An American Road Trip is one of the best adventures this country has to offer. The experience is not for Americans exclusively. If you're a European tourist, you can easily book a rental RV here in the states. Within an hour of getting off your flight, you can be in your RV and on your way to the adventure of a lifetime.
The Colorado Rocky Mountains
As American road trips go, it's hard to beat the state of Colorado. Within just a few hours of driving you can see 14,000 foot peaks, caves, lakes, rivers, desert sand dunes, great plains, and more. If you ever make your way to Colorado, add Durango to your itinerary. In Durango you can grab a ticket on the Narrow Gauge Railroad. On the Narrow Gauge, you'll wind through 45 miles of the best wilderness Colorado has to offer. While you're down there, don't forget to try the amazing breweries in the area.
If kicking back and relaxing is more your style, you might consider a stop in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Surrounded by stunning peaks, the town of Glenwood Springs is something to behold. It also has some of the state's best hot springs. Not only are hot springs relaxing, they also pack some serious health benefits. The minerals and compounds in the water have the ability to help resolve a large array of skin problems, for example. While in Glenwood Springs you can also explore to cave systems of the area. If you're there during the right time of year, check out hanging lake. It's a bit of a hike to make it to the lake but it is extremely beautiful.
For the ambitious road trippers, the historical Route 66 is an excellent option. Stretching 2,500 miles from Illinois to California, Route 66 is one of the first interstate highways in the country. If you decide to embark on this intrepid journey, don't forget to stop at the 66 Drive-In in Carthage, Missouri. The highway itself is historical and the 66 Drive-In Theatre is like stepping in a time machine. Time your stop for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and enjoy their famous double feature.
Speaking of drive-in's, another historical must-stop is the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Missouri. Not to be confused with the corn dog, Cozy Dogs are the original hot dog on a stick. The invention was later ripped off and mass marketing across the country. However, no corn dog will ever taste as delicious as the Cozy Dog. It's like you can taste the history.
Pacific Coast Highway
Another American treasure for road trips is the California State Highway 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway. The highway will take along the coast of California for almost 700 miles. You'll go through some beautiful cities, including San Francisco. From San Francisco you can even detour east to check out Yosemite National Park. The highway also boasts attractions like the famous Big Sur. There is even a section that break away from the coast and takes you through the majestic Redwood Forest. Here you'll find some of the largest and oldest trees on the planet, a few of which stood before the birth of Christ.
Find Your Own Hidden Treasures
One of the best parts of a road trip is forging your own adventure. Research and planning can certainly take you to some amazing places. However, making plenty of time to get lost on your own is a worthwhile thing to do. Make it a point to stop in an area and talk to locals at a bar or restaurant. This can provide valuable insight into an area. It's rare that the best attractions a place has to offer will show up on a billboard. Try to do a little detective work, it is well worth the effort. We hope you have an experience you will never forget.