Map of Vacation Travel Destinations
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.
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.
Road Travel America ... Map of Popular Travel Destinations
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Popular National Parks
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!
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!
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.
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 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 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.
Road Trips on Scenic Byways
"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 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, 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.