The Best Interstates for the Long Road-Tripper
There’s something about driving down the open road that’s therapeutic. Whether you set out on your adventure for a bit of soul-searching, spend some serious quality time with your besties, or you just want to see what this great country has to offer, taking a road trip is just what you need. Just in case you don’t have a predetermined journey to take, we’ve done our research on two of the best routes to take across the good ol’ US-of-A, complete with must-see stops along the way. So, load up on snacks, buckle yourself into your Toyota Tacoma, and push play on your car jams -- it’s go time:
Seattle to Boston, I-90 stretches 3,085 miles across America and traverses 13 states.
Little Bighorn Battlefield – Near Billings, Montana, this history-rich battlefield commemorates the fight between Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the Lakota-Northern Cheyenne Indians.
Devil’s Tower – The massive stone pillar rises 1,267 feet above the Wyoming landscape below. Named the first National Monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906, Devil’s Tower is steeped in Native American folklore.
Badlands National Park – Located around Interior, South Dakota, the Badlands could be a two-day stop. Camping is available, as well as an array of hiking trails and fossil hunts.
Mount Rushmore – Keystone, South Dakota, plays host to the famous 60-foot busts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, which have been carved into the face of the granite mountain.
Chicago – For an unforgettable pit-stop, go see the Cubs’ Wrigley Field, walk through Grant and Millennium Park (home to the shiny “Bean”), take in the architecture down the Magnificent Mile, wander through the Art Institute of Chicago, and eat delicious deep-dish pizza.
Niagara Falls – 750,000 gallons of water rush over the falls each second. You can stay on the U.S. side of the state park in Niagara Falls, New York, to take in the spectacle, or take a very short trip across the bridge to get to the Canadian side of the park.
Boston – You’ve arrived! Enjoy the Massachusetts capital by really immersing yourself in all of the nation’s history, including walking the Freedom Trail, visiting Paul Revere’s home, and being in the actual spot where the Boston Tea Party dumped 92,000 pounds of tea.
Coast to Coast, Interstate 80 (I-80) runs from San Francisco, California, to Teaneck, New Jersey, goes through 11 states, and spans 2,905 miles.
San Francisco – As a road trip shouldn’t be rushed, we suggest staying in San Fran for a day of exploration before you head out. You can tour Alcatraz, see the Golden Gate Bridge, walk through Chinatown or navigate your way through Lombard Street.
Jelly Belly Factory – Your first pit-stop is only 47 miles from San Francisco and includes a sugarlicious tour of the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California,
Salt Lake City – As I-80 runs right through the populous city, we suggest pulling off and enjoying this history-rich area. Interested in the Mormon religion? Temple Square and the Latter-day Saint (LDS) Church History Museum are a great place to start. If not, the Gilgal Sculpture Garden is an odd adventure and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts is a great way to spend a culturally-infused afternoon.
Ames Monument – Built in 1882, the monument is a few miles off I-80 by Laramie, Wyoming. Made out of granite, the pyramid-shaped monument is quite the contrast to the flat, barren Wyoming landscape. The monument is 60 feet wide and 60 feet tall.
Bailey Yard – The Union Pacific’s railway yard in North Platte, Nebraska, is sprawled over 2,850 acres and handles over 10,000 train cars every single day!
Atomic Cannon – Gun connoisseurs and war buffs will appreciate Rock Island, Illinois. Eight of 20 of these weapons survived the Cold War. At 47 tons, the atomic cannon is known to be the Army’s largest artillery gun.
New York City – You’ve finally arrived in Teaneck, New Jersey. I-80 may stop there, but that doesn’t mean you need to. Only 17 miles (50 minutes) away, is New York City!
From San Francisco to New Jersey and Seattle to Boston, and everywhere in between, the open road is calling your name. Answer it and enjoy.