US road trip itineraries
The United States is so vast and full of ‘must see’ locations, that it’s easy to miss some of the hidden gems it has to offer. In some ways the best way to really explore the States is on the road, where you might stumble across people and places that can be more memorable than you would ever expect. We’ve curated three road trips in different parts of the country to help your clients take the road less travelled…
Pacific Coast Highway
Day one: Start your trip in San Francisco. See the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz or spend the day wandering in and out of the many boutique shops and bars that SF has to offer.
Day two: Make your way south to Santa Cruz, a friendly beach town renowned for its beautiful beaches, boardwalk and Bigfoot Museum!
Day three: Head to Big Sur, where rugged mountains coated with iconic redwood forests overlook the dramatic California coastline.
Day four: Encounter some of California’s wildlife at Morro Bay, famous for its hummingbirds and sea otters.
Day five: Santa Barbara is a funky place to stop and grab a bite to eat from any of the hundreds of different restaurants and bars.
Day six: Stop in Los Angeles, walk with the stars in Hollywood or shop till you drop in Beverly Hills.
Day seven: Finish your trip in the surf mecca of San Diego, where you can visit the zoo or try the world famous Mexican food.
Classic Great Lakes
Day one: Start your journey in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and visit any of the many craft breweries that populate this riverside city.
Day two: Drive to the Windy City! Chicago is known for its world-class museums and public art.
Day three: Grand Haven is a beautiful town offering ample space to walk and bike ride along the lake; if it’s sunny make time for a fishing trip or beach day!
Day four: Head to Detroit and learn about the city that was once the automotive centre of the world.
Day five: Enjoy glimpses into Midwest small-town life as you make your way to Columbus, where you might check out the city’s lively music scene at a local bar.
Day six: It’s just a short drive to Cincinnati, try and catch a Reds baseball game, they’re the oldest professional team in the USA.
Day seven: Finish your trip in Indianapolis, where you might take a break from your car with a gondola ride along the city’s central canal.
Southern Atlantic Coast
Day one: Begin your journey at Virginia Beach, a beautiful city on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Spend your day hiking, paddle boarding or kayaking.
Day two: Drive south to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where you’ll swim at one of the area’s stunning beaches, or sample fresh seafood from one of the local restaurants.
Day three: Enjoy some authentic southern charm in Charleston where you can wander the cobbled streets and take in the old-world architecture.
Day four: Head to Savannah, Georgia, a town world famous for its ‘Southern hospitality’ and rich history.
Day five: Spend a day outside in Jacksonville taking advantage of the abundance of activities available here: go boating, biking or golfing, or perhaps spend a day at the beach.
Day six: Wander Miami’s art deco buildings and beautiful beaches before making the most of the coastal city’s famous nightlife.
Day seven: Finish your trip at the southernmost point of the Continental USA. Key West is a fantastic place to wind down with Caribbean vibes, cocktails and fresh seafood.