If you’re thinking about getting away this summer, you are not alone! A recent survey was done that showed that 1 in 3 people are planning a road trip adventure this summer.
I am going to break down the top 10 road trip destinations as decided by our many amazing Victory Auto Service employees! These are either cities, landmarks, state parks, or just beautiful places that we like. We will make it interesting and count from 10, all the way to number 1: Here we go...
10) The Grand Canyon: The Grand Canyon is massive: It is one mile deep, 277 miles long and 18 miles wide! Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim and the lodge on the North Rim are only about 10 miles apart, however, to drive between them through the park, over the Colorado River and loop around the canyon, you have to travel 215 miles or about 5 hours. That’s just one small way to understand how big the canyon actually is. What a cool place to visit! The views go on for days. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and helicopter tours are just a few of the many things you can do here.
9) The Redwood Forest: This iconic forest has redwood pine trees that are extremely old and massively tall. Some are just hundreds of feet tall. Hyperion is a “coast redwood” that was measured at 380.1 feet, which ranks it as the world's tallest known living tree! How cool is that? You can also drive through parts of the forest with your vehicle as well as mountain-bike and horseback ride in specified areas. This is a very popular destination given its proximity to the ocean, the age and size of the trees, and its natural and amazing beauty!
8) The Alamo: This is where The Battle of The Alamo was fought (February 23rd through March 6th, 1836). It was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution, following a 13-day siege. Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna reclaimed the Alamo Mission near San Antonio, Texas, killing most of the Texians and Tejanos inside. With a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the rebellion. Definitely a road trip destination worthy to check out and learn some fun facts to bring up in your next history trivia conversation with your uncle.
7) The Black Hills & Mount Rushmore: This is a national monument that was completed in 1941 and located in Keystone, South Dakota. The sculpture has 60 foot high granite faces of former U.S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. If you’re heading west on I-90, you need to make a stop at Wall Drug for some souvenirs and a bumper sticker. This is a great way to spend a long weekend!
6) The Outer Banks of North Carolina: Take this drive while you still can. North Carolina's Route 12, also known as the Outer Banks Scenic Highway, has taken a beating during the past years of extreme weather, with hurricanes washing away areas of roadway. The route starts at Bodie Lighthouse in the north and passes the narrow spots of land that make up the barrier islands protecting North Carolina’s mainland from the Atlantic Ocean. Sights along the way include the Oregon Inlet, Pea Island Wildlife Refuge, and the historic Hatteras Lighthouse. The Hatteras Ferry is part of Route 12 and crosses Pamlico Sound to join up with the road again on Ocracoke Island. Sounds like a fun trip to me! Let’s go!
5) Pikes Peak & The Rocky Mountains: Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The 14,115-foot “fourteener” is located in Pike National Forest, just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The mountain is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike. The coolest part of this destination is that you can drive all the way up the side of this mountain to the very top or you can even take the Cog Railway System, a really cool mountain train. The views at the top are breathtaking and well worth the trip. You will definitely want to take some pictures while you are up there!
4) Washington DC: A visit to DC should be on every American's travel list. There are so many sites to see and so many museums to visit. Be prepared to walk all over the place and see all the historic spots that you learned about growing up. Sites include, The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, The Library of Congress, The World War II Memorial, and many more.
3) Yellowstone National Park & Old Faithful: On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. Now, millions of people come to Yellowstone each year. Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500 square-mile wilderness recreation area on top of a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk, and antelope. When you visit, you may erupt with excitement.
2) Banff National Park & Lake Louise: Want to get international? Visit Banff National Park! It is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885. Located in Alberta's Rocky Mountains, located west of Calgary, Banff encompasses 6,641 square kilometers of mountainous terrain, with many glaciers and ice-fields, dense pine forest, and extremely lofty landscapes. You don’t want to miss out on this eye-opening experience.
1) The Florida Keys & Highway Route 1: This 150-mile drive from Miami through the Florida Keys on the iconic Route 1 is so much fun! The Overseas Highway, as it's often called, crosses 42 bridges, including the Seven-Mile bridge over Pigeon Key. If you have ever taken this trip with the family, you know it’s memorable. See how many dolphins you can spot or fish that you see jumping. When you are in the Florida Keys, you need to be sure to visit the southernmost- point of the continental United States of America as well as try some of that yummy key lime pie!
So there you have it... a list of places to go and explore this summer or the next 10 summers. Road trips are so much fun and life is too short to not go out and explore! #happyroadtripping