From weekend warriors to vacations with the family, road trips can make for an unforgettable vacation
There’s almost no better way to get to travel to a destination than to hop in the car and take a road trip. Road trips are the stuff of famous novels and well-loved movies. One of the most well-known roads in the US is even celebrated in songs.
Quintessential road trips in the USA
The United States is graced with some of the world’s most beautiful national parks, making them the quintessential road trip destination. There is a national park within driving distance of every American, and each one has its own jaw-dropping natural beauty. Their wide open spaces and proximity proved irresistible in 2020 making them the perfect destination when trying to dodge the pandemic. Staying safe this year is still a good idea.
Where to go on your next road trip
Depending on where you live and how long you want to drive, (and in 2021, how safe you feel), you can get creative for your next road trip.
Here are some ideas to consider before hopping in your car this year:
Visit family and friends in another state (safely).
Go to lesser known national parks, like Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, North Cascades in Washington and Theodore Roosevelt in North Dakota. All are breathtaking and have far fewer visitors than the more popular destinations.
Journey as a destination. Travel the Lewis and Clark Trail, cruise the California coast along Highway 1, Follow the Montana Dinosaur Trail or travel in the footsteps of the patriots who marched along the Revolutionary Trail in New York's Adirondacks.
Active adventures as vacation. These run the gamut from canoe/camping trips in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, backpacking on the Appalachian trail, bike trips along the Maine coast, and my personal favorites, dinosaur, fossil and archaeology digs in the Western States.
Why are road trips so rewarding?
Being in a car and tackling a mountain pass, watching for wildlife and driving through exhilarating beautiful or hair-raising weather is all part of the experience. But what really etches road trips into our memories is the bonding time with family and friends. It’s experiencing unexpected moments on the road together. Stumbling upon the best pie you’ve ever tasted in Florida. Spotting buffalo driving through Wyoming. Finally arriving at Pedro’s South of the Border after passing billboards for miles. It’s all part of the magic that makes road trips so rewarding.
Wherever you decide to take a road trip this year and whoever you travel with, just imagine how much you’ll have to talk about on the drive home!