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Road Trip: New York to Los Angeles

Traveling from New York to LA or vice versa, it’s one of the trips that can lead to an epic adventure no matter which route you take. It’s 100% American. 100% Fun. But choosing which route to take really just depends on what type of adventure you want to take. Here are our favorite routes with our favorite adventures.

Chantal
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Traveling from New York to Los Angeles or vice versa, it’s one of the trips that can lead to an epic adventure no matter which route you take. It’s 100% American. 100% Fun. But choosing which route to take really just depends on what type of adventure you want to take. Here are our favorite routes with our favorite adventures.

The Northern Route – If Mountains and Parks are your thing.

New York City Skyline
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New York

New York boasts everything you would want in a city. From the Empire State Building to every kind of food you can possibly imagine. Stay a few days and explore.

Niagara Falls/Cedar Point

With 3 staggering waterfalls, the views are epic. If you want to get a little closer, try the ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise taking you under the falls. If jaw-dropping thrills are more your style, stop in at the Cedar Point adventure park.

Chicago

If cities aren’t your thing, check out the Shipshewana Amish Community.

Minnesota

Visit the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in the ‘City of Blue Earth’

Badlands National Park

The rugged beauty of the badlands will make you feel like you’re walking on the moon.

Mount Rushmore

The sculpture on Mount Rushmore features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln at a staggering 18 meters (60 ft).

Wild Wyoming

If you’re passing through from June to August be sure to check out an authentic Cody Rodeo.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is America’s first national park complete with spouting geysers, waterfalls, and mud pools.

Grand Teton National Park – Jackson

White water raft Snake River, or go for a hike and take in the beauty of jagged peaks and picture-perfect lakes in Grand Teton.

Grand Basin Nevada – Lake Tahoe

Stop for a swim in the crystal clear Lake Tahoe.

Yosemite National Park

Follow the Sierra Mountains into Yosemite. Opt for some world-class rock climbing, float down the Merced River or explore this extra ordinary park on foot.

San Francisco

San Francisco is home to hippy vibes, cafe culture, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39. You’re sure to have an experience.

California Coast to Santa Barbara and LA

Travel down the beautiful highway 1 to Santa Barbara and into LA.

The Southern Route – If cities and souls are your thing.

If you want to take the southern route when traveling from New York to Los Angeles, check out these must-see stops.

New York

New York boasts everything you would want in a city. From the Empire State Building to every kind of food you can possibly imagine. Stay a few days and explore.

Washington, DC

Check out the White House and the Smithsonian Museums. Finish the day off with a drink in Georgetown.

Asheville

A road trip just isn’t the same unless you see mountains. Take in the mountain vibes and epic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Nashville

Visit the world-famous Grand Ole Opry and The Country Music Hall of Fame as the home of country music takes you in.

Memphis

Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Need we say more? Head down Beale Street, visit Graceland, and take in a tasty Memphis BBQ.

New Orleans

If you’re after some soul, New Orleans is the place for you. Check out a ‘Voodoo and Graveyard’ tour, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or fill your face with Cajun and Creole grub or some authentic gumbo.

Austin

If you haven’t had enough music on this trip, Austin is a must stop as they are the ‘live music capital of the world’ after all.

Amarillo

Everything just seems bigger in Texas. Stop at Cadillac Ranch to see all the classic cars you can handle and if you’re hungry along the ol’ route 66, try your hand at the Big Texan Steak Ranch and see if you can finish your dinner.

LA street at SunsetSanta Fe

The best Mexican food in the USA plus all the sunshine you can handle at 325 days a year. Who can say no to Santa Fe?

Monument Valley

The red rock vistas await your trip to Monument Valley.

Grand Canyon and Las Vegas

The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas are a must stop. Both enormous in their own beauty

San Diego to LA
Leave the desert behind and head to the coast. Stop in San Diego for some sun and swim. Travel from to LA.

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