Part one of our follow-up to our article about mastering the road trip, we’ve done some research and come up with six road trips to take this fall (or winter, time permitting).
To try and cover as much of the continental US as possible, we’ve divided them up by region, so any one of these should be accessible within a day – those that aren’t, well, that’s what you have copilots for!
The regions include: Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Northern US, Southern US, Northeast/New England, and Southeast.
Ask anybody native to the Pacific Northwest what they think of when they hear the words “Winter Wonderland” and Leavenworth is sure to be their response. This Bavarian village, nestled in the Wenatchee National Forest in central Washington, is perfectly centrally located and easily accessible through some of the most gorgeous natural land in the country.
Visitors enjoy all varieties of food and drink, and have endless activities to explore whether looking for outdoor or indoor adventures.
Be sure to visit A Matter of Taste for a sampling of sauces that are sure to tickle your tastebuds (or, in some cases destroy them – they have actual hot sauces that come with doctor’s warnings on them), or head out on a hike to take in the breathtaking landscape!
If you’ve ever wanted to be either Indiana Jones or a real-life cowboy, Rock Art Ranch has you covered.
Located roughly halfway between Holbrook and Winslow Arizona (where Glenn Frey famously stood on a corner with seven women on his mind), this still-working cattle ranch also features petroglyphs dating back more than six millennia. There’s also a historical museum that features regionally unearthed Native American artifacts, so visitors can get some air-conditioned culture under their belts as well as scramble through the painted hills.
Tours are available by reservation only, so be sure to have your copilot call ahead while you’re on your way!
Located just a little ways off of I-90 in western South Dakota, it’s quite a unique experience to be the literal center of everything. A stone’s throw from Sturgis, Belle Fourche is easy to find and fun to check out.
As per their website: “The 21-foot diameter monument is located next to the Center of the Nation Visitor Center and the Tri-State Museum and is accessible year-round,” so whenever you decide to get right to the heart of it, you can get there.
Next time we’ll cover the rest of the nation with top travel picks for each region! In the meantime, if you know of a site to visit or have a favorite drive of your own, let us know in the comments below!