The Great American Road Trip* Results

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The last few months have been chaotic and wonderful.

In mid-April I returned to New York from Medellin for a best friend’s wedding. After the festivities I decided to stay in the States to explore my own backyard between work and more weddings.

I had the opportunity to mooch-off catch up with old friends, meet new ones and experience a ton of places I’ve been dying to visit.

Here’s how it all played out…


The Great American Road Trip by the Numbers:

2 Countries – 9 States – 12 Cities – 9 Airplanes – 1 Train – 3 Rental Cars – 2 Buses – 1 Kayak – 1 Segway – 1 Boat – 1 Zip-line – 1 Alpine Slide – 1 Alpine Coaster – 9 Mountain Bike Trails – 2 Mountain Bike Crashes.

6 Hotels – 2 Hostels – 5 Couches – 1 Conference – 1 Riot – 3 Weddings – 0 Dates – 7 Makeout Sessions – 11 Hangovers – 1 New Nephew – 3 Dance-Offs – 2 Concerts – 3 Guided Tours – 4 Street Markets – 2 Food Festivals –  543 Photos – 42 Video Clips.


Mountain Biking at Canyons in Park City, Utah
Mountain Biking at Canyons in Park City, Utah


Cities Visited:

Buffalo – Rochester – Charlotte – Tucson – San Francisco – San Jose – Salt Lake City – Park City – Seattle – Vancouver – Portland – Chicago – Denver – Boulder


Wedding Season - Party City, Utah
Wedding Season! Can you spot me?


My Great American Road Trip* Favorites:

Favorite Guided Tour: Kayaking down the Chicago River

Favorite National Monument: The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Favorite Food Addiction: Mexican Restaurants in Tucson, Arizona

Favorite Street Food: Portland’s carts edged Vancouver’s trucks. Also, a close 3rd were the hot dogs with cream cheese in Seattle… damn those puppies are good!

Favorite Food Market: Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Favorite College Campus: University of Colorado at Boulder

Favorite Waterfront Watering Hole: Castaways in Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Park: Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia

Exploring Stanley Park in Vancouver Canada
Exploring Vancouver's Stanley Park with @TravelingSavage (bike helmets optional)

Favorite Hook-Up Spot: Cowboy Lounge in Denver, Colorado

Favorite City View: The Portland City Grill in Portland, Oregon

Favorite Party: Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, California

Favorite Adventure Activity: Mountain Biking at Winter Park in Colorado

Favorite People Watching Street: 16th Street in Denver, Colorado

Favorite Cougar Hunting Spot: Free summer concerts in Park City, Utah

Free Summer Concerts in Park City Utah
The grassy (rich) hills of Park City, Utah make for the perfect cougar playground

***New South America Adventure Begins***

October 2011


My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!


  1. Thanks for the comment David, there are definitely a ton of great places to checkout… Keep me posted on all your adventures!

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