There’s nothing quite like going on a road trip, as it gives you the chance to see some of the most scenic routes and visit the most amazing places in America at your own pace. But with over 50 states to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning where to go. Fear not, as we’ve rounded up some of the top states to visit on a road trip.
From its year-round picture-perfect weather and fascinating history, to its beautiful beaches and gorgeous greenery, California is undoubtedly a top tourist hot spot. While some of the country’s most famous tourist destinations can be found in the Golden State — such as Hollywood, Malibu Beach, and Napa Valley — in its Central Coast lies one of the most enchanting places you must see: Big Sur.
Revered by the likes of Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller, Big Sur is a spectacular 90-mile stretch of breathtaking views in California. And in order to make the most of the trip, be sure to hire a vehicle with a low center of gravity suitable for the area’s sharp curves and high elevation, like a compact car or even a muscle car.
One of the most special sights in Big Sur is the McWay Falls, where you can witness the water falling from 80 feet. Also, you can’t miss out on the magical Purple Sand Beach, which has a perfect view of the sunset. And before you leave Big Sur, a trip along California’s Coast wouldn’t be complete without dining at California Market at Pacific’s Edge that’s right by the area. California Market is not only the home of delectable dishes, it also overlooks Big Sur.
Florida not only has one of the most scenic routes for your road trip, it’s also filled with loads of amazing activities. True to its nickname, the Sunshine State has one of the mildest winters in the country, so heading over here in a classic convertible is a wonderful way to experience its lovely warm weather.
Given that Florida is home to some of the world’s best theme parks and beaches, it’s no surprise that 2014’s EuroMillions lottery winner Nigel Willets, who won £1 million ($1.2 million), made his way to Florida for a vacation with his family after his win. This year, Lottoland notes that the EuroMillion jackpot has reached has high as £166 million ($213.8 million). That’s definitely more than enough to cover an extensive stay at the Walt Disney World Resort or some time away at Palm Beach with all your friends and family.
But lottery winner or not, Florida also offers a vibrant food scene that will satisfy your taste buds. From their fresh ceviche bowls and savory Cubano sandwiches to their traditional and tasty key lime pie, there are so many delicious places for you to discover during your road trip. And here’s a pro-tip from the Miami Herald‘s Gwen Filosa: The king of key lime pies is found at Kermit Carpenter.
Despite having the smallest population in America, the unassuming state of Wyoming isn’t short on stunning sights to see for your road trip — something that everyone from Kanye West to Pippa Middleton know firsthand. Here in the Cowboy State, there’s no need to fret about crowds at all, as visitors come to experience the untouched beauty.
Whether it’s getting a taste of the Wild West by watching a rodeo at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, or trying out Wyoming classics like soda bread and bison ribeye at the Cavalryman Steakhouse — you’ll certainly have an exciting time against the state’s dazzling natural backdrop. And of course, Yellowstone National Park is not to be missed during your road trip, as it is home to calming hot springs, gorgeous geysers, and a grand mountain range for you to see.
Where should you stay in the Cowboy State? The city of Jackson is the prime place for some rest and relaxation, as the prestigious Jackson Hole valley is located here. The Hotel Terra Jackson Hole is a great choice, as it’s an award-winning luxury boutique hotel that’s next door to the Jackson Hole Mountain. Also, be sure to travel in an SUV if you plan on visiting Wyoming for a smooth trip.