Taking a road trip across the States has to be high on anyone’s bucket list, but with such a huge expanse to cover and so much to see, how on earth to you decide where to find the best scenic spots? America’s highways, natural wonders and national parks offer so much opportunity along with some jaw dropping views. We take a look at some of the most scenic stops and awe inspiring views the US has to offer.
The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), California
When most people think of California, they immediately think of movie stars but California’s coastline is the real star here. The Pacific Coast Highway or PCH as it is commonly known, winds its way over 600 miles of dramatic coastline. It is a magnet for motorcyclists and just as stunning for those behind the wheel of a convertible. Beautiful pink sunrises greet the day and wonderful grays, greens and blues make an amazing array of natural colors just begging to be photographed at every turn. Grab your camera and hit the road to explore miles of California’s natural beauty.
Points of interest include: Big Sur, Pismo State Beach, San Luis Obispo and Venice Beach.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, South Dakota
Located just 7 miles east of Medora, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park offers a unique experience for the visitor. A sign urges you to not to ‘approach the wildlife’ and with no fences or barriers between you and them, it is advice well heeded. These are the Badlands, where the landscape is made up of layers of wild, untamed, undulating earth toned ribbons. The air is clear and the land pretty much untouched by human hand. Expect to be greeted by Bison as you pull up in to the parking lot and don’t forget your camera for this wild and wonderful experience.
Points of interest also include: Medora Town, the Painted canyon Visitor Centre.
Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Lovers of the coast and seascape will be delighted with Cape Ann. Travelling around the coastline you will feel as if you have been transported in to a 19th Century novel. Gracious and majestic homes stand perched upon rocky shores offering a true contrast across the seasons, from the dark and stormy winters to the warm, flower filled summers. Cape Ann is America’s oldest working seaport and artist colony which offers a true taste of New England. With an abundance of fresh seafood, beautiful beaches and hidden fishing villages, it is the most magical place to explore. Make sure you visit Motif#1, the most painted building in America and the Fisherman’s Memorial Statue standing proud overlooking Gloucester harbor.
Points of interest also include: The Rocky Neck Art Colony, Cape Ann Light Station.
Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in America and was formed over 7,500 years ago when Mount Mazama collapsed. Today, this stunning blue caldera lake draws in visitors of almost half a million each year. Take the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and Rim Drive as you climb the 610m taking you around the cliffs which ring this impressive lake. Fed entirely by rain and snowfall, this is one of the purest waters in the country and can be viewed in all its glory from more than 20 scenic outlook posts. Make sure you take your camera as you gaze out over Wizard Island and enjoy the fresh, pure air around you. Those who might wish to linger a while longer can wake up to this amazing view by reserving a lakeside room at the Crater Lake Lodge.
Points of interest also include: Cloudcap Overlook, Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop.
Have you taken a road trip across the US? If so did you see a great scenic stop which we may have missed off our list? If so, drop us a line in the comments box below, we’d love to hear from you.
David Wilson is a travel writer who specializes in discovering the best places to visit and live in the US.
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