With summer in full swing and social distancing forcing many of us to rethink our typical summer vacays, now is the perfect time to hit the road and experience the awe-inspiring destinations and natural wonders the United States has to offer.
And since much of your time will be spent exploring the outdoors, don’t forget to protect yourself from that fiery ball in the sky. July is UV Safety Awareness Month and the CDC has some simple tips that will help you safely see the sights during your summer adventures.
Now that you’ve packed enough sunscreen and UV resistant sunglasses for the whole gang, it’s time to hit the road.
Whether you like to plan your trips to the T or just go where the wind blows, we’ve compiled a list of our five favorite picture-perfect places that you have to see to believe. Pick your destination and enjoy the ride.
Top 5 Summer Sightseeing Destinations
Pacific Coast Highway
Commonly referred to as the PCH, the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most famous drives in the world. Covering more than 1,400 miles along the Pacific coast from southern California to northern Washington, the PCH is really two highways – California State Route 1 and U.S. Highway 101. From the dense, green forests of the Pacific Northwest to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to the gorgeous beaches of SoCal, the PCH is on every road tripper’s bucket list.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, making it the oldest national park in the world. Covering over 2 million acres of rugged wilderness in parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone is one of America’s most iconic outdoor destinations.
Utah National Parks
Utah is home to a whopping five national parks, each more breathtaking than the next.
Arches National Park in Moab, Utah boasts a mesmerizing display of orange stone bridges and picturesque windows.
Bryce Canyon National Park is a sprawling reserve in southern Utah known for its surreal sandstone pillar formations, called hoodoos.
Also near Moab, Canyonlands National Park provides visitors with a diverse offering of desert landscapes, sheer canyons, and winding rivers.
Surrounding a geologic wrinkle in the state’s south-central desert, Capitol Reef National Park is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and natural bridges.
Zion National Park in southwest Utah is a thousand-foot deep red rock canyon containing pools, waterfalls, forest trails, and the Virgin River.
Badlands National Park
Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park is a stunning 244,000-acre maze of eroded buttes, canyons, pinnacles, and spires blended with mixed-grass prairie. Today, bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets roam the area but buried in the Badland’s rich fossil beds are remains of ancient three-toed horses, saber-toothed cats, and giant rhinoceros-like creatures.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail is the longest and best-known hiking trail in the country. Extending from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, the A.T. covers 2,193 miles of continuous natural beauty across 14 states (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV).
These summer sightseeing destinations are just a handful of the thousands of scenic vacation spots the U.S. has to offer. Wherever you end up adventuring, imagine taking in the breathtaking views without glasses or contacts getting in the way.
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