Last-Minute Road Trip Destinations

03 Aug, 2015

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The summer isn’t over yet which means you’ve still got time to pack up the family, jump in the car and hit the road for one last adventure before the weather starts to change.  So grab your GPS and get behind the wheel as we share a few of our favorite road trip destinations.

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Natural Landmarks

Living in cities with our highly digitized society makes it easy to forget just how awesome nature can be.  If you want to get up close and personal with some of the more spectacular natural attractions in the US, you can’t do much better than Niagara Falls in New York.  This massive series of waterfalls are known all over the world and are a popular vacation spot, even if you’re not getting engaged!

If water isn’t you thing, you could also revisit history and check out the great plains of the US including Scotts Bluff National Park.  This area sits along the historic Oregon Trail and is settled in the beautiful countryside of Nebraska.  For those familiar with that old computer game, don’t worry, you’re not likely to get dysentery on this trip.

Of course you could also head out to the west coast and see the truly extraordinary giant sequoia trees in California.  In one of the forests you can visit General Sherman, a tree that’s 275 ft tall, 25 ft wide and approximately 2,300–2,700 years old making it one of the biggest and oldest living trees on Earth.

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Highways

If you want to take a road trip in the truest sense of the phrase, you need to jump on one of these great stretches of highway and take in all they have to offer.  You can’t miss with a trip on America’s Main Street, Historic Route 66, which can take you from Chicago to LA and see some of the best of the U.S. along the way.

Now if you’re driving a convertible and are looking for a little more sunshine and sea air, you could instead head to Florida and travel south down U.S. Route 1 along the Atlantic Coast all the way to Mile 0 in Key West.

Looking for something a bit more adventurous?  If so, the Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire may be more your speed. The road climbs 4,618 ft with an average gradient of 11.6% which means you’ll be experiencing great views and a variety of weather changes along the way.

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National Monuments

Driving across this great country of ours can raise your patriotic spirit.  So if you find yourself humming America the Beautiful while you drive, you may want to visit a few U.S. National Monuments.  One such spot is Mt. Rushmore, a Presidential statue carved into the mountainside of the Black Hills region of South Dakota.  Not only is it an amazing achievement, it’s become one of the most iconic landmarks in U.S. history.

Speaking of history, we might not have a country to drive around if not for Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, MD.  This national monument is the site of one of the important battles of the War of 1812, which was also the inspiration for our national anthem, The Star Spangled-Banner.

For some, the entire point of a road trip is to visit as many states as possible.  At the Four Corners Monument in the southwest U.S. you can visit four states at the same time!  This is the spot where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico meet, and is the only place in the US where four states touch.  The spot is marked with a circular disc and is often the setting for some fun family photo ops.

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