Growing up, my father was disabled and my mother was a school administrator. We had the great fortune that each summer, we would take around a month at a time and drive to some of the wonders that North America had to offer. By the time I was 18, I had visited every US state, all of the Canadian provinces, and two cities in Mexico. We journeyed on trips for 12 consecutive summers, including a 40 day trip to Alaska.
As I got older, I moved into the workforce and had to adjust my flexibility in traveling. No longer was I able to take a month at a time, so driving to the destination was generally out of the question. There were many locations that I remembered fondly from my childhood, but many of memories were fuzzy or lost all together. My wife and I decided to embark on trips to explore those wonders I visited in my youth.
As I tried to figure out the best way to plan our first trip, I realized that a loop structure allowed us to see the most locations while keeping flight and car rental hassles to a minimum. We picked the gateway city of Las Vegas and began to plan our our loop. You can see the final loop from that trip. We were fortunate to have some great friends join us on that trip.
In the summer of 2009, we embarked on our third loop trip, with a gateway city of Salt Lake City and highlights including Rocky Mountain National Park, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons.
We hope that you find our site useful and that you add your own loop trips to our lists so that others can experience the joys of our country, even if their vacation time is limited.