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America is a crammed full with amazing places to visit, so the gang at The American Road Trip Company got together to compile a list of places that are a must for everyone's life list, along with some amazing videos.

Top 100 places in America & Canada

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North America is a crammed full with amazing places to visit, so the gang at The American Road Trip Company got together to compile this list of outstanding natural beauty, buzzing cities and special places that must be on everyone’s life list.

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17 Mile Drive, California, USA - Lone Cypress
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17 Mile Drive, California

Connecting Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, this scenic toll road takes you on a little tour past rugged beaches, millionaire homes and wind blown cypress trees. Seals bask in the sun on off shore rocks and sea otters bob up and down in the waves. Finally, the legendary Pebble Beach golf course can be found here also.

Acadia National Park, Maine, USA - An Old Lobster Boat, Beached And Waiting For A New Coat Of Paint
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Acadia National Park, Maine

People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA - Slot Canyon
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Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew.

Arches National Park, Utah, USA - Delicate Arch at Sunset
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Arches National Park, Utah

Aspen, Colorado, USA - slopes wth skis
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Aspen, Colorado

The winter home of the rich and famous still maintains a certain small town feel, despite the chichi restaurants, designer shops and the odd celebrity. From late November to late April one can enjoy 4 different mountains, each with world class skiing. The summer offers wonderful walks and music festivals.

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada - Lake Moraine
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Banff National Park, Alberta

The Icefield Parkway is one of the world’s great drives and the 142 mile road connects these two National Park jewels. The rugged landscape has been carved out by glaciers and is now enjoyed by outdoor and skiing enthusiasts, along with elk, moose and grizzly bears. Lake Louise is also accessible from this road.

Beverly Hills. Los Angeles, California, USA - Rodeo Drive
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Beverly Hills, California

Movie star homes with sky high fences on palm tree lined streets, once you’ve found the homes of the rich and famous you could see how the other side shop by joining them on Rodeo Drive.

Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA - Cowboy by river
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Big Bend National Park, Texas

The vast 800,000 acre National Park is a photographers paradise. Bird watchers will also be well served by the 450 species that enjoy the park and its rivers. Hiker’s can explore over 150 miles of fabulous trails through roadless Texas lands. Named after the vast curve of the Rio Grande river that occurs in southwest Texas, Big Bend has something to offer everyone interested in the great outdoors.

Big Sur, California, USA - Bixby Bridge
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Big Sur, California

The classic All-American drive down California’s Highway 1 is at its most dramatic when it passes through the 90 miles of coastal road that is within Big Sur. Twisting roads curve around the steep cliff faces, occasionally passing gorgeous State Parks and spectacular vista pull ins that look out over the vast Pacific ocean.

Blue Ridge Parkway's Lynn Cove, USA
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Blue Ridge Mountains

The best way to enjoy this area, is by driving the Blue Ridge Parkway from Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This is a 469 mile scenic drive that makes the most of the mountain views with their famous blue haze.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA - Acorn St, Beacon Hill
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Boston, Massachusetts

Smaller, friendlier and more sophisticated than most of its east coast neighbours. Boston is packed with history and charm, and it offers world class shopping, dining and walking tours. Boston also acts as a gateway to all of New England’s abundant charm.

Brooklyn, New York, USA - View from Brooklyn across to Manhattan
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Brooklyn, New York

For the best views of the Manhattan skyline, head across the Brooklyn Bridge and stroll around the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or the cool and trendy Williamsburg area. Oh, and if you liked Central Park – then Brooklyn has its very own version in the shape of Prospect Park .

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA - Thor's Hammer
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon, famous for its unique geology consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colourful limestone rock into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos”.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA - Horseshoe Canyon
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Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Utah is blessed with more than its fair share of National Parks, and Canyonlands is the biggest of them all. A colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado and the Green Rivers.The park is explored by hikers, mountain bikers and 4 wheelers all enjoying the rugged and remote trails.

Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA - Kennedy Space Center
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Cape Canaveral, Florida

Home to the Kennedy Space Center and launch pad for many a space mission. Over 60 years of space exploration history can be seen in Cape Canaveral, including 8 rockets, an IMAX 3-D theatre and even a G-Force simulator. Out of this world!

