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Planning Your Next U.S. National Park Road Trip: America’s Best Otherworldly Landscapes

Ready for your next road trip adventure? Want to explore some of the natural wonders in the US? Often times, it is easy to associate America with Hollywood, the hustle and bustle of New York City, and the sunny beaches of Miami.

But what about the many national parks (58 to be exact) and natural wonders in the land of milk and honey? That being said, read on to learn about five of America’s best otherworldly landscapes you need to stop by on your next road trip. We guarantee you will be mesmerized!

1. Yellowstone National Park

Touted as the first national park in the world, Yellowstone National Park is breathtaking. In fact, according to National Geographic, upon seeing Yellowstone Lake in 18699, Explorer, David E. Folsom marveled it was “a scene of transcendental beauty.”

Established in 1872, the park is home to canyons, rock formations, and thermal basins, not to mention a number of plant and animal life. As mentioned, one of Yellowstone’s wonders is its lake; being 7,733 feet above sea level, it is the largest elevation lake of North America.

Road Trip Tips for Stopping by Yellowstone

If you visit Yellowstone on your road trip, you may want to plan in advance—it does get busy, and camping sites can become booked fast.

Also, Yellowstone National Park does require you to bring bear spray when you enter the park—(this is not an advisement) so be sure to buy some either in advance or upon entering.  

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2. Mount Saint Helen

Located in Washington, Mount Saint Helen is an active volcano in the US, which is why it makes it on the otherworldly list. (In case you want to know, it did erupt in 1980.)

Mount Saint Helen National Park—the surrounding area around the volcano—offers visitors a variety of trails and several viewpoints. In the winter, you can cross-country ski or rent a snowmobile and venture around the park.

Road Trip Tips for Stopping by Mount Saint Helen

This is a great place to stop on your road trip if you are planning to explore the west coast and venture inland. Other places you may want to see along the way (if traveling on the west coast) include (but are not limited to): Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Denali National Park and Preserve.

3. Zion National Park

Located in Utah, Zion National Park is most recognized for its pink- and red-colored sandstone cliffs, as well as its unique animals and plants.

As Zion’s website states, in the park you get the chance to explore the paths native peoples and pioneers took—enough said. (Speaking of adventures – perhaps grab your book and head off on a private jet charter to Vegas?) 

Road Trip Tips for Stopping by Zion National Park

Zion National Park can be a quick drive-thru or you can stop and camp there. Either way, its unique landscape is reason enough for you to at least consider putting it on your list. Whether you do camp or drive, you will need to purchase a recreational use pass upon entering.  

America’s Best Otherworldly Landscapes

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4. Yosemite National Park

Protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is known for its beautiful—or otherworldly—waterfalls. Spanning 1,200 square miles, explore meadows, giant sequoias, and other wildlife.

Road Trip Tips for Stopping by Yosemite National Park

If you do decide to stop by Yosemite National Park, be sure to hike up Yosemite Falls, labeled the tallest waterfall in North America.

Final Thoughts

As mentioned, America has 58 national parks for you to explore on your next road trip. Why not pick a couple and plan your road trip today?  Let our rental rooftop carriers to turn your road trip dream into a reality today. Keep the memories not the luggage. 

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