This could easily be a road trip inside the Bay Area of Cali all by itself, but for the sake of brevity, we will include it as one pit stop of many. There is so much packed in the Bay, culturally and geographically. You could visit Golden Gate and spend a day picnicking and exploring there, wander the streets via trolley, and visit endless numbers of museums, shows, and restaurants until your wallet gives in.
If you had to visit one park on the list, it would have to be Mount Rainier’s. It’s the ultimate road trip fodder, spanning great distances and numerous paths. You get to see all sides of this impressive volcano, from lakes, forests, and snowy peaks. A great place to lodge and camp, getting really in there, up-close and personal with wildlife. Come prepared and don’t rely completely on GPS here, it’s easy to get lost.
Another east coast favorite, Cape Cod is a great stop on a road trip, no matter what time of the year, trust us. When it’s freezing, the seashore takes on this intense and almost fairytale atmosphere. Part of why it’s so great to stop here is the restaurants and hotels are so comfortable and allow you to just relax and watch the waves crash into the shore.
The big city of Chicago isn’t your typical road trip item, but we have to make an exception here for its special relationship with the Great Lakes. After you fill up on pizza and hot dogs, head to any one of the largest bodies of freshwater in North America. They are best viewed during warmer seasons, as the temperature around them can get bone-chillingly cold.
We’ve saved the most diverse experience for last. Miami will bring many great vistas, as well as vacationing, but the real prize here is being able to experience Latin and Caribbean cultures with gusto. Don’t stick to just the busy streets by the beachfront properties, for an authentic road trip experience, you must go where the people are and discover all the art, heritage, and tradition within the communities of Dominicans, Cubans, Haitians, Puerto Ricans, and so on.
Enjoy your trip and always remember to pace yourself. Missing some tourist attractions is better than seeing it all but being too stressed, tired, or preoccupied to enjoy it.