We’ve just finished touching on how Colorado is the new place to be. Most of the time I hear people talk about Denver, Boulder, or maybe Colorado Springs. I had heard of Fort Collins before because I follow Heidi on all forms of social media, but I was also trekking to Denver with a lover of Fort Collins so a visit was in order. But I had to wonder: were there really a lot of things to do in Fort Collins? It is pretty much a straight shot north from Denver and if traffic is kind, it’s only about an hour away. You know I love my road trip stops and for (what I thought was) a smaller town, we had a full day there and I would go back next time I find myself driving through the area!
Most US road trips I have read about tend to veer towards the southern side of the country. When we set off for our road trip, we knew we were going to go straight across the middle of the US. Our destination almost smack dab in the middle? Manhattan, Kansas…the Little Apple!
Sitting in a car for 11 hours at a time sounds fun, right? And it's a super sane way to travel, yes?
As I recover from my week road tripping across the US, I find myself thinking about what really made a difference in my road trip sanity and happiness. There are tons of posts out there that will tell you that things like paper maps, audiobooks/podcasts, etc. are good to have. That may be true, but I've got 7 road trip essentials for you today that you typically don't find on those lists. All of these saved my (our?) sanity!
Do you remember that commercial where the kid is not impressed at all when he's on his first visit to the Grand Canyon? He says, "I thought it would be bigger." It's probably just another car commercial. But anyway. While we were driving up to Grand Canyon National Park, I was wondering if I would have a similar reaction. Spoiler alert: I didn't.