By Danielle Shulman
Are you itching for a fun road trip? The United States is full of amazing places. From winding mountain roads to seaside highways, these adventures are some of our favorite must-see trips broken down by region.
Pacific Coast Highway
From Seattle to San Diego, this 1,650-mile trek down Hwy 101 is one of the most popular and one of our favs. Down this coastal trip, we recommend visiting:
Seattle Space Needle, Washington
Mount Rainier, Washington
Olympic National Park, Washington
Crescent Beach, Oregon
Cape Kiwanda, Oregon
San Francisco, California
Redwood National Park, California
Big Sur, California
There are many more spots to hit up along the way. With 1,650 miles of coastline to cover, you will not run out of fun things to do. Plan about a week to 10 days for this trip.
National Parks Tour: Northwest-West
If you are looking for an extended road-trip with a lot of walks and hiking, a national parks tour is the perfect trip for you. Five parks, three states, 580 + miles, and a recommended 14-days total will get you through some of the most stunning mountains, canyons, rivers, and wonders of nature.
Starting at Grand Teton, Wyoming, you will spend a few days hiking the trails and taking in the views from 13,776 feet above sea-level. After you blaze the trails, you will make your way down to Yellowstone, where you will spot volcanic hotspots, geysers, and amazing wildlife.
Say goodbye to Wyoming and hello, Arizona. Your favorite stop this trip will be to see one of the natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. Whether you take the view from up top or dare to ride a burrow down to the bottom, you will be in awe the entire time.
Heading further south, you will arrive in Utah, where you will find Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. There is no shortage of hiking trails, rivers to kayak, or scenery to look at. You will be in a whole new world in Utah.
Midwest: The Famous Route 66
Route 66 is one of the most historic routes and road trips there is. The 2,448-mile-long drive starts in Chicago, Illinois, and ends Santa Monica, California. With a trip that long, it is almost impossible to be bored. And since there are about a million things to do, we will narrow it down to a few of our favs.
You can enjoy the scenes along beautiful Lake Michigan or go downtown for some of the best food or pizza in the country in Chicago. After your head out, be sure to stop at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.
The Gateway Arch in St. Louis or Meramec Caverns in Sullivan, Missouri, is two stops you must do. Cars on the Route in Galena is a short stop on your way to Oklahoma. If you want to be a true cowboy, make a pit stop at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Once in Texas, you will have a lot of sites to see, but we recommend Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. After leaving the Lone Star State, Blue Hole in Santa Rosa or Musical Highway in Tijeras in New Mexico will be some of the most fun attractions.
The Petrified Forest National Park in Adamana, Arizona, is not as scary as it sounds. It is quite lovely. But not as beautiful as Santa Monica Pier, your final stop in California.
Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and your favorite Suavs for easy to slip on walking shoes at all of your stops.
East Coast: Endless Scenery
With over 2,100 miles of coastline and 13 states, the Eastern United States will deliver on fun, scenery, and things to do. You can take the Ultimate East Coast, Maine to Miami 21 days (if you stop and do everything) trip, or break it up in two different routes. Most road warriors chose the seven day Boston to Washington D.C trip or the 14 days, East Coast Historical Road Trip. Either route you choose, be sure to pack a light jacket, snow boots, and a bathing suit because you can hit all sorts of climates. Oh, and don’t forget your Suavs.
Your road trip adventures await within the United States. Get out, enjoy, and wear comfy shoes!