distance: 523.7 miles
Average Driving time: 7 hours 48 mins
This next route is one of the longest stretches of this US Road Trip and having a good travel partner will surely come in handy. One of the straightest roads in the entire country, it is safe to say that cruise control will be your best friend between these two states.
Best Place to Stay: Hotel Cyrus
After an 8 hour drive, there is nothing better than a luxurious stay in one of the city’s best hotels. Hotel Cyrus, one of the newest hotels in downtown Topeka has raised the standard of luxury and comfort welcoming travelers and locals alike. The idyllic combination of good old Midwestern charm blended with the highest level of hotel excellence is what you can fully expect during your stay. Owned and operated by the well-known Aparium Hotel Group you know you are in the best of hands simply by referencing each property in their extensive portfolio across the country. “Were thrilled to grow roots in a city that’s brimming with both a rich history and an exciting future” said Kevin Robinson Co-Founder and Principal of Aparium Hotel Group. Topeka’s first boutique lifestyle hotel, Hotel Cyrus has been turning heads since its opening in 2019. The property blends a historic building with a modern new tower to not only bring a newness to the downtown scene but also to pay homage to the structures that have been there for decades. The eight-story 109 room building is an ideal melding of old meets new giving guests the highest level of a luxury stay at the same time preserving history which is ever so important to the people of Topeka. The Midwestern charm is evident the moment you enter the door, whether you are in town for business or pleasure you will be more than pleased with every facet of your stay from start to finish. With all the luxuries of a five-star hotel and all the comforts of home, it is for good reason that Hotel Cyrus is among the best hotels in all of Topeka.
If a good old Midwestern dining experience is something you are in the mood for look no further than the hotel’s flagship restaurant The Weather Room. One of the newest dining establishments in downtown Topeka Chef Khaled Alshahri has curated a contemporary menu filled with savory bites comprised of shareable dishes, a house-cured charcuterie program, and from what rumor has it a mind-blowing burger that rivals any in town. Combining Midwestern comfort classics with a spattering of nouveau cuisine Chef Khaled uses a regional farm-to-table approach to bring ultimate satisfaction to his customers day in and day out. Since opening its doors just a few short years ago The Weather Room has raised the standard of culinary excellence in the downtown Topeka dining scene. Handcrafted cocktails, savory comfort food, and a friendly atmosphere, all things that make your stay at Hotel Cyrus that much better!
Key Attractions & Highlights
Being the neoclassical capital city of the state of Kansas, Topeka is a city filled with deep-seated history which is evident in many of its top attractions. The site of the infamous Brown vs Board of Education National Historic Site is among the top-visited landmarks commemorating the 1954 Supreme Court Case which the justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. If museums are your thing Topeka is also well known for its Combat Air Museum, Kansas Museum of History and of course we can’t forget about the number one most visited landmark in all of the city, the Evel Knievel Museum This iconic Topeka stopover can’t be missed as the museum showcases a spectacular collection of authentic artifacts that belonged to the most death-defying stunt man of all time, Evel Knievel! The two-story 13,000 sq ft museum features a collection of Evel Knievel’s motorcycles, his fully restored 1974 Mack Truck and trailer (Big Red), personal memorabilia that can only be seen at this location as well as multiple interactive exhibits that are fun for the whole family.
Topeka, Kansas to St Louis, Missouri
Distance: 309.6 miles
Average Driving time: 4 hours 32 mins
This short drive from Topeka to St Louis gets the taste buds activated as you close in on a section of the country that is known for the best BBQ in all of America! A drive through Kansas wouldn’t be the same without paying a visit to the infamous Kansas City, only 54 minutes from Topeka it would be a crime to miss out on all that this iconic sports town has to offer. With so many mouth-watering BBQ establishments, popular breweries and sports bars in downtown Kansas City, a visit here is always one for the ages.
One of the most visited cities in all of the Midwestern states, St Louis, Missouri is a slice of good old American Pie offering up historical landmarks, vibrant museums, gardens, parks and much more to make for a family fun vacation year-round. With an idyllic blending of Midwestern Americana and a touch of cosmopolitan flair St Louis has something for everyone; a sports lover’s dream, foodie paradise all mixed in with a city filled with unbridled history, you simply can’t go wrong paying a visit to the infamous Midwestern Metropolis.
