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Travel the USA: The Great American Road Trips

Travel the USA and take the Great American Road Trip, these are some of the suggestions from your fellow Mobal Members (in alphabetical order)…

(You’ll notice that they’re catagorized in a miss match of states, cities and sites, but I’m sure you’ll get the idea. Also, where someone has mentioned more than one site, you’ll see their same quote repeated under each suggestion.)

See if your favorite is on the list, and if not, add it in the comments at the end…
1. Adirondacks

“Personal favorite, any of the various state campgrounds or small towns in the Adirondacks. Close enough to my home for weekend trips. Soul-calming respites from the rest of the world.”
Ed Tarney
2. Alaska

“It’s a toss-up between Maine in the Fall and Alaska. Both incredibly beautiful.”
Barbara Dickinson
3. Arizona

“A Road Trip to the Painted Desert National Park in Arizona. Serene, peaceful, kind of spiritual too.”
Pam

“Best vacation area : California-Idaho-Arizona-New Mexico”
Horst Masch

“Last October we did a bus trip through the Magestic National Parks – North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. I’ve been all over the world and those areas in the fall are as spectular as Norway, Egypt, Greece, New England, and South America. There is nothing that compares to the Grand Canyon or Canyonlands National Park. We just don’t appreciate what we have here in the U.S.”
Sharon Clay

“The American Southwest especially the area around the four corners of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Sedona, etc.”
John Urian
4. Californian Coast

“Maine coast or N. California coast. Sea to shining sea, and all that stuff.”
Ed Tarney

“Although I am from New England and partial to our coastline and islands for the perfect vacation, I found that my greatest U.S. vacation was driving the mid-California coast in a jazzy little convertible! From San Francisco and the wine country, through Big Sur and Carmel, down to Los Angeles — everything was perfect, including the weather. The Beach Boys had it right: “Fun, fun, fun!”
Mary-Jo

“Vermont or the California Coast.”
Jean

“We have at least 12 favorites, starting with: North Carolina mountains, Vail and Aspen, Berkshires, Miami and other Florida beaches, northern California (coast, San Francisco and Yosemite), and Seattle and the San Juan islands. Impossible to select one of these.”
Dave Lieberman

“Best vacation area : California-Idaho-Arizona-New Mexico”
Horst Masch

“There’s so much to see, that there’s no one answer. A perfect vacation is different enough from home to be an adventure, but not so strange that you feel threatened or actually are harmed. That behing said, Redwoods parks in California and Oregon most specifically, but the coastal pacific northwest as a whole.”
R. Keyes

“California and Hawaii coastlines are very beautiful and interesting. I love the Ocean and surfing so of course Hawaii is the best with the warm water. But for urban diversity and surfing LA is unbeatable! Honolulu is second with the tropical diversity and San Diego third with less diversity but the best mainland waves. Adios and enjoy!”
Kervin
5. Californian Wine Country

“I have lived all over the USA and the best places to visit are Charleston,SC, San Francisco, Napa/Sonoma, and New York City.”
Katherine Rogers
6. Charleston

“I have lived all over the USA and the best places to visit are Charleston,SC, San Francisco, Napa/Sonoma, and New York City.”
Katherine Rogers
7. Colorado

“We have at least 12 favorites, starting with: North Carolina mountains, Vail and Aspen, Berkshires, Miami and other Florida beaches, northern California (coast, San Francisco and Yosemite), and Seattle and the San Juan islands. Impossible to select one of these.”
Dave Lieberman

“Last October we did a bus trip through the Magestic National Parks – North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. I’ve been all over the world and those areas in the fall are as spectular as Norway, Egypt, Greece, New England, and South America. There is nothing that compares to the Grand Canyon or Canyonlands National Park. We just don’t appreciate what we have here in the U.S.”
Sharon Clay

“The American Southwest especially the area around the four corners of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Sedona, etc.”
John Urian
8. Eastern Sierra, California

We would take our dogs and travel to the Eastern Sierra. Our favorite spot is north of Bishop in a campground on Rock Creek overlooking Iris Meadow. Heaven!
Fran Roberts
9. Florida

“Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and region.”
Patrick
10. Grand Canyon


“Grand Canyon. Just impossible to describe or appreciate without your own eyes.”
Ed Tarney

