The golden oldie “Hit the Road, Jack” still speaks to me.
It’s not just the tune, which remains catchy even after all these decades.
It’s the sentiment – after all, who doesn’t like the idea of taking a fun trip to the great, beckoning yonder-hood.
But where to go? As Shakespeare would say, “Aye, there’s the rub.” There’s so much to see when traveling the United States… so many sites, so little time to see them all.
Here’s a few of my picks from an article on MentalFloss, listing “The Most Popular Tourist Destinations By State.”
(Expect a few surprises…)
- In the Northeast, birthplace of the American Revolution along with chowder, lobster rolls, and of course, the Big Apple itself, you have a wide variety of locations to choose from. I’ll admit to being torn between Boston’s “Fenway Park Tour” – a look inside one of Baseball’s most iconic ballparks – and Vermont’s “Burlington Puzzling Adventure Scavenger Hunt” However, I’m going all in on NYC’s “Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour.”
- In the Midwest, home to “hot dish” and Euchre (a popular card game you’ll likely find only there), your touristy options include Michigan’s “Traverse City Wine Country Tour” and Cleveland’s “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” Me, I’m opting for a drive through the Badlands to see South Dakota’s “Mount Rushmore.”
- The South offers plenty of downhome hospitality, shrimp and grits, and hot, humid days where a cool Mint Julep goes down smooth. There’s “White Water Rafting” in West Virginia an the “Grand Ole Opry” in Music City USA Nashville, TN. But I’m a big fan of the “San Antonio River Walk Cruise” – it’s relaxing, fun, and the food’s great.
- Finally, we head out West where there’s no shortage of adventure… from Washington State’s “Snoqualmie Falls” (seen on TV’s “Twin Peaks”) to a spectacular drive though Utah’s “Monument Valley.” But it’s hard to beat “Yellowstone National Park” for an experience you’ll never forget.
So if the spirit moves you to “hit the road,” make sure to detour you way to these and some of the other amazing sights and scenes spread across the good ol’ USA.
Of course, the ultimate road trip requires planning – just like setting yourself up for a solid retirement. If you’d like to discuss some ways to make that journey as secure and rewarding as possible, give me a call at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or book online.
Dan Cuprill, CFP®