Traveling on the open road offers the chance to see incredible scenery and stop along the way at whatever attractions catch your eye. If you can take an RV or campervan on your adventure, it opens up your traveling experiences to a new world. One of the biggest benefits is that you can stay nearly anywhere, without worrying about the cleanliness, quality, or cost of a roadside motel. Another benefit is that you can travel, with all the comforts of home, to some of the most beautiful and stunning places in the country. Otherwise, you will be slightly restricted based on where you decide to spend the night. Regardless of how you decide to travel, check out these top 10 stunning road trips in the US.
Columbia River Highway
If you want to travel to the Pacific Northwest region, the Columbia River Highway is the destination for you. Beginning in Portland, Oregon, the route takes you through the Columbia River Gorge. During your travels, there are many campgrounds and amazing coastal viewpoints. As for scenery, there are amazing trails coupled with rocky waterfalls.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great trip to take with your family. The 500 miles of roadways through the Appalachian Mountains are breathtaking. In addition, there are some one-of-a-kind stops like the Blue Ridge Music Center with live music from the outdoor ampitheatre and the Natural Bridge, a solid rock bridge in the mountains. While the route can be heavily traveled in the summer, the impressive scenery and views make the trip undeniably worth your time.
If you are a history buff, a trip through New England will not disappoint. Rich with historical significance, some destinations though the area date back to the early 1600s. Plymouth, Massachusetts, for instance, was founded in 1620. As a coastal town, Plymouth is a beautiful city filled with both historic and new-age tourist attractions.
Other New England areas, such as New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island, have everything from breathtaking, mountainous views to hundreds of miles of Atlantic ocean tourist routes.
The Great Lakes Region
To enjoy the full Great Lakes Region experience, you can start in Chicago and travel toward Northern Michigan.
This area is rich with some of the greatest water sports activities, perfect for summer vacations. Ranging from jetskiing to paddleboarding, if you are water-sports junky, this is the destination for you.
Some beaches in the Great Lakes region have incredible surfing, and many even have boat rentals options available.
Big Sur Coastal Highway
Heading to the opposite coast, the Big Sur Coastal Highway is located in central California. Ranging from tourist-friendly urban centers in Northern California to the warm and exquisite Southern California, you will never get enough of the expansive ocean scenery.
Yellowstone National Park
Located in Montana, Yellowstone National Park is one of the most unique and incredible destinations including the world’s tallest geyser. While you are in the area, be sure to take the time to check out the Rocky Mountain Region, including Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
If you love Native American architecture, the American Desert Southwest has one of the most incredible scenic landscapes you will ever find. Some must-stop locations are the Grand Canyon National Park, Zion Nation Park, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
There are plenty of parks, resorts and campgrounds throughout the area to stop and stay. Don’t forget to check out the night sky, free of light pollution. It will be well worth your time.
From Virginia to Georgia, the Southeastern Seaboard is a beautiful and stunning area to plan an RV trip. From the diverse landscapes to the ocean views, you will not be disappointed with the deep, Southern history and culture. Don’t forget to spend some time in Myrtle Beach, walking the boardwalks, surfing in the ocean, and tanning on the beach.
New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
If you are seeking a genuine cultural experience, New Orleans is the destination for you. The Gulf Coast makes for a phenomenal road trip, and the beaches are amazing places to stop and enjoy. While some areas are still trying to rebuild from the devastation that was seen during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there is still so much culture and history to absorb and see.
The best part of a road trip is watching the world go by as you journey to your destination. Whether you take a cozy campervan, luxurious motor coach or rental care, you can plan your trip in exactly the way that works best for you. With choices from coast to coast and everything in between, the most stunning road trip you could imagine is just around the corner.
Shelley Trupert works for Outdoorsy, an RV marketplace for consumers and pros. She has been camping for almost 20 years and is always looking to find the next hike, off the beaten path. While she used to enjoy tenting in the wilderness, she prefers to camp in an RV now—whether it is a Class C or a teardrop trailer—to enjoy a little comfort after a long day outdoors and the ease of travel it provides. Her goal is to hike in all of the national parks in North America.