December 28th, 2020 by

With the weather being as warm and as perfect as it currently is, it would be a shame not to take a road trip and go to any number of American destinations that are currently open to the public. Thanks to America’s park funding, Americans can check out hundreds of sites that are historically and naturally important to this great country. If you are looking to make a road trip, the first thing of business will be to make sure that your car is functioning properly for the long ride ahead. The next thing that you will need to do is research exactly which destination you plan on checking out. In this article, we’ll go over a few suggestions on road trip destinations you really won’t want to miss.

Yellowstone National Park

You wouldn’t be able to make a list of road trip destinations without putting this legendary park on it. Located in parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park or “Yellowstone” was the first national park established by the United States and was signed into law by the president at the time in 1872. Known for its wide range of wildlife, Yellowstone National Park is also home to several geothermal features including the iconic “Old Faithful” geyser that erupts water nearly 150 feet into the air and goes on for 290 seconds every 90 minutes. It’s hard to believe how a natural part of the planet has such a cyclic cycle but, as they say, that’s nature for you. Alongside the geothermal features of the park are also a variety of plants that you won’t find anywhere else. Yellowstone National Park is a fantastic place to take young children for their first venture into the great outdoors where the discovery of life is nearly endless.

Big Sur

Located off of the central coast of California, Big Sur is one of those iconic vistas you may have viewed from a postcard. But why look at the postcard when you can hop into your vehicle and drive out there along the Big Sur coastal highway in order to see it for yourself. Sandwiched between the California coastal lines and Santa Lucia Mountains, Big Sur is well regarded for its dramatic landscape that has been the stage for several important film and television shows important to contemporary American culture. Known as “one of the best drives on earth” by the American Automobile Association, Big Sur certainly won’t fail to keep you captivated as you drive through the coastline. If you are interested in taking a break, don’t forget to bring a bathing suit to the beach and potentially catch some huge waves and some huge stars riding down on those huge waves (I’m looking at you McConaughey).

Zion National Park

Yet another national park on this list, Zion National Park is one of the most picturesque beauties in the country as well as on the entire globe. Located in Utah, the park is known for its tremendous natural scenery including rugged mountains, rivers, woodland forests, as well as its wide varieties of rock formations including mountains, canyons, buttes, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches. Being one of the most geologically diverse natural parks in the world, Zion National Park is a great place to take both young children and older kids alike who might be learning about Geography and Geographical properties in the classroom. While the geology is primary in the area, the abundance of wildlife is also extremely important to the area. With Golden Eagles, Redtail Hawks, and Bighorn Sheep everywhere, understanding the fauna of the area is a great distraction from the incredible views. There are also several horseback riding locations that can be fantastic experiences for the entire family.

Mount Rushmore

You have seen the pictures of the four presidents watching over Americans in countless history books and travel guides. Why not check them out and view them for yourself? Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota. In addition to the Mount Rushmore Memorial itself, a location is a place several notable individuals from the exploration out west came through as they explored including chief Red Cloud, Lewis and Clark, and their guide Sacagawea, as well as the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody. A region with an important historical background also has incredible earth formations as well as a wide range of fauna that makes it a place you certainly don’t want to skip out on.
If you are looking to head out on the road anytime soon, you certainly won’t want to miss these locations. With the weather being as perfect as it is, now is the time to get out there and start exploring. If you have any questions about your vehicle maintenance before you make the road trip, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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