If you live in America or want to travel the world for a bit, there is nothing more exhilarating than a good ol’ American road trip. Grab your mates or grab your partner, grab your car (the more vintage, the better) fill the tank up with gas and let the road take you to your next destination. You can explore the deepest corners of the country, visit some of the most popular attractions and really see what the land of Stars and Stripes is all about. Nevertheless, the best part about an American road trip is exploring some of the hidden gems the country has to offer. So check out these 5 places you have to visit during your US road trip.
The Grand Canyon – Arizona/Nevada
Okay, so it’s not actually a hidden gem. In fact, it’s actually a really, really big tourist attraction. However, no American road trip is complete without at least a little stop off in Arizona or Nevada to check out the Grand Canyon. Although you’ve probably seen pictures of it before, nothing compares to seeing this incredible sight for your very eyes (and it looks a lot bigger in real life). If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even stop off and kayak along the rivers or white water raft through the water and rocks. It’s well worth a visit.
Big Sur – California
Have you ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac? Then a trip to Big Sur has to be on the cards. This destination is perfect for the road tripper, as the 90-mile stretch along the coast is the perfect place to put your car into cruise control and take in the incredible surroundings. You can check out the redwood forests, park up on the edge of the Pacific Ocean or just coast through. Nevertheless, it is a sight everyone needs to experience at least once.
Mount Rainier National Park – Washington
If you find yourself driving near Washington, a stop-off at the Mount Rainier National Park would be one of the best decisions you could make. Of course, you’ll want to take in the views from far away to start with. The Mount Rainier National Park winds its way around this active volcano (keep an eye out for spewing lava. Just kidding) and features impressive meadows, forests, lakes and more to check out. You could go for a walk, take a boat around the lakes, or just take the perfect picture in this serene spot.
Hamilton Pool Preserve, Dripping Springs – Texas
After being on the road for a while, you’ll probably want a good wash – and if you take a trip to Texas, you’ll find the best watering hole there is. The Hamilton Pool Preserve is a one-of-a-kind natural pool that lies in a limestone cave. The pool is sourced by a natural spring and is popular with the locals who fancy a dip or a swim. You can cool off underneath the 50-foot waterfall, or you could just relax in the mineral-laced waters.
Monument Valley – Utah/Arizona
Let’s be honest; there’s going to be a couple of times during your US road trip when you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. But what if you could be in the middle of nowhere and see some of the most iconic views in US history? Bonus. Monument Valley is located in Utah/Arizona and is definitely something you need to check out – even if it’s while you’re trying to find your way back to Florida.
You just have to check out these places on your American road trip! There are so many beautiful spots to see in America, but if you can plan your route so that you can visit these places, it will be well worth it – even if it involves a detour!