Summers are here, and everyone's looking forward to adventurous vacations, especially after being quarantined at home for so many months. If you’re planning a trip around the US, you might get a little confused because there are many summer activities to do. The US has natural attractions, sports activities, music, and much more to offer - it basically has something for people of all ages and interests.
We have prepared a list of fun activities one can do this summer if you are traveling to the US:
1. Drive Route 66, the highway
Drive Route 66 is a dream for many; it is one of the best road trips to take in America. This route starts from Chicago and ends at Santa Monica Pier. It will take you across the country, with various stops in between. Some of these are even historical places. This drive takes approximately two weeks to complete. Some exciting stops on Route 66 include the Cadillac Ranch and the Muffler Man Statue in Cicero.
2. Visit theatres
America has some great theater shows for audiences of all ages. Many famous movie and television stars got their big break while performing in these theaters. Celebrities still often perform plays in their native towns and cities for their die-heart fans, friends, and family. You can discover the best regional theatres with performances from musicals to drama to tragedy in many States. For example, shows in pigeon forge give a countryside vibe and are packed with singing, dancing, comedy and American patriotism while stage dramas in Nashville, New York, and Missouri have a modern-day feel.
3. Visit the Zion National Park
Many admire Zion National Park for its sandstone cliffs and narrow canyons. We recommend you fly to Salt Lake City or Vegas, and from there, rent a car to explore the park at your own pace. To add more excitement to your trip, you can consider spending a couple of nights at a lodge in the national park. Some main attractions of the park include the Weeping Rock, Human History Museum, and a hike around the park, to name a few. After exploring Zion, we suggest everyone should visit the rest of the west coast national parks.
4. Volcano spotting in Hawaii
Apart from the beauty of Hawaii, you will not be able to ignore the clusters of volcanos there too. The best way to visit is to rent a car and visit the Hawaii Volcanos National Park. There, you will be able to see Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcano. Kilauea is famous for being one of the most active volcanoes around the world.
Other volcanos include Diamond Head which is the most famous one. Since it is an extinct one, you can hike up the carter for amazing views. You can also take a helicopter excursion to see the enormous Hualalai volcano. This one last erupted in the 1800s. Mauna Kea is one of the tallest dormant volcanoes globally and is 5 miles above ocean level. You can take a drive of 2 hours and visit the center that is halfway up.
5. The Northern Lights in Alaska
People dream about cruising around Alaska and watch the northern lights over the glistening glaciers. Fairbanks is the best place to see the northern lights. You can also see Anchorage from here. We suggest going between August and April to get the best views. Their average visibility is four out of five nights during this time. We advise you to layer up as Alaska gets cold, and you will be outside exploring most of the time.
You can drive to a vantage point nearby from Fairbanks and wait for them to appear. Some people prefer watching from a heated cabin or lodge. Some hotels even offer a wake-up call once the northern lights are out. You can visit Denali National Park to watch the northern lights as there is no light pollution there.
6. Drive across the Sur Coast in California
To experience the ultimate Californian road trip, you must take a drive on the Big Sur. It is an 85-mile beautiful road that starts from San Simeon and ends at Carmel. It goes around the California coast.
You have to be well prepared for this exciting trip. With countless unmatched views, it takes approximately 4 hours to drive up the road. Visit the Big Sur only if you have at least a day to spare. Rushing through it will feel like driving on a freeway; therefore, going slow is the only way to make the most of this trip. You should also visit Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, as these are must-see destinations. Staying at the ends of the coastline will be cheaper since all the hotels on the way are pretty expensive.
If you are a foreigner, we suggest you read up on the places you wish to see before flying in. We also recommend you get familiar with different states' laws and get hold of all the emergency numbers. With so many exciting places to explore, deciding on a few will always challenging. If you choose to take a trip to one of the places mentioned above, you won't be disappointed indeed.