Best Place to Stay: Four Seasons St Louis
With 117 Four Seasons properties spread throughout 47 countries worldwide, you are guaranteed a first-rate stay no matter the location. The Four Seasons St Louis is no exception to the rule, you are treated at the highest level of hospitality from the moment you enter the door. Located in the heart of downtown St Louis the Four Seasons has been the standard of Midwestern luxury and service since its opening in 2008. With jaw-dropping views of the infamous Gateway Arch, you couldn’t ask for a better place to lay your head just steps away from the Laclede’s Landing entertainment district, quick access to stadium sports as well as the Lumiere Casino right outside the hotel’s front door. 200 spacious rooms and suites offer hotel guests a variety of cityscape views each showcasing standard Four Seasons meticulous design, luxurious amenities and all the comforts of home. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room allow full illumination of the bright, modern interiors all designed in soft, natural colors as well as highlighting the infamous St Louis skyline. Opt for a premium arch view room situated on the 16th to the 19th floor offering the hotel’s best views of the Gateway Arch which seems so incredibly close you could almost reach out and touch it!
The Four Seasons St Louis holds nothing back when it comes to giving their guests everything they could ever want in a luxurious hotel stay. From their world-class 12,000 square foot spa where guests can pamper themselves with signature massages, body treatments, facials, salon services, and more to the state of the art fitness center fully equipped with Peloton bikes, yoga classes and private training your holistic health is their top priority. 12 tranquil treatment rooms as well as a couple’s suite allow guests to have a unique, private spa experience that will bring balance to your mind, body and soul.
For the ultimate sports fan, the hotel offers St Louis’s first and only Top Golf Swing Suite where you can spend the evening competing with friends with multiple simulated sports games. Top Golf Swing Suite delivers a one-of-a-kind simulation that’s fun for golfers and nongolfers alike. Golf, not your thing? Pick up a hockey stick to fire pucks at targets, try to strike out the side pitching against a virtual batter, or kick a soccer ball past a goalie, all this and much more make a night at the Top Golf Suite one for the ages!
It’s safe to say playing all those simulated sports you will surely build up quite the appetite and just what the doctor ordered first class service at the Cinder House is available as you enjoy your comfortable lounge seating for up to 8 people. James Beard Award-winning chef Gerard Craft brings bold, international flare in all of his dishes using a wood-burning hearth serving up classics such as Wagyu Zabuton, Duroc Pork Chop, Big Eye Tuna and more. Looking for shareable small plates for the crew? You simply can’t go wrong with menu items such as spicy Piri chicken wings, crispy calamari with a cashew chili relish, or Lamb ribs with, mango honey glaze.
Key Attractions & Highlights
Slaps BBQ- For no-nonsense barbecue serving all up all the Midwestern classics, you are in for an absolute treat here. The short line outside gives way to some of the most enticing smells that have ever hit your senses, once inside the award-winning menu offers up some of the city’s best-smoked meats, rib plates, sandwiches, and some of the best tasting side dishes you have ever had.
St Louis, Missouri to Indianapolis, Indiana
Distance: 242.8 miles
Average Driving time: 3 hours 43 mins
Indianapolis the state capital and most populous city in the state of Indiana is one stopover that can not be missed. When most people think Indianapolis the first thing that typically comes to mind is the ever-famous Indy 500 and although a massive annual event the second largest city in the Midwest has so much more to offer. From a booming culinary scene, a long list of popular museums, sporting events, monuments, parks and more it is safe to say this city is one to add to that travel bucket list!
Key Attractions & Highlights
Walk Indianapolis One of the most stunning cities in all of America, Indianapolis should be conquered on foot whenever possible. The White River State Park is extraordinary in the heart of downtown Indianapolis offering 250 acres of vibrant green grass, waterways, trails and attractions. The park offers something for everyone boasting world-class attractions, bike and paddle boat rentals as well as interactive experiences that can be enjoyed by all.
Indy Racing Experience Have you ever imagined what it would be like to ride in or race a real Indy car? Imagine no more as your dreams can come true at the Indy Racing Experience. With the option to ride with a professional or even getting behind the wheel of a real Indy Car, you can experience real G-forces and speeds of up to 200 mph as you race around the track of the world-famous Indy 500. Racecar enthusiasts can even have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride with racing legend Mario Andretti in the 200 mph club which is offered once a year.
Taste Indy Food Tours It has been said time and again that there is no better way to see all that a city has to offer than by doing a local food walking tour. Taste Indy food tours has been preserving the culinary history and heritage of Greater Indiana, starting with Indianapolis and moving across the state since 2008. Food tours are offered in any of the historic neighborhoods in Indianapolis such as Mass Ave, Fountain Square, Fletcher Place, The Wholesale District, Broad Ripple, Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers and more. Tours can be run for 4 to 300 people and can be run in several neighborhoods at the same time which is popular for large groups.