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA - Lighthouse
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Summer home for the Kennedys, this 65 mile long peninsula offers historic towns, fantastic sea food and wild sand dunes. Packed in the summer months, however spring and autumn also offer enjoyable weather and migrating birds. Let us book you into a nice B&B and relax among the natural surroundings.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA - Carmel Mission
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

If it’s good enough for Clint Eastwood then It’s good enough for us. Two world class beaches backed by a gorgeous small town of beautiful homes and quaint streets. Carmel-by-the-Sea is a lovely road trip stop off, allowing you a relaxing environment to unwind before moving up or down the Californian coastline. To the north is the world famous Pebble Beach golf course and to the south is Big Sur starting with the wild and wonderful Point Lobos.

Catskill Mountains, New York, USA - Road through the Catskills
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Catskill Mountains, New York

Along with The Hamptons, the Catskills offer New Yorkers a great escape. Often described as America’s first wilderness, and it’s just a couple of hours drive from the Big Apple. All manner of outdoor activities are available, these include skiing, canoeing and climbing. Want to relax a little, why not visit one of the many spa’s instead.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA - Plantation House
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Charleston, South Carolina

Steeped in Colonial and Civil War history, Charleston is a perfectly preserved and friendly southern belle of a city. Visitors fall in love with its grace, charm and historic value which is usually enjoyed in the warm South Carolina climate. The city is in a mini renaissance at the moment, attracting new restaurants and culture into the mix.

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Skyline at sunset
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Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is often called the second city, but the natives of this masculine city would argue that it’s second to no one. The home of some of America’s greatest sky scrapers, sporting teams and gangsters can be explored by trolley, bus, boat or bike. Freezing in winter, the city and it’s beaches come alive in the summer months.

Colonial Parkway, Virginia, USA - Historic windmill
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Colonial Parkway, Virginia

This historic part of America forms a triangle between Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Williamsburg in particular will educate you in the lives of the early English settlers that arrived in the early 17th century. Travel west of here and you’ll discover the wealthy homes of former slaveholders.

Colorado I-70 Ski Resorts, USA - Snow Boarders in Beaver Creek
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Colorado’s I-70 Ski Resorts

Beaver Creek might just might be Colorado’s must exclusive ski resort. The ski runs often pass millionaire mansions perched on the rocks, and the facilities are all A1. A great place to live life to full or if your wallet can’t handle it just mingle with America’s wealthy. Vail is close by and is rumoured to have Colorado’s best powder snow, in a resort modelled on the Italian Tyrollean villages which where experienced by World War 2 vets and transferred back home. Steamboat Springs, Copper and Breckenridge are amongst the other top class resorts that straddle Interstate 70.

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA - Tree above Crater Lake
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Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in colour; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.

Dallas, Texas, USA - Texas fair sign
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Dallas, Texas

You can hear the theme tune as you drive around the “Big D”, and you half expect JR himself to walk around every corner. Made famous by the 80’s TV series and the Dallas Cowboy football team, this town is brash, oversized and the pride of Texas. In October, the Texas State Fair is a quite a bash.

Death Valley National Park, California, USA - Old Truck in Death Valley
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Death Valley NP, California

Extreme climate and geology form an inhospitable destination that has another world feel to it, its like driving around on Mars. The roads here are superb, dipping and leaning around curves before straightening out as you dip to 85m below sea level in the salt flats of Badwater.

Denver, Colorado, USA - Capitol Building
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Denver, Colorado

Often ignored as people fly in and rush off to the ski slopes that lie near by. The “Mile High City” can entertain with good restaurants and bars in the evenings, whilst in the day you can enjoy museums, parks and a zoo.

Devil's Tower, Wyoming, USA
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Devil’s Tower NM, Wyoming

Essex, Connecticut, USA - Tree during Fall
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Essex, Connecticut

Small town old America is preserved here, with white picket fences surrounding perfect examples of federal and colonial architecture. Essex also boasts one of the oldest Inn’s in America, trading continuously since 1776. The towns origins go back to 1635, and most of the buildings here were built with money made trading Rum and Tobacco in the 19th century.

Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
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Everglades National Park, Florida

Just 30 miles west of the glitz and glamour of Miami lies over a 1.5 million acres of subtropical wetlands filled with crocodiles, alligators, manatees and even panthers and more.  This vast natural wonder can be explored by taking guided tours on canoes or trilling airboats, even a drive across the National Park along Alligator Alley feels life an adventure in a land that man shouldn’t belong.

Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, USA - Fallingwater House
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Fallingwater, Pennsylvania

Nothing you have read or learned about Fallingwater can compare to the experience of visiting in person.  The Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, nestled within the lush, wooded Bear Run Nature Reserve, is a timeless monument to organic architecture at its best.

Florida Keys, Florida, USA - Shops
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Florida Keys, Florida

This 150 mile drive from Miami to Key West takes you along a string of small islands linked by a road set on stilts. Once a refuge for presidents and writers, The Keys now serve tourists and free roaming chickens. Once at Key West, check out Sloppy Joe’s, Duval Street and soak up the laid back atmosphere.

Florida Panhandle,Florida, USA - Surfer on Beach
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Florida Pan Handle, Florida

The “Pan Handle” area in the Northwest of Florida lays claim to having many of the worlds best beaches along its 95 mile coast line. Look past the tacky stores that are prevalent in certain spots and see the natural beauty of this area.

Gettysburg National Military Park, USA - Fence
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Gettysburg NMP, Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Monument stands proud, to mark the spot where 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or injured during the Civil war in 1863.  This battle marked a turning point in the war, and thus anyone interested in Americas short but eventful history would enjoy an afternoon here.

Glacier National Park, Montana, USA - Canoes by lake
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Glacier National Park, Montana

Sculpted by ice, Glacier National Park is viewed by the Blackfeet Indians as a sacred land. Filled with wild flowers, wildlife and great lakes against a back drop of massive mountains. 700 miles of well maintained trails weave around the park, but if you are feeling lazy and the weather conditions allow take a drive along the “Going to the Sun” road.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
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Golden Gate Bridge, California

Spanning the headlands of San Fran and Marin County, one of the worlds must beautiful bridges is a delightful experience whether you walk, bike or drive across. You can gain stunning views by driving up Conzelman rd on the north side of the bridge.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA - Tree on Canyon's edge
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Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

The worlds biggest hole is an awe inspiring natural wonder that is hard to get your head around when you first arrive. Two billion years in the making, the Colorado river has forged a mile deep, 18 mile wide and 277 mile long gauge into Arizona. Consider, visiting the river at the bottom of the canyon to try and gain some perspective. For the most part people visit the South Rim as it is open all year round due to its lower elevation, however if visiting in the summer months then we recommend the North Rim if possible.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA - Barn infront of mountain range
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Grand Teton NP, Wyoming

Sandwiched between the world class Yellowstone National Park to the north and world class skiing to the south at Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park more than holds its own amongst its neighbours. This scene of rich extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and stunning alpine terrain offers a serenity that is hard to match.

Great Smokey National Park, USA - Mountains in blue mist
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Great Smoky Mountains, TN & NC

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. Awesome any time of year, but in the autumn the Smoky Mountains put on an awesome show of colour for hikers and driving enthusiasts.

Gulf Coast Beach, Florida, USA - Beach and Turquoise Waters
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Gulf Coast, Florida

From Clearwater to Naples you can enjoy world class beaches, warm gulf waters and luxury hotel service. Bored laying under a palm tree on perfect white sands? Fabulous shopping is never far away or why not try one of the amazing theme parks here, such as Busch Gardens.

Hamptons, Long Island, New York, USA - Hamptons House on the beach
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Hamptons, New York

Like The Catskills to the northwest, the Hamptons offers a place of refuge for the wealthy and beautiful people of New York to escape the city. What awaits is miles of sandy beaches, exclusive shopping and beach houses to die for. The Hamptons offers well manicured charm anytime of year, however the weekends between Memorial Day and Labour Day can be pretty hectic.

Hearst Castle, California, USA - Frontage of Hearst Castle
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Hearst Castle, California

Hearst Castle perches on “the Enchanted Hill” and overlooks the pacific ocean in the distance. The product of one mans ambition, wealth and imagination. This is an extraordinary home that hosted the worlds most famous and wealthy, today it offers us mere mortals the chance to see fine antiques and art from around the world in an over the top setting.

