Road Trip Tips for the All-American Vacation
by Kari Lloyd
Taking an All-American vacation by car or RV can produce a lifetime of happy memories when you plan it right. Make sure that you stop at the most popular attractions, take time to traverse the small towns and travel by caravan for the best road trip. However, your greatest tool for partaking in the All-American vacation is to keep an open mind and have fun.
Stop at the Big Attractions
Depending on where you’ll be going, and the length of time that you plan on staying, you’ll want to map out a course of action that takes you to the most famous spots on your vacation. However, you shouldn't ignore any weird and retro roadside attractions that come up.
Most people have only seen the greatest landmarks of America, such as the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, Yellowstone Park and the Golden Gate Bridge on T.V. or via the Internet. Taking a road trip to witness these amazing top attractions is exhilarating when you actually see them in person.
- The original Walmart store in Bentonville, Arkansas.
- Superman's hometown of Metropolis, Illinois.
- The country's largest model-train store, Charles Ro Supply Co., in Malden, Massachusetts.
- The Greater World Community in Taos, New Mexico, where all the environmentally friendly houses are made from old bottles, cans, tires and dirt.
Get Off the Beaten Path: Retro Travel
Because of its size and diversity, each part of America is unique. You should make a point of getting off the beaten path and traveling the back roads of America’s quaint and charming communities. For those traveling South, you’re sure to notice a different way of life than when making your way around the Northeast Coast. Whether it’s small town charm, big city excitement or a laidback hippy attitude, you’re sure to find something memorable that lingers in your mind long after your trip.
RV or Trailer Caravans
Another great way to see America is in an RV or trailer caravan. This can include a group of people who are unknown to you, but with similar interests in the things that you want to see and do. However, it can also be an adventure that you set up on your own with a group of family, friends and other loved ones. A group of travelers is a fun way to explore a region, and there’s always safety in numbers. Make sure you carry the correct insurance and driver's license requirements before you leave. You can check this with insurers like Monkey Insurance, who specialize in caravans.
Camping and RV Sites
Getting back to nature is the best way to connect with your family and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re sleeping in a tent, a travel trailer or an RV, camping is a communal way to ditch the electronics, build your own fire, and cook your own food. What better way to see America than by enjoying Mother Nature and the beauty that surrounds her? Do your research early and locate the best campsites dependent on your travel route.
GPS for Your Car
To avoid getting into arguments and having to ask for directions, you will want to have a GPS tracking unit available. Even if you are taking a more relaxed approach to your trip, you can still get lost. By inputting your exact location, the GPS unit will command you on the proper routes to get to your destination. It can even help if you get off track and are unsure of where to go next.
Road Trip Food: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
Traveling from state to state can be tantalizing to your palate when you skip the typical fast food restaurants. Most regions are well known for certain foods. For instance, Chicago is famous for deep-dish pizza and Memphis has great barbecue. Make it a point to stop at places that are most popular in the area by asking the locals, going to Yelp.com or watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on T.V. The best place could be anything from a dive eatery at a local truck stop to a scenic restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf.
Everyone Gets Their Say
America is vast and has a host of things to see and do. When traversing the open roads with the family, you want to keep an open mind and let everyone choose something that they would like to do, even if this means laying witness to the world’s largest ball of string. You’ll find it a more enjoyable experience when you view your trip for the adventure that it truly is.
There’s so much to see and do when navigating across America that you may only make a small dent in your vacation plans. With the above tips and an adventurous attitude, you’ll be on the road to a memorable journey most people only dream about.
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Kari Lloyd has traveled to nearly all 50 states and around the globe.