Indianapolis, Indiana to Columbus, Ohio
Distance: 175.4 miles
Average Driving time: 2 hours 43 mins
Columbus Ohio, another great city to use for a stopover or more on your way across our vast country. This Midwest mogul is home to a wide array of parks, a long list of museums, thriving arts and culture and an ever-growing culinary scene. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Columbus in the summertime for its annual and impressive state fair which offers daily concerts, amusement rides and scrumptious local eats. Wherever you are staying in the state capital you will be surrounded by an unending list of places to go and things to see. Home to the world-class Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus Museum of Art and more you will be more than pleased that you made Columbus a stop on your route.
With the state capital being a big college town, 50,000 students each year fill a sprawling campus at Ohio State University north of downtown which of course is home to endless restaurants and a very lively bar scene.
Take a selfie with The Governator
Did you know that Columbus is home to an 8-foot tall muscle-bound bronze statue of the infamous Arnold Schwarzenegger? It all started when Arnold won the 1970 Mr. World contest that took place right here in Columbus, Ohio. Ever since that day, Arnold has had very close ties to the city where he now hosts the world-famous Arnold Classic, very popular bodybuilding and fitness expo that brings in fans from all over the world!
Columbus Ohio to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Distance: 469.9 miles
Average Driving time: 7 hours 38 mins
One of the longer legs of the journey Columbus to Philadelphia is easier than you would imagine as long as you are focusing on the mouth-watering Philly Cheesesteak challenge that you are going to partake in the moment you arrive! The long-lasting battle between Pat’s and Geno’s cheesesteak war has been simmering in Philadelphia for decades and has quite the story to tell. Brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri, founders of Pat’s King of Steaks are credited with inventing the famous signature sandwich back in 1930. Thirty-six years later Joey Vento opened Geno’s Steaks across the street in a bid to take down the reigning champion, the rest is history and today the battle continues with both restaurants being a stone’s throw from the other directly across the street! After the long-awaited cheesesteak challenge, it is time to burn off those calories and we know just the place! Undeniably two of the most popular attractions in all of Philadelphia are the infamous Rocky Statue as well as the Rocky Steps which lead up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A quick photo opp with the statue followed by a run up the steps with arms raised overhead at the end has become a rite of passage for all who pay a visit to The City of Brotherly Love.
Best Place to Stay: Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
Located in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood the Hotel Palomar’s central location provides guests the utmost convenience when it comes to being right in the heart of the city. A mere short walk to a multitude of Philadelphia’s top restaurants, top attractions, and the best of retail therapy, it simply doesn’t get more picture-perfect than this. The property’s 230 guest rooms prove to be the idyllic combination of style and comfort each designed with modern furnishings as well as providing all the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel. Many of the guest rooms and suites come with unparalleled views of the city’s skyline as well as Rittenhouse Square Park only a stone’s throw from the hotel lobby.
This eco-friendly full-service hotel is not only extremely pet-friendly but has everything you could ever need during your stay in the City of Brotherly Love. Fully equipped with a 24-hour fitness center, in-room spa services, the infamous Kimpton hosted evening wine hour, complimentary morning coffee and tea, guests will feel more than at home at the Hotel Palomar. Whether your stay is business or pleasure your every need will be met by the hotel’s well-appointed staff.
For those looking to dine in look no further than the hotel’s signature restaurant Square 1682 which serves up New American fare in a vibrant atmosphere day in and day out. Chef Mackenson “Mack” Horebe has worked in the Kimpton Hotel chain for many years in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and brings a wealth of experience to the table which is quite evident in his worldly cuisine. Horebe grew up in a Haitian household where Caribbean cooking was a large part of his upbringing which that influence can be seen in his cooking style today. Square 1682’s reach goes well past just hotel guests with Chef Mack bringing in locals daily for his signature favorites. Menu items such as Duck Wings and Waffle Fries, Cauliflower Curry and of course his ever-famous home-style jerk chicken keep Square 1682 among Philly’s best places to dine.