“I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon so I suppose that is self-expalnatory.”
Andy Mathisen

“Last October we did a bus trip through the Magestic National Parks – North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. I’ve been all over the world and those areas in the fall are as spectular as Norway, Egypt, Greece, New England, and South America. There is nothing that compares to the Grand Canyon or Canyonlands National Park. We just don’t appreciate what we have here in the U.S.”
Sharon Clay
11. Hawaii

“Although you cannot drive to Hawaii, there’s no doubt in my mind — Hawaii No Ka Oi! (”Is the Best”)

Wonderful weather, year ’round… Gorgeous scenery… Historic sites… Plenty to see and do (especially on Oahu, the major island, where public transportation is so good and so inexpensive that there’s no need to rent a car)…

You’re still in the U.S. but you’re in a truly diverse environment with allkinds of authentic food and cultural events presented by fellow Americans — whose ancestors just happened to hail from China, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, and Portugal as well as the mainland U.S.

Because there’s so much competition among hotels and restaurants, Waikiki has a full range of high-value, reasonably priced accommodations and shopping.

And, of course, since the good old U.S. dollar is the currency, you don’t even have to worry about exchange rates!”
Cherry C.

“California and Hawaii coastlines are very beautiful and interesting. I love the Ocean and surfing so of course Hawaii is the best with the warm water. But for urban diversity and surfing LA is unbeatable! Honolulu is second with the tropical diversity and San Diego third with less diversity but the best mainland waves. Adios and enjoy!”
Kervin
12. Idaho

“Best vacation area : California-Idaho-Arizona-New Mexico”
Horst Masch
13. Key West

“Key West. Leave an hour before sunrise, from Miami and drive down RT 1 as the sun is coming up. Fly back.”
Merle
14. Maine

“Maine coast or N. California coast. Sea to shining sea, and all that stuff.”
Ed Tarney

“Mid coast Maine (hands down) for summer and nothing beats Key West for Feb/March.”
Leah Syndell

“It’s a toss-up between Maine in the Fall and Alaska. Both incredibly beautiful.”
Barbara Dickinson
15. Massachusetts

“We have at least 12 favorites, starting with: North Carolina mountains, Vail and Aspen, Berkshires, Miami and other Florida beaches, northern California (coast, San Francisco and Yosemite), and Seattle and the San Juan islands. Impossible to select one of these.”
Dave Lieberman
16. Miami

“We have at least 12 favorites, starting with: North Carolina mountains, Vail and Aspen, Berkshires, Miami and other Florida beaches, northern California (coast, San Francisco and Yosemite), and Seattle and the San Juan islands. Impossible to select one of these.”
Dave Lieberman
17. Montana

“Glacier National Park, Montana”
Machell Apple
18. Monterey Peninsula

“Monterey Peninsula, California staying in Pacific Grove, being with the ocean and the bay, prowling over Steinbeck Country.”
Jane

“I love Monterey and the famous and beautiful coastline & history.”
Andy Mathisen
19. National Bison Range

“Combine Yellowstone Natl Park for its animals, geology and excitement with the peace and serenity of the National Bison Range outside Missoula MT. Yellowstone is truly one of the great places of the world, but it has lots of people during prime viewing season. After enjoying the fun and excitement, move about an hour west and find rolling hills and easily viewed wildlife (bison, elk, deer, etc) in an area visited by very few.”
Carol
20. New Jersey

“Island Beach State Park, NJ.

Nothing compares to the Jersey Shore in Summer. Island Beach State Park has the classic dunes and isolated atmosphere to make for a great day at the shore. While there are the crowded areas near the pavilions, I head for one of the several spots with limited parking and a short walk through the dunes to a more isolated location. Pack a lunch and spend the day. You can’t do that at most shore locations since they prohibit food and beverage to be brought in. You need to arrive early since the park has limited access. Especially come early if you want to get one of the prime isolated parking spots (my first choice). There is a small daily vehicle fee, but well worth it.”
John Beck
21. New Mexico

“Best vacation area : California-Idaho-Arizona-New Mexico”
Horst Masch

“The American Southwest especially the area around the four corners of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Sedona, etc.”
John Urian
22. New York City

“New York City. with tickets to Food for Thought lunchtime theatre productions.”
Jane

