It can’t be denied that the United States is really one of the greatest places on earth for a road trip. Its vast land encompasses climates ranging from frigid Alaska to the scorching heat of the Nevada desert; and the contrasting scenery is almost as extreme. Here, it’s not uncommon to find spectacular views of raw earth, seemingly untouched by human hands, sitting just miles away from enormous cities full of skyscrapers that seem to kiss the clouds.
Herein lies the road trip appeal. And, Hayes & Jarvis, a well-known, UK-based travel agency, wants to make sure your next excursion allows you to experience it all. The company’s USA Road Trip Recommender is an online planning app that allows you to quickly and easily design a trip based on the desired experience. Want to take a Foodie route that allows you to sample the must-have fare of America? How about a city slicker route, featuring major metropolitan areas in the region of your choosing?
You can also choose a route centered on National Parks. Doing so would produce a map with your suggested route and information about each stop along the path. The following six destinations are just a few of the more than 200 locations included.
Great Smoky Mountains
Home to one of America’s National Parks, the Great Smoky Mountains are a huge expanse of mountain ranges rising up through the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Hiking through the mountains will take you across beautiful rivers, dramatic waterfalls, and thick forests, with the chance to see black bears, elk, exotic birds, and strange reptiles. If you make it to the mountain peaks, you’ll see layers of beautiful forest and mountain, surrounded by the thick plumes of smoke that give the mountains their name.
Despite being the smallest National Park in Alaska, the Kenai Fjords is still a respectable 607,000 acres comprised of vast glaciers, rocky coastline, and majestic forests with ice capped mountains rising up in the distance. If the extreme landscapes don’t take your breath away, the varied wildlife will. Black and brown bears inhabit the land, while the sea itself is home to whales, orcas, and dolphins, in addition to smaller mammals like seals and otters. Penguins nest in the ice while eagles and falcon fill the sky.
Although technically not a canyon, Bryce Canyon is made up of amphitheaters filled with beautiful pinnacles called hoodoos, with some reaching heights of 200 feet. There are three distinct climates within Bryce Canyon, with blankets of forest and meadows hiding in the great expanse of valleys. Whilst the Canyon itself takes the limelight during the day, it is the sky that becomes the main attraction at night. The great expanse of the galaxy is so clear from Bryce Canyon, it even hosts an annual astronomy festival.