Short Road Trips You Can Take This Summer in the United States
Pacific City, Oregon to Seaside
This coastal road trip takes a little under two hours with lots to look at. When you end at Seaside, you can take your pick from sandy beaches to awesome surf.
This route is perfect for anyone whether you are an adventure seeker or a chiller.
Blue Ridge Parkway - Virginia
This 469 mile road connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina. This route is truly something else. There is a ban on commercial traffic + commercial towns and the speed limit is only 45 miles/hour. If you're a speeder, this may not be for you and that's okay!
You can start from either Boone or Cherokee then find your way to Blue Ridge Parkway Road. This will take you through mountainous terrains, some eerie fog, near waterfalls, and wild turkeys and birds. You will always get something different depending on the time of year. This route changes with the season.
Going to the Sun Road - Montana
You can hit this stretch from Route 2 Or Route 86 This east/west, west/east road trip in Montana takes you on the continental divide for an easy 1 hour and a half duration through lush green forests alongside Lake Mac Donald, then down into valleys below glacial covered mountain tops to Saint Mary Lake where you can view a 100 ft beautiful waterfall.
It is recommended to rent a small car, if you are able, since some of it gets pretty narrow.
Salt Lake City to Moab
Calling all adventurers: Moab is the perfect destination for climbing, Jeeping, camping and more. See the iconic Utah Arch (You know, the one on the license plates?) This road trip takes about four hours from a major airport. (You didn't hear it from us, but don't speed through Green River.)
Salt Lake City to Yellowstone
Yellowstone has a lot of fun things to see. It's one of the best national parks in America. Not only can you see the super famous sites, but you can also come face to face with moose and bison.
Why fly into SLC? When you fly into Salt Lake and drive to Yellowstone, you also get the chance to see Grand Teton National Park on the way. If you were to fly into Idaho, you would miss this 2-for-1. Plus, SLC is a major hub so you can get a lot of cheap flights into the hub!
Salt Lake City to San Francisco
Salt Lake City to San Francisco has a lot of fun stops along the way.
Stop in Elko for some awesome outdoor activities. If it's the winter season you can snowmobile, if it's warm you can hike.
If you drive a little further, you will hit Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is known for lake activities, of course, but you can also ski and snowboard here during the winter months.
The next time I drive this way, I want to hit up the 12 mile stretch made up of hot springs. After a trip full of hikes, a hot spring sounds like a great place to end up.
I drove logistics a few years. It built up my endurance for OTR driving. In early Fall 2019, I drove 2,220 miles from SE Michigan to Montclair, CA alone and drove back with my boyfriend. The sights I saw there and back were gorgeous. We were able to stop and enjoy our journey instead of go go go pick up a load race to deliver a load. The USA lower 48 has some beautiful areas in every stare and I enjoyed all the different dialects.
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