Had an incredible opportunity to drive across the country from Rhode Island to Portland, OR to start working for Wieden + Kennedy (www.wk.com) earlier this June. I spent six full days driving, hitting a ton of iconic american spots in an effort to photograph and document some parts of the U.S. that I'd never seen before. I drove 12 hours in the first leg of the trip, making it to Chicago, IL. Following that I booked it on i-80 and i-90 west through Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and finally Oregon.
I passed through the Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Yellowstone in Wyoming, and several other less noted parks throughout the area including Bighorn, the Black Hills, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, Lewis & Clark National Forest, Custer State Park, Flathead, and the tip of Mt. Hood National Forest before entering Portland. Not having planned anything made it a lot easier to be flexible and gave me the chance to stop freely for whatever caught my eye. Would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Looking forward to making the southern route of the U.S. at some point in the future.