In my experience of traveling the world, USA is by far the easiest country to travel in.  What’s more, the USA is home to some of the most beautiful places on earth as well as iconic cities.  I will show you how to plan a USA road trip with some of my original photography as inspiration.

USA Road Trip Inspiration

USA Road Trip Inspiration from KAYAK

The United States is a huge country with thousands of different road trip possibilities.  Maybe you need some inspiration to plan your USA road trip?  The KAYAK team have discovered several amazing road trips.  They explore the possibility of long weekend road trips, road trips in your area and they also share some popular tried and tested USA road trip routes.

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1. Drive Through the Rainbow Mountains of Arizona

Drive Through the Rainbow Mountains of Arizona

Did you know Arizona is home to Rainbow Mountains?  Highway 89A runs right through them.  On a road trip you have the freedom to stop where and when you want to view these multicolored natural wonders.

2. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is the most recognisable bridge in the world.  For this reason, you must drive over it once in your lifetime.  Other famous bridges to discover on a USA road trip are the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and the seven Mile Bridge in Florida.  Lastly, my favourite bridge is the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge on the Arizona Nevada border which offers stunning views of Hoover Dam.

3. Spot Bison from the Car Window

Spot Bison from the Car Window

On a visit to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, it’s common to see Bison strolling beside the road.  These fearsome Bison are the kind of animal you want to view from inside your car, not out in the open!  However, visiting by car gives you the freedom to park and view them for as long as you wish.

4. Plan a USA Road Trip – Drive Over an Active Volcano

Mount Rainier National Park Road Trip

Mount Rainier is an active volcano 60 miles from Seattle in Washington State.  You cannot drive to the summit but there is a network of roads around the peak which form Mount Rainier National Park.  As a matter of fact, this is Americas fifth National Park and there’s a visitors center which gives information on the best viewpoints and hikes in the area.  Read a few of my Mount Rainier facts.

Discover Beauty You Didn’t Know Existed

Crater Lake, Oregon

As you drive around the USA no doubt you’ll discover beauty you never knew existed.  For me, the most beautiful spot in the country is Crater Lake, Oregon.  Crater Lake is in fact, the remains of a collapsed volcano.  Today it’s a blue circular lake offering surreal reflections of the cloud formations above.  Check out hotels in the area so you can visit this beauty spot early in the morning.

Visit Iconic Landmarks

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Which is your favorite USA landmark?  Personally, I see famous landmarks in the movies, which in turn inspire me to visit.  I remember watching Superman II when I was young and the Mount Rushmore scene in particular.  For this reason, I made the long road trip out to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore.  My Mount Rushmore tip is to visit at sunrise when the low sunlight brings the former President’s faces to life.

Plan a USA Road Trip – Enjoy

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to plan a USA road trip.  Need more inspirations for a USA road trip?  Read about Seattle landmarks, Los Angeles landmarks, Las Vegas landmarks, San Francisco landmarks and Lassen Volcano National Park.  How about an Alaskan road trip?  Read about things to do in Fairbanks.