While citizens and cities drape themselves in our patriotic colors on the Fourth of July – our holiday commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776 – we decided to take ourselves on an armchair Red, White and Blue road trip through America’s West:
Our trip begins in Seattle, Washington, where sometimes that old song, “The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle. . .” holds true. On sunny days, Elliott Bay, on which Seattle is located, is pretty blue as well:
Heading east across Washington, we’ll spend a bit of time in Spokane, where red brick buildings stand tall against a blue sky backdrop.
A walk through the town’s historic district is a glimpse back at a segment of state history.
White clouds flit across those Eastern Washington blue skies providing a backdrop to its mid-century architecture, like the gas station below.
Just down the road a splash of red, white and blue wrapped history in the town Wallowa, population 807:
To the west a bit further, near Pendleton, Oregon, we are under those blue skies and white cotton-candy-like cloud formations:
Then south into the state of Nevada , our route awash with blue and white –
Entering Arizona we see on the horizon a splash of red as the spectacular Vermillion Cliffs Monument area expands before us:
An even more brilliant red is found in the Navajo Tribe’s woven rugs. Artisans continue the tradition of their Native American ancestors as they blend color and design in these works of art. (These were for sale at a roadside restaurant in Northern Arizona.)
Our road trip ends in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun where even the dessert blooms add to our patriotic palette of colors:
That’s it for this Travel Photo Thursday and for Travel Photo Mondays. To all of you celebrating the Fourth of July, we hope your day is filled with family and friends and decked out in red, white and blue.
Travel Photo Thursday is at Budget Travelers Sandbox, hosted by Nancie McKinnon, and Travel Photo Monday is at Travel Photo Discovery created by Noel Morata.
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The Western United States:
Note: This armchair road trip combines photos from three road trips we have taken through the West.