The Best Places to Visit in (Almost) Every State in the US

The Best Places to Visit in (Almost) Every State in the US

As we prepare for our year long road trip in a 30 ft. wrapped OME Gear RV, we’ve joined a few Facebook groups. 

We want to “know” people all across the US before setting off and feeling alone out on the open road. 

Relationships, genuine relationships, matter a lot to us.

In one of the groups, we had an idea. 

Here’s what we posted, hoping for a few good leads…

Hey all! Stacey and I are in the beginning stages of planning our year+ trip all around the US in a wrapped OME Gear 30 ft. RV.
What are 3-5 things/places in your state that we absolutely need to see or do?
We all the fun things... the outdoors, adventure, food + drinks, exploring, etc. And, we love living like the locals, not necessarily tourists.
Thanks in advance!

 

Two days later, we had almost 800 responses. 

Turns out, people are proud of their state. Proud of where they call home.

And for good reason.

The USA is absolutely amazing!

After responding to each comment, we got to thinking… 

This is such an awesome list, maybe other people would like to have access to it. 

And, maybe others would like to add to the list. 

So, check out your state, and if there are things that we missed on this list, please add in the comment section. 

Know we will read each one - and add it to the list - but this platform (for some dumb reason) doesn’t let us respond to comments, just fyi. 

But we WILL read each one!

So, without further ado, here’s the list…

Things to Do in All the States

Alabama

  • Cheaha State Park
  • Noccalula Falls
  • Mentone
  • Gulf State Park

Arizona

  • Grand Canyon - north rim
  • Tucson
  • Tombstone
  • Sedona
    • Hike up a vortex
    • Make sure to hike to the top of Cathedral Rock. There is a sign that says end of trail, it isn't. Go around to the left and continue on the narrow path to the spires, it is a breathtaking place to watch the sunrise. On your way down, take a left and go to Oak Creek for a much needed foot cool off.
    • For dinner, Mariposa Latin Grill....make reservations
  • Petrified Forest
  • Painted Desert 
  • Antelope Canyon - lower and upper
  • Page
  • Slot canyons in Northern Arizona
  • Monument Valley 
  • Canyon de Chelly
  • Prescott, AZ... just a wonderful little community north of Phoenix...great in the Spring
  • Jerome, the most adorable mining town
  • Verde Valley Wine Trail
  • Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside, CA
  • Apache Junction - next to Superstition Mountains
  • Bisbee
  • Saguaro National Park - all the cacti

Arkansas

  • Crater of Diamonds
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens
  • Clinton Library
  • Oaklawn racing, casino, resort
  • Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
  • Crystal Bridges - museum, walking trails, restaurant

California 

  • Northern Cali Redwoods - Skunk Train Rail bikes
  • For wine tasting I'd prefer Amador county such as Murphys or Healdsburg over Napa because Napa is overpriced
  • Lake Tahoe
  • The Eastern Sierra
  • Death Valley (the lowest elevation in USA) 
  • Mount Whitney (the highest elevation in USA)
  • San Francisco -beautiful city with Coit Tower, museums, parks, MLK Memorial, Golden Gate Bridge from tour boat, Alcatraz
  • San Diego
    • Spanish Village Art Studios
  • Hotel Del Coronado and that beautiful Coronado Bridge, 
  • Torrey Pines for a cool glider experience, 
  • Laguna Beach
  • Mammoth
  • Mountain biking at Lake Hodges or Big Bear
  • Lake Cuyamaca for trout fishing and 
  • A day trip to Julian (cute little mountain town)
  • “Sister city” Tijuana, MX has some amazing restaurants... try the squid ink risotto
  • Palm Springs 
  • Joshua Tree
  • Yosemite
  • Humboldt County
  • Drive up the PCH 1 highway along the coast
  • Shasta National Forest and Trinity River
  • Avenue of the Giants Cali (old old groves of redwood trees)
  • Paso Robles for the wineries
  • Monterey
  • Pismo Beach
  • Central Coast (Santa Barbara) area
    • About 30 minutes inland is a Danish town called Solvang. It’s actually gorgeous and well known as one of the Danish settlements in the US. It’s a part of the Santa Ynez Valley, known for wine (actually as big, if not bigger than Napa); awesome hiking, dining, biking, and the beach right over the mountain.
    • Pismo Beach
    • San Luis Obispo (Madonna Inn, Cal Poly, Bubble Gum Alley)
    • Montana de Oro 
    • Hearst Castle
  • Northeastern Rural California
    • Mt. Lassen National Volcanic Park 
    • Burney Falls
    • Lake Almanor
  • California central coast from Ojai to Pebble Beach/Carmel by the sea. That whole drive is so dang epic!!! Before or after that is so dang crowded, polluted, etc, that I just don't recommend. Even Santa Cruz as pretty as it can be, can be pretty stuffy sometimes, though still beautiful and fun (if things are open). 

