Traveling from New York to LA or vice versa, it’s one of the trips that can lead to an epic adventure no matter which route you take. It’s 100% American. 100% Fun. But choosing which route to take really just depends on what type of adventure you want to take. Here are our favorite routes with our favorite adventures.
The Northern Route – If Mountains and Parks are your thing.
Niagara Falls/Cedar Point
With 3 staggering waterfalls, the views are epic. If you want to get a little closer, try the ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise taking you under the falls. If jaw-dropping thrills are more you style, stop in at the Cedar Point adventure park.
If cities aren’t your thing, check out the Shipshewana Amish Community.
visit the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in the ‘City of Blue Earth’
Badlands National Park
The rugged beauty of the badlands will make you feel like you’re walking on the moon.
The sculpture on Mount Rushmore features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln at a staggering 18 meters (60 ft).
If you’re passing through in from June to August be sure to check out an authentic Cody Rodeo.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is America’s first national park complete with spouting geysers, waterfalls, and mud pools.
Grand Teton National Park – Jackson
White water raft Snake River, or go for a hike and take in the beauty of jagged peaks and picture-perfect lakes in Grand Teton.
Grand Basin Nevada – Lake Tahoe
Stop for a swim in the crystal clear Lake Tahoe.
Yosemite National Park
Follow the Sierra Mountains into Yosemite. Opt for some world-class rock climbing, float down the Merced River or explore this extraordinary park on foot.
San Francisco is home to hippy vibes, cafe culture, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39. You’re sure to have an experience.
The Southern Route – If cities and soul are your thing.
Check out the White House and the Smithsonian Museums. Finish the day off with a drink in Georgetown.
A road trip just isn’t the same unless you see mountains. Take in the mountain vibes and epic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
If you’re after some soul, New Orleans is the place for you. Check out a ‘Voodoo and Graveyard’ tour, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or fill your face with Cajun and Creole grub or some authentic gumbo.
If you haven’t had enough music on this trip, Austin is a must stop as they are the ‘live music capital of the world’ after all.
Everything just seems bigger in Texas. Stop at Cadillac Ranch to see all the classic cars you can handle and if you’re hungry along the ol’ route 66, try your hand at the Big Texan Steak Ranch and see if you can finish your dinner.
The best Mexican food in the USA plus all the sunshine you can handle at 325 days a year. Who can say no to Santa Fe?
The red rock vistas await on your trip to Monument Valley.