The Great American Road with the Koby Family

Haley SmilowJuly 15, 2022
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From Arizona to Vermont, the Goodyear-based Koby family has visited more than 32 states over the past few years. In August 2019, husband Bob and wife Monica purchased a trailer and sold nearly everything they owned to pursue a life of travel for their daughters Autumn, 11, and Jade, 7. “We gave ourselves three or four months to sell everything, and our first stop was the Grand Canyon,” Monica Koby says. She and Bob homeschool the girls through Arizona Connections Academy and chronicle their travels on Instagram @kobysfromheretowhere. Koby shares some of their favorite stops along the way.

The Emerald Cove

Tranquil green waters and a kayak are all that’s needed for fun along the Colorado River. One of the family’s favorites included a half-day kayak tour from Willow Beach Marina on the Arizona-Nevada border with Blazin’ Paddles tour company. Their review: “So, so fun!”

Evel Pie
A must-try for the family that considers themselves pizza snobs? The rattlesnake pizza at this Las Vegas pie shop, named in honor of daredevil stunt performer Evel Knievel. “I can tell you my favorite pizza places around the U.S, no problem, but this is the one that has stood out the most,” Koby says.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
A visit to the largest nonprofit no-kill shelter in the United States was key for the animal lovers. “We were there for multiple days,” Koby says. While in Kanab, Utah, they visited the shelter and did the pig, bunny and horse tours.

Glacier National Park
Montana’s Glacier National Park is a must-see, according to the Koby family. They spent a month near the park boating, hiking and white-water rafting. “It was a lot of fun, and we did the rafting on Father’s Day,” Koby says.


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