As the East Coast becomes within a close reach the excitement starts to rise, you are embarking on the halfway part of the trip and the best is yet to come. As anyone who has been to the Eastern coastal states knows you are about to enter an entirely different way of living; a complete cultural melting pot, unbridled American/European history, and some of the best culinary adventures you have ever taken.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Distance: 354.9 miles
Average Driving time: 6 hours
Leaving Philly on your way to Portsmouth your travel partner switches modes from googling cheesesteak competitions to some of the top seafood joints in the world. Portsmouth, New Hampshire grew from a small settlement in the 1600s where trees were shipped to supply the King’s Navy to quickly becoming one of the most important ports in the Colonial Era. Thriving as a shipbuilding hub into the late 20th Century it is safe to say that the history in this New England seaside town runs quite deep. Today Portsmouth serves as a fascinating tourist destination with its plethora of Colonial and Federal homes in their original condition as well as famous landmarks such as the Strawberry Banke Museum, one of the oldest operating concert halls in the country and so much more. For a great intro to the city stop by Discover Portsmouth a welcome center that provides tourists everything they would need to know including a film of the city’s colonial origins, a museum and exhibits.
Eat at Moxy
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a historical New England seaside town would be host to some incredibly talented chefs and pretty much anywhere you can throw a dart you will find sensational local eats. Literally, dozens of restaurants dot this coastal town, many owned by world-renowned chefs bringing not only the best of New England’s seafood yet also an array of international fare. Award-winning chef Matt Louis has been serving nouvelle cuisine well before it became popular in this part of the country. For those of you who are not familiar with this form of culinary art, it is an eclectic style in international food presentation that stresses freshness, lightness and clarity of flavor and inspired new movements in world cuisine. This really is Moxy in a nutshell, Chef Louis takes his inspiration from local farmers, fishmongers, as well as pulling from the cultural and historical roots of this New England town, and take it from us he may want to add “artist” to his resume as well as his dishes are presented, well, like…art. Moxy is stated as a modern American tapas restaurant focusing on smaller plates meant to share. The menu at Moxy is one that needs to be savored at all levels; from light bite home classics such as Baer’s 3 Bean Salad to Patatas Bravas on the “while you were thinking” section of the menu you will be taken on a journey through what makes Moxy so special. As you move to the next section of the menu perfectly stated as “hungry for more” the Verde Fisherman’s Stew and Beef Short Rib Marmalade are two can’t miss items and of course to top this all it would be a sin to not try the ever famous Whoopie Pie that has been on the menu since inception.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Boston, Massachusetts
Distance: 57.8 miles
Average Driving time: 1 hour
A quick drive just over an hour and you have arrived in the world-famous Bean Town otherwise known as Boston, Massachusetts. Hands down one of the most visited cities on all of the eastern coast Boston is hardly just a stopover but if it happens you will absolutely have your hands full trying to see the best this iconic city has to offer.! With such deep history dating back to its founding year of 1630, it is safe to say everywhere you go you will be surrounded by reminders of days past as Boston is as layered as they come. One of the first major cities founded in America it is easy to spend your day on a historical merry-go-round from duck tours to street trolleys to food walking tours, the choice is yours! Whisper of a certain tea party, cursed ballparks broken, endless museums, libraries and some of the best seafood you have ever had in your life; the energy in this city is as electric as they come. With 35 colleges and universities and up to 150,000 students filling the famed streets there is no shortage of today’s youth keeping Boston the perfect balance of old meets new. Walk the historic Freedom Trail, check out the Green Monster at Fenway Park, eat a lobster roll at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, slurp oysters at the Union Oyster House (known as Americas oldest restaurant opening its door in 1826), the choices are literally endless!
Boston Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island
Distance: 51 miles
Average Driving time:53 mins
Founded in 1636 by renegade preacher Roger Williams, Providence the capital city of Rhode Island is a compact, diverse stop overfilled with over 400 years of American history, ethnic neighborhoods and proudly stated as having some of the best Italian food in the country. If architecture is of interest Providence’s old downtown area called Downcity is filled with Art-Deco and Beaux-Arts buildings which have been instrumentally preserved over time with astonishing defined details still in their original state. Downcity’s granite masterpiece rightfully named “The Arcade” holds major history being touted as America’s first shopping mall built-in 1828. After an extensive renovation, it is currently home to 48 micro-apartments on the upper floors with the first floor consisting of local restaurants, boutiques, galleries, retail shops and more.
Eat at Federal Hill
Federal hill (also known as Little Italy) is recognized as one of the top culinary hot spots in the country with a multitude of award-winning restaurants that will tantalize your taste buds anywhere you choose to dine. From mouth-watering pizzas to handmade pasta dishes to smooth, creamy gelato, if authentic Italian is what you are in the mood for you have absolutely come to the right place!
