When it comes to travel, there are few greater pleasures for me than the sight of an open road, the realization that I’m in complete control of the route, and the wonderful feeling of not knowing what the next curve in the road might bring. After years of smiling every time the Willie Nelson song On the Road Again or Tom Petty’s Runnin’ Down a Dream plays on the radio, it’s safe to say I’ve always had a soft spot for road trips.
Still, up until a couple of years ago, my road trips were mostly limited to short day trip trips or multi-stop cross-country vacations when flying wasn’t practical.
Then came 2020 and 2021. All of a sudden, during the COVID-19 pandemic, road trips became the only safe and sensible travel option available to me.
As the months passed, I decided to lean into the road trip idea. Over the past two years, I’ve spent dozens of hours in my car, driving the interstate highways and little byways of the Southwest.
Although I ventured out-of-state for a few trips, it was in my home state of Arizona where I focused much of my road-trip attention. I found that even though I’ve lived in the Grand Canyon State for more than three decades, there were still plenty of places to discover – from the lofty San Francisco Peaks of Flagstaff to the green valleys and creeks of the White Mountains, and from the craggy rocks of Oatman to the stands of organ pipe cactus of Ajo.
After spending two years criss-crossing the state, I’ve become convinced that Arizona offers among the best road tripping in the country.
Here are my greatest hits from the AZ road.Read More