Road Travel America

Popular Vacation Travel Destination Ideas, Reviews and Recommendations

On this website our staff reviews some of our favorite road trips and popular travel destinations across North America. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, or a longer vacation, we have travel recommendations for your road trip in 2024.

List of scenic roads, highways and byways across the United States List of popular beach vacation destinations across the United States
Reviews and articles on popular national parks, with maps and photographs Map of popular national parks and travel destinations in the United States

Our travel guides include first-hand experiences, personal recommendations, and original photographs from our trips.

We love traveling around North America, and exploring the many exciting places and destinations that the USA and Canada have to offer. We also enjoy being out on the open roads, like cross-country trips on Route 66 The Mother Road.

From the Beartooth Highway to the Blue Ridge Parkway, from Utah Scenic Byway 12 to the Trans Canada Highway, it is always a fun driving adventure.

Recent trips include driving the Going to the Sun Road in Montana, Trail Ridge Road in Colorado, and the Loneliest Road in America in Nevada.

In 2019 we made a return visit to Victoria BC, one of our favorite destinations in Canada, along with stays in Banff and Lake Louise.

This website also features travel information and reviews on the most popular national parks such as  Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other museums and monuments, such as Mount Rushmore.

Hopefully our travel experiences will be of interest and benefit to website viewers as they plan their travel itineraries..

Visit again soon, and stay safe, as we share additional destinations and travel tips on this website in 2024!


National Parks

Yellowstone National Park travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national park. It is located mostly in Wyoming, and spans 63 miles north to south, and 54 miles east to west. Geysers, hiking, camping, bison, elk and more!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

The Park spans over 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina, and is one of the most pristine natural areas in the Eastern part of the United States. An endless variety of outdoor activities!

Zion National Park travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Towering red cliffs, stunning vistas, and outdoor activities make this a popular vacation destination in southwestern Utah, attracting over four million visitors annually.

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, travel, directions, maps, lodging and things to do

Grand Canyon National Park is located in Arizona, and is centered on a Colorado River canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.

Road Trips on Scenic Byways

Historic Route 66 ... The Mother Road ... maps, history, things to see, photographs

"The Mother Road" stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago, heading south through Illinois and Missouri. From there Route 66 turned in a more westward direction through Oklahoma and Texas, with the final stretches in New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Los Angeles.

The famous Blue Ridge Parkway, winding through the mountains of North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, offering endless outdoor recreational opportunities. It provides a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.

The Beartooth Highway in Montana and Wyoming, through glacial lakes, forests, valleys and high peaks

The Beartooth Highway, is one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., with views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, and open high alpine plateaus.

The road features glacial lakes, forests, valleys, waterfalls and a variety of wildlife. It traverses a series of steep switchbacks at the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10,947 ft Beartooth Pass.

Going to the Sun Road, across Glacier National Park in northern Montana

This winding Going to the Sun Road traverses Glacier National Park in Montana from east to west, from St. Mary to Agpar, about 50 miles. Portions of the road remain open all year and provide access to many locations and activities. The opening of the alpine portion varies, based on snowfall and plowing progress.

US 50 across Nevada ... the Loneliest Road in America

US 50 crosses the central portion of Nevada, from the west side of the state near Lake Tahoe to the east side near Great Basin National Park.

The Nevada portion of U.S. 50 was named "The Loneliest Road in America" by Life magazine in July 1986.


Utah Scenic Byway 12 ... an All-American Road

Scenic Byway 12 travels 123 miles in southern Utah through the most diverse, remote and ruggedly beautiful landscapes in the USA. It is designed an "All-American Road".

Highway 12 passes through Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and to its end at Torrey near Capitol Reef National Park.

Trail Ridge Road is a paved, 48 mile long scenic highway in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Trail Ridge Road is a paved, 48 mile long scenic highway in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. It connects the park entrances in Grand Lake and Estes Park. The road features switchbacks and hairpin curves, and rises to a height of 12,183 feet above sea level. The road is open seasonally in non-winter months.

The Burr Trail Scenic Backway in Utah

The Burr Trail, which ends (or begins) at Boulder, Utah, is one of our favorite back roads in the country.

It is typically quiet, with little or no traffic. In earlier years the entire length of the road was dirt; today parts are paved. The drive and views are stunning! The switchbacks are breathtaking!

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Travel on the Million Dollar Highway, US 550, in Colorado

U.S. Highway 550 in Colorado is a two-lane mountainous road. It is one of only two north–south U.S. Highways in Colorado which runs west of the Continental Divide.

The 25-mile section of U.S. 550 from Silverton to Ouray is frequently called the Million Dollar Highway.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

Located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota is the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, featuring massive 60-foot (18m) sculptures of four former United States presidents. While not a national park, it has large numbers of visitors and is well known nationwide.

Hoonah and Icy Strait Point in Alaska ... with maps, directions, things to see, and photographs

Hoonah is situated on the northwest shore of Chichagof Island across Icy Strait from the entrance to Glacier Bay on Alaska’s scenic Inside Passage.

Known as the Little City with a Big Heart, Hoonah is a family-oriented and closely-knit community of friendly and caring people. Hoonah is about 40 air miles west of the Alaska Capitol in Juneau.

Travel Guide for Estes Park, Colorado ... maps, things to do, photos and more!

The mountain village of Estes Park is located 7,522 feet above sea level. Shops, galleries and boutiques line the main street, which has a quaint, small-town feel and ambiance. Situated at the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park Estes Park offers travelers the best of outdoor recreation, real wildlife experiences, and hometown hospitality.

Ride the switchbacks on the Moki Dugway in southeastern Utah!

The Moki Dugway is a steep, gravel three mile road located in southeastern Utah, traversing 1,200 feet from the top of Cedar Mesa to the broad valley below. The road is actually part of Utah Highway 261, most of which is paved.

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located in extreme southeastern Utah, on the northern border of Arizona

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located in extreme southeastern Utah, near Arizona. The valley is host to towering sandstone rock formations that have been sculpted over time and soar 400 to 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

Over the years, Monument Valley has been the locale for the filming of numerous movies starring such film legends as John Wayne.

Death Valley National Park in California, location, directions, maps, things to do, photographs

Death Valley includes low valley floors crusted with barren salt flats, rugged mountains rising as much as 11,000 feet, deep and winding canyons, rolling sand dunes, and spring-fed oases. Death Valley is about 140 miles long Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level, is not only the lowest place in the park, it's the lowest in North America.

Bar Harbor, Maine ... things to do, hotels, maps, directions, photographs

Adjacent to popular Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor contains an assortment of streets, alleys, squares and piers. In addition to unique boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, there is a shore path that begins downtown and continues along the front yards of many of the town's well-known summer cottages.



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