**For the ultimate Italian dining experience dine like a true Italiano sampling the best the neighborhood has to offer! Start with meatballs and gravy or the famous chicken parm at Angelo’s Civita Farnese, move to Caserta Pizzeria for a slice of their Sicilian style award-winning pizza and of course it wouldn’t be a complete feast without a slice of buttery-crisp seasonal fruit tart with creamy vanilla custard from Pastiche Fine Desserts. Bon Appetito!
Providence, Rhode Island to Charlottesville, Virginia
Average Driving Time: 8 hours 27 mins
Distance: 521.5 miles
The drive from Providence to Charlottesville via the I-95 South is a bit of a long one so stopovers are highly recommended if time permits. Stop for a slice in New York City, pay a visit to the White House in Washington DC, and stop for some steamed crabs in Baltimore, Maryland. As you cross over into the southeastern state of Virginia stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains you will be enamored by the beauty that surrounds you. Unbridled American history and mother nature at its finest make Virginia a leading tourist draw, within its borders lie a multitude of historical landmarks, lush green forest, mountains and valleys to the west all the way to the white sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the east. One of the 13 original colonies Virginia was the first part of the country permanently settled by the English as far back as 1607 and the rest as they say is history. The home state of many of the founding fathers including Georges Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and more Virginia played a very important role in the American Revolution (1775-1783). During the Civil War (1861-1865) the city of Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy and many of the conflict’s battles were fought in the state.
Stopover in Charlottesville
Located in the heart of central Virginia’s Piedmont region Charlottesville offers tourists adventures along the Blue Ridge Mountains, historical museums as well as numerous important Civil War sites. A thriving university town, Charlottesville is the home to the University of Virginia which is the cornerstone of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy and lifelong commitment to education. After a tour of the university’s grounds make sure to pay a visit to Monticello “Little Mountain” which was the home of Thomas Jefferson from 1770 until his death in 1826. The author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States it will be well worth your while to pay a visit to these two historical landmarks paying homage to one of the most important political figures in American history.
Charlottesville, Virginia to Charleston, South Carolina
Average Driving Time: 7 hours 10 min
Distance: 493.6 miles
At this point of your journey, you are officially in the “true south” and as Charleston, South Carolina is the target on your GPS you have plenty to be excited about. It is for good reason that 7.3 million tourists a year pay a visit to “The Holy City”, although not the capital of South Carolina it has been said to be the undisputed heart of the state with its historical standing, entertainment and lively art.
With deep roots that span from the American settlement through the turbulent times of slavery and Civil War all the way to the eclectic, vibrant cultural hub that it is today the Southern Charm of Charleston will win your heart time and time again. The magnetism that draws the millions in every year is quite easy to see once you arrive, its electric restaurant and bar scene, rich history, brick walked Spanish- mossed downtown all within a stone’s throw of the Atlantic Ocean, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.
Stay at Hotel Emeline
Set among the cobblestone streets of the downtown waterfront district, Hotel Emeline, one of the newest additions to the city, has rapidly staked its claim as one of the best places to stay in all of Charleston. Opening their doors during the pandemic of 2020 was no easy feat but one that was met head-on with nothing but 100% success in mind. The new build, located in Charleston’s historic district has 212 king rooms and suites all designed to ensure the highest level of luxury and comfort. Each room at Hotel Emeline offers a cozy setting for their guests with custom embroidered linens, plush spa robes and meticulously designed touches, giving all the comforts of home and more. It is safe to say that the talented design team dotted all their i’s and crossed their t’s when they put the finishing touches on this Charleston landmark, with the guests’ comfort and safety in mind during their first year in business has been a smashing success. Touches such as a sparkling or still water station right outside the elevator on each floor or the several “sanitation stations” placed throughout the hotel ensure guests that they are being taken care of at the highest standard. There is even a record player in each room with Emeline’s own collection of local artists if you feel shall we say “jazzy” during your stay. From the attentive hands-on service to the thoughtfully designed lobby Living Room where guests are highly recommended to take a minute to relax, it is no wonder Hotel Emeline has made such an impact in such a short amount of time.
