Top 10 Greatest Road Trip Destinations
Written by: Matt Horvath
June 6, 2008
Filed Under Vacations
Many times when you hit the highway for a vacation your mind is on getting to your final stop. Perhaps there’s only a short amount of time available off work, or there is a lot planned once there.
Needless to say there are numerous places to check out along the way, here are the top 10 greatest road trip destinations that are a must see.
10. The Coronado Trail
If traveling on US-191 between Clifton and Alpine, AZ, you will get the chance to travel along the twists and turns of the The Coronado Trail.
A great scenic route, this stretch of road is not for the nervous driver as it is steep and narrow with numerous cliffs.
9. Calico Ghost Town
See this State Historic Landmark the way it was. According to www.calicotown.com, 1/3 of the town is original and the rest has been reconstructed to appear as it once was.
They offer seasonal events for the whole family and will embrace you with the Old West.
8. The Famous Houdini Museum
Located in Scranton, PA, this museum brings the history of the famous magician to life. It offers seasonal magic shows in addition to its collection of Houdini history.
7. Cave City
Possibly one of the lesser known spots on the list, Cave City offers attractions for all ages. Mammoth Cave, the world’s longest cave according to www.cavecity.com, alone is reason to stop. This area offers all kinds of amusement and can easily be made into a weekend getaway.
6. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
With locations all over the U.S., the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum is home to the bizarre. Stretch your legs as you browse their gallery of all things strange. You will walk away bewildered.
5. Henry Ford Museum
For anyone that loves cars, it’s not possible to pass through Dearborn, Michigan without stopping at this famous museum. With so much to see, it is easy to spend a whole weekend soaking in the area.Along with Greenfield Village, this is an extraordinary destination of historical value.
4. Hoover Dam
If you are headed to Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam (also known as Boulder Dam) is a mere 30 miles southeast on the border of Nevada and Arizona. This historical man-made barrier offers tours and is a great stop if crossing the border on Highway 93.
It can easily be paired up with a trip to see the number one road trip destination.
3. Niagara Falls
For anyone living in Ohio, Pennsylvania or New York, this border-splitting waterfall is perfect for those spur-of-the-moment road trips. With entertainment on both sides of the border, it is easy to spend a weekend enjoying the Niagara Falls.
It is also the perfect lunch spot if just passing through, with picnic areas nearby the large spectacle.
2. State and National Parks
Although the above mentioned tourist spot is a part of a National Park. There are numerous other National and State Parks that are a perfect place to spend a day, or just stop for a picnic. Too many to possibly list, these parks offer all kinds of different experiences, from endangered species to geysers.
Full of historical and cultural remnants, these preservations can be found along just about any route.
1. Grand Canyon
Not usually considered a spot to spend an entire vacation, the Grand Canyon is certainly worth a stop if passing through Arizona. There are a plethora of ways to observe this humongous gorge including by air, jeep and raft.
You can even tour the canyon on the back of a mule if planned enough in advance.
Outside of the top 10 greatest road trip destinations listed above, any route is bound to have attractive rest stops. Spend a moment online to see what might come across your path, or just watch for signs and see where your trip takes you.