One Man’s Perfect Road Trip (51 Photos)

There’s a popular story out right now from Discovery that shows the “perfect” road trip as designed by a computer algorithm. The algorithm not only factors in popular tourist destinations but also plans for the most efficient route. This goes against the essence of what a road trip should be. A road trip should take us away from the hectic schedules that everyday life throws at us. From work to our kid’s ever-increasing activities and events, hitting the open road is a chance to rejuvenate ourselves. To connect again with our adventurous spirit.

We American have a love affair with our cars and the open road, and nothing appeals to us more than “the cross-country” trip. Driving is built into our cultural DNA. It transports us back to a better, simpler time. Some of my best memories of road trips are not from the things we planned to see but from things discovered along the way.

We are blessed to live in this vast country of extraordinary ecological diversity. You can drive for twelve hours and never leave the state of Texas, or you can drive for an hour and pass through the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico at the Four Corners.

From my time in the military and during my career, I have been fortunate to see quite of bit of this great country. But, I have barely scratched the surface. This country is big, and there is still so much I want to see.

Below is my list of destinations I would like to see in all fifty states and DC. I built this list from the heart, not an algorithm. There are a few places on this list I have already visited, but would certainly welcome the opportunity to see again. I would love to hear in the comments which places are on your list.

Alabama – The U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Alaska – Denali National Park

Arizona – Grand Canyon National Park

Arkansas – Hot Springs National Park

California – Yosemite National Park

Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park

Connecticut – Mystic Seaport

Delaware – Air Mobility Command Museum

Florida – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Georgia – Okefenokee Swamp

Hawaii – Volcanos National Park

Idaho – Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Illinois – Starved Rock State Park

Indiana – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Iowa – Field of Dreams

Kansas – Dodge City

Kentucky – Wild Turkey Distillery

Louisiana – The New Orleans French Quarter

Maine – Acadia National Park

Maryland – Antietam National Battlefield

Massachusetts – Lexington Battle Green

Michigan – Mackinac Island

Minnesota – Superior National Forest and Boundry Waters Wilderness Area

Mississippi -Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri – The Gateway Arch

Montana – Glacier National Park

Nebraska – Strategic Air & Space Museum

Nevada – Hoover Dam

New Hampshire – The Cog Railway

New Jersey Thomas Edison National Historic Park

New Mexico – White Sands National Monument

New York – Niagara Falls

North Carolina – The Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota – Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Oklahoma – Route 66

Oregon – Crater Lake National Park

Pennsylvania – Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell

Rhode Island – The Breakers

South Carolina – Charleston

South Dakota – Mount Rushmore

Tennessee – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Texas – The Alamo

Utah – Bryce Canyon National Park

Vermont – Stowe

Virginia – Thomas Jefferson’s Home at Monticello

Washington – Olympic National Park

West Virginia – Blackwater Falls State Park

Wisconsin – The Harley Davidson Museum

Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park

Washington DC – Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Greg Baugher

Bacon is always the answer. Currently working towards an MBA with an emphasis in fantasy football. I have friends in spite of myself. Probably the best meat eater in the world. Trying to change the name from Tweeting to Gregging. Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things. I’m here to avoid friends on Facebook.

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