10 Best Places In The US To Roadtrip To With Your Besties

 
Guest post written by Sydney Hahn

Summer is the season to vacation, so why not go in the fall!? Cooler (but still mild) weather + minimal to no crowds is the best way to go. While it’s nice to get to a place quick, the advantage to a road trip is being able to see & experience many areas of the country. The cool thing about America, is that she is as diverse as her people. From deserts to rainforests, mountains to the grasslands, beaches & lakes & rivers & everything in-between, America has it all. Experience the beauty of the US with your best group of galpals & create new memories in the meantime!

1. Zion National Park - Utah

No matter which direction you’re coming from-- north, south, east, or west-- your road trip to & through Zion will be spectacular. If you haven’t heard of Zion National Park, it’s a park in southwest Utah that is distinguished by its steep, red cliffs. There is a river that flows to Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. Hike through & along the river among Zion’s deep chasms and cliffs. 

2. Alaskan Highway - Canada, Alaska

This highway spans a whopping 1,387 miles beginning in British Columbia and ending in Delta Junction, Alaska. Travel through the vast Canadian & Alaskan wilderness and get a first-hand view of some of the most remote areas of North America. Be aware that for much of your trip, you may not have cell phone coverage, so this road trip isn’t for the faint of heart. But prepare yourself to see wildlife like grizzlies, moose, and more along with lakes, forests, and massive mountains. This will be the road trip of a lifetime.

3. Florida Keys - Florida

The lengthy chain of tropical islands connected by long bridges make a road trip through Florida Keys a bucket list worthy road trip. From the southern tip of Florida, the keys span 120 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Visit Everglade National park at the start of your journey (on the mainland) before you travel the ocean highway through the Keys. On your journey, you’ll traverse 7-mile bridge, the longest bridge at the time it was built. Stop along the way to go swimming, fishing, snorkeling, or diving. 

4. Glacier National Park - Montana

Right on the border of the US and Canada, Glacier National Park is one of America’s gems. It offers a wide variety of wildlife, turquoise lakes, and incredible vistas. No matter where you live, getting to Glacier will be some kind of a road trip, so make good use out of it! Drive along the Canadian border and explore the wilderness of northern America. Experience the most remote areas of the country… and maybe you’ll even see the northern lights!

5. Star Route 1 - California

There’s not one “best” place to go along California’s star route 1, because the whole journey is incredible. Many notable movies have been filmed along the cliffs & shores of star route 1 because of its unique views. Star route 1 is a major north-south highway runs along the Pacific coastline in California that features gorgeous cliffs, breathtaking ocean views, and the best of California scenery. If you want to drive the entire highway, plan to travel approximately 660 miles one way. Some great places to stop along the way include: the Golden Gate Park (in San Francisco), Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Big Sur, and Hearst Castle. 

6. Acadia National Park - Maine

If you like to head north to see the leaves change in the fall, Acadia Park is the place to go. September through October, the summer crowds disperse and the temperatures are still mild. Right at the tip of Maine and bordering Canada, add to your road trip by driving along the east coast to reach your destination. Acadia park is a 47,000 acre Atlantic-coast park marked by woodland, rocky beaches, and the highest point on the US east coast--Cadillac Mountain. Visit the popular beach town, Bar Harbour, and enjoy seeing moose, bear, and whales. 

7. Ozarks - Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma

The Ozarks are a vast series of rivers and lakes that run through various parts of four states-- Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. If you’re a water-lover, the Ozarks are a must see. Stop at the infamous Lake of the Ozarks to swim, fish, boat, or camp. Road trip around the many rivers & lakes, and enjoy the unique beauty of the Midwest terrain. 

8. Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

Yellowstone is known for its incredible wildlife, massive geysers, and majestic scenery. Yellowstone National Park is a 3,500 square foot wilderness on top of a volcanic hot spot. Make sure you visit the famous geyser, Old Faithful and watch her erupt. Follow the main road and it will take you on a loop to get the whole park in. At Yellowstone, you will see hundreds of kinds of wildlife, including bears, bison, buffalo, wolves, elk, and antelope.

9. Outer Banks - North Carolina 

The Outer Banks are islands off North Carolina stretching 100 miles and are separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Like the Florida Keys, you will enjoy long bridges, remote beaches & towns, and many infamous places to explore a shipwreck. Visit Roanoke Island, Corolla (to possibly see wild horses!), Duck town, or Jockey Ridge State Park (to see the tallest natural sand dune on the East coast). The Outer Banks are a bucket list item that you won’t regret.

10. Blue Ridge Parkway - Virginia and North Carolina

Blue Ridge is another must-see, especially in the fall. The lush forests offer some of the most beautiful autumn colors. Begin in Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline drive in Virginia, and end near Cherokee, North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to cover 469 miles of Appalachian hills, mountains, and forests. Along the way, you will find beautiful outlooks and amazing vistas. Big trucks are not allowed on this road, so enjoy the beauty of your trip.

Have you gone to any of these places? What are a few road trips on your bucket list?






 
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