Everyone wants an escape from their everyday life, and traveling to exotic destinations will give you an unforgettable experience that you never knew you needed. The United States isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to exotic destinations, but we’re adding it to the list. Take that exotic vacation without paying tons of money on international plane tickets. So here is a list of exotic road trip destinations to help you plan your next getaway.
Home of the highest sand mountains in North America is the adventurous Great Sand Dunes National Park. The field covers 30 square miles and the tallest sand dune of all is 750 feet high. Visitors enjoy sledding down the sand, picnicking, hiking, camping, and horseback riding. You can enjoy some beautiful nature walks with a local ranger that will guide you along some 13,000-14,000 foot sand mountain peaks.
The Emerald Coast lives up to its name with beautiful green vistas, water as clear as jewelry, and scenic locations for every occasion. This 32-mile stretch of coastline is home to some of the country’s best fishing, golfing, and seafood. Families often fall in love with this region’s beautiful coastline highways, warm water, and perfect vacation opportunities.
Cedar Breaks National Monument was called the “Circle of Painted Cliffs” by the early Paiute people, which is a very apt name for this stunning natural landmark. Surrounded by Bristlecone pines and adorned by ridges, pinnacles, and buttresses formed over millions of years of erosion, it’s worth driving to each of the four overlooks. Be sure to hop out of the car to explore one (or both!) of the monument’s two hiking trails.
The Hoover Dam is located outside of Las Vegas, in Black Canyon. Hoover Dam, named after President Herbert Hoover, is a National Historic Landmark, standing over 725 feet above the Colorado River. There are multiple options of tours for the Hoover Dam that allows you to experience the extravagant and breathtaking view of the Colorado River and Lake Mead. This is a great destination to take in with the whole family.
Finally, be sure to add Mount Rainier in your adventure checklist. Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in Washington state and also in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. The active volcano hovers the park resting at 14,410 feet tall. Many come to enjoy hiking trails while also the alluring terrain. This trip is nothing short of an adventure.
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