July 4, 2023Trucking Across America: Mountain State Sights
Truck driving takes you to numerous states across America, and this time we’re looking at what driving through the U.S. Mountain State region has to offer.
These states include Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, all operating under the mountain time zone. Each state has wonder and beauty, but some are more frequented by our truckers than others, so let’s dive into what some of these states provide to visitors.
Trucking Sights: Driving Through New Mexico
New Mexico is frequented by truckers delivering loads traversing the diverse but primarily desert climate. Santa Fe is New Mexico’s capital, but Albuquerque is most visited by long-haul truckers delivering loads. Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city attracting people for all reasons.
The city’s charm and diversity beckon travelers whether they pass through for business or pleasure. Albuquerque gets its character by being a modern city that embraces its history by keeping a little vintage for nostalgia. If you’re looking for an authentic Native American dining experience, check out the Indian Pueblo Kitchen inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a true indigenous treat.
If your route happens to take you to the vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico, it’s worth making a stop. Roswell will be your Disneyland if you enjoy everything outer space. Being the location of the alleged 1947 UFO crash, Roswell has fully embraced its reputation as being all things alien.
Trucking Sights: Driving Through Colorado
Colorado is another state frequented by truck drivers in the mountain state areas. Named the “Centennial State,” its diverse geography creates mesmerizing and colorful natural beauty throughout any season. With every season coming in strong in Colorado, it can mean driving in the snow at times, so check the weather frequently when visiting this state.
Denver is Colorado’s capital and sits at over 5,000′ above sea level, which can influence unsuspecting visitors from lower elevations. You might feel a shortness of break quicker than usual, and some activities can be more difficult if you’re not used to the height. Los Angeles, California, is only 305′ above sea level compared to Denver’s elevation.
There is no shortage of things to do when visiting Colorado, but even driving through the state is a great experience. Numerous rest areas and truck stop with the best food greet drivers traversing Colorado’s roads. The Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-see if you have the time and offers other natural beauty for each season.
Trucking Sights: Driving Through Utah
Plateaus, beautifully colored canyons, and the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere are some of the features that make up Utah. Home to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, and others, exploration, and adventure are never sparse in Utah.
Trucking in Utah usually means a stop in Salt Lake City, the capital of the state and the most popular city. Salt Lake City claims to have the best parts of the best cities; it’s a bustling metropolis near some of the best nature and outdoor adventures. The food scene in Salt Lake City can be overwhelming, with so many fantastic food options, from Greek and Asian fare to burgers and sandwiches.
Check out the Proper Burger Company for quick service, not short in flavor burgers. Look for Feldman’s Deli for excellent sandwiches and grab a sloppy joe; just be aware of the name; it might not be what you’re used to. Autumn in Utah is gorgeous, and the Fall Colors Scenic Drive will help capture the splendor of nature during this time; remember the pumpkin spice latte for added drama and immersion.
Other Trucking Sights While Driving Through the Mountain States
The other mountain states, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, are also extraordinary to drive through but are less frequently visited by our truckers.
Arizona, on the other hand, is another mountain state frequented by Armada truck drivers. Landmarks like Grand Canyon and monument valley call Arizona home, and its best truck stops cater to truckers near and far. Phoenix is Arizona’s capital and is a hot stop for tourists, travelers, and truckers alike.
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