Dine at Frannie and the Fox
The hotel’s signature restaurant Frannie & The Fox delivers an enticing menu comprised of shareable dishes showcasing the best of Charleston all curated by mastermind chef Tim Morton. This Charlestonesque wood-fired eatery has quickly risen to the top of many “best of” lists in the downtown culinary scene with their charming southern atmosphere perfectly blended with mouth-watering thoughtfully sourced dishes bursting with flavor. Sister restaurant to the iconic Hank’s Seafood, (which has been rated as Charleston’s best seafood restaurant 18 years and running) it is no wonder that Frannie & The Fox has risen to one of Charleston’s most popular dining establishments since opening their doors. With both indoor and outdoor courtyard seating guests can get the full southern dining experience taking a journey of Chef Morton’s tasty creations. Love seafood? Chef Morton brings the best of the Atlantic Ocean right to your plate with dishes such as the Blue Crab Fritters, Royal Red Shrimp, as well as his famous Steamed Mussels. If seafood is not of your fancy shareable plates such as Mushroom Toast, Fennel Sausage Pizza or the Sweet Potato Tortelloni are among a few of the fan favorites in this iconic Charleston eatery.
Charleston, SC to Panama City Beach, Fla
Average Driving Time: 7 hours 56 min
Distance: 507.9 miles
As you set out on this next leg of your journey you prepare for yet another change of scenery, in your rearview mirror, you leave the charm of a southern iconic city and set your sights on the white powdery sands of Panama City Beach, Florida. A complete change of pace this 8-hour drive across parts of Georgia is as easy as pie with the slow pace of beach life within your grasp. As you pull in to one of Florida’s most popular beach destinations it becomes instantly evident why so many people flock here throughout the entire year. With 27 miles of white powdery sand set against the clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it is no wonder tourists travel from all over the country to come here year after year. From Spring to Fall Panama City Beach is transformed into one of America’s most popular beach towns with a bustling hotel scene dotting the beachfront for as far as the eye can see.
The main attraction of Panama City Beach is of course, well, the beach! The white dazzling sands and shallow waters are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, water sports, and good old people watching; (quick reminder Florida’s sun rays pack quite the punch so don’t forget the sunscreen)! Looking for some action to add to your day of sunbathing? Central to everything in PCB is The City Pier where you can spend the afternoon watching beach volleyball, hanging out with friends, or grabbing a bite at one of the iconic pier-side dining hot spots. After a day basking in the sun simply walk across the street to the infamous Pier Park which is Panama City Beach’s premier shopping and entertainment destination offering a multitude of restaurants, shops and more. This outdoor complex boasts 124 stores ranging from clothing for the whole family to home goods, jewelry, shoes, beach accessories and anything you may need for your vacation in the sun. If a little more amusement is on the menu Pier Park serves up a variety of entertainment venues ranging from the Grand IMAX movie theater to laser tag, live music and performances throughout the complex. All this fun in the sun, shopping and entertainment wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t build up quite the appetite for some of PCB’s best local eats! Pier Park is home to dozens of dining options from casual, fast food to fine dining for that special occasion, the choices are endless. A trip to Panama City Beach wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of Florida’s best seafood which of course goes perfectly with an ice-cold tasty adult beverage. Stop by Margaritaville for a certain salt-rimmed tequila cocktail and when you’re good and ready make your way over to Back Porch Seafood and Oyster House which has been serving up the Gulf’s best locally caught shellfish for over 40 years. Known best for their fresh oysters, cold beer and incredible beachfront views this is a winner that simply cannot be missed. Home to the first char-grilled Amberjack along the Gulf Coast The Back Porch takes tremendous pride in serving the best Gulf’s seafood to its guests day in and day out!
Panama City Beach to New Orleans, Louisiana
Average Driving Time: 4 hours 52 mins
Distance: 320.8 miles
Another change of scenery is on the horizon and this is what truly makes this US Road Trip one for the ages. With GPS set to the “Big Easy” a whole new level of excitement kicks in as New Orleans has so much to offer from deep-rooted culture, unbridled American history and some of the best soul food in the country!
It is safe to say that nightlife and rolling good times are the main draws in this iconic Louisiana city with music and food being at the forefront of everything good in N’awlins. If you truly want to do New Orleans properly you should get yourself to The French Quarter ASAP and begin your tour there. The world-renowned neighborhood is also known as “Vieux Carre” (meaning old square) is as lively as any in the country with so much to see and do. The heart and soul of the city, this neighborhood is also a National Historic Landmark as the site of the original New Orleans colony established by the French in 1718. It is easy to spend an entire day touring The French Quarter or The Garden District for a peek at some of the city’s most beautiful homes. This historic residential neighborhood showcases gorgeous architecturally designed houses, massive sprawling trees and yes, mind-blowing gardens. For those who show interest in the city’s history, there is no shortage of tours to fill your day including Chalmette Battlefield (which was the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans), The National WWII Museum, or a visit to the St Louis Cathedral deemed as the oldest Cathedral in North America built in the early 1700s. New Orleans is also a city teeming with culture offering a multitude of daily excursions such as New Orleans Swamp Tours, Cemetery Tours, Food Walking Tours and get this, even a Ghost, Voodoo and Vampire Tour!