Los Angeles, California, USA - Hollywood Red Carpet
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Hollywood, California

Tinseltown is synonymous with glitz and glamour, and although many of the studios have now moved onto to other parts of town it’s still fun to visit the home of the Oscars and walk Hollywood Boulevard looking for the hand prints of your favourite movie stars. Just a short drive north east of here lies the Griffith Observatory, perched high on a hill over looking the urban sprawl of LA, this recently renovated land mark is well worth a visit.

Hoover Dam, Nevada/Arizona, USA - Arial view
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Hoover Dam, Nevada & Arizona

The Hoover Dam spans the divide between Nevada and Arizona, whilst creating Lake Mead to the North, one of the largest manmade reservoirs in the world. The lake is now used for sailing and other water sports under the preserve of the National Park Service. The Dam was built to control the flow of the mighty Colorado River, whilst providing electricity for an expanding nation.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada - Spirit Island
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Jasper National Park, Alberta

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 10,878 km² (4200 mi²). Located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park. The scenic Icefield Parkway road connects Jasper with the neighbouring Banff. Jasper includes the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, mountains and just about every type of Canadian critter you can imagine.

Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA - Storm clouds over Joshua
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Joshua Tree NP, California

Filled with weird spiky trees and giant clumps of coloured rocks formed by once molten granite. This is an alien landscape, that if not real would have been dreamt up by Dr Suess himself. Road runners complete the animation feel here, although its a shame they are not dressed in primary colours like in the cartoons.

Lake Powell, Utah, USA - Canoe explores the lake
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Lake Powell, Utah

Utah is blessed with wonders, and Lake Powell is up there with the best of them. 186 mile stretch of water encircles beautiful rock formations, sandstone cliffs and even beaches. Lake Powell differs from Utah’s other wonders in that it’s man made, however this doesn’t detract from its beauty. Try stopping to take a boat trip or even stay overnight on a houseboat.

Lake Tahoe - Emerald Bay after sunset, South Lake Tahoe, California, USA
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Lake Tahoe, California & Nevada

More like a sea than a lake, Lake Tahoe even has a tide and beaches. Split in half by the California/Nevada state line and completely surrounded by alpine mountains, this natural wonder is quite a sight to behold. Casinos welcome you to the Nevada side of the shoreline, whilst classy ski resorts can be found all around.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
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Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s glitzy, it’s tacky and it’s wrong on so many levels…. But, we love it! Firstly, it’s unique. And secondly, it’s hedonism at its finest. First class hotels, cuisine and entertainment in the middle on a desert landscape miles from anywhere. Oh, and if you like a gamble then this is the place to be.

Manhattan, New York, USA - View of Empire State Building
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Manhattan, New York

A long weekend is the minimum you’ll need to scratch the surface of the world’s greatest city. Some of the worlds most popular museums, legendary skyscrapers, shopping to die for and buzz that only the Big Apple can provide are packed into Manhattan. Central Park offers a break from the stresses of city life, watch joggers and dog walkers stretch their legs amongst 843 acres of green grass, trees, lakes and even a zoo.

Fly drive holiday to Marin County
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Marin County, California

Over the Golden Gate Bridge lies a golden landscape called Marin County. It’s more than a commuter belt for San Fran, this area has its owns treasures including Tiburon, Sausalito and Muir Woods National Monument. It’s one of the 2 places that claim to have invented the Mountain Bike, but I personally think it’s an awesome place to drive.

Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket, USA - Boat sailing to Martha's Vineyard
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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Linked to the mainland by ferries, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are gorgeous New England islands lying around 5 miles off Massachusetts. Full of historic hamlets, manicured gardens and white picket fences. Exclusivity is key here, the rich and famous love these islands and its easy to see why. Two wheels are often better than 4 here, so why not hire a bike.

Memphis, Tennessee, USA - Rock guitar
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Memphis, Tennessee

Second only to the The White House, Elvis Presley’s Graceland is the most visited home in America. But Memphis has so much more to offer, including the legendary Sun Records studios and its arguably the Barbecue Capital of America with rib joints serving up succulent pork by the truck load. Soul-food and rock n roll, now that’s a killer combination.

