Exploring the Country One Road Trip at a Time
After months stuck inside, it’s time for a much-needed escape. Whether your vacation style is shopping, museum-hopping or simply lounging on the beach, some of the best destinations are right in our backyard. Read on to discover your perfect U.S. road trip adventure.
METRO CHIC: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Few cities match up to the glitz and glam of the Big Apple. Unwind amongst acres of green expanse in Manhattan’s famed Central Park, stroll the celebrated Metropolitan Museum of Art, and snap a selfie against a backdrop of the city skyline atop the observation deck at Rockefeller Plaza. Tour famous monuments like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty, be wowed by a world-renowned music and theatre scene and top it all off with dinner at one of over 20,000 restaurants, from teeny tiny diners to the most illustrious Michelin eateries in the nation. And we haven’t even mentioned the shopping.
VINTAGE VIBES: MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
From its captivating bright blue beaches to its loud retro architecture, Miami Beach glows with the colors of yesteryear. Take a tour though over 800 pastel stucco buildings of the Art Deco Historic District, do some shopping in the high-end boutiques of Lincoln Road and cruise the famous Ocean Drive. A trip to Miami Beach is not complete without a visit to the picturesque South Beach Boardwalk. Here, stunning ocean views and wide beaches dotted with more than three dozen colorful lifeguard towers make for an instagrammer’s paradise.
COLONIAL GLAM: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Located in one of the original thirteen colonies of the United States, Philadelphia is a history buff’s dream. See the historic Liberty Bell at Independence Hall, the location for the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Take a tour of dozens of museums, like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, the hands-on Please Touch Museum and many more. Tour the chilling halls of the notorious Eastern State Penitentiary, wander countless parks and gardens once visited by our country’s forefathers and don’t even think about leaving without ordering the obligatory cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market.
SCENIC SPLENDOR: LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
Sometimes the ideal weekend escape doesn’t involve wild nights and busy days, but the peaceful calm of nature-someplace where the only twinkling lights are the stars overhead. With crystal clear blue waters and snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains, California’s Lake Tahoe is the perfect fit. The diverse terrain supports outdoor activities of all kinds, from hiking to fishing, golfing, canoeing, skiing and more. Go mountain biking on the dynamic Tahoe Rim Trail, explore the spectacular scenery of Emerald Bay State Park or enjoy panoramic views of the lake from the Gondola at Heavenly.
CULTURALLY IMMERSIVE: ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
Step back in time wandering the charming streets of Old Town Albuquerque, passing historic adobe buildings dating back to the 1700s, browsing shops selling Native American jewelry and handicrafts and soaking up the spectacular high desert scenery. Visit the Petroglyph National Monument and see over 15,000 examples of prehistoric art located along a beautiful 17-mile canyon in the Albuquerque Basin Volcanic field. Don’t miss a chance to ride the Sandia Peak Tramway, the world’s longest aerial tram ride reaching the summit of the breathtaking Sandia Mountains. For a next-level bucket list adventure, visit in October during the annual Balloon Fiesta and catch a rare glimpse of over 500 colorful hot air balloons rising with the sun.
San Francisco is much more than the city with the bridge. From a famous prison and steep hills to trendy museums and endless bay views, the city is mesmerizing, magical and full of must-see activities for families. The Golden Gate Bridge leaps out at you from every angle, and there are many angles to view it from. While a bike ride across the expanse is definitely unforgettable, we suggest you visit Fort Baker, a former military post with picture-perfect views of the bridge and the city. While there, visit the Bay Area Discovery Museum to learn more about the area’s history and ecology.
While you’re on the far side of the bridge, hop on over to Muir Woods. Home to towering redwoods and easy day hikes, the primeval forest showcases Mother Nature’s power in all its glory. You will need a reservation to enter the celebrated woods-and our agency can help you with that. What we cannot help you with is lifting your chin off the ground once you first set eyes on these jaw-dropping behemoths.