New Orleans truly is a foodie paradise and if you only have 24 hours in the city you will have your work cut out for you trying to get in as many of the iconic dishes that you can. A variety of heritages together create the Creole culinary culture that makes New Orleans such a special food destination. A combination of French, Italian, Spanish, African and more have all made their mark in the city making for mouth-watering dishes everywhere you turn. Depending on your taste profile there truly is something for everyone; from savory home classics such as Gumbo and Jambalaya to iconic seafood dishes such as Crawfish Etouffee, Char-grilled Oysters, Po Boy sandwiches and Shrimp Remoulade the options are endless. For those with a sweet tooth, a stopover at Brennan’s for their famous Bananas Foster is a must and of course, we can’t forget about the world-famous Beignets from Cafe Du Monde.
New Orleans, Louisiana to Austin, Texas
Average Driving Time: 7 hours and 47 mins
Distance: 511.3 miles
On the home stretch through the state of Texas and a visit to the capital city of Austin is an absolute must! Catering to all ages Austin is a city that has something for everyone with a plethora of parks, hiking trails, museums, live music venues and restaurants galore. With a major abundance of greenery active travelers are fully in their element biking through Zilker Metropolitan Park, swimming in Barton Springs Pool, taking in a scenic walk up Mount Bonnell, or paddleboarding/ kayaking on LadyBird Lake. There is no shortage of cultural influences throughout Texas’s state capital either which perfectly gives way to the famous quote “Keep Austin Weird”. Take a stroll down South Congress and you will be more than entertained by all that is put before you. With boutique shops, night clubs and a smattering of great restaurants, the funky vibe of Austin is everywhere you go! Grab a drink at Hotel San Jose, buy yourself a pair of cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots, chow a burger at Hopdoddy and you cannot forget Amy’s Ice Cream which is a staple in the downtown Austin scene.
Give me some BBQ!
We cant talk about Austin, Texas without mentioning some of the best mouth-watering BBQ in the entire country. Some may stand in line for hours at the ever-famous Franklin’s BBQ but there are so many other established joints that need to be sampled every time you visit this iconic foodie town. We would have to agree that part of the fun of visiting Austin time and time again is that each go around you have a chance to try yet another top-rated BBQ joint which in this city seems to be endless. What would a BBQcentric town be without a little backstory that keeps the local culinary scene interesting? Rumor has it that two of the more popular spots in town just may have a little family drama that goes back over the years. We won’t name any names, we will leave this just right here for you to find out for yourself!
Don’t miss the Bats!
One of Austin’s main tourist draws is a natural phenomenon where one can pay witness to thousands of bats flying from underneath Congress Avenue bridge. Starting in late March and going right through early fall North America’s largest urban bat population calls Austin their home and each night hundreds of tourists and residents alike gather for the show. After the sun sets the bats begin to make their move and then it happens, in one instance thousands of bats pour out and cascade over Lady Bird Lake. Several options are available to catch the nightly show, head towards the grassy hill vantage point of the Statesman Bat Observation Center adjacent to the bridge, watch from the Congress Avenue Bridge itself, or for a bird’s eye view why not jump on a paddleboard, kayak or canoe and watch the show from the water below!
Austin, Texas to El Paso Texas
Average Driving Time: 8 hours 42 mins
Distance: 576.6 miles
The drive from Austin to El Paso can be especially enjoyable, particularly in the mid-fall when the sizzling heat of summer has somewhat subsided. From the natural beauty of the state’s deserts to historic landmarks there is quite a bit to see, take your time, stop by for some good ole Texas BBQ and enjoy the ride. One of the first stops along the way is the city of Fredericksburg. First established by German immigrants in 1846 this iconic Texas city has kept its rich history alive and well for all who visit. With a multitude of wineries, parks, art and museum events and great shopping you will be more than glad that you added Fredericksburg to your places to visit.
Another stop along the way is Sonora where if you love natural wonders this is the place for you. With ranch museums, a plethora of nature trails and tons of outdoor recreation you will find more than enough to keep you busy during this stopover. The main attraction in Sonora is its caverns where you can go more than 100 feet underground to view the cavern’s limestone deposits and other formations.
