EPIC USA Road Trip! (2,361 Miles, 21 Days, 7 States and 6 Nat'l Parks)

EPIC USA Road Trip! (2,361 miles, 21 Days, 7 States and 6 Nat’l Parks)

We did it. We quit our jobs, moved out of our apartment, sold all our belongings and left Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, and off to the USA we went for our Great American Road Trip, the first part of our 8-month trip around the world.

For the first leg of our big adventure, we started with a 3 week-long Epic West Coast USA road trip and tried to hit all of the US National Parks we could.

After our direct flight from DXB to Seattle with Emirates, and more than 14 hours in the air – which honestly, wasn’t enough to catch up on all the movies/series Emirates’ ICE offers! – , we landed in Seattle Airport and went to pick up our trusty car at Hertz.

The Emirates direct flight from Dubai to Seattle is a dream because it leaves Dubai at 8:35am and lands in Seattle at 10:55am the same day, wasting no time and allowing for a good nights sleep before exploring all you can in the US.

We had no idea that Emirates flew this route but were thankful to find it as it proved to be the perfect launching city from which to start a great American road trip – and the stunning nature, ocean, and scenery was the perfect beginning to our amazing adventure down the west coast of the USA.

Now that we’d sorted the flight and arrived to Seattle, we had to find our home for the next three weeks – time to get our rental car!

Since we registered in advance for the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty programme, we didn’t have to queue and could directly select our car on the spot at the airport in Seattle – with an additional driver for free! #WIN This was a huge benefit after a long flight and allowed us to get right on the road. It’s the little things like this that make such a huge difference on a trip like this.

Tip: Register for the Hertz Gold Plus loyalty programme to benefit from awesome features too!

Seattle, Washington
Once we picked up our car, we headed directly towards Seattle city center for a quick visit to Pike’s Market on Elliott Bay, one of the oldest in the USA, where you can find fresh produce, independent businesses, the most amazing seafood in the US, and specialty foods.

We then had to stop for a coffee at the world’s oldest operating Starbucks on Pike Place, a classic! (we’re so white…)

After this quick visit to Seattle, we had to continue towards Portland, where we spent the first two nights of our West Coast USA road trip – in one of the funkiest cities in America.

Portland, Oregon
We woke up early on the second day (thanks, jet lag!) and went for a morning workout in Forest Park, which ended up being absolutely beautiful and we finally could breathe real oxygen and see greenery and trees, which we missed so much living in the desert for so many years! Forest Park is the largest urban park in the US and goes on forever with endless amazing hikes and trails.

After a lunch at Whole Foods (you know it), we visited Powell’s Books, the oldest independent bookstore in the world. We could have stayed for hours – the bookstore is huge, has all genres imaginable and is such a cozy place!

Crater Lake, Oregon
On the way from Oregon to California, we made a stop at Crater Lake, and we’re thrilled we did! Upon entering the Crater Lake National Park, we bought the $80 America the Beautiful pass, which allows you unlimited entry to all National Parks in the USA for a year – super worth it if you’re doing a West Coast USARoad Trip as each individual National Park pass is around $20-$30.

Redwood National Park, California
While driving down from Oregon into California, we stopped by Redwood National Park, as Jeff had never visited – even though he lived in California for years!

San Francisco, California
This was our second time in San Francisco together, and we decided to start a 5k run on the Golden Gate bridge to kick-start the day! What a feeling, to be on one of the (if not THE most) iconic bridges in the world, running and feeling great!

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is difficult to cover in a few days as it’s so massive and spread out. We managed to see a lot of Jeff’s friends, do some amazing hikes to Griffith Observatory and up Mount Hollywood and even watch a Dodgers baseball game (I am yet to fully understand the game, but it was an incredible experience with an unparalleled atmosphere!).

Las Vegas, Nevada
We made a quick detour by Las Vegas, since I had never been. We stayed right on the strip in the Treasure Island hotel…

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50 Comments

  1. Hans Van de Werf on December 2, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    It’s on the list for next year; just need to find a crew to do this

  2. Tania Geoffroy on December 2, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    cleary one of the best video that i ever watch on youtube, you really did a great job. thanks for all that.

  3. Jonathan Maxwell on December 2, 2020 at 9:37 pm
  4. Willog on December 2, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    "all of it" at 3:32 🤣

  5. Zak Rawlings on December 2, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I’m doing pretty much the same journey as you guys did with some friends next summer and wanted to know if you have a rough estimate figure for how much you spent on gas?

  6. Bechabee Music on December 2, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Nice vlog, just came across your channel. Nice view, wish I can go there one day 😍

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  8. notimeto die on December 2, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    One day I want to do what you guys do

  9. josh quill on December 2, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I wanna travel so badly!!! I don’t know what I wanna do in life but travel. I cried at the end of this video. I’m saving up for the next 3 years so I can go and travel. I can’t wait!!!!