Colorado

  • The western slope of CO
  • Ouray
  • Telluride
    • There’s a small campground in Telluride town if you can get in. Look ahead for festivals; Telluride is sublime in the summer.
  • Million Dollar Highway - drive in Jeep
  • Concert (if at all possible) at Red Rocks
  • Window shopping on the pearl street mall in Boulder
  • Hike the incline in Manitou Springs
  • Strawberry hot springs in Steamboat Springs
  • Drive through Glenwood Canyon
  • Gondola up then mountain bike down any of the many ski resorts that offer it in Summit County
  • Fishing at so many beautiful mountain lakes (Twin Lakes perhaps)
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve - esp in late spring/early summer - visit in May when the water is flowing! Bring your goggles and get ready to surf!
  • Estes Park - link
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • The Stanley Hotel
  • Crush walls in Denver 
  • The Rhino district has a great vibe - rent scooters and make our way around the graffiti art alleys - many bars, coffee shops, cafes, breweries, oftentimes bands.
  • Habit - boozie donuts
  • Curecanti/Blue Mesa has great boondocking areas
  • Visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison near Montrose 
  • Sunshine, Matterhorn campgrounds near Telluride
  • Boondock at Priest Lake
  • Hwy 160 from Walsenberg to Cortez - along the way you can enjoy beautiful mountains, The Great Sand Dunes, Creede-headwaters of the Rio Grande, hot springs at Pagosa Springs,a dn Mesa Verde National Park (the deer just walk up to you!). 
  • Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
  • Drive Walsenberg to Cuchara to Trinidad and back to Walsenberg. La Veta.

Delaware/Maryland

  • Rehoboth Beach and The town of Lewes Delaware. Lewes is a fantastic place with lots of amazing food and atmosphere
  • Parks - Primehook, Cape Henlopen State Park offer nice hiking trails (beach access)
  • Assateague (go to the National side) to see the wild ponies!
  • Craft beer - Revelations is my favorite! Burley Oak is also fun!
  • Water fun - SUP or Kayak in the bays. Find The Point in Cape Henlopen State Park (look for red lighthouse) and paddle with dolphins if you time it right. Early morning around sunrise or during the change of tides

Florida

  • Captiva Island
  • Amelia Island
  • Devils Den, the caverns (in the panhandle)
  • St Augustine
  • Sanibel lighthouse beach for shells
  • Dig for fossils in Peace River
  • Jonathon Dickinson State Park
  • Everglades - airboat ride
  • Ocala
  • Swim with the manatee at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River, Florida
  • Ocala forest
  • Coral Castle in Homestead
  • Key West 
    • Swim with dolphins and manatees and kayaking
    • Hwy 1
  • Monkey Island
  • Forgotten Coast - Apalachicola, Alligator Point, Carrabelle, St. George Island & Eastpoint
  • Gulfport
  • Weeki Wachee - rent kayaks
  • Natural springs in Florida
  • Have breakfast at Deleon Springs
  • Pensacola
    • Beautiful beaches 
    • Naval Air Museum
    • Camping on the beach 
    • Exploring the forts
    • First settlements of US - Lots of history downtown
    • Great seafood

