11 Places to Visit on the Ultimate American Road Trip

Dana Covit

There’s something truly romantic about the great American road trip. The thought of throwing caution to the wind, jumping in the car (a vintage Mustang, of course), and hitting the open road with nothing but a weekender bag and great company has topped bucket lists for generations. Sure, the lure of far-flung destinations in distant corners of the world is strong, but America is home to some of the most beautiful hidden treasures. From natural swimming springs in Texas to dusty canyon trails in Arizona to the breathtaking mountains of Washington State, those who know where to go are rewarded with a truly unforgettable vacation. The best American road trips are defined not just by the time spent coasting from state to state but by the memorable pit stops along the way. Here, we’ve rounded up the top 11 places everyone should see on the ultimate U.S. road trip. Turn up the music, roll down the windows, and pick a point on the map. Let’s go.

This story was originally published on September 20, 2016, and has been updated.

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