Meteor Crater, Arizona, USA - Arial view
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Meteor Crater, Arizona

Imagine an object hitting the ground travelling at 12 miles per second, and the resulting impact carrying the force of a thousand Hiroshima bombs. Then imagine the hole that’s created, and whatever comes to mind probably won’t do this site justice. Easily accessible from Route 66, this is a must see stop off on any passing road trip.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA - Life guard hut in Stars and Stripes
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Miami Beach, Florida

Miles of sandy beaches backed with glitzy Art Deco hotels and sprinkled with attractive residents coming to and from model castings. A great place to cruise around, walk the boardwalk or enjoy a meal while you people watch. Forget Miami Vice, this area is classy and the hotels are amongst Americas best.

Mojave Desert, California, USA - Route 66 road surrounded by Joshua Trees
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Mojave Desert, California

The Mojave Desert is a lonely yet beautiful place, with the car engine turned off the silence can be deafening. Famed for its Alien sightings and ghost towns, this is a place for someone to escape the noise of near by Las Vegas and find there inner peace. This is the driest place in North America, spectacular sunsets are more frequent than rain.

Monterey Bay, California, USA - Humpback Whale
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Monterey, California

Monterey was once California’s capital, however today its best known for the world class Monterey Bay Aquarium that presides on Cannery Row. This town was once famous for it’s whaling and sardine industry, it now focuses on marine education and preservation. Want to experience the bay area first hand? Take a whale watching trip during spring or autumn.

 

Monument Valley,Utah/Arizona, USA - 3 Mittens
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Monument Valley, Utah & Arizona

This magical area is an amazing experience, but particularly stunning at dawn or dusk. This movie set landscape is a thousand shades of orange and red, the famous 3 Mittens are epic and the experience is a spiritual one that will stay long in the memory.

Mount Rainer National Park, Washington, USA - View from plane
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Mount Rainer NP, Washington

From just over the Canadian Border and down to California lies a range of mountains. The “Cascades” contain many active volcanoes, however Mount Rainer hasn’t been active for over 125 years now. Mount Rainer is the largest mountain within the Cascades, and the park contains meadows, craters, glaciers and abundant wildlife, flora and fauna.

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA - 4 historic Presidents
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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

The faces of four of Americas greatest presidents look out over the land they helped create. Carved out of the side of Mount Rushmore during the 1930s, this granite sculpture is the largest in the world. Famed for the part it played in the classic movie North by Northwest, starring Cary Grant.

Mount Shasta, California, USA - Alpine Forrest below Mount Shasta
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Mount Shasta, California

Right at the top of California lies Mount Shasta, early west coast explorer John Muir wrote: When I first caught sight of it I was 50 miles away and afoot, alone and weary. Yet all my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since. As John Muir got closer he would have seen sparkling lakes and emerald green forests.

Nashville, Tennessee, USA - Bridge and paddle boat
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Nashville, Tennessee

The home of Country Music and proud of it. The city boasts about its music heritage at every opportunity, including the newly built Country Music Hall of Fame. However, its not all about Country – there is a rich blues history here also and singer songwriters from every genre enjoy playing the bars in this town.

Natchez, Louisiana, USA - Grand Plantation House
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Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez is a must-stop destination for anyone visiting the Deep South. It’s a well preserved city of cotton rich mansions built at a time when Natchez was considered the fourth wealthiest city in America. Over 500 examples of pre-civil war architecture preside within Natchez, an historic picture of the lives lived by wealthy (white) southerners.

Owachomo Bridge in Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, USA
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Natural Bridges NM, Utah

One of the smaller National Parks, Natural Bridges is a compact ring road showcasing what can happen when you mix sandstone, wind and water. The main attractions, the 3 natural bridges that span up to 180ft are easily reached along trails from the various stopping points along the road.

New England, USA - Autumn trees and curving road
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New England

The USA’s North Eastern seaboard offers charming summer escapes, pure beauty in autumn and world class skiing in winter. This is arguably the most historic part of America, and scenic drives will take you from Maine down to Connecticut and back again.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - French Quarter Nightlife
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New Orleans, Louisiana

Built on the mouth of the Mississippi, New Orleans is the home of the blues, voodoo and the craziness that is Mardi Gras. The French Quarter offers great charm and is a great place to lose the car and take a walking tour. Finally, what really makes New Orleans special are some of the wacky characters that choose to live there.