Georgia

  • Providence Canyon State Park
  • Savannah - Historic district, River Street, City Market. Excellent restaurants everywhere! 
  • Tybee Island - also have a campground
  • Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island
  • Cumberland Island
  • Amicalola Falls
  • Tallulah Gorge
  • Jekyll Island
  • Helen - German town; fun but touristy
  • Go tubing down the Chattahoochee River
  • Blue Ridge Georgia - Appalachian Trail starts in GA
  • Brass Town Bald - highest point in GA

Idaho

  • Siskiyou falls
  • Miracle Hot Springs in Bhule
  • Boise
  • Craters of the Moon
  • Bruneau Sand Dunes
  • Stanley - for the views of the Sawtooths alone!
  • Middle Fork Salmon River - its in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, so the best way is to take a week long raft trip
  • Hells Canyon (deepest in the USA) - jet boat ride

Illinois

  • Starved Rock State park in Utica, IL. is a must for hiking and waterfalls. It’s best to visit in the fall, late October when the leaves are changing, and the waterfalls are more active.
  • Dinkels Bakery in Chicago is amazing!
  • Shawnee National Forest - Garden of the Gods
  • Mag Mile in Chicago, IL
  • Ferne Clyffe State Park
  • Cache River
  • Springfield - the Lincoln Museum

Indiana

  • Spring Mill State Park
  • Marshall - Turkey Run State Park - cabins
  • Indianapolis
    • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Museum
    • Children's Museum (#1 in the World!)
    • JW Marriott hotel (largest JW in the World!)

Iowa

  • Effigy Mounds in Harper’s Ferry 
  • Red Rock State Park on the Des Moines River and 
  • Iowa Chop House Restaurant in Iowa City
  • Covered bridges in Madison County
  • Ledges State Park
  • Saylorville and Big Creek Lake 
  • Caves - Maquoketa, Spook cave, Ice cave in Decorah
  • The glacier lakes in Okoboji
  • The Dutchman General store in Cantrill 
  • Adventureland
  • The botanical center in Des Moines

Kansas

  • A drive through the Flint Hills is breathtaking during spring and fall
  • Summer is hot so hiking activities should happen in cooler seasons 
  • Monument Rocks near the Colorado border in Oakley
  • Coronado Heights Castle in Lindsborg and the Konza Prairie are great hikes 
  • If you get to Wichita, you can see the Wichita Troll, Keeper of the Plains
  • One of the best zoos in the nation, Sedgwick County Zoo.
  • Kansas Underground Salt Museum - houses a multitude of films and various other important documents in Hutchison, 
  • Oz Museum in Wamego (a little hokey but if you’re a Wizard of Oz buff)
  • World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City
  • Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard

Kentucky

  • Red River Gorge/Natural Bridge State Park
  • Kentucky Horse Park
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail
  • KY/VA Breaks Interstate Park
  • Cave City - Mammoth Cave is there but the smaller Caves around there are prettier, but Mammoth is big and a national park
  • Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Falls, and try it during a full moon when they have a moon bow
  • Chain Rock
  • Corbin - very nice KOA 
  • Pine Mountain
  • Keeneland in April or October; 
  • Woodland Art Fair in Lexington/St. 
  • James Art Fair in Louisville

Louisiana

  • New Orleans
    • Swamp tour
    • Plantation tour
  • The singing oak in City Park in NOLA - enchanting sound bath beneath a tree

    Maine

    • Mt. Katahdin
    • Baxter State Park and the surrounding area
    • Acadia National Park and the rocky 'downeast' coast
    • Tumbledown Mountain, in Weld, and the surrounding area
    • Acadia
    • Ogunquit -  have a lobster dinner by the ocean
    • Blueberry Pond Campground in Freeport
    • See MDI and drive through the park loop road
    • Portland - excellent restaurants and breweries!

