We made our way back home to Wisconsin in late November as winter was starting to set in. Because of the possibility of snow storms, we decided to take the route south of the mountains, through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois. This also gave us a chance to drive through a different route and see new states we’ve never been to before.
One of our major stops and probably favorite places of all was the Grand Canyon. We arrived at the hotel near Grand Canyon at night and were greeted by snow. The next morning we got up and wanted to visit the canyon, but it was snowing outside. Since we were already so close, we decided we had to at least try to see it. When we got there it was freezing, snowing, and so foggy that we couldn’t see a thing. We almost decided to give up and head back home, but all of a sudden some of the snow and fog cleared up and we were able to see a small glimpse of the canyon. That gave us hope that it might clear up so we decided to wait a little longer. An hour later, most of the fog was gone and we got to see one of the most breathtaking views ever. Since it was extremely cold and windy we did not spend as much time there as we hoped, but being able to see it was such an incredible experience. Grand Canyon was so amazing it made us want to go back again during warmer weather to see more of this incredible place.
When we got there it was pure white, our doggy didn’t know what she was looking at.
It started to clear up, but we still needed our blanket to stay warm.
Finally, the fog cleared up. We were frozen, but the views were so amazing we didn’t notice the cold.
Driving out of the canyon we were greeted by snow. Everything near was snow covered and looked like a winter wonderland in November.
Since it was getting dark early, we didn’t get to see much driving in the dark, but here are a few photos from the drive.
It tooks us much longer to get home than we expected due to weather. We were stuck overnight on a highway in Texas, because of a major accident that happened right in front of us and shut down the entire highway. After many days of travel we made it home safe.
This has been an incredible experience driving from Wisconsin to California. We drove through a total of 13 states, got to see amazing views and national monuments, and we would do it again in a heart beat. We hope you enjoyed following our journey.