The Ultimate Guide to Spring Road Trips

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Road Trips The Ultimate Guide to Spring Road Trips

Road trips in the US are unlike anything else. As depicted in so many great Hollywood movies, the epitome of freedom and exploration truly comes alive on the US roads.

With that in mind, it’s time to feel the wind in your hair and get exploring with American Holidays’ ultimate guide to spring road trips. Find out why spring just might be the best season for your US road trip, along with the best places to discover.

Take it Easy from Miami to Key West

Miami to Key West

If you’re looking to take it slow and enjoy beach time bliss with sensational coastal living, the road trip from Miami to Key West offers everything you’re looking for.

Starting in Miami, explore the beaches and bounty of bars along the bustling beachfront. Then it’s time to head through the Florida Keys. First up, diving down to the wonderful underwater world of shipwrecks and reefs in Key Largo is an adventurer’s dream activity. You’ll spend two nights here, giving you enough time to enjoy this laid-back island, full to the brim with watersports.

Luckily, spring in Florida is when things start to heat up, with many locals heading to the water before the swarms of visitors arrive in the summer. The next stop, Islamorada, is a true Florida hidden gem, offering ideal conditions for fishing and blissful sandy beach days.

Then it’s time to drive to Key West, with a vibrant atmosphere, offering historic sites and streets where the true feel of Florida culture comes to life. The sunsets at Mallory Square are sensational, particularly during spring in Florida.

Your Miami and Florida Keys road trip then takes you back to Miami, where you’ll spend one night, a last-minute chance to enjoy the bounty of fantastic restaurants.

The Great American West, Icons & National Parks

monumentPicture yourself winding through mammoth mountains, fresh air blowing through your hair, and nothing but the open road inviting you to take in some of the best sights in the US. Welcome to the Great American West.

Spring is one of the best times to explore the natural beauty of US national parks. The snow has melted, bringing massive waterfalls cascading down the mountains, the flowers are blooming, and the springs fill up, leaving you just enough time to avoid the summer crowds.

The Great American West road trip is truly a unique experience, inviting you to explore the vast landscapes of America’s West at your own pace.
• Day 1: Your Great American West RV road trip starts in Denver, where you have a night to prepare for your adventure ahead

• Day 2: It’s time to buckle up and head to Wyoming, where the mammoth bison await with magical mountains as a backdrop.

• Day 3: Next up, the Black Hills of South Dakota. While the drive is quite long on day three, you won’t regret it, with breathtaking views along the way.

• Day 4: Today is all about getting up close and personal with previous presidents of the United States at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Badlands National Park.

• Day 5: If Dances with Wolves is one of your all-time favourite movies, you’re in luck! On day 5 of your Great American West road trip, you’re heading through Spearfish Canyon, an absolutely stunning location with awe-inspiring views.

• Day 6: Today takes you to Medora, North Dakota. Visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an absolute must in spring, where many young animals like elk and wild horses can be seen taking their first steps among the rolling hills.

• Days 7 and 8: You’re heading further into Montana where you can learn about Native American history at the Battle of Little Bighorn site. Then it’s time to rest up before heading to the town of Cody in Wyoming for a true Great American West experience.

• Days 9 and 10: You’re all set for the incredible Yellowstone National Park. From hot springs to massive mountains, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yellowstone National Park during the spring is sensational, with amazing flora blooming and wonderful waterfalls inviting you to soak up this amazing park in all its glory.

• Days 11 and 12: Now’s your chance to take your time and explore Grand Teton National Park before heading to Salt Lake City for the flight home.

Care Free California Cruising

Pacific coastCalifornia road trips offer the ultimate way to explore stunning scenery where carefree coastal living and enchanting cityscape exploring await.

The American Holidays’ California Road Trip Adventure offers the best of what California has to offer on an 8-night exploration of the dreamy West Coast. Starting in stunning San Francisco, take some time to explore the city with cable cars, ferry rides, the historic Golden Gate Bridge, and a cultural adventure at every turn.

Then it’s time to hit California’s Pacific Coast Highway, the epitome of coastal road trip adventures. Glide through Yosemite National Park during the spring, when the flora blooms and waterfalls roar to life. Home to some of the largest waterfalls in the world, Yosemite National Park is a spring sensation.

Then it’s off to Monterey where coastal living is sure to have you feeling calm and carefree. Next, San Simeon with magical cliffs along the rugged coastline awaits, where you can breathe in the sea air in style. Your California road trip then ends with three days in lavish Los Angeles, home to the stars and some sensational sights.

Unmatched Utah National Parks

Utah Zion NationalSome of the most spectacular wonders of the USA await on American Holidays’ Utah’s Mighty National Parks Road Trip. From the wonders of Vegas, through some of the best National Parks in the US, you’re in for the road trip of a lifetime.

Starting in fabulous Las Vegas, enjoy a one night stay to explore the lights, music, and shows this city is famous for. Then your road trip begins, heading to Bryce Canyon in Utah with two days to discover the fascinating sandstone formations (hoodoos). Formed over millions of years, this is a truly unique experience, feeling the power of pure mother nature.

Next, it’s onto Moab, home to the gateway into Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. For outdoor adventurers, this is a golden opportunity, with the two parks offering fantastic recreational activities, including hiking, jet boating, and white water rafting along the Colorado River. During the spring you can enjoy mild temperatures, ideal for outdoor activities.

Your Utah journey continues to Northern Arizona’s Lake Powell, where history exploration awaits, with sites of the first settlers waiting to be explored. Two nights at Zion National Park offers some of the top experiences for discovering sensational canyons and exploring ancient paths. Zion National Park in spring is simply incredible, with lush greenery through the red rock canyons.

Last, but certainly not least, a three night stay in fabulous Las Vegas awaits. Known as the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas holidays are full of things to see and do. From show-stopping spectaculars on the stage to taking in the lights walking the bustling streets, this is a great way to end your Utah road trip in style.

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By Kristin Skinner

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: California

The golden state of California, where I was lucky to grow up, is an incredible destination! Best time to visit would be May and October. May when the temperature is mild and the flowers are at their best. October is best to experience the amazing Sunsets.

I would suggest first flying into San Francisco, spending a few days in this awesome and walkable city, then drive up to Northern California to get a taste for the breathtaking National Parks – such as Yosemite, just a couple hours east of San Francisco. Then you could continue your trip back south, driving down the California coastline which boasts stunning scenery and some of the best beach communities in the world. Top things to do would be drop into Alcatraz, visit a winery on the central coast, and call into the original Disney and Universal Studios in LA.