What are the 10 best US states to visit? Planning a road trip for next summer and seeing what I can do
I tend to preference New England quite a bit so some may argue. A list on the top 10 best states will also change depending on your interests and whether you want to see cities and urban areas or more remote and natural areas.
It's depending on what the rest of my friends want to go. We are planning on buying a used school bus to avoid hotel costs and are looking at where we could visit.
I for one am more preferable towards cities, but also wouldn't mind seeing the Pacific Northwest and some beaches, so I'm still going through on what I can do
This is the road trip I'm planning OP. Was going to post a thread about it but this seems like a good place to post.
My GF and I are heading up the coast from Phoenix to Seattle, and back down through Montana/Wyoming to Denver and back through Utah and the Grand Canyon to get home.
We get to see Several National Parks, Including Big Sur, The Redwoods, Crater Lake, Olympia, Yellowstone, RedRocks, Moab, Zion and the Grand Canyon. We also get to see World Class Cities along the way, Like San Francisco, Seattle and Denver. Plus Legal Weed Errrry where.
IMO, this is the best road trip you can take in the US.
You guys think it's too ambitious for 4 weeks? Me and my GF are checking out Graduate Schools and have about 3k each.
You generally want to avoid anything in the southeast (loosely: from KY/VA south to the FL panhandle).
The terrain is about as average as you can imagine, the climate blows, there aren't a lot of worthwhile population centers (or at least the kind that are worthwhile on a road trip)
KY has Mammoth Cave, the largest cave on the planet, so that's cool, but the interstate leading their runs perpendicular to any cross-country route you'd probably be on, which sucks.
OP here, that seems like a great roadtrip! We'd be starting off in Texas and some of my friends have already started telling me which states they want to visit (Colorado, Washington, etc.) it's still a work in progress and some other people want to see the other side of the US like the East coast and such but I feel like we are getting some good ideas out
>What are the 10 best US states to visit? Planning a road trip for next summer and seeing what I can do
For the heat of summer, you will want to stay in a cooler clime, like mountain driving. I'd vote mid-Atlantic through New England or a Pacific Northwest trip. Alaska is an amazing road trip for 1-2 weeks.
>We are planning on buying a used school bus
ROFL. Why not buy a used camper/RV? Talk about stupid.
The used bus was just a plan cause one of the girls saw a pic of it in Instagram of a bus with like bed matresses and everyone seemed to have liked the idea. There's gonna be 8 of us so I don't know if there would be a used RV with enough space for all of us to sleep in or stay in.
Plus the buses are only $700.
If youre going to pretend this isnt a worthy example of the diversity of america's landscape just because ">muh mountains are better," then youre just an ignorant retard.
A top ten list of states can have plenty of rocky mountain and west coast states without neglecting the better examples of midwest and east coast regions.
seconding these lists. I live in Washington, have been to Oregon several times, and just returned from a Utah/Arizona road trip
I definitely recommend all states in or west of the Rockies. Each state has something unique to see--or in the case of Utah, many unique things to see.
I don't recommend >>1135803 's plan. It appears to be entirely on the interstate. Unless you want to cram as much as humanly possible in a short amount of time, take some scenic highways. Instead of I-5 from Portland to Medford, take Highway 101 on the coast.
You said you plan on staying in a used bus. How will you navigate in cities? Where will you park to camp? Will you bring other transportation?
tl;dr: Western US is good stuff. Interstates get you places, highways get you views. Find things to do on your trip because you'll hate your car. Most importantly, plan ahead and have fun!
It would be park to camp, the main reason to get that bus would be to not have to pay hotel/motel costs when staying somewhere for the night. As stated in >>1136161 it was mainly because someone saw the idea on Instagram and liked it, I'm still abit skeptical on it but it could work, though I'm not so sure
It depends what you're into OP, and on the time of year. It's also fucking dumb to pick a bunch of states nowhere near each other.
My personal faves are Norcal (not much experience with SoCal but FUCK central coast and valley regions) Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado and they are my favorites because they are objectively the best. I found people in these states to be very receptive to travelers and also have a lot of natural beauty.
Also Florida is trash imo don't bother
I actually meant to do the coast but google maps glitched with the size of the trip and wouldn't let me change the route. I couldn't be bothered to fix it because its a rough outline. Im debating whether to do the coast or do Yosemite in between LA and SF like >>1135811
suggested. Needless to say the coast is the preferred route and generally only adds an hour or so to the whole thing
First of all, Iowa has Des Moines, if you've never been to Des Moines on a Friday night you haven't really partied in the US. In fact, an IPSOS survey found 68% of Americans found Des Moines better than Boston in terms of nightlife.
Kansas has scenic highways, beautiful bnb's and earned TripAdvisor's ranking as the most romantic state in America. As well, that Topeka nightlife caused Sir Paul McCartney himself to dub Topeka City "the sexiest place on earth".
As for New Jersey, well, its nothing you can put into words. You have to experience it for yourself.
Only place worth visiting east of the rockies is NY. Personally i dont like the city much but it has so much to do and see. It's really a must see.
I don't know why I even bother, ask ANY American and they will tell you Des Moines has THE best bars, clubs and nightlife in the States, rivaled by only NYC. But if you absolutely NEED that Des Moines vs. Boston poll, here is the citation:
I don't know what other proof you need man.
Just because you don't know a single thing about real American traveling and stick to your tourists traps like Boston or New York, doesn't change the fact that Topeka and Des Moines are world class cities whereas New York is a boring, overrated tourist trap. How can you be so culturally ignorant?
Look, if you were to just walk up to ANY girl in a Des Moines bar, and strike up a conversation with her, even if you're just asking for sex, you're GUARANTEED replies. And the world class cocktail bars stay open til 4, it's commonly referred to as "the mixology capital of the world" You can't say this about most cities. This is how friendly the nightlife is. You can't say the same about New York, which is just full of tryhards doing bad copies of trends they saw in Des Moines, Topeka, or Bismarck. Stay plebby, anon, Des Moines is better off without you no-class hipster plebs.
You should alter your trip to take the 8 west and hit up San Diego too. It's a great city and heading up the 5 with the beach on your left is much better than driving through shitty desert and riverside. Also you can stop in Laguna or any other place in the oc along the way too. :)