  10. CJ Koolen on December 2, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Watching a travel vlog in every country and your the USA 🇺🇸

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  12. 07BLUESTI on December 2, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Good thing they visited all the left liberal places before they got burned by you know who. What a shame!

  13. traveltheworldhack on December 2, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    What a fantastic account of your roadtrip

  14. Jeff Dur on December 2, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Horrible acting

  15. NonaVa on December 2, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your excitement, very nice video. I can’t believe how rude some people are commenting. Going out west for 6 weeks ourself, so excited. Keep your spirits up, you doing a really nice job vlogging 👍❤️

  16. SSJ Creation on December 2, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    I am from USA,,, all are welcome. I think, You have missed some beautifull places❤️
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxmymIErgr8

  17. Mike Sltr on December 2, 2020 at 10:00 pm
  18. TRAVSOME on December 2, 2020 at 10:00 pm

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  19. Natoshia Ostrander on December 2, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Next time you come back I definitely recommend Montana & maybe u could go up into Canada, so many beautiful places in Canada also.

  20. anglermatt on December 2, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    you guys, "we don’t need much to be happy" as you spend thousands on plane tickets, rental cars, motels, eating exotic fruits and bacon….Come back and try real camping, hunting and fishing and foraging. I love your videos and would love to be able to do this but this isn’t exactly living off little

  21. beth knox on December 2, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. … For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

  22. Daniel Núñez on December 2, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    "We do not need much to be happy" just 8 target runs will do. In their first 3 days they already spent enough money for a 2 week road trip

  23. dikke_aap on December 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    I love the font that you used to mention the States. May I ask which font it is?

    Lovely video by the way. I’ve watched many, many travel videos, but the energy that both of you give makes this video really stand out compared to all the others.

  24. Mario Aligayen on December 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    American travels a lot !

  25. Shaylen Owens on December 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Glacier National Park and Yosemite are a must not miss! Hope you get to come back soon. 🏔

  26. Chito's World on December 2, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    I just did my trip . Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion , Bryce, arches was closed , Denver , Devils tower , Yellowstone . Than I went back home to Oakland Ca

  27. dan hatcher on December 2, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    super hot duo!

  28. Jake Freeth on December 2, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Did you guys book hotels along the way ? I’m looking at doing a trip like this ?

  29. Melanie Hughes on December 2, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Absolutely awesome, next time go through Montana, and Glacier National Park it’s awesome. I love my country

  30. MatissRR on December 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    I’m 16 years old and I will start to save up money with my friend to go across America from NY to LA , this is a dream trip!! Can’t wait !

  31. Jan Folke Rørvik on December 2, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Sounds very stressfull – the tumbnail description.

  32. Navjot Singh on December 2, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Awesome video and I had a great time watching it. I live in Washington state and if you guys are around here you should do Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and Mount Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest. There is a lot more in Washington but these should be enough. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Christi Kovach on December 2, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Guys, just thanks ! Thanks for sharing this with all of us ! My heart ❤️ is pounding at all this beauty ! I am beyond grateful! 🙏 thank you so much !

  34. Franklin Castillo on December 2, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I’m 18 and I’m planning with my mom going to a roadtrip to all the west coast of the US, I’m in Miami Florida and I’m so excited, after watching this video I just realized I have to do it before it’s too late, 18 years and it feels like time flies by, we need to appreciate our lifespan in the Earth!

  35. Joseph Du on December 2, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    “We have no jobs. This is freedom, guys” about to get laid off next week. This is the best message!

  36. Julia Möller on December 2, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Hello

  37. Andrea Capoferri on December 2, 2020 at 10:20 pm
  38. The One on December 2, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Is Anne possibly from Scandinavia? She kinda sounds like she has an Scandinavian accent?.

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    I’m travelling europe in my RV https://youtu.be/oPTsyWvwgtk

  40. Burhan Uddin on December 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Amazing guys❤️

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  42. Mya Llure on December 2, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    How very great a Video!! Thank you from Connecticut, USA!

  43. ONE Memories Overland Never Ends- Memories on December 2, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Love your video ! Amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!

  44. Travel Channel on December 2, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    thank for sharing beautiful video, new friend

  45. macmazonaki Emprendimiento on December 2, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    What a great trip guys! Congrats and thanks for the inspiration. Can you share the route and the places you visited?

  46. S Miller on December 2, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Nice, but you only scraped the surface. There is so much more beauty.

  47. Active Travel West USA on December 2, 2020 at 10:28 pm

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  48. Alena Ariel on December 2, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    I went to see the giant sequoia trees. The first few giant trees were amazing to see, after that they all looked the same to me. Still nice to cross it off my bucket list though

  49. _janeysworld_ on December 2, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you guys for giving me some pointers whilst I plan an epic road trip 💕

  50. TRAVEL SRI LANKA on December 2, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Amazing travel vlog.. Please upload more videos.
    Greetings from Sri Lanka. SL
    Let’s stay connected with each other. Thanks for Sharing… I subbed you.

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