“New York City would come Third..ain’t been there either!”
Andy Mathisen

“I have lived all over the USA and the best places to visit are Charleston,SC, San Francisco, Napa/Sonoma, and New York City.”
Katherine Rogers

“New York City – hands down. Better than Paris, London, Rome, etc. And if you need a beach break go to Jones Beach on Long Island.Fabulous!”
Bobbie Kunath
23. North Carolina

“We have at least 12 favorites, starting with: North Carolina mountains, Vail and Aspen, Berkshires, Miami and other Florida beaches, northern California (coast, San Francisco and Yosemite), and Seattle and the San Juan islands. Impossible to select one of these.”
Dave Lieberman
24. North Dakota

“Last October we did a bus trip through the Magestic National Parks – North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. I’ve been all over the world and those areas in the fall are as spectular as Norway, Egypt, Greece, New England, and South America. There is nothing that compares to the Grand Canyon or Canyonlands National Park. We just don’t appreciate what we have here in the U.S.”
Sharon Clay
25. Ohio

“A Road Trip to northeastern Ohio, specifically Wayne County and Holmes County. Holmes County is mostly Amish, and very scenic and peaceful, a beautiful area for driving slowly. Beautiful farms, horse-drawn buggies, etc.”
Pam
26. Oregon

“There’s so much to see, that there’s no one answer. A perfect vacation is different enough from home to be an adventure, but not so strange that you feel threatened or actually are harmed. That being said, Redwoods parks in California and Oregon most specifically, but the coastal pacific northwest as a whole.”

R. Keyes
27. Orlando

“I love to go from my Southern California home playground to Orlando and play golf and play at Disneyworld like the big old kid I am, but as you say, the US is a big old place, so there are many, many delightful places to choose.”
Lynn Glover
28. Pacific Coast

“I have lived in California for 40 years and traveled all over the world. The Pacific coastline is as beautiful as anything I have seen anywhere. From the Mexican border to the Canadian, it’s one glorious site after another.”
Suzanne
29. Rockies

“Any of the national parks along the Rocky spine. Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, etc.”
Ed Tarney

“Drive slowly down the Rockies, in springtime, from Glacier NP to Santa Fe.”
Barry Brill
30. San Francisco

“I have lived all over the USA and the best places to visit are Charleston,SC, San Francisco, Napa/Sonoma, and New York City.”
Katherine Rogers

“No question. San Francisco.”
David Erickson
31. Seattle

“We have at least 12 favorites, starting with: North Carolina mountains, Vail and Aspen, Berkshires, Miami and other Florida beaches, northern California (coast, San Francisco and Yosemite), and Seattle and the San Juan islands. Impossible to select one of these.”
Dave Lieberman
32. South Dakota

“To the “Black Hills” of South Dakota. In the Spring and Fall there really are not too many visitors!!”
Henry D.
33. Sun Valley, Idaho

“Sun Valley, Idaho.”
Jane
34. Texas

“San Antonio, Texas.”
Joe Favaro
35. Traverse City, Michigan

“Traverse City, Michigan. Especially between Christmas and New Years. Yes, believe it or not.”
Jane
36. Utah

“Last October we did a bus trip through the Magestic National Parks – North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. I’ve been all over the world and those areas in the fall are as spectular as Norway, Egypt, Greece, New England, and South America. There is nothing that compares to the Grand Canyon or Canyonlands National Park. We just don’t appreciate what we have here in the U.S.”
Sharon Clay

“The American Southwest especially the area around the four corners of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Sedona, etc.”
John Urian
37. Vermont

“Vermont or the California Coast.”
Jean
38. Washington, DC

“Washington, DC. A concentrated compendium of everything this country is about. As interesting per square foot an anyplace in the US.”
Ed Tarney
39. Wyoming

“Last October we did a bus trip through the Magestic National Parks – North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. I’ve been all over the world and those areas in the fall are as spectular as Norway, Egypt, Greece, New England, and South America. There is nothing that compares to the Grand Canyon or Canyonlands National Park. We just don’t appreciate what we have here in the U.S.”
Sharon Clay
40. Yellowstone

