How to Find Road Trip Spots

By Kimberly Graf. Published on December 14, 2023

Whether you're new to the Road Trip game or you're just tired of the same old trips, it's easy to lose sight of how to find the perfect spots to visit. We've put together a few simple tips to help liven up your road trip experiences again – no matter where you are on your journey.

relaxing road trip

First, you need to figure out what is a manageable distance. If you are completely free to go wherever you choose, it can be a little harder to devise the perfect road trip. However, most of us have bounds and limits, as much as we don't want to admit it. These can be based on the amount of time you can be away, the car you're driving and its capability to go for long trips, and the funds that you have on hand for road tripping. These are all things to take into consideration when you're choosing where you want to go.

Next, you're going to want to pick out something that you find interesting. What's the point of the road trip if you aren't excited about the things you're going to see? Don't feel pressured by what everyone thinks you 'should' be seeing or experiencing. Road trips are your own personal canvas to create and see what you want to. Want to go through California without going through Los Angeles? Do it! Arizona without the Grand Canyon? That's entirely up to you.

Basically, if you love nature, choose nature spots. If hiking is your passion, choose great places with awesome hikes. If you're a history fan, go to historic places. This road tripper personally likes ancient historical sites, so those are always at the top of the list. No one road trip is going to be a perfect fit for everyone, which is why you should definitely tweak and edit plans to include things that you want to see.

Go On An Epic Northwest USA Road Trip

You can stick to themes, if that's more your thing. For example, you might want to see a lot of waterfalls or covered bridges in the New England region. So check out the best waterfalls, how easy it is to get to them, and how you might make a trip of going to different waterfalls while traveling on roads that have covered bridges. Plan a route and let it take you to the destinations you choose!

Online map software makes it easier than ever to plan out where you're going to go. You can mark all of your locations' exact coordinates and find the best, quickest, or most scenic route between them. It will tell you the mileage without having to do the old-fashioned pen-paper-atlas shuffle, so you can even plan out fuel economy.

And if that's what you're after, there are certain calculators online that serve as resources. Put in where you're going, and it will find the best gas prices on the way –and then calculate as close to an exact fuel cost as you'd ever need.

Old gas pumps are displayed at the Hackberry General Store along

If you like haunted places, pick allegedly haunted spots and take the best route between them. National and State Parks are a great theme, and these locations also allow you to see some great nature on some wonderful roads. Having a theme makes it more fun!

But you also need to figure out where you're going to sleep, and how you'd like that to go. Some people like to camp the entire way through extended road trips, so you'd need to find the best campsites on the way and create an itinerary that focuses on getting to these places and setting up for the night. If you have an RV, find sites with RV Hookups and accommodations for that.

Check out hotels in the area of your trip if you don't mind staying in one, and you can always sort those findings by price and features. Customize the amount of luxury you want – or what your boundaries are for these things.

road perspective

If you'd rather choose destinations based on the road, you can do that too. Online map tools are a great resource for this, too. There are some famous roads that sort of use destinations as an afterthought, and you can literally make any road into this style of road trip. If you want it to be about the journey instead of the destination, definitely do that.

Be adventurous, and always be open to spontaneity. Having a plan is a good thing, but don't be so rigid that you don't want to deviate from that plan – it takes all the fun out of it. And always remember that your road trip is entirely yours. That's the appeal and the beauty of it.

So if you want to go across America only stopping at roadside attractions, no one should be able to tell you differently. A year-long music festival trip? Hopping between renaissance faires? Filming locations from your favorite movies or shows? Anything is possible! So go out and make it happen!


Mark David on 2/26/2024, said:

I just got a 3-year old RV, a Winnebago inspire that will accommodate my wife who is in a wheelchair. I'm over 65 and can't wait to take her all around to see friends, family and places. She hasn't gone anywhere in 5 years. That will change!!!

Gary on 2/27/2024, said:

Having had many a fantastic memory in a Winnebago Brave, I say drive on! Just remember to be careful on your road and take care of each other. Travel is best shared, my friends.

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