From sea to shining sea, the United States houses a diverse scenery — both culturally and physically. Spending weeks traveling across its great landscape gave me a strong admiration for all my region has to offer.
After traveling 13,000 miles over the continental United States this spring , I wanted to share a few of my favorite destinations along with you. I’ve already discussed the best restaurants and lessons learned, so it just looks suitable to end the road trip articles with my personal favorite places:
The restaurants of memphis at night
Gritty, commercial, as well as a bit rundown, Memphis appears to be its best times are behind it, but don’t let the hard exterior fool you — the town continues to be house with a killer food along with a vibrant blues music scene. Moreover, there’s Graceland (Elvis’s home) for lovers of the Master, a large waterfront for walking, and the exceptional, comprehensive, and moving Memorial of Civil Rights (it’s large, so don’t rush it!). I enjoyed town over I predicted and was disappointed once I had to leave. To use a motto, it’s a hidden treasure!
Austin skyline at dusk
Our new house (surprise! I moved to Austin!), and each visit here makes me love it more and more. The summer, the exciting honkytonks and live music, funky house bars on Rainey Street, amazing hiking and biking trails, and a great deal of outside activities… Austin has everything. Due to from the growing food truck population for the flagship Whole Foods store with the amazing salad bar (grilled pineapple!), I eat — and eat well — nonstop.
The Austin campus of the University of Texas offers a youthful energy for the area, and its generous attitude attracts a varied and contemporary population. In short, you can’t skip Austin, because if you do, I’ll find you and drag you there.
Beautiful new Orleans
New Orleans can be a city with soul. It’s seen some hard times, but it lives on having a zest forever unmatched by many areas. It’s a rich and long history and it is stuffed with scrumptious French-inspired Creole and Cajun foods, live jazz music, street performers, and an appreciation for all the temptations of life. In my opinion, New Orleans one of the most contemporary and vibrant cities in the United States.
Downton abbey mansion in Asheville
Asheville is Portland within the North Carolina mountains: high in tasty craft beer, food, and hipsters. I liked the area a whole lot, including its proximity to some superb and lovely mountain hikes including the Carolina Mountain Trail. Furthermore, the city features a large amount of areas for anyone wanting something deeper — and make sure you browse the Ashville Botanical Gardens close to the university campus. The beautiful Smoky Mountains are a brief drive away, and the big Biltmore house, the largest privately owned residence in america as soon as home to George Vanderbilt, is on the borders of the city. If you’ve ever seen Downton Abbey, that’s what the home is similar to! (And, if you haven’t, you need to! The show is addicting!)
The Pacific Coastal Drive
A view of the pacific from the pacific coastal drive
The drive-up the Pacific Coast is considered one of the most lovely on the planet. I have to agree. I didn’t travel the complete coast, but the part I forced (Bay Area to Portland) was outstanding: sheer cliffs, forests descending to the shoreline, miles of beaches, and giant redwoods. It’s jaw-dropping all the way. Anticipate to make slow progress, as you’ll be dragging around often to prevent, hike, and enjoy the view.
Redwood National Park
Beautiful redwood trees in the redwood national park
Across the Pacific Coast is Redwood National Park, a big expanse of giant redwood trees filled with picnic areas, places to camp, and miles upon miles of hiking trails. Trails range from easy to demanding, and there are many loops that leave to nearby beaches. It’s absolutely beautiful, awe-inspiring, and humbling in every way.
Glacier National Park
Aweinspiring views in the Glacier national park
Although I visited when all of the park was still sealed (it was too early in the entire year and there was still snow around), I was still stunned by the place: gorgeous snow-topped mountains rising high in to the air; an attractive, still sea where to appreciate those hills and large glaciers; and hiking trails galore. It was the most mind-blowing position I found on my trip, and I could realize why everybody raves about it. I can’t recommend a visit there enough.
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The Denver skyline at night
The mile-high location (not least since pot is legitimate there), Denver includes a mix of outdoor ruggedness and large-city living. It’s a massive craft beer scene, excellent restaurants (including, Sushi Sasa, among the best sushi restaurants on earth), a large international airport with plenty of connections, and distance for the mountains (along with the Republic of Boulder). It’s clean, and the people are extremely friendly. There are few cities in america I want to livein, but I enjoy Colorado enough to state that it’s one of them.
If the temperature is nice, I don’t assume there’s a better city in the United States. And when the wintertime get cold is over, Chicagoans burst from their houses to savor the summer weather, so there’s good, happy vibe emanating through the city. Benefit from it.