With over 50 states in total ranging from sunny California, the natural wonders of Utah, and all the way to the bustling New York City it’s not uncommon to not know where to start, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are the top 5 planned road trips in the USA to go with your friends that won’t break the bank.
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1. California to New York
Let’s kick it off by driving across the country that will take approximately 45 hours. We would recommend sparing a few days to enjoy each stop along the way. From San Francisco take the Interstate 80, taking you to the shining Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s time to have fun and remember that things that happen in Vegas, stay in Vegas. Continue the journey to Utah, home to the Zion National Park, followed by Colorado and finally arriving in the big apple, New York.
Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
2. Route 66
Also known as the Mother Road, it is one of the first and original roads established in the U.S. Highway System. If you’re into pop culture you would’ve probably heard a rendition of the song “Route 66” by The Rolling stones. Spanning over 8 states, starting from Chicago and ending in California here are some must see sights along the way.
- Chicago, Illinois
Fuel up and grab some snacks from the local gas station, if you’re into art do stop by at the Art Institute of Chicago.
- St. Louis, Missouri
If you have a sweet tooth, do try the gooey butter cake from Gooey Louie. A buttery mistake was made by a baker who doubled the amount of butter in a yellow cake recipe.
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
Visit the Tulsa Botanic Garden to refresh your mind from all that driving, admission fee is around US$8.
Visit The William’s store, dating back all the way to 1925. It is the oldest store operating on Route 66.
The Cadillac Ranch is a well known attraction where 10 Cadillac cars are buried halfway in the ground, it’s completely free and open 24/7.
Hint: the iconic Prada Marfa installation is located in Texas.
Cadillac Graveyard, Amarillo, Texas
- New Mexico
If you’re into vintage motels, do take a look at Blue Swallow Motel, a motel built in 1942 right before World War 2. The iconic neon sign can be seen from a mile away. Opens 24 hours in a day, Mr D’s serves classic American comfort food.
Feast your eyes on the natural beauty of Grand Canyon National Park.
The majestic Grand Canyon showcasing millions of years of geological history.
Reaching the end of the route, you’ll arrive in California or “The Golden State”. Home to the famous city of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles county, Hollywood, and Yosemite National Park in the northern part. The state is yours to explore.
3. South East Coast
Enjoy this coastal road trip by starting in Florida. The beaches spanning hundreds of miles and party culture in Miami will definitely keep you wanting to come back. Head down to the docks for a sightseeing speedboat tour of the city.
Continuing the journey to Georgia, home to Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park, World of Coca-Cola, and so much more! As you drive further up the coast, consider stopping at the Atlantic beach in Beaufort, North Carolina.
4. The 5 wonders of Utah
If you’re into nature, this one’s for you! In this particular road trip you will be visiting 5 of Utah’s national parks, and the best part? It’s close enough to pack into 1 trip, take a look at Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Zion. if hiking or walking around isn’t your cup of tea, these parks would have shuttles for you to hop in and hop out. You can either start in Nevada or California to make it a longer road trip.
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
5. Enchanting New Mexico
Start your journey in Albuquerque, where you can learn about the indigenous culture and it’s fluorescent culture of Flamenco which consist of Cante (song), Baile (dance), and Toque (the art of guitar playing). Continue your trip to the town of Truth or Consequences (yes it’s the actual name) to enjoy the live music before heading to a Las Cruces to enjoy it’s Chile Cheeseburgers, if you want a healthier option, check out the Farmers & Crafts market for fresh fruits, piping hot tamales, and hand-crafted jewellery.
Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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