The Top 10 USA and Canada Road Trip Destinations

When you are planning a road trip, the number of places that you could possibly visit can be overwhelming before you even set off. To have an enjoyable road trip, you need to set a schedule in motion so you can figure out how you’re going to get to each place and what you want to see and do once you’re there.

Across the USA and Canada, there are plenty of attractions and destinations that are worth stopping off for. Take a note of these extraordinary destinations and plan them into your next unforgettable road trip across the USA and Canada.

USA Destinations

1.     Yellowstone National Park

Located in Wyoming, though some parts of it expand into Idaho and Montana, this gorgeous national park is a volcanic hot-spot that you don’t want to miss.

If you want your road trip to be full of nature’s wonders, then this is a destination that should be at the top of your list. It has jaw dropping canyons and cliffsides adorned with great green forests that will blow any other national park you’ve ever visited out of the water.

Possibly its most enticing and popular feature is the Grand Prismatic Spring, with its awe-inspiring bright blue and orange colors that stand out in the natural landscape.

Yellowstone has enough features to last you several trips and it is definitely worthwhile adding it as a stop on your road trip.

2.     New Orleans

If you are looking for a city packed full of attractions and leisure facilities to entertain you on your road trip, then New Orleans in the city that you have been looking for, and will make an unforgettable destination on your trip.

It is packed full of museums and history that will keep you learning every time you visit a new place in the city. It is a place filled to the brim with history and mesmerizing culture; you will end up wanting to stay there for even longer.

The Backstreet Cultural Museum makes for a great afternoon if you want to expand your knowledge on the rich cultural history of New Orleans.  

3.     Savannah

If you consider yourself something of a ghost-hunter or a fan of all things spooky, then this Georgia city is the place to stop off after you’ve found the best RV rentals for your trip.

The Bonaventure Cemetery is the place to be in Savannah; with guided ghost tours, you can weave through the graves of famous writers and gain some insight into the rich lives and history of those who have been buried there and supposedly haunt the area.

4.     Boston

Boston has a whole variety of things to do, even if you aren’t a sports fan.

Of course, one of the most popular attractions to Boston is its baseball stadium, Fenway Park, and the games you can see there.

There is another culturally rich side to Boston that often gets overshadowed by its sports fame, however. You can visit the Boston Public Garden or the Boston Common for a relaxing stroll through the greenery and then stop off for food at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace and experience Boston’s famously delicious clam chowder.

5.     Lake Tahoe

For a relaxing, nature-filled destination, this California lake will check every box.

For a short stay, bearing witness to the unbelievably blue waters of the lake can be enough to get your fill of this place. Take a swim in the lake and feel at one with the best of what nature has to offer.

Canada Destinations

6.     Okanagan Valley

Located in breathtaking British Columbia, this vineyard valley is definitely worth a visit if you enjoy a nice glass of wine. With almost 200 wineries in the area, there is no shortage of places to try out the best wine in the region.

The valley doesn’t only boast gorgeous wine, but breathtaking views to go with it. Savor a glass of wine as you look over the beautiful hills after a day of driving through the remarkable landscape.

7.     Whistler

Whistler remains Canada’s top destination for skiing, stunning snow-topped peaks, and striking waterfalls. North of Vancouver, Whistler makes a fantastic stop if you can bear the chill.

If you are looking to have a couple of days skiing and snowboarding, then the Whistler Blackcomb is just waiting for your arrival.

Whistler also makes a great summertime destination if you prefer to stay warm, with a number of water sports activities ready for you to take them on at the Lost Lake Park.

8.     Quebec

The city of Quebec has a wonderfully European, specifically French, feel; you’ll feel as though you’ve gotten outside of the Americas without that long-haul flight.

Quebec is a perfect destination if you want a dose of history in your trip; explore the city’s cobblestoned streets and discover Quebec’s past through antique shops and other significant and historically rich attractions like its Citadel and Old Québec. 

9.     Victoria

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria, makes a memorable and historical stop on your road trip across Canada. The downtown area of the city is packed with shops to explore, extravagant nightlife and restaurants to fill up on.

If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air during your stop to the city, it also boasts breathtaking parks full of greenery that is sure to relax you.

10.  Sonora Resort

A beautiful resort situated in British Columbia; the Sonora Resort will offer you a ton of activities to do during your stay.

Located in the wilderness, you can pack your stay with exciting activities like kayaking or eco-adventure tours, or if you fancy something a little different, you can go grizzly bear spotting in their natural habitat!

This resort is a fantastic place to stop and spend a few days taking in everything it has to offer.

Of course, you can’t feasibly hit all of these destinations in one road trip, but they should give you some inspiration for top destinations on your own personal trip, and provide you with ideas of which regions you should road trip across.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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