    Maryland

    • Falling Branch / Kilgore Falls in Rocks State Park - featured in movie Tuck Everlasting.
    • Annapolis is beautiful

    Massachusetts

    • Provincetown
      • Coastal Acres Campground - check out the bike trails! Plus, there's this couple that frequent Coastal Acres. They make great pancake and bacon breakfasts and at night a wonderful fire and tasty Old Fashioned
    • Cape Cod
    • Boston/Cambridge
      • Boston Freedom Trail
      • Boston Public Gardens & the Swan boats
      • Fanieul Hall
    • Cranes Beach in Ipswich
    • Herring Cove Beach
    • The Berkshires
    • Salem
      • Longboards restaurant
      • Winter Island - to park RV
      • Marblehead for history on the north shore
    • Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
    • Plymouth - to see the Plymouth Rock where the pilgrims set
    • Topsfield - Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. You can hike, canoe, and have birds eating seed from your hand. 

    Michigan

    • Upper Peninsula
      • Mackinaw Island, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls - preferably first weekend of October
        • First Mackinac, then on to Tahquamenon Falls (rent a bike to explore), where you have to rowboat across to see them. Then, onto Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for a kayak tour. And/or the boat tour along the pictured rocks to get some amazing photos from a distance.
      • Whitefish Point (Edmund Fitzgerald)
      • Pictured rocks in Munising
      • Copper Harbor
      • Porcupine Mountains and many falls between
      • Keweenaw Peninsula
      • Sioux Loches
      • Lake of the Clouds 
    • Lower Peninsula - Indian River
      • The Cross in the Woods
      • Camp along M-22
      • Saugatuck
      • Torch Lake
      • Sleeping Bear Dunes Park
      • Traverse City - get some cherry pie!
      • Lake Michigan
      • Pitchfork Farms - Petoskey
    • Windover Women's Resort in the thumb of Michigan
    • Belle Isle
    • Detroit 
      • Eastern Market (huge outdoor market with stands and restaurants) 
      • Art museum and Charles H Wright (black history) museum
      • Dequindre cut- a walking and biking area with lots of art and an outdoor beer garden
      • Downtown Detroit Mexican Village etc coney dogs

    Mississippi

    • Keg and Barrel, a local restaurant that serves the best food and drinks
    • Ocean Springs
    • Biloxi
    • Bay St Louis

    Missouri

    • Camping, hiking, or floating in the Ozarks
    • Route 66
    • History Museum on the Square in Springfield
    • Table Rock Lake 
    • Branson area
    • Missoula
    • St Charles - a great little town that sits by the Missouri River
    • Kansas City
      • Tons of Museums (also in St. Louis)
      • The best BBQ
      • Fountain tour
      • Liberty memorial (WWI)
      • Union Station (has a history that includes mob transport and shootout)
      • Truman library
    • City Museum in St Louis - everything is created from all kinds of recycled stuff, and they even have a 5 story slide! 
    • Johnson's Shut-ins State Park - most unique swimming/playing area with rocks everywhere. Also right near the highest point in Missouri!

        Montana

        • Yellowstone
        • Glacier Park
        • Quinn hot springs
        • Big Sky

        Nebraska

        • Husker football game (for real)
        • Eat a whiskey steak from the Drover
        • College World Series
        • Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha - ranked one of the best in the world
        • Toadstool Geological Park
        • Sandhills - beautiful to drive through
        • Sandhill Crane migration in Alda - in March

        Nevada

        • Lake Tahoe
        • Squaw Valley
        • Olympic Village
        • Virginia City
        • Hot Springs
        • Historical sites of the Silver Rush, and 5 Mile Canyon
        • Downtown Reno, of course
        • The mysterious Pyramid Lake..boats disappear, never to be found, to include a team of Navy Seals, and a lot of fishing boats
        • Donner Pass, (party) and it's story
        • Truckee - fun and good food
        • Hoover Dam at Lake Mead
        • Valley of Fire (hot in summer)
        • Boulder City near Hoover Dam recently opened a rail bike line tour
        • Zip lines in Bootleg Canyon
        • Ruby Mining at Garnet Hill
        • Great Basin Nat'l Park 
        • Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area
        • Desert National Wildlife Refuge - if you have a 4x4 truck, you can take into the Refuge for a real appreciation of its gifts

        New Hampshire

        • The White Mountains National Park, Conway, NH - Cog Railway
        • Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, NH - Mt. Washington Boat ride
        • Seacoast, Rye, NH - whale watch

