Almost 40% of American vacations involve road trips, which marks a spike in popularity in recent years. They offer adventure and a journey, both literally and in terms of spiritual and personal growth. They build companionship between travelers, while being a cheaper option compared to taking flights or trains. However, while Route 66 or a trip around the Four Corners may seem appealing, a road trip is your chance to seek out the unknown. Here are a few examples of road trips less traveled to inspire you to seek out something different on your next adventure.
The Oregon to California West Coast
Ever since Kerouac asserted that “There is something brown and holy about the East; and California is white like washlines and emptyheaded” in On the Road, the west coast has been neglected by roadtrippers. What this has left is a ribbon of untouched driving perfection. The Midwest or Deep South might be your go to when it comes to great American road trips, but the space between Oregon and California offers something unique.
Ending in L.A. is an obvious choice, but on your way there you will pass through the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Elliot State Forest. This gives you a chance to spot elk, when you stop your chosen road vehicle to head deep into the woods via barely beaten footpaths. The roads here are quiet, but with the same charm that can be found across the USA.
The North Wales Waterfalls
America, with its wide, straight roads and hot summers, may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of road trips, but Europe can offer something different, but equally enticing. When you think of the UK, you might think of damp, cold, congested streets. However, leave London and you will have access to a magical, unexplored world.
The Berwyn Mountains in north Wales are home to the country’s highest waterfall, standing at 80 meters. A drive to Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls will take you far away from the UK’s most commonly driven roads. Outside of the motorways, there is outstanding natural beauty hidden in every corner of these islands.
The Road to Dalat, Vietnam
Most visitors to Vietnam start at Ho Chi Minh City, which is undoubtedly worth visiting. However, Dalat offers a unique, small town vibe, unspoiled by tourists. Nestled atop a mountain, any route you take will be nothing short of spectacular. There are lakes and local markets to explore, offering the perfect blend of urban amenities and natural scenery. Once you have had your fill, you are free to drive all throughout Southeast Asia. This offers a road trip like no other, but could provide profound experiences.
Road trips are all about discovery. Don’t stick to the old, beaten paths which are plastered all over travel blogs. Search deep into the pockets of lesser explored regions. Here you will experience a true road trip, uncovering mysteries and expanding your horizons.