The pandemic didn’t stop Scottsdale public relations professional Tatum Luoma and her family from going on an adventure. In fact, Luoma says it’s one of the reasons they went. She and husband Eric Luoma, owner of Best of the Valley winner Cactus Flower Florists, picked up an RV the day before they set out on a road trip with their two young sons. They drove through Arizona to Montana and back again, visiting four national parks. “Traveling is such a gift,” Luoma says. “Our kids kept saying, ‘This is the best day ever.’ So it was like every day was the best day ever, which brings a smile to my face.” She shares a few of their favorite stops.
Grand Teton National Park
This destination is just 30 miles away from Yellowstone National Park, in northwest Wyoming, and often falls in its iconic shadow. “Grand Teton is so underrated and far exceeded our expectations,” Luoma says.
Lone Mountain Ranch
This luxury ranch in Big Sky, Montana, has horseback riding, river rafting and the Horn & Cantle Steakhouse. It was also named one of the Unique Lodges of the World by National Geographic. “It was nice to stay somewhere for more than one night, and this place had so much,” Luoma says.
There may be no better place to watch the sunrise than from this iconic lookout in Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. “Waking up in a national park is jaw-dropping,” Luoma says. “That was one thing I will remember forever.”