There’s nothing quite like the mythical cross-country American road trip. And what better time than summer to put the car in drive? There’s so much to discover across this vast, breathtaking land. See it for yourself with an immersive itinerary that will make sure you’re hitting the key spots.
From the Big Apple to San Francisco, here’s your suggested route.
New York City
Start your epic journey in this mega metropolis. While in town, take advantage of the endless melting pot of flavors, ranging from high-end Michelin starred restaurants to street-side food trucks.Take in the iconic sites from the Top of the Rock Observatory at Rockefeller Center, One World Observatory at the Freedom Tower, or the highest open-air observatory in New York City at the Empire State Building. Stroll through Central Park and take in a Broadway show before making your way to the George Washington Bridge to get on I-80 and on your way across the country.
Must-stop: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It’s open 365 days of the year, so chances are pretty good you’ll get to rock on. Afterwards, stop by A Christmas Story House, the setting for the beloved 1983 holiday classic and now a piece of Americana. Explore the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo before you depart, complete with a simulated rainforest.
Rise up 103 floors to the SkyDeck of the Willis Tower and see if you’re brave enough to stand on The Ledge, a glass enclosure that extends four feet over the edge. Enjoy the Magnificent Mile, where you’ll find luxury shops as well as famous structures like the Chicago Water Tower, Wrigley Building, and Tribune Tower. Of course, stop by Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean,” to take a mandatory selfie. Before you leave this amazing city, be sure to try their famous deep-dish pizza that you’ll be able to compare to New York’s thinner crust. An endless debate – you can be the judge.
This will be a slight detour off Route 80, but it’s worth it. After visiting some of America’s most incredible cities, immerse yourself in one of America’s most stunning national parks – Yellowstone. America’s very first national park, Yellowstone is home to a world of breathtaking nature, like the famous geyser Old Faithful, one of 500 geysers in the park.
Salt Lake City, UT
Back on the road, make your way to Utah Olympic Park, just 30 minutes from the city center of Salt Lake City, and marvel at the highest-altitude ski jumps in the world. Try one of the adventure courses, or even zoom down the Olympic Sliding Track in a bobsled – seasoned pilot included, of course!
After a whole lot of adrenaline-pumping adventure, head over to “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Here you’ll discover an eclectic range of activities, including several casinos. The casino district is a staple of the region and a great experience for anyone looking to do some gambling. For a relaxing stroll, hit the Riverwalk area, featuring galleries, gourmet restaurants, and local boutiques.
San Francisco, CA
Finish up your coast-to-coast adventure with an exploration through California’s wine country, Napa Valley. Enjoy wine tastings, but also savor the upscale luxury of pampering spas, and the exquisite cuisine of the area. Head into bustling San Francisco where you’ll get to experience the Golden Gate Bridge and historic Alcatraz Island. Drive down Lombard Street – “the crookedest street in the world” – to cap off the sea-to-shining-sea road trip experience.
Spruce your summer up by taking the ultimate road trip through the heart of the Old Red, White, and Blue. Contact your travel agent to get your road trip itinerary perfected.