SMFStyle Road Trips The USA - Plains to Mountains / by Stephanie Foster

This is the first of a 4 part blog post about my trip from Minneapolis, MN to Los Angeles, CA in my 2008 Honda Civic.

These posts are not really fashion inspired but I had a lot of requests from my Instagram followers to see the trip photos so I decided to post them here.

This post covers the leg from Minneapolis, MN to Watertown, SD to Estes Park, CO to Denver, CO and back to Estes Park. 

Enjoy!

Let's start out with a pre-trip selfie, shall we? Minneapolis style in flannel. :)

Let's start out with a pre-trip selfie, shall we? Minneapolis style in flannel. :)

Of course I had to get a photo of my lovely Minneapolis skyline before leaving. I love this town to death but am excited for new adventures!

Of course I had to get a photo of my lovely Minneapolis skyline before leaving. I love this town to death but am excited for new adventures!

Snow is just starting to melt in Minneapolis when I left. It was time to break out my KAMIK rainboots but wasn't quite warm enough to ditch my wool winter jacket.

Snow is just starting to melt in Minneapolis when I left. It was time to break out my KAMIK rainboots but wasn't quite warm enough to ditch my wool winter jacket.

The last photo of me in Minneapolis with my car and ready to roll. Taken by my love Mandy LeMew. Rockin' my Jolly Green Giant tights, Target flannel, H&M dress, Kamik Galoshes, and Target wool southwest coat.

The last photo of me in Minneapolis with my car and ready to roll. Taken by my love Mandy LeMew. Rockin' my Jolly Green Giant tights, Target flannel, H&M dress, Kamik Galoshes, and Target wool southwest coat.

En route to South Dakota! Caught some sweet light in Western MN. Just gorgeous. I love the colors here. MN HWY 7.

En route to South Dakota! Caught some sweet light in Western MN. Just gorgeous. I love the colors here. MN HWY 7.

Here's state #2 of the journey! SOUTH DAKOTA! Great Faces, Great Places. 

Here's state #2 of the journey! SOUTH DAKOTA! Great Faces, Great Places. 

Drove underneath a giant black foreboding cloud. Sunset on the other side. Day and Night in the same picture. South Dakota HWY 212.

Drove underneath a giant black foreboding cloud. Sunset on the other side. Day and Night in the same picture. South Dakota HWY 212.

DAY #2. South Dakota. Heading south in the early morning on I-29.

DAY #2. South Dakota. Heading south in the early morning on I-29.

Windmill Farm and Giant Skies, South Dakota I-29S.

Windmill Farm and Giant Skies, South Dakota I-29S.

State #3. IOWA.

State #3. IOWA.

State #4 - NEBRASKA

State #4 - NEBRASKA

Thanks for the warm welcome, Nebraska! ;) 

Thanks for the warm welcome, Nebraska! ;) 

So much is going on in Nebraska! Look, there is some water! Amazing!

So much is going on in Nebraska! Look, there is some water! Amazing!

This is the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument along I-80 in Nebraska. This is about the most exciting thing that happens in Nebraska.

This is the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument along I-80 in Nebraska. This is about the most exciting thing that happens in Nebraska.

Time to stop and get out of the car. After seeing signs along I-80 for the Stagecoach Gift Shop, I decided this was a good place to go! And boy, am I glad I did....there were some real gems in there! 

Time to stop and get out of the car. After seeing signs along I-80 for the Stagecoach Gift Shop, I decided this was a good place to go! And boy, am I glad I did....there were some real gems in there! 

Trying on novelty glasses in the Stagecoach Gift Shop. These are the gems my Snapchat friends got to enjoy during my trip!

Trying on novelty glasses in the Stagecoach Gift Shop. These are the gems my Snapchat friends got to enjoy during my trip!

Seriously? I'm not really sure what is going on here. Only in Nebraska.  Please note rat babies in his lap.

Seriously? I'm not really sure what is going on here. Only in Nebraska.

Please note rat babies in his lap.

The finest in Nebraska T-Shirt Fashion. I would have absolutely bought one of these if they had sizes smaller than Mens Large. 

The finest in Nebraska T-Shirt Fashion. I would have absolutely bought one of these if they had sizes smaller than Mens Large. 

There is something very desolate, but very beautiful about this scene. NEBRASKA.

There is something very desolate, but very beautiful about this scene. NEBRASKA.

Karma Graffiti, Nebraska.

Karma Graffiti, Nebraska.

Gross Roadside Bathroom Selfie. Nebraska.

Gross Roadside Bathroom Selfie. Nebraska.

Finally! State #5 - COLORADO! I love this state.

Finally! State #5 - COLORADO! I love this state.

The most amazing thing was approaching the Rocky Mountains from a great distance and seeing them appear on the horizon. I was so blessed to get this beautiful sunset along with it. COLORADO.

The most amazing thing was approaching the Rocky Mountains from a great distance and seeing them appear on the horizon. I was so blessed to get this beautiful sunset along with it. COLORADO.

And another of the amazing sunset at the end of a 14 hour drive. Just beautiful.

And another of the amazing sunset at the end of a 14 hour drive. Just beautiful.

Woke up in Estes Park, Colorado at my home away from home (my sister's house). I love this view from the guest bedroom window of Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Woke up in Estes Park, Colorado at my home away from home (my sister's house). I love this view from the guest bedroom window of Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

The always majestic Longs Peak. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The always majestic Longs Peak. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

This is my favorite breakfast in all of America. AZHB - Arizona Hashbrowns, Mountain Home Cafe, Estes Park, CO.   Definitely worth the 14 hour drive!

This is my favorite breakfast in all of America. AZHB - Arizona Hashbrowns, Mountain Home Cafe, Estes Park, CO. 

Definitely worth the 14 hour drive!

En route to Denver for a night to see some friends! Had to snap a roadside pic with the mountains in the background- so amazing!

En route to Denver for a night to see some friends! Had to snap a roadside pic with the mountains in the background- so amazing!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Denver, CO. This is taken near the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I love how you can see the mountains and the skyline behind me!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Denver, CO. This is taken near the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I love how you can see the mountains and the skyline behind me!

This is Hall Ranch, Colorado on my way back to Estes Park. I love the color striation in the rock!

This is Hall Ranch, Colorado on my way back to Estes Park. I love the color striation in the rock!

The Front Range. I love these mountains.

The Front Range. I love these mountains.

In the canyon. Winter makes its exit.

In the canyon. Winter makes its exit.

Back in Estes Park. Elk are everywhere in this town and they definitely aren't afraid of humans! Never approach a wild animal though! This was taken from my car, but this elk was workin' it for the camera!

Back in Estes Park. Elk are everywhere in this town and they definitely aren't afraid of humans! Never approach a wild animal though! This was taken from my car, but this elk was workin' it for the camera!

Last day in Estes Park, my home away from home. <3

Last day in Estes Park, my home away from home. <3

Leaving Colorado. Somewhere around Vail Pass.

Leaving Colorado. Somewhere around Vail Pass.

Colorado Road Trip OOTD
Plaid Flannel - OldNavy
The Beatles Vintage Tee - Wal Mart
MIA Boots - Nordstrom Rack