        New Jersey

        • Lambertville - gay friendly town with lots of locals, quaint shops, great restaurants
        • then cross over to New Hope(rickety bridge and Bucks County Playhouse)  and 
        • then to Peddler’s Village
        • Eat brunch at Karla’s!
        • Sourland mountains for hiking! 
        • Jockey Hollow in Morristown for hiking and bike riding trails
        • Long Beach island - best right at opening season, or right after for locals— otherwise it’s touristy
        • Westfield - eclectic town, best coffee in NJ, Rock’n Joe’s on Elm Street; best steakhouse there- Sweetwaters. 
        • Thejameswardmansion.com - beautiful and they do local events such as vegan themed dinners, cooking classes, art shows, etc.
        • Asbury Park - go to a shore that has a boardwalk and games (Pt. Pleasant or Seaside)
        • Atlantic City
        • Cape May
        • Grounds For Sculpture (in Jersey but close to the PA/NJ line)
        • Statue of liberty and Ellis Island are accessible by ferry in Jersey City. 
        • AT trail in North Jersey
        • Tube down Delaware River near Frenchtown
        • Lakota wolf preserve
        • Southern Jersey:
          • Visit Cape May for birding, 
          • Reeds Beach for Horseshoe crab migration 
          • Take a sail on an old clipper called the AJ Meerwald. 
          • Cowtown Rodeo, 
          • Delsea Drive In, 
          • Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, 
          • Wildwood Boardwalk, 
          • Mudhen Brewery, 
          • Nauti Spirits, 
          • Beach Plum Farm, 
          • Atlantic City Boardwalk, 
          • Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, (orange loop named after monopoly) , 
          • AC Casino visit , 
          • Cape May County Zoo, 
          • Brigantine Wildlife Refuge, 
          • Kayak Batsto River in the Pinelands
          • Visit Tuckerton SeaPort 
          • Go Surf Fishing
          • Boogie Board in the Atlantic 
          • Climb Lucy the Elephant 
          • Battleship NJ
          • Camden Aquarium
          • Collingswood for the foodie in you

        New Mexico

        • October for the Albuquerque hot air Balloon Fiesta
        • White Sands - Nat'l Monument
        • Ojo Caliente - small remote quaint mineral spring soak
        • Hike Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks between Albuquerque and Santa Fe
        • Santa Fe
          • Meow Wolf - transportive art installation that sparks child-like curiosity and wonder
        • Taos - thousand year old five story Pueblo still being lived in.
        • Incredible Rocky Mountains,
        • Rio Grande Gorge - hiking, rafting
        • Chaco Canyon and Aztec Ruins
        • Bandalier National Monument
        • Abiquiu - Georgia O'Keefe Country
        • Carlsbad Caverns
        • Pecos National Historical Park
        • Jemez Springs / Hot Springs
        • Petroglyph National Monument
        • Old Town in Albuquerque
        • Indian Cultural Center

        New York

        • Montauk Point on Long Island
        • Adirondack State Park
          • Lake Placid (1980s Olympics) still has an Olympic village
          • 46 peaks to hike
          • Incredibly beautiful in the Fall
        • Wilmington - Wolf Sanctuary
        • Lake Ontario
        • Peace Pagoda in Grafton
        • Finger Lakes region
          • Women’s Hall of fame
          • Finger Lakes wine trails - craft wineries and breweries and lots of natural beauty
          • Three Brothers Winery
        • Seneca Falls
        • Hudson Valley is great for fruit picking and wineries
          • North Westchester and above
          • Along Hudson River!!
          • Culinary Institute of America
          • New Palz
          • Bridge Over the Hudson
          • Eleanor Roosevelt Tour
        • Niagara Falls - Jet boat ride
        • Ft. Niagara - re-enchantments and activities
        • Waterfall hike in the Catskill mountains
        • 1000 Islands area of the St. Lawrence seaway
        • Watkins Glen State Park
        • Rochester 
          • The Strong Museum of Play
          • George Eastman Museum
          • The Memorial Art Gallery
          • Rochester Museum and Science Center
        • Drive up through the Adirondack mountains
        • Fall foliage train ride in upstate
        • Letchworth State Park - upstate NY - the "Grand Canyon of the East"
        • Saratoga Springs Race track (July -August)
        • Erie Canal
        • NYC
          • Statue of Liberty
          • 911 museum
        • Mohawk River
        • Saratoga
        • Ithaca - falls and cute town
          • Treman State Park

