The Artist’s List: Road Trip USA

Summer is right around the corner. What adventures are you planning? Or perhaps, the better question is what’s on your travel bucket list? Many people are mapping out exotic destinations seeking the thrill far-off lands. As wonderful as international travel is, there’s a unique charm about the United States. Our country offers a wide spread of opportunities to fit every traveler’s personal taste – from bustling cosmopolitan centers to sleepy towns, perfectly manicured parks to lush wilderness treks, and sophisticated three-course meals to funky food trucks. The possibilities are endless.

This list compiles some of the best sites and bites to explore this summer. New spaces can be the best remedy to inspiring works of art and escaping mundane routine. Grab your road map and start exploring!

Top Notch Cities

  • Charleston, North Carolina – Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and breezy waterfront views make this charming city a true southern belle.

  • San Francisco, California – This walkable city is world famous for the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars.

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico – Founded as a Spanish colony in the 17th century, the capital offers stunning adobe architecture, a local farmer’s market, and deep blue skies that travelers adore.

  • Austin, Texas – Art and music live in this fun, diverse city. Between visiting museums, enjoying music festivals, hiking, biking, and swimming, Austin is a must-see for the adventurous soul.

  • Nashville, Tennessee – The City of Music offers countless concerts, festivals, and free live music. Pair with some tasty street food and you’re set for the summer season.

Natural Wonders

  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (includes parts of Montana and Idaho) – Hot springs, geysers, forests, plains, mountains, and not to mention bison… A dream come true for nature photographers and adventure-goers.

  • Redwood National Park, California – Wander in awe through the mass of towering redwood trees located on the rocky Pacific coastline.

  • Zion National Park, Utah – Scenic red cliffs cut by rivers and waterfalls make for a beautiful hike year round.

For the Foodie

  • Portland, Oregon – This funky city is famous for its international food. The doughnuts come in all shapes and sizes, experimenting with outrageous flavor combinations.

  • Hampton, Virginia – Great seafood bites. Any city in the Chesapeake Bay area is known for their scrumptious seafood.

  • Los Angeles, California – Eclectic food trucks elevate the street food scene in this vibrant city. I’ve heard the taco trucks are a must.

  • New Orleans, Louisiana – French, Cajun, and Creole influences give the city’s cuisine a flavorful punch of character. Be sure to try a beignet, the famed sweet puffy pastry.   

Delightfully Querky

  • Weekie Wachee Springs State Park, Florida – A magical underwater show sure to please kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t love mermaids?

  • Freemont Troll, Washington – The iconic troll under the bridge. Spot-on representation of Seattle’s funky flair and artsy charm.

  • Carhenge, Nebraska – This metallic, rusting interpretation is perfect for the car-lover and history fanatic. It’s almost as magical as the real deal.