Passport-free Vacations: Multi-stop trips around the USA
You might be thinking of embarking on a ten-day road trip through the American Southwest. Perhaps you're gearing up for a three-month trek along the Appalachian trail. Or maybe you're doing a combination city trip and hiking trip near Denver for the weekend. No matter how long the trip or where it takes you, we've got plenty of advice for how to do your domestic multi-stop vacation right. You don't need to travel outside the U.S. to experience something exciting and different—read on to find out how.
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Tips for multi-stop trips through the USA
If you're planning your first road trip, it's best to be conservative with how many places you'd like to see. Start by choosing a region that interests you and then focus on one or two states in that region. Don't underestimate the enormous distances, no matter how close places may seem on a map. You also have to consider speed limits, traffic coming in and out of cities, and how many breaks you'll need to take. For some inspiration:
- The Classic West Coast/Southwest Road Trip - Drive down Route 1 (also known as the Pacific Coast Highway) from San Francisco to Los Angeles and then on to hit the casinos in Las Vegas
- The "Wild West" - Tour through Arizona and New Mexico to experience their fascinating array of national parks
- The Historical Northeast - Wander through 17th century cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and the ultimate city destination, New York, before you discover the seemingly endless forests of New England, with their kaleidoscope of fall colors.
- A Trip to the Tropics - Discover the many attractions, from the Everglades to Miami Beach, in Florida.
- A Taste of Southern Charm - Journey along the Mississippi RIver to the jazz metropolis of New Orleans and the beautiful vistas of Louisiana
Travel Inspiration: Cant-Miss Sights
The US is too rich in amazing sights to list them all, but if you're looking for travel inspiration check out some of these beautiful destinations:
- The yellow cabs, bright lights, and bustlings streets of New York
- The many museums and imposing buildings of Washington, D.C.
- Romantic icon Niagara Falls
- The colorful art world and famous theme parks of Orlando
- The tropical beaches and towering palm trees on the west coast of Florida
- The fast-moving music hubs of Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans
- The legendary Route 66
- The Grand Canyon
- Yellowstone and Yosemite, the big national parks of the West
- The famous Hollywood sign over Los Angeles
- The glittering metropolis of Las Vegas in the middle of the desert