10 Must See Destinations When Driving Cross Country

When driving cross country, the most precious part of every single day spent in the car is the moment you get out of it to stretch your legs and explore before being on your way again. Here are a few destinations across the country worth stopping at:

1. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Photo Credit

Very few parts of the United States still boast the plethora of majestic wildlife that the Tetons of Wyoming do. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot elk, bison, grizzly bears, wolves and moose from the side of the road. If you see another vehicle stopped, get out and ask what they’re all looking at!

2. Hot Sulphur Springs, near Granby, Colorado

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado – Photo Credit

The Native Americans believe that the natural hot springs scattered throughout the Rocky Mountains possess magical healing properties. The sulphur-infused waters will leave your skin uniquely soft. The outdoor springs get as hot as 112 degrees Fahrenheit even when it’s below freezing.

3. Boulder, Colorado

Boulder is a city for dog lovers, featuring miles of great hiking and a dog-friendly specialty store on almost every corner selling high-end, ethically produced, organic products for Fido.

4. Dog Beach at San Diego, California

Dog beach in Del Mar – Photo Credit

While many beaches in the U.S. ban dogs, the dog beach in San Diego stretches for several miles. Sign up for a surfing lesson for yourself and for your dog! Dogs are literally hanging ten these days:

5. South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island, Texas – Photo Credit

If you can’t get to Cancun this Spring Break, South Padre Island is a great substitute. Who knew that Texas had palm trees and tropical beaches?

6. Carlsbad Caverns, in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico – Photo Credit

This is a giant, wondrous underground cave that has been developed to the point where it’s completely handicapped accessible. You will never guess some of the hidden treasures that lay underground. Your hint is that it’s not just rocks.

7. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona – Photo Credit

Sedona is home to some of the world’s powerful energetic vortexes. This is a very metaphysical, quirky community. If you are curious about palmistry, tarot, clairvoyance, and other New Age elements, this is the place to be.

8. Earth Ships in Taos, New Mexico
Earth Ships in Taos, New Mexico

Earth Ships in Taos, New Mexico – Photo Credit

An earth ship is a structure that takes green building and sustainability to a whole new level. These radical, beautiful homes built of old tires, glass and plastic bottles harvest their own energy and more:

9. Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey – Photo Credit

This is the first beach in New Jersey that is really worth stopping at when driving north to south. There’s something nostalgic about boardwalk amusement parks and funnel cake.

10. Sierra Trading Post, Cheyenne Wyoming

Sierra Trading Post, Cheyenne Wyoming – Photo Credit

Everyone knows and loves the online shopping website for its insanely low prices on great outdoor gear. The flagship store takes discount shopping for high-end gear to a whole new level.

May you have exhilarating, unforgettable travels!