“Combine Yellowstone Natl Park for its animals, geology and excitement with the peace and serenity of the National Bison Range outside Missoula MT. Yellowstone is truly one of the great places of the world, but it has lots of people during prime viewing season. After enjoying the fun and excitement, move about an hour west and find rolling hills and easily viewed wildlife (bison, elk, deer, etc) in an area visited by very few.”
Carol
41. Yosemite

“We love going to Yosemite National Park in the winter – X-Country skiing out from Glacier Point Road’s Badger Pass ski area to Dewey Point, and overnighting at the ski hut, enjoying the home cooked meals there, spending a day skiing, and after X-country skiing back (a fifteen mile round trip)then shuttle busing down to the valley for a hot bath and restful night in one of Camp Curry’s rustic cabins. There’s always a chance to hike a bit to view the falls of ice (not so much water in the winter)over the stupendous walls of rock, and enjoy the views of meadows and river.

We always finish with an elegant Sunday brunch or just plain breakfast in the Ahwahnee’s huge dining room overlooking Yosemite’s winter meadows.

There’s a train and bus to Yosemite, and, of course, in the park a shuttle bus around the valley and to the ski area, but we like to gather some family and carpool to the valley for this annual adventure.

Advance reservations are a must, whether it’s for a heated tent, cabin or hotel room at Camp Curry, the Yosemite Lodge or the Ahwahnee.”
Gila

 

Did you agree or disagree with these suggestions?

Or have you got a favorite that’s not mentioned?

Just leave you’re suggestions in the comments box below…

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11 thoughts on "Travel the USA: The Great American Road Trips"

  • Michael says:

    How could Cape Cod ever be left off this list??


  • Susan Mcneely says:

    Every American (and I do mean EVERY) should make a road trip from coast to coast, or at least from the Midwest to the West Coast and Midwest to the East Coast (for those of us stranded in the middle). It is just not possible to appreciate what this country is like until you have driven it, mile by mile, and seen all of the great parks on the way.


  • Jack McClurg says:

    I love all of these and have done some. The most recent road trip is usually the best one for me. We drove southerly from Kansas City to Seattle when we moved with one of our cars and made the same trip a month later with the other car over the northerly route. Both were breath-takingly beautiful with the edge maybe to the Southerly.


  • Tom Bearden says:

    I agree with Sue Weber–many of these are not “road trips.” I’m astonished that the ultimate American road trip hasn’t been mentioned: Route 66, from Chicago to LA. THAT is a road trip.


  • Bob Plemmons says:

    See the Great Smoky Mountains National Park( The most visited National Park in the US), and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. This area is very accessible to most folks in the Eastern US.


  • Linda says:

    I have been to all but one of the places listed. I loved them all. I have traveled far and near and I have a very hard time saying what I like best. It is all beautiful. Just returned from Vietnam. It was extremely interesting.


  • Sue Weber says:

    While these are all great domestic travel suggestions, the question was what are good places to go for a road trip. Only about half of the places on this list are good road trip locations. That being said, my favorite road trip is the California coastline.


  • Justin Stone says:

    The two most beautiful cities in the US in my opinion are Naples, Florida And Washington DC. Naples is semi-tropical ; lush plantings, beautiful residences and beaches, a first-class symphony orchestra. In Washington, the government area is beautiful, the monuments are heart throbbing-tear jerking, the Smithsonian is unbelievable!. No American should miss seeing the city at least once.


  • Pat Milligan says:

    I like most of the places named so far, but the place I keep going back to is Sanibel Island, in the Gulf of Mexico near Fort Myers, FL. What makes it so nice is that the natives have kept it from being spoiled by developers. 2/3 of the island is nature preserves. The tallest buliding is three stories. There are biking paths everywhere. It’s a bit of paradise.


  • Betty Sheldon says:

    ALL of these are terrific ideas.


  • Joe Henderson says:

    The cabins and campsites in Yosemite Valley were booked so we found some very affordable lodging near Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Pines is an RV resort, campground, and lodge located near Yosemite National Park offering. Yosemite Pines offers Yosemite camping near Yosemite National Park with full hook-up RV and campsites. Yosemite Pines also offers Yosemite lodging and cabins near Yosemite National Park with. Amenities include a clubhouse, gold mine, gold panning, petting zoo, swimming pool, hiking trail, general store, children’s playground, horseshoe pit, and volleyball.



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