Niagara Falls, New York, USA - American view of Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara Falls is made up of 3 massive but slightly separate waterfalls, and in total a quite staggering 42 million gallons a minute pour over the edge of this natural wonder. The largest is on the Canadian side of the falls and is named Horseshoe Falls, whilst Bridal Veil and American Falls are on the US side of the border. Such is the power of the water that passes over the falls, Niagara has moved  7 miles up river since it was formed.

Olympic National Park, Washington, USA - Forrest with Elk
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Olympic National Park, Washington

The words rugged, green, craggy and remote come to mind when thinking off Olympic National Park. Situated in the far Northwest of  Washington State, this is one of the wettest places who’ll be ever likely to visit. You won’t be alone though wild Roosevelt Elk love it here amongst the trees, alpine meadows and waterfalls.

Orange County's - Alito Park Bluffs and Beach, Laguna Beach, California, USA
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Orange County, California

Just south of Los Angeles lies 40 miles of Soap Opera houses and sleepy beachfront communities. Laguna Beach grew as an escape destination for artists and is packed with independent galleries, showing many a seascape painting. As you make your way North this wealthy area becomes increasingly focused on surfing with the world famous Huntington Beach.

Oregon Coast, USA - Sea Stacks on the Oregon Coast
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Oregon Coastline, Oregon

Massive sandstone boulders look like they have been dropped form the heavens along this 360 mile stretch of coastline. Rugged, wild and wind swept – Oregon’s beauty is up with the best of them. Drive the stunning Route 101 and explore natures artistry at work, driving through forests and coastal areas decorated with mist and fog.

Orlando, Florida, USA - Loops of a Roller Coaster
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Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World alone is the size of Greater Manchester and boasts 4 theme parks and 2 water parks. Many other parks have sprung up over the years and Orlando is now a mecca for theme park enthusiasts. The year round climate helps make this area a golfers dream also.

Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA - Lighthouse on the Outer Banks
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Outer Banks, North Carolina

The worlds longest stretch of barrier islands can be found in North Carolina. A surfers paradise and a sea captains worst nightmare, the Outer Banks form a 150 mile barrier parallel to the mainland. Skinny and fragile in places, the islands are dotted with lazy inns, wild horses and lighthouses.

Palm Springs, California, USA - Golf Course
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Palm Springs, California

Like a mirage in the desert, Palm Springs offers you luxurious shelter from the deserts that surround it. Lay by the pool, shoot a round of golf or cruise its streets checking out the modernist architecture. Made famous by the Hollywood stars of yesteryear, Palm Springs makes a great pit stop on any road trip.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Museum of Art
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is often overshadowed by its noisier neighbour to the North, New York. And this is wrong, Philly boasts just as much history and can compete on many levels from shopping to museums. And where else in the world can you recreate the famous scene in Rocky, the steps of the Museum of Art await.

Plymouth Plantation, Massachusetts, USA - Pilgrim Huts
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Plymouth, Massachusetts

When the pilgrims got lost when searching for New York, they happened across this patch of land and named it after the port they had departed on the over side of the pond. Today you walk in the footsteps of the Native Americans and the Pilgrims, or visit a stunning replica of the Mayflower boat that carried them.

Point Lobus, Big Sur, California, USA - Bay with birds
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Point Lobos SR, California

Point Lobos marks the start or end of the Big Sur. However, such is the beauty of this State Reserve that it demands its own spot on this list. Seal lions give birth to pups on the inaccessible beaches, sea otters frolic in the bays and whales slowly migrate through the 750 acres of the park that are under water. Pure beauty that can be enjoyed through the many short walks.

Portland - The bridge at Multnomah Falls, Near Portland, Oregon, USA
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Portland, Oregon

Whether your suitcase holds hiking boots and binoculars or designer heels and shades, you’ll find plenty of suitable destinations on the streets — and trails — of Portland.

