There are experiences that, as adventurers, we feel the need to live at least once in a lifetime, and road trips have that unexplainable magic in each stretch of the journey that you´ll treasure for life. The unique thing about traveling by road in the United States is that you’ll find a variety of very different activities ranging from a cultural immersion experience to outdoor extreme adventures, and especially the experience of traveling the oldest paved road in the United States.
The first thing you should keep in mind is to do the indispensable safety checks before you venture away on the road, in this article you can take a look at the most important and verify that you have the right road equipment to assist you during all stages of your trip.
The Mother Route, as the writer John Steinbeck named it in the Grapes of Wrath is the first paved road in the United States, if you want to undertake a journey through time and history, this is a perfect destination for you. Among the activities you can enjoy there’s a tour of the Arizona desert, a visit to the imposing Grand Canyon, staying at the iconic teepees of “Wigwam Villages” or sharing a delicious family meal in one of the cafeterias set at the time that more than a trip will give you an experience of cultural immersion.
This road, built in 1926, was originally from Chicago (Illinois) through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California to end in L.A. with a total distance of 3939 km.
It began in 1930 and extends 600 miles from California’s beautiful beaches. It is a destination of incredible beauty that allows travelers the opportunity to enjoy the attractions that California has to offer. The ideal would be to take it easy and taste all these landscapes, wrapped in the climate of the mountain and enjoying the views of the coast.
It begins in San Francisco, passing through Felton and Santa Cruz and then entering a scene of rugged mountains blanketed with dream forests where you can camp. Then, on the way into Cambria, stop at the Piedras Blancas Friends of the Elephant Seal Rookery, then continue to Morro Bay where you may see any number of wild animals including blue herons, monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and – yes – adorable, fluffy sea otters.
The route continues through San Luis Obispo, and its incredible mountain views, which you can enjoy if you trek or sample local wines at one of more than 30 nearby wineries. Follow Los Olivos and Solvang, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego, the perfect destinations to enjoy the sun, the beach, the sand, and immerse yourself in a fantastic experience.
Glacier National Park
In Montana, there is a paradise of peaks, valleys, and waterfalls that will leave you breathless and you can travel with the same naturalness as the fauna that forms its ecosystem. You can enjoy the beauty of its shapes, colors and dreamlike atmosphere by going to see the glaciers, hiking through its valleys. The most common is an 80 kilometer journey through mountains, through bright lakes and sharp curves.
If you’re a water lover, you can venture into rafting on the Flathead River or sailing Lake McDonald. And in the winter you can enjoy a stay in one of the cozy cabins set in the Swiss buildings of the twentieth century, warm and with a hot drink.
Yosemite National Park
Valleys, waterfalls and gigantic granite rock pieces, that all this is in the same place seems of dream, for this reason the UN declared it patrimony of the humanity, and also for that reason you cannot lose the opportunity to take a walk by its valleys, to contemplate the panoramic view of the whole place if you enter by the route 49, and to let you marvel by the imposing view of one of its most important attractions, The Captain, a massif of granite of more than 2000 meters of height. It is recommended that you visit it in spring, as its flows are fed by the melting of glaciers.