Lindsay Perry 'So Far So Good' Road Trip
Summer is in full swing and the open roads are calling.
It’s never to late to grab a friend and go on the road trip you have been dreamin’ up for quite some time now. Everyone deserves a little getaway – where you can adventure with no agenda, stay up a little later, run wild and free, and take the time to explore places and things that inspire you.
When adventure is calling, Lindsay Perry is first in the car. The thought of dirty boots, wild hair, and a carefree mind has got her eager to take off. With the windows down and music blastin’, you are sure to wish you were in the passenger seat accompanying her on her Wild West adventure to Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Keep your travel bug itchin’ and let Lindsay tell you firsthand of all her must sees, best eats, and favorite places to stay during her travels West. Continue reading below to get Lindsay Perry's personal travel story, killer playlist, and stunning lookbook from her western adventure - you will find yourself daydreamin' of where you are headed next.
Photography: Grant Puckett
It’s amazing how many times, more often than not, we really forget “what’s in our backyard”. I know I find myself looking up foreign locations and planning out trips to far away destinations, on countless occasions. Last year, I made my official move to the West Coast, from Florida, and this entailed making the cross-country journey alone. Then another trip from Florida, early November, when I bought a new car. The first time was basically a straight shot, taking the southern route of the US (Interstate 10) and the second, due to having minimal time constraints and baggage, I decided to get a little adventurous.
I wouldn’t say that I’m even close to an expert of the southern region of the United States, but for some reason, I felt intrigued by it enough to go exploring once again. I presented the idea of doing this road trip photoshoot to my photographer, Grant Puckett. Thankfully, he was more than into it. (He’s a bit of a nomad, himself. www.grantpuckettphoto.com) We spoke back and forth for about a week, preplanning the shoot, navigating destinations, dream locations and what we wanted to get out of the trip.
We started in San Diego, taking the southern route out of downtown and through Alpine, etc. This is a really rad drive if you’re into seeing more of a desert landscape. The big windmills are through this drive and some really cool desert vibes. We finished up day 1 in Yuma, AZ.
I wouldn’t say this is much of a travel destination, but you can always find interesting things if you need somewhere to crash for a night or a quick bite to eat.
Day 2 was spent mostly driving through AZ and taking in all of thee scenery, stopping along the way to shoot whatever we thought was aesthetically pleasing. By night fall, we had just gotten past Tucson, AZ. It was a bit late and we were kind of at a cross road (no pun intended). We took HWY-80 off of I-10. As we were driving, this little place caught my eye, called Tombstone. We arrived around 9pm, and went scrambling to find dinner. We definitely didn’t expect to walk into a raging karaoke Irish bar called Docs… Tombstone is in a little mining town that looked like something out of an old western movie. Most classic humans I’ve encountered in quite some time. Staying in Tombstone is relatively easy. They say that August is the busiest time. I recommend arriving before the sun goes down. Good breakfast/brunch spot is Brendas Diner. Super nice folks and great “authentic” food.
Day 3 we made it out of Arizona, and into New Mexico, our first stop was White Sands National Monument. This was something like I’ve never seen before. This place is basically an endless view of white sandy “beaches” made of gypsum sand dunes.. covering nearly 275 square miles. Definitely worth the hour and a half drive off of the interstate. Grant and I had a few shots in mind that we really wanted to capture, one being a roller skating rink.. this did not go according to plan, so we substituted this for an epic arcade/bowling alley, just outside of El Paso, TX, called Oasis and Fiesta Lanes. We ended our 3rd day in Van Horn, TX, and found a place to stay at El Capitan Hotel. I would highly recommend this for a road trip must stay.. Especially if you’re into 1930’s Spanish Colonial style hotels! The following morning, we meandered around the town to shoot but otherwise there isn’t a lot to do or see so we kept moving.
Day 4 // Marfa, TX, is only about an hour from Van Horn, so we boogied down there.. This is a really neat drive where you can find the Prada Marfa sculpture. It’s basically a stand alone mock-up store that was built by a couple of artists and a few other little desolate towns along the way.
First, before I go any further, I will say, if you ever get the chance to visit Marfa, DO IT! Such a rad little art town, filled with great food, awesome people and really neat country/modern art culture.
Places to stay: Any AIR BNB is going to be awesome. We lucked out and got a super cute gypsy flat on the outside of town. El Cosmico is a must if you can book it early enough. We were fortunate to get a rad vintage air stream to rent out and shoot in. It’s also an epic place to meet other travelers. Everyone is super cool and friendly. Hotel Paisano is absolutely amazing. We later found out that it is a sister hotel to El Capitan (where we stayed the night before) Super affordable rooms and an epic vibe.
Places to eat/drink: You can really go anywhere in Marfa for something interesting and tasty to eat. Planet Marfa is great for an eclectic scene, a good glass of wine and awesome decor. Frama Coffee is good for a morning pick-up. Lost Horse Saloon is a fun place to mingle with locals and have a couple of drinks. Marpho is good for Vietnamese food with a nice bistro vibe. Jett’s Grill, inside the Hotel Paisano is great for a nicer dining/drinking experience. Amazing outdoor seating and a really good burger.
All and all, I recommend taking as many road trips as possible.. a lot of the time on this drive, we scratched our plans and just went with our intuition.. Always fun to be adventurous! I recommend packing your best sandals and sunscreen ;)