        North Carolina

        • Blue Ridge Parkway
        • Asheville
        • Waterfalls in western NC - around Dupont State Forest
        • OBX - Lighthouse tour" and travel the coastline to see all 6 lighthouses
        • Wilmington Beach and Topsail Beach - great beaches, breweries, and seafood!

        Ohio

        • Put-in-Bay
        • Cleveland
          • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
          • Lake view cemetery
          • Great Lakes brewery
          • Christmas story house
          • Performance arts district
          • Art museum
          • WPAF Air Force Museum
          • Wright Brothers historic sites
          • Anne Oakley burial site and Museum
          • Underground railroad places South Cincinnati to the Northern part of the state
          • Serpent Mounds
          • Carillon Park..tour of inventions
          • Yellow Springs
        • Southern Ohio: Hocking Hills
        • Columbus: COSI, the "Short North" arts area with shops, galleries, restaurants etc.
        • Cincinnati: The Sign Museum
        • Kayaking or canoeing on the Kokosing and Mohican State Park with a stay in the treetop cabins
        • Yellow Springs
          • Have a fall festival
        • If here around the end of the year, then Clifton Mills
        • Youngstown
          • At the junction of interstates 76 & 80, stop in Austintown for Wedgewood Pizza, the original location on Raccoon Road
          • Los Gallos Mexican Restaurant (actually in Boardman, Ohio). Just try their version of coleslaw with their homemade chips and tell me it’s not addictive! Also giant and delicious margaritas
          • Handel’s homemade ice cream
          • Graham Central Station is a family favorite
          • The Butler Museum of Art
          • Belleria Pizza
          • Inner Circle
        • Mill Creek Park, one of the largest and most beautiful municipal parks (has been considered for making it a National Park)
        • Fellows Riverside Gardens in June when the roses are in bloom
        • Mud Hens baseball game
        • Football HOF in Canton
        • Tiger Bakery in Toledo
        • Cuyahoga Valley National Park - has a genuine steam train
        • Olentangy Indian Caverns
        • Native American ceremonial/burial grounds
        • Circleville pumpkin show
        • Lake Erie resorts area 
        • Ohio Reformatory where Shawshank Redemption was filmed, the 
        • Columbus Zoo
        • The Wilds that Jack Hanna ran
        • Cedar Point amusement park
        • Amish country

        Oklahoma 

        • Oklahoma City National Monument
        • Tulsa - huge park
        • National Softball Hall of Fame
        • Wichita Mountain Wildlife Preserve in Lawton
        • Robber Cave area in McAlester
        • Casino in Thackerville
        • Bricktown in OKC
        • Little Sahara Dunes
        • Illinois River for kayaking
        • Great Salt Plains
        • Greenleaf State park - hiking
        • Cafe Kacao in OKC - Guatemalan food - favorite eating from whole 6 month road trip around US

        Oregon

        • Rent snowboards & hit the sand dunes in Oregon
        • Caseys RV resort in Westfir
        • Crater Lake
        • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
        • Fort Stevens State Park
        • John Day Fossil Beds
        • Timberline Lodge
        • Multnomah Falls
        • Cannon Beach is glorious
        • Ashland
        • Astoria - film locations for The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop
        • Oregon - Powell's Books in Portland - huge bookstore

        Pennsylvania

        • Falling Water (Frank Lloyd Wright house in western PA)
        • Magic Gardens on South St in Philly
        • Philadelphia Art Museum
        • Martin Guitar Factory
        • Hawk Mountain, it’s a sanctuary. If you like hiking, great day hike. If you don't, you can go straight to look out....beautiful.
        • Kinzua Bridge - train bridge that was destroyed by a tornado in the early 2000s. It was turned into a part and has a nice hike. 
        • The horseshoe curve in Altoona is a pretty cool train architecture.
        • Pittsburgh - beautiful city with a lot of great museums. 

