There is so much to see in the States! Until a month-long road trip from LA to New Orleans I hadn’t seen much more than Miami, New York and Chicago. Seeing more of the US had been on my travel bucket list for ages already until we finally decided to fly to Los Angeles, rent a car and then just get started. We didn’t plan much in the beginning. Actually we decided our next stop each time we hit the road again. The only thing we kept in mind was time as we had to be in New York and Cape Cod by a certain date. Hence we kept a mental note not to stay longer than 3 days in any single place. This was great to see lots more places but of course it is also a bit exhausting if you are constantly packing up your stuff just to unpack it 6 to 8 hours later in the next hotel. But it is lots of fun too and I love this feeling of freedom that you have during a road trip. Just head wherever you feel like and explore a new area or city.
US Road Trip
The United States are an amazing country for road trips. Streets are well developed, they are safe and people everywhere are incredibly friendly. Also there is so much to see! Just going from city to city or from national park to national park already gives you more to explore than you can digest. We started in LA and then headed to San Francisco, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Pagosa Springs, Albuquerque, Austin and New Orleans, our last stop. From there we didn’t have enough time to continue the road trip all the way up to New York. Instead we decided to fly.
Doing a road trip is also super practical as you can take as much luggage as you want. This also means though that you are tempted to buy a lot on the way. So taking a plane after finishing your road trip will likely result in a little luggage problem. Our luggage size and weight problems were intensified as I already started out with way too much clothes and shoes. That wasn’t a problem in LA nor on the road. But by the time we arrived in New Orleans we probably had around 15 kg too much. For this we could have just paid for overweight if our trip had ended after Cape Cod but we still had almost four months of travelling through the rest of the Americas ahead of us. Hence our solution was to find the local charity shop in New Orleans and make them happy with 15 kg of tops, skirts, dresses, shoes and other little things that weigh much more than they look like.
Where to Go in the US
Below is already a list of places and trips that we have done. Just click on the respective photo to find out more about the destination and things to do there ♡