The United States is home to some of the most incredible, jaw-dropping scenery in the world. The sad thing is that so many citizens never take the time to visit these amazing places.
If you’re trying to come up with some amazing road trip ideas that’ll get everyone in the family excited about traveling, you should put at least a few of these 7 must-see sights on your list.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
This is one of the country’s most popular national parks, but it’s big enough that you can comfortably get away from the crowds and take in the soaring peaks of the Colorado Rockies by yourself. From wildlife viewing to hiking, camping, and fishing, if the outdoors are your thing, Rocky Mountain National Park is your playground.
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is considered by many travelers to be the jewel on top of Glacier National Park. This remote northern corner of Montana sees quite a few visitors per year for how far it is from big cities, but the trip is worth it.
The road is an engineering marvel that was carved right out of the mountain, crossing the park east to west and going over the Continental Divide. If you want to see one of the few remaining pristine wild places in America, this is a great place to do it.
Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
Yet another engineering marvel in the middle of relatively nowhere, Mt. Rushmore is a sight you’ve likely seen in hundreds of photos. But seeing it in person is a completely different experience. You’ll quickly find yourself in awe of the fact that these 60 foot-high carvings were completed in 1941.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
It’s 1.7 miles of orange metal that connects the Bay Area to the mainland around it, and there are few other urban sights quite as impressive. The scenery is what really makes the Golden Gate Bridge stick out, with the sharp cliffs of San Francisco dropping off into the chilly waters of the Pacific.
Yosemite National Park, California
Half-Dome. El Capitan. These names are synonymous with conservation, rock climbing, and the great outdoors – and they all call Yosemite home. This National Park isn’t as remote as Glacier – far from it, actually. You’re pretty close to modern comforts but you have the chance to spend some time in one of the greatest wilderness spots in all of California.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of those places that no picture or movie will ever do justice. The first moment when you peer over the edge of the canyon and see the giant gash in the earth will literally take your breath away. There’s nothing else like it in the entire country – or the world, for that matter – and that alone makes it a must-see part of the country.
Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
Caves sound cold and claustrophobic, right? Carlsbad has plenty of those tight spaces, but it’s home to more than 100 caves including the aptly named Big Room. Carlsbad gives you the chance to marvel at what nature can do when left alone, without the risk of exploring caves by yourself.
America has so many incredible hidden wonders it’s nearly impossible to narrow down the must-see places to just 7. These are great places to start your exploration of the country, though. And who knows? You may just find something you didn’t expect out there on the road.