7 RV Trips That Will Make You Want to Take the Scenic Route
1. The Florida Keys is not just a tropical paradise; the 113-mile drive on the Overseas Highway is a fantastic sight to behold. Besides long stretches of bridges over crystal-clear water, you'll find state parks, dolphins at Key Largo, spas, and diving museums. For the less water inclined, Key West has tons of bars, art galleries, and museums. There's always something to do and see in the Florida Keys.
2. The Hill Country in Texas is a sprawling pastoral loop starting in San Antonio. Getting to San Antonio on Interstate 10 isn't the prettiest drive in the world, but once you reach the Hill Country, it'll all be worth it. The region is filled with beautiful canyons and rivers for hiking, and unusual landscapes like the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Unique small towns are dotted throughout the area, adding some interesting local flair to an already picturesque landscape.
3. The Four Corners of the American Southwest is where the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah come together. This landmark is on a 525-mile route that brings you through some beautiful natural landmarks, including the petrified forest. Skiers will love this route as well, because the resort town of Telluride, Colorado is part of this trip. Since the route dips in and out of high elevations, don't be surprised to be in snowy weather one minute, and summer heat the next.
4. Farther to the west, the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most famous scenic routes in the United States. Known regionally as the PCH, or just Route 1, the 522-mile stretch goes through multiple state parks and historic sites. There are also tons of places to soak up the sunshine, like San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Monterey. There's so much to do that you'll probably want to break the trip down into pieces and spend one trip in California, and one farther north.
5. If you go far enough up the American West Coast, you'll get to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, which has its own picturesque views. Start in Seattle and take a 330-mile loop through snow-capped mountains and massive forests. Some of those forests are actually rainforests, because of the climate by the coast. Many of the others are old-growth forests, some of the most majestic untamed regions left in the country.
6. Near the Midwest, the Black Hills of South Dakota, with the Badlands nearby, is a beautiful but challenging 350-mile drive. The hills are covered with tall pines, and you have to be cautious on some of the switchback turns. The view is worth it, and you can see for miles over the sprawling hills. When you come back to civilization, you can check out the Mount Rushmore National Monument and many other historic landmarks.
7. Shipwreck Coast, despite its ominous name, is a hidden gem along Lake Superior. Many ships have sunk along the coast over the years, but the coast isn't just a mass of rotting wood. The cliffs are splattered with many colors, and beaches and forests stretch out for miles in state parks. For the history buffs, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and the Marquette Maritime Museum teaches visitors all about the region and its lost ships.
You can do much more on an RV road trip than just drive, and that's the beauty of road trips. There's always something new to see and experience, no matter where you go. Whether or not you love the scenery, these trips are sure to make you excited to travel. These trips aren't the only gorgeous ones you can take in the United States, either – you can go just about anywhere and find something amazing. Try and make a journey to one of these locations, and you'll definitely want to go on another.
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