Redwood National Park - Lady walking within Redwood trees
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Redwood National Park, California

Redwoods once common through North America are now only found in Oregon and California, but for the ultimate Sequoia experience head to the Redwood National Park in Northern coastal California. These are true giants at up to 100m high and 11m in diameter. Once you’ve stood amongst these trees, the stresses of work and home life just melt away.

Sacramento, California, USA - Capitol Building
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Sacramento, California

Sacramento is home to Gold Rush-era attractions, California State Capitol tours, outdoor adventures, and hotels, dining and cultural arts for every taste and budget.

San Diego, California, USA - Beach Hut with surfers
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San Diego, California

San Diego, California’s second-largest city, has 70 miles of beaches, museums galore and a world-famous zoo. Voted Americas favourite city to move to due to its perfect climate and laid back atmosphere. Stay here too long and you might not want to leave.

San Francisco, California, USA - San Fran skyline
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San Francisco, California

Once the fog lifts, one of America’s favourite cities will be revealed. Ride a cable car, climb the streets and get into the vibe that only this city can offer. Full of Victorian charm, famous movie locations and wealthy tech companies, this city has it all.

Sanibel - Beach chairs on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA
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Sanibel Islands, Florida

Beautiful Sanibel and Captiva Islands are famous for their shells, sandy beaches and stunning sunsets. Don’t be tempted into shell collecting without understanding the strict collecting rules that apply on the island. Dolphin watching cruises are also popular from here.

Santa Barbara, California, USA - Church
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Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is an ideal stop off for anyone touring the pacific coast highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This is an affluent town, built in a charming Mediterranean style – thus making it one of the Central coasts best highlights.

Los Angeles, California, USA - Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, California

The pier brings Route 66 to a glorious end, and Santa Monica with its “Baywatch” beaches and old fashioned pier is a worthy destination for any drive. Hire a bike or rollerblades and cruise the boardwalk down to Venice Beach or shop your heart out at the 3rd Street Promenade.

Savannah, Georgia, USA - historic colonial home with flowers
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Savannah, Georgia

Over 2 square miles of lovingly restored colonial houses and commercial property expertly arranged around 21 of Savannah’s 1-acre squares. A great city to walk around in the warm sun thats usually found here, no matter what the time of year. Look out for Forrest Gump whilst you walk, he likes the park benches here.

Seattle, Washington, USA - Skyline including Space Needle at night
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Seattle, Washington

Emerald City is one of the fastest growing cities in North America, famous for its coffee, grunge music and a growing tech sector. It has a laid back charm with visitor highlights including Pike Place Market, Space Needle and Pioneer Square. But don’t stay too long, Americas great outdoor awaits all around this town.

Sedona, Arizona, USA - The view of Cathedral Rock
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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is spa central, due to the energy vortexes that were discovered back in the 80’s. Don’t believe? Well that won’t stop you enjoying the spas and posh restaurants that compete with some of Arizona’s best scenery for your attention.

Sequoia NP - Tunnel Log at Sequoia National Park in California, USA
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Sequoia National Park, California

Redwoods, redwoods everywhere and this includes the world’s biggest tree affectionately known as General Sherman. The tree was named after the American Civil War leader back in 1879, however its likely the tree is nearly 2500 years old. These trees combined with deep canyons and massive mountains, make Sequoia National Park truly a land of giants.

Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park in the autumn
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Skyline Drive, Virginia

Skyline Drive marks the start of the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway in Shenandoah National Park, driving this 105 mile scenic route can take a whole day. What with the stunning surroundings, abundant wildlife and a 35mph speed limit! Why not park up at one of the scenic lay-bys and stretch your legs on one of the many trails.

Stowe, Vermont - Church in Autumn
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Stowe, Vermont

This ski resort town is as cute as a button, providing state off the art lifts with small town charm. In the summer months, biking and hiking take over. And come Autumn, the leaves put on a show for all to see. Like Ice Cream? Then visit the Ben & Jerry’s factory that sits on the edge of town.

Telluride - Boarder on the slopes in Telluride, Colorado, USA
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Telluride, Colorado

Colorado’s most scenic alpine resort was previously a wild west mining town best known as the place where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank. The mountains are more craggy and dramatic than in other areas, and the town more than matches its surroundings in the beauty stakes. Many A-listers have chosen Telluride as the destination for a second home, and its easy to see why – Skiing for all levels, stunning natural beauty and a town packed with charm.