        Rhode Island

        • Newport - mansions, Cliff walk, Ft. Adams
        • Providence - Waterfire, Federal Hill for Italian food
        • South County - beautiful beaches, lighthouses, sunsets!
        • Beautiful woods trail everywhere!
        • Galilee - fresh seafood off the boats!

        South Carolina

        • Dupont State Forest in the Upstate. Beautiful waterfalls and great hiking
        • Old Sheldon Church
        • Hunting Island Lighthouse (go to the beach there to, walk about 300 yards left if you are facing the ocean)
        • Hunting Island State Park
        • Edisto Beach - quaint, sleepy beach town
        • Lake Jocassee - camping, clear blue water
        • Charleston
          • Angel Oak Tree
          • Beaches - Sullivan's, Isle of Palms, Folly
          • 34 West Theater
          • Battery
          • History - walking tours (Walk & Talk Charleston), carriage rides
          • King Street - shopping, bars, dining
          • Shem Creek - dining, cocktails, shrimp boats, dolphins, kayaking
          • Pitt Street - best sunset

        South Dakota

        • The Black Hills of S.D. 
        • Be sure to check out Deadwood
        • The Missouri River
        • Crazy Horse Monument

        Tennessee

        • Gatlinburg
        • Land Between the Lakes esp in winter to see bald eagle nesting. Any number of waterfalls and hiking trails. 
        • Epic hiking on the Fiery Gizzard (13 mile point to point) Trail in Tracy City Tennessee. 
        • Nashville
          • Tennessee State Museum
          • Museum of African American Music History
          • history park The Bicentennial Mall
        • Take a slow drive out of Nashville on hwy 231 towards Alabama for some lovely rolling hills and countryside
        • Natchez Trace - stopping at all the stops
        • Chattanooga - lots to do, lots of water, and great hiking trails
        • Knoxville - Boyd's Jig and Reel (Scottish bar) & then have drinks at the Barrelhouse. The Barrelhouse is Gypsy Circus cider on tap, they also have beer and mead on tap.

        Texas

        • Palo Duro Canyon
        • Enchanted Rock
        • San Marcos River tubing
        • Big Thicket and Davis mountains
        • Fredericksburg 
        • Big Bend Natl Park
        • the Alamo
        • Space Center Houston 
        • San Antonio Riverwalk (esp at night)
        • Hamilton Pool
        • Jacobs Well (must make reservations)
        • Gruene - includes Guadalupe River, great live music in Gruene Hall
        • Padre Island - Gulf front city)
        • Inner Space Caverns
        • Austin music scene

        Utah

        • Side x Sides in Moab 
        • Zion - river walk up to the Narrows
        • Bryce Canyon
        • Park City
        • Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park - both super epic red rock marvels

        Virginia

        • The Grand Canyon of the South
        • Shenandoah - tons of hiking
          • Shenandoah National Park
          • Old rag trail
          • Skyline drive 
          • Luray caverns
          • Oldest Stalacpipe organ in the world
          • Lots of canoeing and kayaking on Shenandoah River
          • 30 wineries and breweries within a 20-30 mile radius
          • The Apple House restaurant
          • Natural Bridge
        • Old town Winchester is also great home of Patsy Cline
        • Wintergreen area - beautiful mountains and hiking and a ton of great breweries and wineries - Devil's Backbone, Wild wolf, Bold Rock
        • Roanoke - hiking, Smith Mountain Lake
        • Virginia Beach - be sure to watch the dolphin, whales and sea turtles on the Rudee Flipper
        • Monticello in Charlottesville
        • The Fan in Richmond
        • McAfee Knob... most photographed spot on Appalachian Trail
        • Bike 34 miles of fun on Virginia Creeper trail
        • Hungry Mother State Park
        • RV camp by the James River then tube and your exit is at your campsite!

