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Travel guides for popular national parks, with reviews, maps and photographs
Scenic roads, byways and highways of America, with maps, directions and things to do
Popular trips and destinations in America, with maps, travel tips, photographs and lodging options

On this website our staff reviews some of our favorite road trips and popular travel destinations across North America.

Our travel guides include first-hand experiences, personal recommendations, and original photographs from our trips.

We love traveling around North America, and exploring the many exciting places and destinations that the USA and Canada have to offer. We also enjoy being out on the open roads, like cross-country trips on Route 66 The Mother Road.

From the Beartooth Highway to the Blue Ridge Parkway, from Utah Scenic Byway 12 to the Trans Canada Highway, it is always a fun driving adventure.

Recent trips include driving the Going to the Sun Road in Montana, Trail Ridge Road in Colorado, and the Loneliest Road in America in Nevada.

In 2018 we made a return visit to Victoria BC, one of our favorite destinations in Canada, along with stays in Banff and Lake Louise.

This website also features travel information and reviews on the most popular national parks such as  Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other museums and monuments, such as Mount Rushmore. And be sure to check out our newly published Alaska Travel Guide.

Hopefully our travel experiences will be of interest and benefit to website viewers as they plan their travel itineraries.

The interactive map below highlights many of the more popular travel destinations in America, including national parks, scenic byways, historic sites, museums and favorite travel cities.

 

Popular National Parks

Yellowstone National Park travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national park. It is located mostly in Wyoming, and spans 63 miles north to south, and 54 miles east to west. Geysers, hiking, camping, bison, elk and more!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Smoky Mountains Park spans over 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina, and is one of the most pristine natural areas in the Eastern part of the United States. An endless variety of outdoor activities!

Banff National Park in Canada, travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

West of Calgary, Alberta, is Banff National Park, Lake Louise and Jasper National Park. These areas offer unparralled scenic views year round, plus a vast number of lakes, rivers, forests, and glaciers.

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Grand Canyon National Park is located in Arizona, and is centered on a Colorado River canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.

Travel Guide for Denali National Park in Alaska ... things to do, attractions, maps and photographs

Denali National Park and Preserve is located in the interior area of the State of Alaska. The park and contiguous preserve encompass 6,045,153 acres (9,446 sq mi). It was previously known as as Mount McKinley National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado ... travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Rocky Mountain National Park is located in Colorado, and consists of 415 square miles of spectacular mountain environments. A highlight of the park is Trail Ridge Road which crests at over 12,000 feet. The park also features over 300 miles of hiking trails, lakes and wildlife.

Zion National Park in Utah, travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Zion National Park is one of our favorite destinations in Utah. Access to the main section of the park is via two points along State Route 9, the east entrance and the south entrance at Springdale. The Kolob Canyons entrance is on Interstate 15.

Acadia National Park in Maine, travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Home to some of the most stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife in the East, Acadia National Park is open year-round. Situated on the coast of Maine, the majority of the park’s 47,000 acres sprawls on Mount Desert Island, though portions of the park are on the Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut.


Road Trips on Scenic Byways

Historic Route 66 ... The Mother Road ... maps, history, things to see, photographs

"The Mother Road" stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago, heading south through Illinois and Missouri. From there Route 66 turned in a more westward direction through Oklahoma and Texas, with the final stretches in New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Los Angeles.

The famous Blue Ridge Parkway, winding through the mountains of North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, offering endless outdoor recreational opportunities. It provides a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.

The Beartooth Highway in Montana and Wyoming, through glacial lakes, forests, valleys and high peaks

The Beartooth Highway, is one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., with views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, and open high alpine plateaus. The road features glacial lakes, forests, valleys, waterfalls and a variety of wildlife. It traverses a series of steep switchbacks at the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10,947 ft Beartooth Pass.

Going to the Sun Road, across Glacier National Park in northern Montana

This winding Going to the Sun Road traverses Glacier National Park in Montana from east to west, from St. Mary to Agpar, about 50 miles. Portions of the road remain open all year and provide access to many locations and activities. The opening of the alpine portion varies, based on snowfall and plowing progress.

US 50 across Nevada ... the Loneliest Road in America

US 50 crosses the central portion of Nevada, from the west side of the state near Lake Tahoe to the east side near Great Basin National Park.

The Nevada portion of U.S. 50 was named "The Loneliest Road in America" by Life magazine in July 1986.

Travel on the James Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to Deadhorse, Alaska

The James W. Dalton Highway is a rough, industrial road that begins 84 miles (134 km) north of Fairbanks and ends 414 miles (662 km) later in Deadhorse, the industrial camp at Prudhoe Bay.

The highway, which parallels the Alaska Pipeline, is one of the most isolated roads in the United States.

Trail Ridge Road is a paved, 48 mile long scenic highway in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Trail Ridge Road is a paved, 48 mile long scenic highway in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. It connects the park entrances in Grand Lake and Estes Park. The road features switchbacks and hairpin curves, and rises to a height of 12,183 feet above sea level. The road is open seasonally in non-winter months.

Ride the switchbacks on the Moki Dugway in southeastern Utah!

The Moki Dugway is a steep, gravel three mile road located in southeastern Utah, traversing 1,200 feet from the top of Cedar Mesa to the broad valley below. The road is actually part of Utah Highway 261, most of which is paved.


Trending Destinations

Utah is a popular tourist destination, with breathtaking natural landscapes, national parks, national monuments, forests, state parks, ski resorts, museums

Utah is a popular tourist destination, with breathtaking natural landscapes, five national parks, national monuments, forests, state parks, ski resorts, museums and millions of acres of open spaces. From the deserts to high mountains to the salt flats, Utah has something for every visitor!

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

Located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota is the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, featuring massive 60-foot (18-m) sculptures of four former United States presidents. While not a national park, it has large numbers of visitors and is well known nationwide.

San Diego in Southern California ... popular destination with its year-round mild climate

With its mild year-round climate, varied terrain, beautiful harbor, and abundance of outdoor activities, San Diego is consistently a major, popular tourist destination. Attractions such as Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and the USS Midway draw visitors from around the world.

Travel Guide for Estes Park, Colorado ... maps, things to do, photos and more!

The mountain village of Estes Park is located 7,522 feet above sea level. Shops, galleries and boutiques line the main street, which has a quaint, small-town feel and ambiance. Situated at the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park Estes Park offers travelers the best of outdoor recreation, real wildlife experiences, and hometown hospitality.


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