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Western Road Trip

Western Road Trip

Have you ever taken a road trip across America? It can be one of the most fun and freeing experiences, just rolling down the freeway, windows down, wind in your hair, and nothing but an adventure in front of you. We’ve put together (what we think) is the best road trip out west, one that’s filled with culture, food, and entertainment. It’s up to you to decide how long or short your trip is but, we recommend 2-3 weeks for this one.

Destinations:

  1. Nashville, TN (Starting destination)
  2. Dallas, TX
  3. Albuquerque, NM
  4. El Paso, TX
  5. Tucson, AZ
  6. Zion National Park, UT
  7. Salt Lake City, UT 
  8. Colorado Springs, CO
  9. Oklahoma City, OK
  10. St. Louis, MO
  11. Chattanooga, TN
  12. Knoxville, TN

 

Starting Destination: Nashville, Tennessee | Duration: 2 Days

You’ll start your road trip out west in Music City! You’ll spend one day in Nashville taking in the sites and spirit of this beautiful city.

Where To Stay:
Have the comforts of home while you’re out on the road and stay at one of our InTown Suites Nashville locations. With apartment style amenities like a complete kitchen, fully furnished room, and low rates, you’ll be able to feel at home while saving money!

What To Do In Nashville:
Spending the afternoon at the Country Music Hall of Fame, have lunch at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, or extend your stay and ride the Music City Circuit that tours the city for free!

Destination #2: Dallas, Texas | Road Time: 10 hours | Duration: 3 Days

 

Where To Stop Along the Way:

  • Memphis, TN (Check out Graceland, Beale Street Historic District, and Sun Studio)
  • Paris, TX (The Eiffel Tower with the cowboy hat is a bucket list item for any road trip out west!)

Where To Stay: InTown Suites Dallas

What To Do In Dallas:
There is SO much to do in Texas, you could honestly spend more than just a few days here and still have more to see. We highly recommend making sure to check out the Arlington Museum of Art, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and if you have the time a Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium!

Destination #3: Albuquerque, New Mexico | Road Time: 9 hours | Duration: 2 Days

 

Where To Stop Along The Way:

Where To Stay: InTown Suites Albuquerque

What To Do In Albuquerque:
There’s nothing like the desert air in New Mexico’s largest city! While you’re there be sure to visit Petroglyph National Park (can we say prehistoric Native American drawings, so cool!). For an amazing view of the city, ride the Sandia Peak Tramway. Finally, if you can make it to the Hot Air Balloon festival (Balloon Fiesta) in October you won’t be disappointed.

Destination #4: El Paso, Texas | Road Time: 4 hours | Duration: 1 Day

 

Where To Stop Along The Way:

  • Hatch, NM, Chile Capital of the World
  • Mesilla, NM (The Basilica San Albino Catholic Church and the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park are both breath-taking in their own ways.)

Where To Stay: InTown Suites El Paso

What To Do In El Paso:
The state parks in El Paso are probably the best reason to visit. Check out the Franklin Mountains State Park or the Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site for amazing views and great hiking trails.

Destination #5: Tucson, Arizona | Road Time: 4.5 hours | Duration: 2 Days

 

Where To Stop Along The Way:

  • Las Cruces, NM (Stop and see the 20-ft tall Recycled Roadrunner!)
  • Tombstone, AZ

Where To Stay: InTown Suites Tucson

What To Do In Tucson:
One of the coolest things to do in Tucson is to visit the Arizona-Senora Desert Museum, learn all about the plants and animals that habitat the desert! You can also check out Sabino Canyon, Titan Missile Museum, and Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway.

Destination #6: Salt Lake City, Utah | Road Time: 12 hours | Duration: 3 Days

 

Where To Stop Along The Way:

  • Zion National Park, UT

Where To Stay: InTown Suites Salt Lake City

What To Do In Salt Lake City:
Walk the trails, see the butterflies, and take in a concert at Red Butte Garden or tour the beautiful Temple Square. If you’re road tripping during the winter, be sure to check out some of the great skiing in Salt Lake City! Enjoy your day by taking in all the sights and sounds the city has to offer. Admire the the beautiful Salt Lake Temple (built in 1893), enjoy the history of This Is The Place Heritage Park, or have a picnic at Ensign Peak.

Destination #7: Colorado Springs, CO | Road Time: 9 hours | Duration: 2 Days

 

Where To Stop Along the Way:

  • Moab, UT (this is a tad bit of a detour but SO worth it.)

Where To Stay: InTown Suites Colorado Springs

What To Do In Colorado Springs:
Colorado Springs is the epitome of natural beauty. Two really great places to check out are Red Rock Canyon, with great hiking and biking trails, and Garden of the Gods, an archaeological wonder!

Destination #8: Oklahoma City, OK | Road Time: 9 hours | Duration: 2 Days

 

Where To Stop Along the Way:

  • Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
  • North Inlet Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

Where To Stay: InTown Suites Oklahoma City

What To Do In Oklahoma City:
Oooklahoma is the place to be! It truly one of the most fun and interesting cities in the United States. While you’re here be sure to visit Bricktown, the industrial-esque entertainment district, with great shopping, restaurants, piano bars and more! You may also want to check out National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Myriad Botanical Gardens, and the Museum of Osteology.

Destination #9: St. Louis, MO | Road Time: 7.5 hours | Duration: 2 Days

 

Where To Stop Along the Way:

  • Lake of the Ozarks (again, another detour, but seriously worth it!)

Where To Stay: InTown Suites St. Louis

What To Do In St. Louis:
St. Louis is known for their wide variety of specialty foods, so what do we suggest you do while in St. Louis, EAT! Make sure you try the gooey-butter cake, St. Louis style pizza, and the toasted ravioli!

Destination #10: Chattanooga, TN | Road Time: 7 hours | Duration: 3 Days

 

Where To Stop Along the Way:

  • Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri
  • Nickajack Lake, Tennessee

Where To Stay: InTown Suites Chattanooga

What To Do In Chattanooga:
There are so many phenomenal views to behold in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While you’re there take the time to hike Rock City Gardens and Lookout Mountain. You’ll also want to see the limestone cavern at Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls. It’s a 145-ft underground waterfall that is absolutely breathtaking!

Destination #11: Knoxville, TN | Road Time: 2 hours | Duration: 1 Day

 

Where To Stop Along the Way:

  • Tennessee River Gorge

Where To Stay: InTown Suites Knoxville

What To Do In Knoxville:
Last stop on our road trip, and a great city to end on! Downtown Knoxville is much fun with great places to eat and shop. Be sure to check out the Sunsphere and climb to the top for a full 360-degree view of the city (bonus: it’s free!)