If you’ve been to places all over the world, exploring caves and discovering new favorite cuisine, but have never been to any state except where you live, it’s high time to explore the land of freedom! And what better time to do so than doing it this summer.
Here are the ten all-American places you should be heading to in your next trip.
While in this town, expect to be engulfed in an eclectic mix history of Route 66 and the Wild West. Williams is a perfect stop for little trinkets you can take home to your friends. The Bearizona drive-through wildlife park is also an ideal place for kids to get up close and personal with wildlife. End the day with a ride aboard the hundred-year old Grand Canyon Railway for a scenic, 65-mile ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
If an almost-perfect serene experience while in the country is what you crave for, White Sands is the place to go! Be there when the gates open to catch the glimpse of morning light dancing across the desert. Walk the dunes like you wade through some blue ocean surrounded by purple mountains.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Washington/Oregon
Situated in the state line between Washington and Oregon, this nature-filled locale is an excellent choice for family retreats. The place is where waterfalls, wildflowers, and sweeping views of the Columbia River abound. Take a short hike through the majestic Oneonta Gorge, which leads to a hidden waterfall.
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, Alabama
The year 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the park, which was created in honor of the outstanding service during WWII. The battleship, the aircraft, and the USS Drum submarine are open to the public for excursions. You can also book an overnight adventure, if you feel like living a sailor’s life for a night. Walk through the streets of Mobile Bay lined with historic homes and giant oaks. It was once dubbed as “the Paris of the South.”
Peak to Peak Highway, Estes Park, Colorado
“You can take many photos, but you can never completely capture the beauty of this place.” The ranger at the Rocky Mountain National Park who once said this described the place aright. This 3-hour stretch of green pine trees, snow-capped mountains and log cabins makes the Colorado’s oldest byway the perfect setting for short road trips with your date.
Annapolis reminds you of America’s olden times with its historic homes, wooden sailboats, and midshipmen in their white uniforms strolling the streets. Explore the past and the future of the military at the United States Naval Academy Museum. Then cap off your trip to Annapolis with a dinner of Maryland crab with Old Bay.
Florida Keys Overseas Highway
Drive through the 127-mile Florida Keys Overseas Highway and understand why so many American icons like Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffet for example love to call Key West their home. The highway includes bridges stretching from mainland Florida all the way to the southernmost point of the United States. If you’re up to get wet, pull over a snorkeling break and refuel your body’s energy with some conch fritters.
Redwood National and State Parks, California
Here is where wonder and nature meet! Be enchanted by this forest of giant trees located next to an empty beach that stretches for miles. The sunbeams that peep through the towering canopy of the forest will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to a dreamland somewhere. Redwood National Park is truly an awesome getaway for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.
While in Lafayette, lose yourself in the historical and cultural influence that has given birth to the one-of-a-kind Cajun/French Creole cuisine, music, and language that can only be found in this small part of the country. Enjoy a delectable crawfish boil, dance to zydeco music, and take an exciting airboat ride. Most of all, witness the Mardi Gras for yourself!
Dubbed as the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis is a sight to behold. Its iconic Gateway Arch welcomes you to the city’s friendly Midwest, with its steamboats, vibrant Mississippi riverfront, and many other free attractions. The St. Louis Zoo is truly appealing for families who want a desirable destination to relax in.