Hit the Road and Camp America!
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Ready to answer the call of the open road? Then you've come to the right place. Here you'll find great ideas for finding the best camping and RVing road trips. We'll show you which routes to take, which exits have a "don't miss attraction and profile great campgrounds along the way. So grab your gear, pack the car or the RV and get ready to hit the road.
Hit the Road and Discover Chattanooga, TN to Mammoth Cave, KY
The trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, through Rock City in Georgia is a great way to see some of the beautiful scenery of Tennessee and Kentucky. This trip covers a little over 200 miles and can be done in a day, but its a lot more fun if you allow a few days to explore the area. If you want to add a little distance and see a bit more, a detour through Nashville adds a bit of excitement to the trip.
Traveling South to North, road trippers can start their adventure in Chattanooga. The city of Chattanooga is filled with fun attractions. Although it is possible to visit a few of the main attractions in the city and continue on the road trip, it is best to allow some time to visit the attractions that suit the interests of your group.
Chattanooga is filled with fascinating museums, fun attractions and exciting festivals. The Tennessee Aquarium is always a great place to spend a few hours or a day. Located on the bank of the Tennessee River, the building is filled with amazing sea creatures and more. Visitors of all ages will love watching the otters, or baby gators, or the sharks, or stingrays, sturgeon and more. For an even bigger adventure, the Aquarium offers a cruise onto the Tennessee River.
The International Towing and Recovery Museum is another excellent destination in Chattanooga. The towing industry started in Chattanooga and this museum is a great way to learn all about the history of the towing and recovery industry, and have fun. Visitors can see the different tow trucks within the museum, as well as many toy tow trucks.
After spending time exploring Chattanooga, travel north to Rock City in Georgia. Located on top of Lookout Mountain, Rock City is a great place to enjoy amazing views of the surrounding area and explore the fascinating gardens. Visitors walk along The Enchanted Trail, where they can enjoy the rock formations, caves and gardens. From this location its possible to see views of seven states.
Next after exploring Rock City, travel north to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, another excellent road trip destination. Mammoth Cave National Park is an ideal final destination for your road trip, not only is it a stunning geological wonder, but it is also a great spot to spend some time recreating. The park encompasses part of the Green River Valley, and preserves Mammoth Cave.
Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave system in the world. To date, 390 miles of the system have been explored. The first step in a visit to Mammoth Cave is a cave tour to see the amazing cave system in person. However, the caves are only the beginning of the wonderful attractions you will find in this park.
Throughout out the park there are many points of interest to explore, including Cedar Sink, The Big Woods, Sloan's Crossing Pond, Cathedral Domes, Cave Island, Frozen Niagara and more. Without spending at least a day or two at Mammoth Cave National Park, you won't be able to visit many of the amazing sights that can be found within the park. Mammoth Cave National Park also has plenty of opportunities for recreation, camping, water recreation and more.
The trip between Chattanooga, Rock City and Mammoth Cave National Park is a great way to spend a few days. Driving time is fairly limited, leaving as much time as possible for exploring. The best road trips are those that have plenty of places to explore and not too much driving between destinations. Each major destination on this route offers something different to travelers, making this road trip a great combination of destinations.
Explore the Four Corners Region | Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado
Four Corners is a truly unique location within the United States. It is the only place in the country where four states intersect at one point. These states that intersect are Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. Four Corners is the only spot where a person can stand in all four states at one time.
Visitors can visit the monument, which is managed by the Navajo Nation, and is open to the public. The monument also has a visitor center where people can learn about the history of the area and the monument. Originally the marker was a simple concrete slab marking the location of the Four Corners. Today there is a refurbished monument, built in 1992, which has a large bronze disk that marks the boundary lines of all four intersecting states. Within these boundary lines lie the state's seals.
Located off of Highway 160, Four Corners is in a remote location, but is an ideal place to start a road trip to see some of the nearby destinations in the four states. Radiating out from Four Corners visitors to the area can visit Canyonlands National Park in Utah, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona. These four destinations are some of the most interesting and beautiful spots in the region.
Canyonlands National Park is filled with canyons, mesas and buttes formed by the Colorado River. Within this desert atmosphere there are four districts, each formed in its distinct way by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Islands in the Sky mesa is the easiest district to reach, the mesa stands atop sandstone cliffs, rising over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Islands in the Sky district has excellent access, with paved scenic drive, views from many overlooks, hikes and four-wheel drive roads. Needles district is more backcountry than Islands in the Sky, it is an excellent site for hiking and four-wheeling. Sights in the Needles district is dominated by the colorful sandstone spires amid the extensive trail system. Maze is the most remote district in Canyonlands, and it requires self-sufficiency and efforts from its visitors.
Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado is a great spot enjoy some of the amazing archeological sites in Colorado. This park celebrates the history of the Pueblo people in the southwestern United States. Visitors will find over 4000 archeological sites at Mesa Verde, including the 600 cliff dwellings. Some of the best cliff dwellings, including Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House, require the purchase of tickets for guided tours. The Mesa Top Loop Road is a great scenic drive in the park. You can also enjoy a wide range of amazing hikes some of which culminate in cliff dwelling overlooks.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a great spot to experience in New Mexico. Chaco Culture provides access to a wide variety of Chacoan sites. In fact, Chaco Culture National HIstorical Park has the largest concentration of Chaco ruins outside of Mexico. The park also has a great night sky program. The Chaco Night Sky Program includes presentations, astronomy which links modern astronomy with the astronomical knowledge of the Chacoan people.
The Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of Arizona's true gems.Visitors will discover a vast amount of information about the landscape that has been one of the longest continually inhabited in North America. The monument preserves rock art, artifacts, architecture and much more. Canyon de Chelly also has a living community of Navajo people.
For road trip enthusiasts, the area around Four Corners is filled with gems. Beyond these four amazing national parks, there are many more places to enjoy. Road trippers should be sure to spend time exploring all of the fantastic attractions in the four states that intersect at Four Corners.
Route 11, Virginia
Route 11 runs from north to south between New Orleans and Rouses Point, New York. This U.S. Highway is 1645 miles long. Its path through Virginia is a great road trip route. Along the highway travelers can enjoy the beautiful views of Virginia, stop in small towns, larger cities, enjoy the wilderness and much more.
Route 11 passes by the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, which are great places to enjoy some outdoor recreation. These National Forests extend across Virginia and into West Virginia. Visitors to the forests can enjoy mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and lots of hiking. Within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests there are over 2000 miles of trails.
Road trippers on this route will pass through the city of Radford. Here visitors will find some truly beautiful Virginia scenery, and it is a great destination for recreating. Radford is located in the Blue Mountains and is near the New River, making it an ideal spot for biking and canoeing.
Shenandoah National Park is also a great spot to stop on Route 11. Shenandoah National Park is 105 miles long, and it stretches from Front Royal to Waynesboro-Charlottesville. Travelers on U.S. Highway 11 can take a detour on the Skyline Drive, the scenic drive through the park. Shenandoah's visitor centers have plenty of fascinating exhibits, and the park has plenty of hiking opportunities. There are over 500 miles of trails, and much of the parks 196000 acres are open to backcountry camping, nature viewing and more. Old Rag Mountain is also in Shenandoah National park, which happens to be a very popular, challenging and dangerous hike, great for the more adventurous hikers.
Another great destination on Route 11 is the city of Roanoke. Roanoke has lots of culture, arts and entertainment for road trippers to enjoy. Visitors can take in the museums, galleries, live performances, historical sites, wineries and even the Mill Mountain Zoo. Nearby there are also some interesting caverns that are open for tours. The Dixie Caverns are located in Salem, and the Luray Caverns, Luray, are the largest caverns in the eastern U.S. At Luray Caverns visitors can enjoy the wide array of formations, colors, stone columns and vast stone rooms.
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove Historical Park is a good spot for history enthusiasts. This park interprets and preserves important historical sites and events from the Civil War era. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove also preserves the cultural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley.
Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway, New Mexico
Located in the southwestern corner of New Mexico, the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway is a great place to hit the road in the southwest. Travelers on this byway have a chance to enjoy national forests, rivers, national monuments, and much more. The byway even crosses the Continental Divide. When you drive the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway you can spend a single day enjoying some of the main attractions or travel at your leisure, soaking up the history and sights of the area.
The Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway is a federally designated scenic route. It encompasses about 100 miles of highway in southwestern New Mexico, making a sort of triangle. The southern leg of the byway stretches from San Lorenzo on the eastern end to Silver City at the western end. This southern leg lies along SR 152, which merges with US 180 at Santa Clara, New Mexico. From San Lorenzo it travels north along SR 35 until it merges with SR 15. From Silver City, the byway travels north along SR 15. At the point at which SR 15 and SR 35 meet, the two legs of the byway connect, making the triangle. After the point where SR 35 and SR 15 meet, the byway continues north along SR 15, until it ends at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.
Most of the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway passes through the Gila National Forest, and then continues into the Gila Wilderness. Traveling on this byway is a great way to enjoy the Gila National Forest and all of wildlife of this region. One of the Byway's great attractions is the access to year-round bird watching. This area of New Mexico has a stunning number of species. During certain times of the year, a wide variety of hummingbird species call this land home. Serious birders will especially enjoy hiking along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which crosses the byway twice, once on SR 15 and once on SR 35. If you spend time hiking on the trail, you are sure to encounter the amazing wildlife and scenery unique to the region.
Along the byway there are many interesting attractions. Each destination can take up an hour or more of your time, so plan to spend a few days enjoying the byway if you possibly can.
The cities of San Lorenzo and Silver City have plenty of things to do. On the road between San Lorenzo and Silver City, you can stop at the Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark. This is an old US Army Post that was used during the 19th century to protect the region's settlers and miners from raids by the Apaches. Along SR 35, Lake Roberts is another stop you won't want to miss, especially if you enjoy fishing and boating.
While on SR 15 Wild Horse Mesa is a pristine wilderness area in the Gila National Forest. As you continue along SR 15, you will also be able to stop at Copperas Vista. You can also stop to overlook the Gila River, where SR 15 passes by the Forks of the Gila River. At this point the Gila River forks into the West, Middle, and East Forks of the Gila River. If you are looking for a little relaxation, as you continue north on SR 15 you should plan on stopping in Gila Hot Springs. People have been enjoying these relaxing springs for hundreds of years.
At the northern-most point of the byway, you will find yourself at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. This spectacular destination showcases some of the very interesting history of the region. These cliff dwellings were the homes of the people of the Mogollon Culture who lived in the region from the 1280s to the 1300s.
These are just a few of the destinations to be enjoyed along this scenic byway. The towns of Silver City and San Lorenzo as well as Pinos Altos and Santa Clara also have access to arts, culture, and the rich history of the region. No matter how long you decide to stay in the area, you are sure to find points of interest for everyone in your family.
Hit the Road and Travel the Country Music Highway
U.S. 23, also known as The Country Music Highway, passes north to south along the eastern side of Kentucky. This section of U.S. 23 was given its unique name of "The Country Music Highway" to recognize all the country music stars that have come from the region.