This is a guest post from Boyde McMakin from PPL Motorhomes
The United States of America is a huge country filled with incredible sights, diverse scenery and cultural wonders.
From the sun-drenched Florida beaches to the vastness of the Rocky Mountains, traveling across the country can be the adventure of a lifetime. Getting back to nature by camping out in a tent or RV or spending the nights in a hotel while exploring famous routes, taking in historic sights and visiting the national parks offers a custom experience for every level of adventurer.
Following the same route as the fur traders, Lewis and Clark and the early pioneers, The Oregon Trail takes travelers along the same route as the first wagon trains that headed to the Pacific coast. Starting near Independence, Missouri, across South Pass in Wyoming and through the Columbia valley to Oregon City travelers can cross the historic route in a matter of days.
Known as “The Mother Road,” historic Route 66 winds its way from Chicago to Los Angles. Running through Missouri, Oklahoma and New Mexico, Route 66 was the first modern highway running to California and was the road that opened the southwest to motorized travel. Most of Route 66 can still be driven, with the aid of a historical map.
Places to Visit
From the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center near Titusville, Florida to the observation deck of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, the U.S is filled with one-of-a-kind attractions.
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas, where American legends like Dave Crockett and Jim Bowie fought for Texas’ independence, is preserved as a museum that teaches the history of the famous battle.
The Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Virginia tell the tale of one of the most contentious times in America’s history.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ohio showcases the most talented players and coaches from the Great American pastime’s past.
A four-lane bridge spanning the Colorado River and part of U.S. Highway 93 between Las Vegas and Phoenix, the Hoover Dam is the largest hydro-electro dam in the world.
Connecting San Francisco to Sausalito and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Golden Gate Bridge is an architectural wonder spanning a 1.7 mile section of the bay. The largest suspension bridge ever built at the time, the Golden Gate Bridge carries over 100,000 vehicles a day.
A towering man-made wonder, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota showcases the likeness of four or the United States’ greatest presidents super-sized in granite.
National Parks and Forests
With 58 national parks and 155 national forests America has some of the most beautiful wide-open spaces on earth.
The “Great Granddaddy” of national parks, Yellowstone, is a community unto itself. Home to the largest heard of wild bison in the U.S. and largest collection of geysers in the world, Yellowstone National Park has eight separate villages with attractions and amenities.
Perhaps the most memorizing landscape in nature, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona offers river rafting and mule-train rides though a wild and scenic gorge that nature took 5 million years to create.
For those wishing to sleep under the stars instead of a hotel roof, most U.S. National Forests offer inexpensive campgrounds or free camping in any area that is not posted prohibiting it.