If you want to see everything spectacular on a roadtrip in the US, you’ll be traveling for a lifetime. It is, perhaps, why road trips have become such an important part of the American holiday culture; how else are we supposed to cover all the sights?
Let’s start with the top places to feast your eyes on while you’re in the south, though, and you’ll be able to work your way upward later.
It just makes it a bit more manageable to be a tourist in your own country. Here is a handful of road veteran’s favorite places to visit, to get you started right away.
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#1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Did you know that this national park is the most visited in the whole US? Every year, they welcome about ten million visitors, and it’s no doubt about Great Smoky Mountains beating all records when it comes to attracting the most visitors.
It’s not just due to clever marketing schemes that they can boast these numbers, though, as its scenery and nature take the breath out of every visitor. The sprawling landscape encompasses everything from lush forests to streams, rivers, and waterfalls – in addition to a gorgeous selection of wildflowers in full bloom.
The national park borders between Tennessee and North Carolina, which makes it a great pit-stop when you’re on a road trip. It is open every hour of the day and all year-round, so you won’t have any trouble finding an open slot, to put it like that.
#2 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, NC
If you find yourself on the outer banks of North Carolina, you should drop by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Not just because you get to dip your feet in the ocean and walk on the soft sand, although this is reason enough, but the lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the US and features the wonderful height of 208 feet.
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North Carolina has so much more to offer besides from fantastic lighthouses, too, so book yourself in at Ramada Plaza Fayetteville and drop by the Dogwood Festival in the same town if you happen to be there around springtime. The festival attracts about a quarter million people every year so the company shouldn’t be too bad either.
#3 Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
Who wouldn’t want to visit a place with such an awesome name? Although there is a disappointing lack of mammoths in this cave, it’s actually known as the largest cave system in the world with more than 365 miles of passages having been explores so far. As a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, Kentucky is worth a visit just for this cave alone.
The second largest cave in the world is Mexico’s underwater cave Sac Actun, by the way, but it’s still half the size of our beloved Mammoth Cave – it simply can’t compete.
It’s impossible to be bored when you’re traveling in the south, especially when you have an abundance of record-breaking sights to explore. Get the three above over with, first of all, and you can start to cross some stuff off your bucket list.