Sean & Craig's USA Road Trip: The Wrap-Up

4 February 2015
Read Time: 1.7 mins

Seasoned photographer and videographers, Sean Scott and Craig Parry embarked on a lads' trip of a lifetime last October. Our favourite 'men-with-lenses' took the wheel on an all-American road trip starting in San Francisco to the great Grand Canyon.

Crossing some of the US' most incredible national parks, with some minor speed bumps along the way, relive the best bits with our road trip wrap-up.

Spur of the moment detours:

  • Horseshoe Bend – an aptly-named meander of the Colorado River in Page, Arizona.

"Horseshoe Bend was spectacular, but pretty scary as you can walk straight to the edge and there's no guard rail. You've got people crawling up to have a look over the edge. It's pretty freaky."

  • Antelope Canyon – an incredible natural formation in Page, Arizona.

"As a photographer, you'd want to go there in April because that's when the sunlight filters through the cracks."

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San Francisco

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Part 1: 48 hours in San Francisco

Sean's tips for road-tripping with a new friend:

"It helps to be easy going. I mean you can get annoyed by just about anyone after two weeks on the road together, but we did pretty well. Craig and I have both travelled a lot, so we’ve figured out how to curb those ‘annoying’ traits. I.e. no farting in the bus! Just try to keep to yourself as best you can."

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Yosemite National Park

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Part 2: Yosemite antics – don't forget the RV's poo pump!

Know before you go:

  • Take heed of strict national park regulations in the United States. You can only stay in designated campgrounds.

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Zion National Park

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Part 3: Zion - Sean's favourite leg of the journey

Zion is still absolutely incredible and totally worth it despite it being busy at the start of the journey. Most people will only walk an hour or so up the river, so persevere (and take more rations than just an apple)!

Five essentials for Zion National Park:

  • Suitable walking shoes
  • Torch
  • Change of socks
  • A good backpack
  • Jacket – even in summer, it can get quite cold out in the desert.

You are able to rent gear at the park if you find you’re not suitably prepared.

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Monument Valley

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Part 4: Getting lost in Monument Valley

"We really could've done with a map. We only had a GPS to guide us which got us into a bit of trouble. It was really surprising the lack of coverage we had, or didn't have."

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Las Vegas And The Grand Canyon

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Part 5: From one extreme to the other.

"We overindulged a little. The first night in Vegas was pretty intense.”

The Grand Canyon in three words:

“Breathtaking, amazing and grand.”

Naturally!


Sean's best tip for budding photographers:

"The biggest tip is getting up and getting out non stop – if you want to be at the right place at the right time, you've got to be out there all the time. Commit to getting up early.

"If you wonder how you're going to get that perfect sunset, you've got to be there for all of them."

Anna Howard

Give me street food over Michelin stars, cellar doors over wine bars and small towns and wide open spaces over big cities any day. Travel for me means ticking off the 'to eat and drink' list one regional flavour and wine bottle at a time.