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America the Beautiful by Guest Blogger Johnie of Calypso Letters

The journey from East to West (or West to East for that matter) is rough– almost 48 hours of straight driving over 3,000 miles– but everyone should try to make it at least once in her lifetime.  Driving from Philadelphia to Santa Monica took us through the lush green fields and forests of Pennsylvania and Ohio, tornado bruised Oklahoma and Missouri and the bare rockiness of New Mexico and Arizona.  The Grand Canyon blew our minds and Vegas didn't disappoint.  Take your time in roadside gift shops and "authentic" Native American trading posts, where you can find treasures like $2 dream catchers and packs of fireworks eight feet tall.  Plus, nothing feels better than arriving in sunny southern California–my new home!

XO- Johnie

See more of our hiking, biking and driving adventures at Calypso Letters!