Before our departure for Kyrgyzstan we decided we should take a vacation. Before starting we considered some different options but decided on a road trip. Not only are we not going to see the US for a couple years but we thought it would be great to see family before we leave. Originally we wanted to drive around the US, hitting all 4 corners and many points between but once you map it all out it becomes incredibly long, especially when you skip the freeways for the more scenic parts. After much debate and research we decided on two road trips, one down the West Coast and up through Arizona, Colorado and Utah followed by a second between New Orleans and Atlanta, following the coastline the entire way.