The United States of America is such a vast and incredible country. It is a great American dream for most who live there to road trip from one end of the country to the other and after doing it it is not hard to see why.
Start in New York City to get your fix of the largest and most versatile city in the country with more than 50 hostels to choose from. There is nothing that you cannot find in New York, so take your time and explore. There are plenty of hostels, just make sure you book early. From here head down through Philadelphia and see the liberty bell on your way to Washington, DC. Check out the museum strip and impressive marble architecture of the capital city.
Head down through the Virginias to the music heart of the country. Start in Nashville and get your country music fix before heading south to Memphis to get in touch with the blues and have some of the famous ribs along Beale Street. As you head further south you will get to New Orleans, home of jazz music and some of the best music festivals in the country.
For a bit of upper class beach time, you can head over to Florida and check out the Everglades or Disney World in Orlando (limited hostel options), or work on the tan at Miami beach (lots of great hostels to choose from). Or instead you can head west into Texas and check out some more music in the capital, Austin (offering a surprising number of hostels for a small city). The Carlsbad Caverns here are some of the largest caves in the world and are very impressive. Moving along into New Mexico and through to Arizona you will arrive into canyon and cactus land. Check out the giant saguaro cacti as you drive through the area. Visit Monument Valley, Mesa Verde and head up to the Grand Canyon. From here it is a short drive over to Vegas to try your luck with some gambling and live the life of luxury for a while.
Explore the California coast from here going through the Joshua Tree National Park or Death Valley to get over to Los Angeles. Visit Hollywood and check out the home of the stars before heading up to San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. The Yosemite National Park is worth spending a couple of days in hiking as it has some incredible scenery and wildlife here, and there are some great hostels in Yosemite that are well situated for nature lovers.
Keep heading north up to Oregon and Washington state to hang in Portland and Seattle. They have some incredible wine and hiking through this region so get your walk and drink on. Heading back east you will find the Glacier National Park in Montana, home to some of the American Rocky Mountains. Check out the first national park in the United States, Yellowstone, heading south from here into Wyoming. The crazy landscape and features will blow your mind and will be unlike anything you have ever seen.
Make your way back to New York through South Dakota, visiting Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wall Drug, and the Badlands along the way. There aren't a lot of hostels in South Dakota, or in the Midwest in general, so you may want to consider other accommodation options, including camping. Head over to the lakes and check out the cities of Madison, Milwaukee, and of course Chicago! Home to the Blues Festival, Chicago is a fabulous city that is not to be missed along the way, featuring about a dozen hostels.
There is so much to do in the United States you can spend your entire life trying to get through it and still not see everything. Hostels only tend to be in major cities along the way so do your research before you leave as you don't want to be stranded along the way.
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This was a fantastic place, loved the waterfall. Tour was really good, even swimming in the mangroves. I got to see a lot of wildlife -- apparently unusual for this time of year. I recommend the Everglades as a place to stay but you will need a car or hook up with friendly people.
Eugene is a great city, filled with personality. The hippy-ness gets to me a little sometimes, but other than that, I have a wonderful time in Eugene.
I grew up 8 miles south of Dawson in what was once the El Dorado community. We owned a 241 acre blackland farm. One can see "Tehuacana Hill" from my old farm. The bluebonnets are spectacular in the spring there!
Minneapolis is a great city with a lot of diversity and lots of Swedish Americans. The people are very nice and the city is beautiful. Set on 10 or so lakes, it is a perfect summertime get away.
There is a Farmers Market festival every Thursday in Fullerton, with music and lots of food. Great location for Disneyland, Knox Berry Farm, California Adventure, and other scenic adventures.
Pack a sweater! Because Santa Cruz is in California and a beach town, many people think it will be warm and sunny. Actually, it can get surprisingly cold. Also, don't count on swimming in the ocean, unless you wear a wetsuit. As with most of Northern California beaches, the water is freezing.
Sausalito sits just over the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco. It's a wonderful port town with higher-end shops, good seafood, and pubs and bars. There are tons of sailboats in several marinas. There is a nice ferry to San Francisco. I'm a native of Marin County -- it is filled with mostly friendly people driving …
Madison is a great city with friendly people. Other than being the state capital, it's mostly a university town. State Street, running between the university and the capitol building, is the center of all downtown activity.
Oahu is a beautiful Island. Many beautiful places to stay. But I stress that you should venture out of Waikiki. Haleiwa and the North Shore are the places to be. Such a wonderful part of the Island even if you are not a surfer. Book accommodation early though on the North Shore if you intend to go December through to …
Buffalo is a weird town, not much going on. It seemed strangely deserted when we arrived on a Saturday night. But I would recommend a stay in the Buffalo hostel if visiting Niagara Falls (a short bus ride away).
I spent two months traveling the U.S.A., and without a doubt the highlight was Chicago. A big city with friendly people, a stunning waterfront, and real vibrancy. The inner northern suburbs like Lakeview and Lincoln Park are full of great bars and restaurants and awesome nightlife. Check it out.
Of course most visitors to Berkeley go to Telegraph to shop, but there are plenty of other areas that offer a completely different type of shopping experience, if the begging teenager/dirty hippie scene isn't your thing. Try College Ave (go several blocks past the dorms) and Fourth Street. Fourth Street is a bit …
If you are going to visit San Diego make sure you stay in Pacific Beach. The beach is awesome with some great surf and the nightlife is impressive. Heaps of great bars with some really good drink specials.
Portland... it isn't a big tourist destination really, but there may be no better example of the ideal small American city. It's a young town and the locals are some of the most genuinely friendly people you'll find anywhere. It has a lively downtown and nightlife. And it's surrounded on all sides by great outdoor …
San Antonio, located west of Houston and south of Austin in southern Texas, is home to the Alamo, a Catholic mission and the site of the pivotal Battle of the Alamo. Mission Trail starts at the Alamo and winds around four additional missions. Another key feature of the city is the San Antonio River and the downtown …
On the outside, the city of Pendleton, Oregon looks like a little rural area that’s only worth passing through. However, Pendleton is actually a very interesting town with a unique history. It’s one of the largest cities in Eastern Oregon, and definitely one of the most intriguing cities in the whole state.
This city …
Located in the heart of Acadiana at about two hundred kilometers west of New Orleans in Louisiana, Lafayette is the center of Cajun Country. Cajuns are an ethnic group in Louisiana, including among others, descendants of the Acadians of Canada, who were deported during the second half of the eighteenth century from …
Moab is a small community town located in the red rock country of southern Utah. Though Moab is slightly off the tourist trail, and is surrounded mostly by agriculture and mining, it does provides the opportunity to partake in many recreational activities, such as skydiving, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, …
Denver, the largest city in Colorado, was founded just before the Civil War and has grown steadily ever since. Today, Denver is a green city with many parks, including the large City Park. There are many interesting sights to visit, like the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and the Denver …