2018 Keystone Passport
2018 Keystone Passport
Salt Lake City is the most popular place in all of Utah. There you will find a bustling music scene, amazing museums, and plenty of art. Many of the companies in the city focus on software or healthcare, including companies like AAPC and Access Software. With a brisk annual high in the mid-60s, Salt Lake City is a beautiful place to call home all year-round.
One of the main reasons people choose to live in this area of Utah is the lack of rain. There are less than 90 days on average that have any sort of precipitation. How’s that for gorgeous weather? Salt Lake City is also an amazing place to start a cross-country road trip.
You can find a cheap motorhome to rent online and hit the road. One route that has quite a lot to see along the way is Salt Lake City to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Check out some of the unique points of interest below!
Before you leave your starting point, start your trip off by stopping at Hogle Zoo. This zoo is full of amazing animals and is a great way to spend an afternoon. You’ll have plenty of room to explore, as Hogle Zoo consists of over 40-acres. There are plenty of unique ecosystems to see as you make your way through the zoo. You’ll see lions, giraffes, elephants, bears, and more during your visit.
Like other zoos, Hogle Zoo has a variety of different exhibits where it showcases animals in their natural habitat. This includes the African Savanna where you can see lions, tigers, zebras, and more. There are also the Rocky Shores and Asian Highlands exhibits as well. After a fun afternoon looking at wild animals, it’ll be time to kick back and relax. For something away from crowds, park at Spruces Campground.
If you’re looking for a unique stop that you’ve probably never been to before, the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum is just that, and it’s on your route! You’ll be able to experience a small look into what it would’ve been like to be a prisoner in a high-security prison. With hundreds of empty cells, there’s a bit of a ghostly feeling to the air at the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum.
There are guided tours offered throughout the week where you’ll be able to learn about the rich history of the prison, why it shut down, and what it was like for those who called it home. If you’re looking to rest after this heavy experience, Rawlins KOA Holiday is nearby. You could also park the motorhome at Western Hills Campground and RV Park.
When you’re on a road trip, it doesn’t take long to get tired of looking at the same sights all around you. For hours on end you’re staring out of a window waiting for the next point of interest. Ash Hollow Historical State Park is the perfect place to both entertain your mind and allow you to stretch your legs.
This state park is located in Lewellen, Nebraska and offers visitors hiking trails, flora and fauna, and more. If you’re an animal lover, you may want to pack a pair of binoculars to see all of the wild animals in their natural habitat. You’ll also be able to explore Ash Hollow Cave as well as Windlass Hill during your visit. Camp at one of the nearby campgrounds if you need some sleep before the next stop!
Marking the halfway point of your trip to Green Bay, a stop at the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln, Nebraska will give you a much-needed break from the road. Nebraska isn’t known for having a ton of tourist attractions, but this one is worth visiting. The Sunken Gardens is a unique outdoor experience that was constructed nearly 90 years ago! It even made an appearance in a special issue of the National Geographic Guide to Public Gardens.
This place is full of amazing plants to see that you won’t be able to spot anywhere else. There are over 30,000 different flowers, cacti, ferns, and other types of plants to view. There is camping all around the city where you can park the motorhome and get some sleep for the second part of your trip. You may even want to visit and watch the leaves change color come autumn!
Located in the other city in Nebraska, Lauritzen Gardens and Kenefick Park can be found in Omaha. This is a combination of a botanical garden and an arboretum. There is a small admission fee, but it shouldn’t set you back too much. The gardens are open every day during typical business hours. This is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon, pack a picnic, and enjoy some time outdoors.
There are lovely man-made rock sculptures, quaint waterfalls, and plenty of unique plants and flowers to see. The staff is well-educated on the variety of plants in the gardens and park. If you want to learn something new, talk with them and you’re bound to learn plenty! Riverwest Park, West Omaha KOA Holiday, and N.P. Dodge Park are all campgrounds in the area.
After spending some time outdoors, you may be looking for an entertaining activity that will stimulate your brain. When most people think of Iowa, they think of cornfields. Lucky for you, there’s plenty of beautiful art at the Des Moines Art Center that will give you a break from the cornfields. The building itself has unique architecture that will inspire you to want to build your own cool building.
This art museum has a vast collection of pieces on display for visitors to see. Whether you're interested in paintings, sculpture, mixed media, or modern art, the Des Moines Art Center has it. There are rotating exhibits, so you may want to check the online calendar to see what’s in store. If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to crash for the night, Walnut Woods State Park is a short drive away.
You’re almost at Green Bay! Just two stops left and you’ve made it all the way from Salt Lake City. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is located in Dubuque, Iowa. Uniquely, it’s on the corner of Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. If you’re looking to check off one more state from your bucket list, take a short drive to Minnesota!
The museum located there is run by the Dubuque County Historical Society. It is separated into two sections: one is the Mississippi River Center and the other is the National River Center. There are special exhibits that teach you something new about a myriad of topics. You’ll also be able to look at cute animals like ducks, sea turtles, and a Bald Eagle. There are also aquatic animals like an octopus, alligators, stingrays, and more.
Before you end the trip, make one last stop at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. You’ll be able to walk through and explore 16 acres of beautiful landscapes. There are unique plants that you’ll only find in the midwest, along with other more common flora and fauna. It’s hard to not fall in love with the smell of all the flowers in the garden.
You can bring a pair of binoculars to watch all of the birds in the area fly and soar around. Within Olbrich Botanical Gardens, there is a waterfall that is relaxing and will make you glad you stopped. It’s understandable to need one last sleep before making it to your destination. If you want to park the RV for the night, there are several local campgrounds to choose from.
Green Bay is one of the largest cities in the state of Wisconsin. Once you’ve arrived in the Packer’s hometown, it’s time to explore. With amusement parks, museums, gardens, and plenty of other spots to visit, it will be well worth the long trip. Don’t forget to try what the city is most famous for: cheese!