America is a big country with lots to see and do. In fact, it can be rather overwhelming when it comes to doing a ‘stay-cation’ and traveling around domestically. That being said, there are some areas of the good ole’ USA that are definitely worth taking a road trip through. And, if driving really isn’t your thing, there are plenty of tours that can take you to see these amazing places:
When most people visit California, they usually just spend time in one of the major cities. However, if you decide to take a road trip through this part of the USA, you’ll find that there’s a lot of places to stop by if you travel the full extent of the coastline. From the beaches to the border towns on Mexico, the wine country, the lively cities and the charming rural neighborhoods, there’s plenty to see on your way through.
Home to the Grand Canyon, Arizona is the perfect place for an authentic American road trip. The landscapes and scenery here are absolutely breathtaking, and watching it all from your car window is the best way to see what this state has to offer. From gorgeous lakes and waterfalls like Havasu Falls, to stunning valleys and warm weather, you won’t be disappointed here. Though, if you do get bored, you can head over the to Nevada and extend your road trip to Las Vegas.
Like California, Texas is of course a big state with plenty to see. Alright, so it’s pretty hot down there. But, if you’ve never been to Texas you’ll come to find that it’s is truly underrated when it comes to road tripping in the USA. With tons of pretty places, historical sights, museums, national parks, and awesome food to try along the way, don’t miss it!
The northeast of America is a beautiful place to take a drive. Vermont and all the states surrounding it, provide those looking for an awesome road trip the experience of a lifetime. Especially during autumn, the roads here will be dressed with the leaves changing colors, and if you come in the winter, you can hit the ski resorts. Keep in mind that it’s never too cold to head to the Ben and Jerry’s factory, and never too lame to take a rest at one of the many bed and breakfasts here.
Once you’ve gotten the experience to feel like a celebrity driving through Times Square and the lights of NYC, make time to see the rest this state has to offer. From the beautiful towns and parks surrounding the Hudson Valley, the historical districts upstate, to the vineyards of the hamptons and the million dollar houses off the Long Island Expressway, New York is a vibrant place that’s best to see from the road.
South Dakota, while it might be way out there for most Americans, is chock full of some of the coolest places that you could only hope to see on a road trip. The most popular destination is of course Mount Rushmore, where you can go for a hike or watch fireworks on July 4th. When you’re done there, head to the Corn Palace; a museum made entirely out of ears of corn, Wall Drug, the first drugstore in America where you can get ‘free ice water’, and the Badlands, where words can’t describe the scenery. You’ll just have to see it all for yourself!
The next time you plan a USA road trip, make sure these places top your list.
Author Bio: Hana LaRock is originally from New York, though has called other places around the world her home for the last two years. She currently lives in South Korea as an English teacher and freelance travel writer. When she’s not working, she enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her dog, and of course, traveling. You can find her at www.hanalarockwriting.com