Is there anything more nostalgic than a good old fashioned road trip? We’re rolling down the windows, queuing up our favorite tunes, and packing all the snacks for a road trip across the States. America is as vast as it is fascinating; each state has its own unique charms to explore, packing bags of character, history, cuisine, sights and more. Aside from obvious activities, like hitting up the national parks and state lines, how about elevating the journey for some truly unforgettable memories? Here are five adventures to give a go while on your next road trip.
Explore a State By RV
There’s so much room for activities! The RV experience really is like no other. You’ll be at one with nature, out on the open road or on the thousands of campsites dotted across the country. The destination is the journey itself! Try Outdoorsy, the world’s most trusted RV rental platform, where you can search for a huge variety of vehicles from apartment-style Class A’s to pet-friendly campervans. Just promise you’ll stop at your favorite Kimptons along your route. Deal?
Drive Something Ridiculously Luxurious For One Day
After weeks of gas station bathrooms, fast food and muddy campsites, one way to shine a light at the end of the tunnel is to plan something unapologetically lavish at the end. Zooming around in a brightly colored sports car might be on your bucket list, so make it come true; return your economy rental and switch it for the car of your dreams.
Sample International Flavors in a Big City
Just because you’re in America, doesn’t mean you have to stick to BBQ and burgers. Step out of your comfort zone and try some international cuisine. The West Coast is known for some of the best Asian food in the country, so head to Chinatown in San Francisco, the famous Sushi|Bar LA in Los Angeles, and all over Seattle for delights from the Far East. Down in Texas, the food scene is hugely influenced by neighboring Mexico, so restaurants like Austin’s El Alma and Suerte are worth adding to your foodie list. Then you have the North East, famous for its European fare. You’ll find everything from British afternoon tea to romantic French bistros in New York, Boston and Washington DC.
Get Up Close to Wildlife
Witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat is a magical experience for the whole family. America is lucky to have a staggering 63 national parks. You’ll see bison in Yellowstone, moose in Acadia, cougars in Zion and elk at Olympic. We also recommend doing a swamp tour in New Orleans, or if you’ve taken the long drive up to Alaska, take a Kenai Fjords National Park Tour by boat to explore the seals, whales, and bears of Kenai Fjords.
Push Yourself Physically
By nature, road tripping means a lot of sitting. If you’re looking to exert energy when reaching your destination, take to the hiking trails. The Rocky Mountains of Colorado are perfect for snowshoeing in the winter, and these can be rented for the day by the Denver Outdoor Adventure Company. Or, swap snow for sunshine, by surfing in Malibu or fishing with Boatsetter in destinations across America.
Enjoy the open road! Check out a full list of our U.S. hotels for some #KimptonLove along the way.