Just a few hours away from El Paso one last stopover is Hueco Tanks State Park where you can see Indian cave paintings as well as exhilarating hikes to take in the awe-inspiring red rock views. If time permits this would be a great time to have a picnic or even set up camp where you can spend the night gazing at the star-filled skies that Texas is ever so famous for.
El Paso Texas, Situated on the westernmost corner of Texas on the banks of the Rio Grande, El Paso Texas offers its visitors more than just the best Tex Mex cuisine in the country. Right across the border from the Mexican town of Juarez you are sure to find massive cultural influences from corner to corner in this world-renowned Texas town. With a warm desert climate and sunshine throughout the year El Paso is home to a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, camping, mountain biking, and more, take your pick, this town is one for the ages.
For adventure seekers
Take the Wyler Aerial Tramway situated in Franklin State park offering spectacular views of the Franklin Mountains. Ride the gondola from the tramway station to the top of Ranger Peak where you will soar over deep canyons and take in the views of amazing rock formations. Rock Climb on Mckelligton Canyon or Tom Mays unit at Sneed’s Cory. For those rock climbers out there this is one for the ages as this beautiful rugged desert terrain was home to Native Americans many moons ago and a bonus is getting to see their history etched into the rock walls and boulders from 12,000 years ago.
Stop by Tacoholics for some of El Paso’s best Mexican Food
This taco joint is a fan favorite among locals and one thing is for sure here, anything you order from their menu, you simply can’t go wrong! A former gourmet food truck turned brick and mortar the team at Tacoholics has been serving up sinfully delicious tacos, burritos and more to bold-fully state the obvious, if you’re looking for authentic Tex Mex cuisine, this is the place to visit. Well known for its most popular menu item Flautas Ahogados, El Paso’s famous rolled tacos, it truly is a sin if you stop in and pass this one up. Made with white wheat flour and corn masa, the tortillas are stuffed with ground beef, fried and then smothered in queso fresco and tangy salsa verde, if that doesn’t excite you, we don’t know what will!
El Paso, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona
Average Driving Time: 6 hours 19 mins
Distance: 430 miles
Getting close to the home-front you can almost taste the California sunshine as you drive from El Paso to Phoenix, Arizona. A must-stopover between these two cities is White Sands National Park located between Alamogordo and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders, the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Massive wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 miles of desert, which has created the world’s largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Park has preserved not only a major portion of this unique dune field but also the flora and fauna that have survived in this desert climate over all these years.
Stop Over in Phoenix, Arizona
Offering more than just red rock formations and resort living Phoenix, Arizona has become quite the stopover when cruising through the Southwestern part of the US. The capital city of Arizona is well known for its year-round sunny and warm climate, high-end spa resorts, world-renowned golf courses, and quite the vibrant nightlife making this the perfect desert oasis. The Phoenix Metropolitan area which includes the cities of Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale are quite spread out covering a very large area giving tourists infinite choices of things to do from hiking, biking, camping, golfing to taking in a spring training baseball game, the choices are endless.
Stay in Luxury
For the ultimate luxurious desert retreat look no further than the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. This Spanish Colonial desert escape has been home to the Hollywood elite, the rich and famous and all those who enjoy the lap of luxury during their stay in the resort town of Scottsdale. Located in the Camelback corridor The Royal Palms Resort is just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Phoenix yet far away enough to give guests the feeling that they are miles away in their very own private retreat. The luxurious hideaway, which is part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, has a long steeped history in the state of Arizona. Booking their first reservations in 1948, the Royal Palms today boasts 119 guest rooms, casitas, villas and a world-class spa that has served as a holistic center of wellness since its inception. It is hard to mention the mighty name of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa without capturing the allure of one of Phoenix’s top dining establishments, T. Cook’s.
Tasteful in every sense of the word T. Cook’s serves up creative Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant desert setting against the lush landscape of Camelback Mountain which as a backdrop is as captivating as it comes. Grab a table in one of the outdoor seating areas where you will be enamored by the surroundings before you. Outdoor fireplaces, awe-inspiring views of jagged red rock, surrounded by sprawling bougainvillea everywhere you look, now this is what we call desert luxury at its finest. The team of chefs at T. Cooks prepares enticing dishes to showcase bold Mediterranean flavors with influences coming from Northern Italy, Greece and Spain making for unforgettable dining experiences for every guest.
Phoenix, AZ to SoCal
Average Driving Time 5 hours 50 mins
Distance 372.0 miles
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