Must See: Road Trip Stops Across America
Sometimes the best part of taking a travel contract is being able to hop in your car and explore the routes leading to your assignment. We've selected some top road trip stops from coast to coast. If you're into hiking, sceneries, shorelines, and more, you'll want to take this adventure across America.
Portland Head Light, Maine
A rocky shoreline and blue sea meet the edge of this historic lighthouse—the oldest in Maine. In 1776, the residents of Cape Elizabeth were committed to American independence, they posted eight soldiers to guard over the town at Portland Head Light to warn citizens of British attacks.
Be sure to visit at sunset, when the rosy light reflects on the water and turns the white lighthouse a dusty shade of pink. It's one majorly photogenic vista, according to mydomaine.com.
Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
The Biltmore Estate is beautiful, not only for its castle-like appearance but for its breathtaking landscape. The architect responsible for the 8,000 acres, including formal and informal gardens designed was the well know Fredrick Law Olmsted, the mastermind behind Central Park in New York.
This Châteauesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States.
Angel Oak Tree, South Carolina
The Angel Oak Tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in the country. The land where the Angel Oak Tree stands was part of Abraham Waight’s 1717 land grant.
An absolute must-see for anyone driving through Charleston South Carolina. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 400-500 years old, stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2), according to angleoaktree.com.
Dry Tortugas, Florida National Park
Explore the Dry Tortugas, a 19th-century fort, and snorkel crystal clear water with incredible marine life. This remote 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. This destination is known around the world as the home of the magnificent Fort Jefferson.
However, there is one catch, Dry Tortugas, and its breathtaking views are only accessible by boat or seaplane.
The Great River Road
The Great River Road, also know as the The Best Drive In America is a 36-hour drive that follows the scenic course of the Mississippi River.
The Great River Road route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river town. This route is arguably the most lengthy and important scenic byway in the U.S.A.
Hamilton Pool Preserve, Texas
A forty minute drive from Austin will take you to another world, called Hamilton Pool.
Part of a natural preserve, this one-of-a-kind swimming hole whose limestone outcroppings create a 50-foot waterfall as the water of the Hamilton Creek spills over them is an ideal place for swimming, picnicking, and relaxing with Austin-area locals.
Established in 1926, Route 66 is by far Americas most famous highway to take on road trips. Also known as the Mother Road because it was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System.
Route 66 takes you through the heart of The United States: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The highway ranges over 2,050 miles, with an estimated time of 30 hours by car without stopping.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872, ranging nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too.
Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk, and antelope. The park offers a variety of things to do such as camping, hiking, boating, bicycling, fishing, wildlife watching, horseback riding and much more.
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend gets its name from the horseshoe-shaped crest carved out by the Colorado River. Located 5 miles from the entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park.
There are many ways to experiences Horseshoe Bend from helicopter tours to trail hiking, you can see it from every direction.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area covering over 46,000 acres located outside of Overton, Nevada.
The Valley of Fire is known for its colorful rocks and caves. When the sun reflects on the red sandstone it makes the rocks appear to be on fire. This park is also a popular hiking destination with all the dome trails to explore.
Big Sur, California
Big Sur is a must see when driving through California. With its spectacular coastal view, bordered to the east where Santa Lucia Mountains meet the ocean.
Big Sur is by far one of the most scenic drives in America, known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. The area around Big Sur has numerous state parks for hiking, camping, and beachcombing.