Erica Kuschel a RoamRight Blog Author

Great Road Trips in the Western United States

Colorado is a U.S. state encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. CT

Road trips are a uniquely American experience that you need to participate in at least once in your life. Be inspired by Jack Kerouac and take your own personal journey across the varied and exciting American landscape. Become your own road warrior, but in a less stressful manner. What better way to accomplish that than to take on one of these four great Western American Road trips?

Western U.S. National Park Road Trip

Some of the greatest American frontiers can be found in a span of 13 hours on this National Park Road trip. Have your breath taken away as you start at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Hike your day away through gorgeous canyons in Utah’s Zion National Park. Explore sand dunes, salt flats and beautiful boulders in Death Valley National Park before continuing to the last place on this road trip itinerary, Yosemite National Park. Towering pines and cooler weather will be a stark difference from your previous desert adventures.

Route 66

While this road trip officially had its birth in Springfield, Missouri, this famous road takes you through Texas, New Mexico, into Arizona, and ends in the great state of California. Serving as a major pathway for people leaving the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, this stretch of road now holds some of the most iconic road trip locations in the world. From the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas to the Santa Monica Pier in California, make sure to have your camera ready for those kitschy but memorable pictures.

California’s Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)

From San Francisco to the City of Angels in the south, 655 miles will lead you across some of the most beautiful and rugged coastlines in the States. Desert beaches give way to rocky coasts, pine trees, and mighty redwoods. Notable stops include the Redwood National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Sur, and Hearst Castle.

Million Dollar Highway, Colorado

Another stretch of road with spectacular scenery, US Route 500 will take you from the deserts of New Mexico into the pines of Colorado with promises of grand adventures in between. The hairpin turns, steep cliffs, and gorges have turned this trek through the mountains into a popular motorcycling spot. If you’re brave enough to champion the mountain roads then million dollar views, hot springs, National Parks, and small town diners await you.

From Colorado to California, some of the greatest road trip locations can be found out west in the United States.

What great western road trips do you suggest?

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Erica Kuschel

Erica Kuschel, a RoamRight Blog Author Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.

Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.

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