The Wave, Arizona
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The Wave, Arizona

First you have to apply for tickets in a lottery, then you have to hike a 6mile round trip. But the reward is to view a 30m high wave of iron rich sandstone, carved by centuries of rain and wind into shapes that resemble the roughest of high seas frozen in a moment of time. In the bright sunshine of the Arizona/Utah border, one can see a thousand shades of red, orange, pink and gold.

Valley of Fire - Resting Desert Big Horn Ram Sheep on Red Rocks
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Valley of Fire, Nevada

Vancouver, British Columbia - Burbridge Bridge
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Vancouver, British Columbia

One of Vancouver’s greatest strengths is its diversity, and whether you’re visiting for a day or a month, there is plenty to explore. Pack a picnic and enjoy one of the city’s many botanical gardens, hop onto a boat and go whale watching just minutes from the city, or explore the many landmark sights of the city – there’s so much to see.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia - Kayaks around island
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Vancouver Island, British Columbia

At 300 miles long, Vancouver island is like a mini country on its own. A country populated with Killer Whales, Bears and Eagles. Victoria, situated in the south of the island acts as the capital of the island and for the entire British Colombia. The Pacific Rim National Park has more nature than you’ll ever need, and is a must for outdoor enthusiasts.

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California - Lifeguard hut at sunset
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Venice Beach, California

Flex your muscles, put on your roller boots and cruise the boardwalk of one of Americas most famous stretches of sand. Or maybe you’ll prefer to just watch some of La La Lands characters play basket ball or push weights, while you enjoy a morning cafe at one of the many cafes. Be sure to leave time to explore the Venice Canal area, where cute houses have been packed together beside the waterways.

Wasatch Mountains, Utah - Boarder in powder snow
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Wasatch Range, Utah

This is ski central, with 12 alpine resorts all within easy reach of Salt Lake City. There is skiing for every ability and preference, with more snow than just about anywhere else this range has it all. Park City is the largest resort, but it remains much of its mining history and charm. Sundance film festival is also close by takes place every January.

Washington DC, USA - Capitol Building
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Washington, DC

This unique “Federal District” contains much of the worlds political and financial power. Between the US Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial sits the greatest repository of knowledge and culture on the planet. And just like Britain, these massive museums are free to enter and a real national treasure. Georgetown is a charming corner of the city, and well worth a visit.

Whistler, British Columbia
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Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is one of the worlds great ski resorts. Snow capped mountains, blue skies and wildlife are all around. Reached by secluded highway 99 from the Vancouver gateway, you’ll wind your way up the pacific coast before climbing up the mountain through snow covered pine forests.

Napa Valley, California - Vineyard in mist
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Wine Country, California

You don’t have to like wine to enjoy this area. These two neighbouring valleys offer stunning scenery made up of perfectly manicured vineyards stretching across rolling hills and can be enjoyed by car or even by an early morning hot air balloon ride. This is a foodies’ heaven, with places like Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, and if you happen to like wine then visit one of the hundreds of vineyard tours available.

Yellowstone National Park - Old Faithful
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Yellowstone NP, Wyoming

The worlds oldest National Park and star of its very own BBC nature series. Yellowstone National Park was born in 1872, although it was millions of years in the making. Unbelievably, half the worlds geysers are found here, including the daddy himself. Old Faithful spurts water over 50 meters in the air every minute or so. Yellowstone is vast and special place, that is a must see.

Yosemite National Park - Water Fall
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Yosemite National Park, California

In total Yosemite National Park is over 1180 sqm of nature at its best. The most visited area of the park is Yosemite Valley, 3 million visitors per year can’t all be wrong and they are not. Vast rock faces, crystal clear waters, staggering views and stunning waterfalls combine to Yosemite a real national treasure.

Zion National Park, Utah Overview of Zion Valley
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Zion National Park, Utah

Emerald pools, lush green trees, rust red canyon walls and crystal clear skies are all crammed into this narrow valley. This combination of colours is a visual delight and the parks trails offer many more. The brave amongst you will tackle Angels Landing, the trail culminates at a lofty perch boasting magnificent 360 degree views.

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