It’s no wonder that so many of us have ‘go on a road trip across America’ scribbled on our travel bucket lists. With so many different types of terrain, weather conditions, natural wonders
The Vehicle and Accommodation
One of the first decisions you’ll need to make when planning your road trip is what vehicle you will drive and the type of accommodation you will stay in. One idea would be to hire a camper van or RV, as you get a vehicle and accommodation in one. There are many campsites across America which you could stop in at overnight, most will offer RV hookups meaning for a small fee you can be connected to power and water- sometimes even wifi! Even if you’re not near a campsite when you need to sleep, you’re able to park up just about anywhere as long as the place is safe and legal. Another option would be to do your road trip in a car, and stay in travel hostels, motels, hotels and campsites along the way- just bring a tent with you.
After your vehicle, the route you choose to take is the most important part of your trip. It’s these decisions that will shape your entire experience so think carefully. Do you have any types of terrain or scenery you’d like to see? Route 66 is one of the most famous in the US, coast to coast is also popular. If you love being by the ocean then how about a trip along the ocean highway? If you have a shorter trip in mind, how about Miami to New Orleans? Start with exploring the city and having fun in a Miami boat rental, then hop into the car and take a journey down to New Orleans. Where you can enjoy the incredible nightlife, go shopping in the French Quarter and gawp over the mansions in Garden District.
The Stops and Attractions
When you have the route in mind, you can plan stops along the way too. Some will be easy decisions to make- tourist attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Yosemite National Park often rank highly as the places people most want to visit. But be sure you’re not overlooking some of the less obvious attractions too. Explore the markets, winding roads and destinations that are off the beaten track.