Popular Vacation Travel Destination Ideas, Reviews and Recommendations
On this website our staff reviews some of our favorite road trips and popular travel destinations across North America. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, or a longer vacation, we have travel recommendations for you.
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.
Hopefully our travel experiences will be of interest and benefit to website viewers as they plan their travel itineraries.
Now, in 2021, with the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak across America, travelers are seeking safe vacation alternatives. Cruise travel is only resuming slowly, and airline travel is difficult. Travel to international destinations is limited. Consequently, many individuals and families are exploring the open roads of America, driving its scenic byways and enjoying national parks and other open spaces.
Visit again soon, and stay safe, as we share additional destinations and travel tips on this website!
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!
The 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!
Towering red cliffs, stunning vistas, and outdoor activities make this a popular vacation destination in southwestern Utah, attracting over four million visitors annually.
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.
Located in central California, famous sights in the park include the Half Dome, and El Capitan granite monoliths, and Yosemite Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the world
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.
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 pastoral 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.
Scenic Byway 12 travels 123 miles in southern Utah through the most diverse, remote and ruggedly beautiful landscapes in the USA. It is designed an "All-American Road".
Highway 12 passes through Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and to its end at Torrey near Capitol Reef National Park.
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.
The Burr Trail, which ends (or begins) at Boulder, Utah, is one of our favorite back roads in the country.
It is typically quiet, with little or no traffic. In earlier years the entire length of the road was dirt; today parts are paved. The drive and views are stunning! The switchbacks are breathtaking!
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 (18m) 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.
Santa Fe, the capitol of New Mexico, lies about 65 miles northeast of Albuquerque at 7,000 feet above sea level.
Located on the Plaza, the epicenter of downtown Santa Fe, is the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied government building in the USA. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is a dominant landmark in the downtown area.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located in extreme southeastern Utah, near Arizona. The valley is host to towering sandstone rock formations that have been sculpted over time and soar 400 to 1,000 feet above the valley floor.
Over the years, Monument Valley has been the locale for the filming of numerous movies starring such film legends as John Wayne.
Death Valley includes low valley floors crusted with barren salt flats, rugged mountains rising as much as 11,000 feet, deep and winding canyons, rolling sand dunes, and spring-fed oases. Death Valley is about 140 miles long Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level, is not only the lowest place in the park, it's the lowest in North America.
Adjacent to popular Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor contains an assortment of streets, alleys, squares and piers. In addition to unique boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, there is a shore path that begins downtown and continues along the front yards of many of the town's well-known summer cottages.
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