This time last year I’d just come back from celebrating my 30th birthday in California which included a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco via the Big Sur (I have posts on this coming up soon I sware!). I was nervous about driving in America beforehand, especially as LA traffic is notoriously difficult to navigate and I’d never driven an automatic car before but I found it surprisingly easy. I fell in love with the notion of the great US adventure! Just throwing your suitcase in a car and hitting the open road. I loved that we saw some of the less touristy sides of the state while driving from place to place and I saw landscapes change and wildlife that I’ve never seen before. Our road trip only lasted a couple of days but it has left me with an urge to head back stateside and do a longer tour. In fact, even back home in the UK we’ve been looking at the possibility of doing up a campervan to try and recapture the spirit. Right now it’s just a dream, but here are a couple of places I’d just have to include when planning a dream US road trip:
Eat deep dish pizza in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago has a really strong food scene as well as a fascinating history so that makes it a must-visit destination. The true crime lover in me really wants to do a Valentine’s Day Massacre tour to learn more about the infamous Chicago mob scene and call me crazy but I’ve been desperate to do The Tilt, a widow that tilts you out over the edge of Chicago’s 360 observation tower since I first saw it go viral on Facebook. Chicago has some outrageously fun themed bars and restaurants and there are so many I’d want to visit such as the spy-themed Safehouse, The Library and I can’t miss the Ron Swanson Cafe!
Grab a beer in Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville has been picking up some serious hype as a must-visit city recently and everyone I know who has been has fallen in love with it. The city now has direct routes from London so it’s looking increasingly tempting and it’s rock and roll reputation is calling out to me! I’d love to go bar hopping here. Drinking beers, listening to live music and soaking up the vibe. I hear it really lives up to its nickname of ‘music city’.
Learn about Voodoo in New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is known for three things; partying, great food and voodoo! Who wouldn’t want to wander down the French Quarter with a frozen margarita in hand, before heading to check out some of its famous museums such as the Museum of Voodoo History, the Museum of Death and the Mardi Gras World. Then, of course, there is the world renowned creole food! Other then the Mardi Gras this might be the thing New Orleans is the most known for! Gumbo, Bisque and beignets, oh my! I want to taste it all!
Of course, there are tons of other places I’d love to visit in the US such as The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and Boston, I could create another ten different road trips just thinking about it! Planning for them can be stressful with so many logistics to organise and research from hotels, to travel and tours and attractions. Thankfully TravelPlanners can take all the hard work out of planning a trip for you! Just a quick look on their site and it can link you up to hundreds of different trips which include car hire, hotels, attractions and more. Don’t fancy the drive? Check out some of the tours that involve cruise or train travel instead, some even include a mixture of both if you want to split up the driving. It’s not just for the US either, they have tours to explore across the globe so make it your first stop when planning your next big adventure!
Where would you include when planning a dream US road trip? Planning your own Roadtrip? Make sure you check out my tips on preparing for a US road trip.