An article looking at the different ways of travelling around America and the best sights each method offers.
America the land of the free. There’s no other continent that offers the same sheer scope for adventure or has so much to see and do. So what’s the ideal way to travel? Here are a few of the best options to make sure you experience everything this amazing place has to offer.
Hit the road
The classic American road trip is surely one of every traveller’s dream holidays – a real Grand American Adventure. Cruising down the highway in an open-topped car, stopping for brunch in a roadside diner; it’s the stuff of legend and song. But where to go? It can only be the iconic Route 66. Spanning eight states, several time zones and almost 4000 kilometres, driving the Mother Road is the perfect way to see the vast variety of sights that America has to offer. Begin your GAA in the Windy City of Chicago then travel to St Louis to experience the vibrant jazz and blues culture. Journey past Oklahoma and Santa Fe for a taste of the Wild West, through fascinating Indian Reservations in the Mojave Desert and finally all the way to the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. From fabulous food to inspirational music, driving Route 66 is a master class in classic Americana that makes for an unforgettable adventure.
These boots were made for walking
If you’re looking for a more active adventure, then why not let your feet do the work? There are some amazing National Parks in the south west of the USA which are ideally suited to exploring on foot. Hike the Zion National Park to experience incredible panoramic views at the magically-named Angels Landing or relax by the Colorado River in the Canyonlands National Park. And for a really memorable GAA, tackle a walk in the Grand Canyon National Park. This awesome spectacle of nature is simply spellbinding. Alternatively, travel to Peru in South America for one of the most famous treks in the world the Inca Trail. Start in the ancient city of Cusco, seat of Incan power for over 500 years, before spending several days hiking past the Sacred Valley for utterly jaw-dropping mountain views. Enjoy sunrise over the spectacular lost city of Machu Picchu before wandering around this most fascinating archaeological site. A truly astonishing trip.
Make a splash
Travelling by boat is a lovely way to appreciate the varied terrain that America has to offer. Journey to Alaska to discover the most incredible unspoiled wilderness. Go out on a boat for some whale watching and to wonder at the dazzling glaciers. Spot rare birds or even have a try at kayaking in Thomas Bay. If you fancy something a bit warmer, take a leisurely paddleboat down the Mississippi River for some fabulous fun in New Orleans. And if you’re up for a bit of a challenge, why not take a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon? You can appreciate this epic sight from a unique perspective, getting right up close to the myriad side canyons and enjoying an exhilarating ride.
Whether you’re driving, walking or sailing, biking, taking a train or even horse-riding, there are plenty of ways to travel round this most fascinating country. However you choose to go, there’s so much to see, you’re sure to be in for a truly unforgettable trip.
Jennifer Doherty writes for a variety of travel and lifestyle websites. Currently planning her GAA, she’s looking forward to seeing all the sights on Route 66.