Is there any summer adventure that’s more American than a road trip? We all remember road trips from our childhood. A cooler packed with snacks, a game of I Spy, and a good soundtrack, were the ingredients to an amazing adventure. Road trips are the perfect way to escape restrictions and celebrate life on the open road! As states open up around the country, the itch for summer travel will begin.
Are you thinking of hitting the road? Road trips might take the cake as the most popular—and safest—way to travel this summer. We’re here to help you plan! Here are a few states made for road trips and travel guides that will fill up your itinerary in no time!
Utah remains one of the best states in the country to road trip since it has 5 national parks. Zion National Park and St. George, Utah are for those who desire all that the great outdoors has to offer. This destination is a land of blue skies, red rocks, and green golf courses. It’s a stunning haven for bikers and hikers, with slot canyons and vertical climbs for the daring. There’s also mountain biking, golf, and art and music festivals available. The temperature year-round allows for all outdoor activities all year long. Inspire greater, experience great, and live greater in Greater Zion.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a Delaware-sized museum that takes you down a 200 million-year-old staircase! Here visitors can hike, observe wildlife, and witness picturesque views. It’s a big empty playground for off-roaders and hikers that connects to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Capitol Reef National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park. ATV trails, fishing, and camping are a few things you can experience.
The three units of the national monument are Escalante Canyon, Kaiparowits, and Grand Staircase. The Kaiparowits plateau is the highest point of the monument sitting 9,000 feet in the air. You’ll be able to enjoy canyons, towering walls of red rock, and beautiful grottos during your outdoor activities.
Experience enchanting adventures in a convenient and affordable Rio Rancho. It’s a tapestry of Native Americans and Hispanic cultures that call for a scenic adventure with sports activities for every age. From the Coronado State monument to the Casa en Ysiaro, explore nature’s beauty in the heart of New Mexico.
Scenic byways, from the architecture of Route 66 to alpine vistas of Jemez Trail, are minutes from town. Nature abounds among the majestic alpine vistas at Valles Caldera National preserve. One of the largest volcanic calderas (basins) in the world. Or stop by Matheson Winery that’s within a 20-minute drive. Watch the reflective sunset glow of the Sandia Mountains, then take in the views and city lights from atop Rio Rancho’s mesa. Whatever you choose to do, stay, and play in Sandoval County!
Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky Border
There are about 5 national forests that within a few hours’ drive where these four states meet. Craft the road trip of a lifetime in this hidden gem with routes that wind between the Cherokee, Pisgah, Nantahala, Daniel Boone, and Chattahoochee National forests.
A fun-filled day in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains includes breathtaking scenic views with activities for all ages. The area I home to many award-winning dining options that offer an authentic take on local, Southern Appalachian fare.
Nantahala National Forest is one of the largest national forests in North Carolina. It’s divided into 3 districts all named from the Cherokee language. This beautiful landscape includes 600 miles of trail opportunities for sports ranging from hiking to horseback riding.
You’ll discover more than a vacation, you’ll discover a place to breathe again, and you’ll fall back in love with the outdoors. At Kentucky Lake, you’ll be able to reconnect with who and what you love. From fishing and boating, to live entertainment and authentic cuisine, Kentucky Lake has what you need to get reconnected.
On Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula you’ll find a nature lover’s dream-come-true. Get ready to explore one of the most captivating places on the planet! Your 330-mile road trip can start in Seattle and will allow you to make your way through the Olympic Peninsula. Experience the stunning views of the glistening Olympic mountain range, bustling shorelines, and gushing waterfalls.
From snowcapped mountains to pristine beaches, outdoor sports like kayaking, surfing, rafting, and hiking are all for the taking! Enjoy our rich heritage and tribal centers like local farms and hopping culinary scene. You’ll find what speaks to you here!
As always, at Travel Guide Group, we want you to be safe while you travel! Take the necessary precautions and check for updates on visitation times and the excursions that might be available. Don’t exhaust your travel budget on expensive restaurants and attractions. Instead, focus on the scenery of your destination and activities that will make your trip memorable. Wherever you decide to explore, we hope you create memories worth a lifetime.