        Washington

        • Olympic Ntl. Park
        • North Cascades Ntl. Park
        • Mount Rainier Ntl. Park
        • Granite Falls
        • Port Townsend
        • Take hwy 20 west through Winthrop and on to Whidbey Island you will go across Deception Pass Bridge. Catch the Port Townsend ferry and take the 101 around the Olympics stop at Makah Point and Hoh rainforest. You can take 12 to Mt St Helens.
        • Olympic Peninsula
          • Hoh rainforest
          • Storm King ridge
          • Lake Crescent
          • Ruby Beach
          • Dungeness Spit 
          • Lake Quinault rainforest
        • Shasta, and the drive between Seattle and Canada is absolutely gorgeous--go to the san Juan islands if you can!!

        West Virginia

        • New River Gorge - bridge and has incredible white water rafting, zip lining and rock climbing
          • Eat at Pies and Pints
        • Black Water Falls
          • Close to towns of Thomas and Davis....quaint towns experiencing rebuilding and growth...hip little towns with micro breweries and art scenes.
        • Tour the town of Harpers Ferry and all of the awesome easy day trails around it - recommend at least a full day in Harpers Ferry/Shepherdstown area
          • Little vegan joint Kelley Farm Kitchen
        • Wardensville has an awesome general store “Lost River Trading Post”
        • Climb/hike Seneca Rocks
        • Wheeling
          • Palace of Gold - like, you would NEVER expect a place like this in America....much less BFE WV. 
          • While you're in the area, find a bakery for the birthplace of the pepperoni roll.
        • Highest elevation in WV -- Spruce Knob, beautiful Dolly Sods and the finest rainbow and GOLDEN trout fishing in all of America!!! 
        • Tubing down the Shenandoah River. 
        • Beckley
          • A preserved coal town for tour as well as a tour of an old mine shaft. 
          • While you're in that area, you can also check into the luxurious Greenbriar Resort...where old southern charm has been preserved and where there is a top secret bunker said to be for the president
          • Also PGA approved 18 hole golf course
          • Several natural hot springs and salt mines
        • For a more relaxed resort, check out Stonewall Jackson
        • If you are into the spooky stuff, the Mothman Museum is in Point Pleasant

        Wisconsin

        • Apostle Islands Lakeshore and Kayaking the sea caves
        • Door County peninsula - lighthouses, fishing and beauty
        • Wisconsin Dells with beautiful boat tours on the river and the world’s largest water park
        • Madison is a foodie town and full of lesbians too!
        • Eat at L'Etoile in Madison - chef beat Bobby Flay
        • La Cross Area 
        • House on the Rocks in Spring Green
        • Cave of the Mounds
        • WI Dells
        • Harley Museum and Miller Tours

        Wyoming

        • The Grand Tetons (📸: Nate Foong)
        • Devil's Tower
        • Wind River Canyon
        • Shell Canyon
        • Independence Rock
        • Town of Buffalo

        And a few more resources...

        1. Check out the website Atlas Obscura for strange stuff in each state
        2. The Highpoints of the United States book!!! 
        3. App called Roadside that gives you goofy little local things to visit in the areas you are in. 
        Obviously, this is not a complete list... what was missed?? Feel free to put it in comments below and we'll add to the list! 

         

        Our world is AMAZING. 

        Get out and Do It In Nature!!

        xoxo,

        Jules + Stace ❤️


        3 comments

        • Melody

          In Wyoming: Devil’s Tower, Wind River Canyon, Shell Canyon, Independence Rock, and the town of Buffalo.

        • Tara Grisack

          I’d like to add to Missouri… in St. Louis there is a place called the city museum… this to me is a must see, everything is created from all kinds recycled stuff, they even have a 5 story slide!! also about an hour or 2 south of St. Louis is Johnson’s shut-ins if your here in the summer this was the most unique swimming/playing area I have ever seen, it’s rocks everywhere, it’s also right near the highest point in Missouri!!!

        • Becky Garrison

          What a wonderful list! We traveled the country in 2019, and this makes me want to go back on the road! Add the Lincoln Museum in Springfield Illinois.

          Thanks!


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