USA road trip tips
Exploring unknown regions by car has been the epitome of travel for us for years. A USA Road trip means setting off on new paths to explore America. Especially in the USA and Canada, road trips are one of the best ways to get to know the country. Everyone does this a little differently, everyone sees the same region in a slightly different way. We were curious and asked travel bloggers what their favorite USA road trip was. We also recommend one
New York Roadtrip
From the Catskills to the Adirondacks, there's plenty to do in upstate New York. Check out these five great places to visit. There are many beautiful places to see in New York State, and this list will give you ideas on where to start.
The Catskill Mountains
The Catskill Mountains are in upstate New York, just south of the Pennsylvania border. They are home to some of the highest peaks in the state as well as several ski resorts.
Located in western New York, the Niagara River flows through the area, creating the famous falls. There are many fun activities here including hiking, biking, fishing and kayaking.
Finger Lakes region
The Finger Lakes region is home to more than 100 lakes, making it one of the largest freshwater lake systems in North America. It is also known for its wine production, with more than 1.000 wineries located throughout the region.
Adirondack Park in upstate New York spans nearly 2 million acres and includes the state's tallest peaks. There are numerous hiking trails as well as opportunities to spot wildlife such as moose, deer and bear.
The Hudson Valley is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Visitors come here to enjoy the area's natural beauty of lakes, rivers, mountains, forests and farmland.
Heike Bohm from Hallo Welt recommends a journey through the northwest:
Most vacationers travel along Highway 101 from San Francisco to Los Angeles on the west coast of the US. On the other hand, I chose the Pacific Northwest on my USA Road Trip: a round trip through the states of Washington and Oregon with a trip to Vancouver, Canada.
From Seattle to Vancouver
From Seattle, it was only for a few days to Vancouver. Back again we started our USA road trip. Our first stop was Mount Rainier, depending on the season a wonderful skiing or hiking area. Although we were there in August, we were able to enjoy the famous wildflower meadows on a hike.
Past Mount St. Helens to the south
At Mount St. Helens, the largely destroyed nature of the volcanic eruption in Xnumx, still under a thick layer of ash, reminds one. In the visitor center you can visualize the natural spectacle once again.
To Crater Lake
The second deepest lake in North America, Crater Lake impressed me with its exceptionally blue color. When driving over the Rim Drive, once around the lake, which originated in the caldera of an extinct crater, one is always surprised by beautiful views.
Along the Oregon Coast
Along the great Oregon Coast we went back north. Here, in addition to the spectacular views, for example the Haystack Rock, I really liked the small village of Florence.
On the Olympic Peninsula we went back to Seattle with one of the typical ferries across the Puget Sound - by the way, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.
practical Tips for a USA tour on the west coast You can find it on Julia's Journeyz.
Mandy Decker of Travelroads recommends a USA road trip from New York to Miami
My favorite road trip in the US? Definitely the 19-day tour along the East Coast - from New York to Miami - last year. It started right in my favorite New York City, where we spent great days with 4, before we took the bus to Washington DC. For us, that was the best way to travel relaxed between the two cities because you do not really need a car in the big cities.
From Jacksonville through the southern states
In order to save time and the very costly one-way rental, we also took a domestic flight down to Jacksonville, Florida after 3 days in the capital. From there we finally started the actual USA road trip with the rental car: First with a detour to the southern states of the USA, with which I fulfilled a long-cherished dream. Savannah and Charleston were on the program and were the absolute highlights of our tour - the so-called old south not only has a lot of southern romanticism á la Gone with the Wind to offer, but is also very interesting historically and culturally. And the best thing is that you don't have to go far to the sea along the coast!
From St. Augustine to Miami
Then we finally cruised through the Sunshine State of Florida in 8 days - from St. Augustine to the Kennedy Space Center, once across the country to Fort Myers Beach & Naples, on to search for alligators in the Everglades (my tip: Shark Valley ), on one of the most beautiful road trip routes, the US-1, to Key West and finally, of course, to Miami.
The special thing about this USA road trip for me was the mixture of big city feeling, romance, history as well as nature and relaxation. My tips on what not to be missed on the tour? Clearly, New York, Washington DC, Savannah (!) & Charleston, a visit to the Kennedy Space Center & the Everglades as well as Key West.
Sabine von Reisekladde follows in the footsteps of Anne LaBastille and Henry David Thoreau
When we started our USA road trip through the New England states, I knew we couldn't leave this area without exploring the area where Anne LaBastille lived. Anne LaBastille is kind of a female Henry David Thoreau, only that she lived in our day and age. Both went into the woods to build their wooden hut without electricity and to live there. Thoreau did this for an experiment for two years. For Anne LaBastille it became a philosophy of life.
We already had a long drive behind us as we came from Niagara Falls on the border with Canada when we reached the Aridondacks in New York State.
Through the Adirondacks
We stayed at the Best Western Hotel Mountain Lake Inn on Saranic Lake. About ten miles from where the 1980 Winter Olympics took place: Lake Placid. Although we were still a little way from Lake Big Moose (Black Bear Lake), where Anne LaBastille lived with her sheepdogs, I could still sense the silence and nature that she must have experienced.
I remember the drive through the Adirondacks as one of the most beautiful drives through the New England States.
Three very different options for a USA road trip, showing how diverse the country is and what opportunities there are for getting to know the US. Thank you Heike Bohm from Hello World, Mandy Decker of Travelroads and Sabine from Reisekladde warmly for your very own most beautiful USA Road Trip. Maybe they will give you suggestions for your own travel on new routes through the USA.
If you're looking for information on how much a trip to the USA costs, check out this post by Manouk Bob from Bunch of Backpackers - Adventure Travel Blog: Costs of USA Road Trip
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Text: Monika Fuchs and the travel bloggers involved