Driving 3400 miles across the country isn’t for everyone; it’s time consuming, exhausting and less than glamourous. For anyone who wants a taste of the trip without tackling the entire drive from coast to coast, I recommend an abbreviated version between South Dakota and California. To be honest, the trip was pretty boring (and flat!) until we hit Mount Rushmore.
After a long day of driving, we crossed the border of Utah in the thick darkness of night. We couldn’t discern a thing about the landscape other than looming, black shapes in the distance; presumably mountains. The effect was unnerving, to say the least.
The next morning, however, we woke to find Salt Lake City bathed in light and were were in awe at its beauty. The best way to describe it is that Salt Lake and Park City are nestled amongst the slopes, tucked away like little treasures deep in the landscape.
Of course, a trip to Salt Lake City wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the infamous Mormon temple in Temple Square. Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, it’s a beautiful space. We were fortunate that the temperature in the city was a beautiful 70 degrees, despite the fact that the surrounding mountains remained painted with snow.
After one last night on the road, in the seediest hotel Nevada had to offer, we were finally on our way to California!