14-Day Northeast USA Road Trip Itinerary

The northeast offers epic road-tripping on a miniature scale: a few hours behind the wheel can take you from sea level to the highest point in the northeastern United States. Along the way, duck into picture-postcard towns for clam shacks, craft beer, and maple syrup shots; collect covered-bridge and lighthouse …

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2 Week Route 66 Road Trip Guide

When singer Bobby Troupe wrote the song “Route 66” back in 1946, chances are he had no idea he’d be inspiring generations of bucket-listers to hit the road. Lyrics directing you to drive “From Chicago to L.A./ More than two thousand miles all the way” are better than any map.  …

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Best 14-Day Pacific Coast Highway 101 Road Trip

In the pages of Great American Road Trips, the drive from San Diego to Seattle should be at the very top. The route, which glides along the coast from Southern California’s sunny beaches to Northern California’s redwoods, then on to rocky Oregon shores and the rain forests of Olympic National …

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Best 12-Day Ozarks Road Trip

The hills of the Ozarks roll up from the beds of sparkling rivers and peaks as the grand oak and hickory trees seem to sway on the ledge of limestone bluffs. The region winds its way through the southern portion of Missouri and into northern Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, just …

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Best 10-Day American Southwest Road Trip

Red rocks and geological wonders fill this superstar itinerary spanning the best of Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. You’ll explore Zion’s massive sandstone cliffs and narrow slot canyons, the hoodoos (odd-shape pillars of rock left by erosion) of Bryce Canyon, and the overwhelming majesty of the Grand Canyon, close to 300 …

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Eight Days Itinerary: Blue Ridge Parkway

Moseying through the southern Appalachians, this classic parkway, with a speed limit of 45 mph tops, forces you to slow down. All the better to take in the majestic beauty of wild forests, splashing waterfalls, and misty mountains, with plenty of hiking, camping, and picnicking along the way.  Started in …

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One Week: Fly-Fishing Itineraries

Fly-fishing has been around for centuries, but America turned it into an art form. It has its own language, form of dress, and complicated rituals. These vary from region to region, so the most dedicated anglers travel to far-flung regions to try them out.  ONE WEEK: BIG SKY COUNTRY  Home …

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One Week Itinerary: The Underground Railroad

The first known mention of a network to help escaped slaves was in 1831, when an enslaved man named Tice Davids fled from his owner in Kentucky by swimming across the Ohio River. Unable to find him, his owner bitterly complained that Davids “must have gone off on an underground …

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One Week Itinerary: Maui and the Road to Hana

Lounging beside the pool or napping on a sandy beach may fulfill your initial fantasy of a tropical Hawaiian vacation, but Maui has much more to offer: underwater encounters with rainbow-colored fish, an icy dip in a jungle waterfall, or a trek across the moonlike landscape of a dormant volcano.   …

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6 Day Itinerary – Badlands and Black Hills

The national parks of southwestern South Dakota—along with the state park and two national memorials nearby—deliver a surprising variety of sights: the swaying grasses and abundant wildlife of one of the country’s few remaining intact prairies, the complex labyrinth of passages and unique geologic formations in one of the world’s …

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11 Weird Laws in the U.S

1. DON’T ORDER A JACK AND COKE  Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kansas are dry by default, meaning local jurisdictions have to specifically authorize the sale of alcohol for it to be legal. That’s why you can’t open a bottle in the county where Jack Daniels is made.  2. KEEP YOUR EYES …

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5 Best Music Cities in the U.S

It’s not just musicians who go on tour—sometimes the fans are the ones who journey across the country in search of great music. Some head to tiny jazz clubs, others to stadiums with the hottest hip-hop performers. Below are a few of our favorite destinations.  1. NEW ORLEANS: JAZZ AND …

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8 Best Places in the US to See Wildlife

1. JACKSON, WYOMING  The National Elk Refuge, home to a herd numbered in the thousands, is so close to Jackson that you could probably walk from Jackson Town Square. While you’re here, you can also head to Cache Creek to spot moose.  2. MIAMI, FLORIDA  When someone mentions the sandy …

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12 Best Souvenirs to Buy in the USA

1. SWEETGRASS BASKETS  A centuries-old tradition started by the Gullah Geechee people of the Carolinas, descendants of enslaved people from Africa, these intricately woven baskets are the most popular gift item in South Carolina. Charleston City Market is a great place to shop for them.  2. ROSEBUD LIP BALM  You …

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14 Best Wineries In The U.S.

1. HIGH WEST DISTILLERY  At the base of one of the most popular ski runs in Park City, Utah, this is the world’s only ski-in distillery. It’s known for its line of award-winning small-batch vodkas and whiskeys. 2. DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY  Milton, Delaware, is on the beer-lovers map for its …

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10 Best American Roadside Attractions

1. CADILLAC RANCH  Outside the Texas town of Amarillo—mentioned prominently in the song “Route 66”—is this way-out art project. The brainchild of several San Francisco hippies, it’s a series of 10 spray-painted Cadillacs buried grill-first in a pasture. 2. ELMER’S BOTTLE TREE RANCH  In the desert town Oro Grande, California, …

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11 Best Family Vacation Spots in the U.S.

1. DISNEYLAND  Florida’s Walt Disney World has many times the acreage, but for our money the original park in Anaheim, California, packs more fun into every square foot. We still love the Haunted Mansion. 2. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS  Dinosaurs literally burst through the walls at this beloved institution, the …

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14 Best Festivals in the USA

1. ART BASEL  Every December, Miami becomes the center of the art world when it hosts the massive Art Basel, an international festival that also touches down in Switzerland and Hong Kong, and the swanky parties that come along with it.  2. BURNING MAN  Tens of thousands of avid “burners” …

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11 Best Museums in the U.S.

1. MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE  Better known as MoPOP, this family favorite occupies an undulating building in Seattle filled with fun exhibits focusing on everything from punk rock to video games to science fiction films.  2. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM  The art at this Boston landmark—think Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Matisse, and …

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12 Best Natural Wonders in USA

1. CRATER LAKE  In the caldera of a dormant volcano, Oregon’s brilliant blue lake has a depth of 1,943 feet, making it the deepest in the United States. It’s fed by snowfall from the dramatic peaks that ring its shores.  2. NIAGARA FALLS  It’s not the tallest (that’s Angel Falls …

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