16. Big Sur, California
The 90 miles between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle are a very popular attraction in California. It draws many artists from around the country for inspiration. A road trip, which will surely include Highway 1 and Bixby Bridge, is a must.
17. Route 66
Even though Route 66 as we know it from numerous movies and books has been decommissioned, it remains an American icon and much of it is still drivable. Also called the Mother Road or America’s Highway, it crosses eight states from Chicago to Los Angeles and runs more than 2,000 miles. It is on many adventurers’ bucket lists.
18. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which covers over 195,000 acres in the Mojave Desert, is just about 13 miles away from Las Vegas. People from all over the world visit to see its unique geologic features. They include the Aztec Sandstone, which is about 190 million years old, and dinosaur tracks.
19. New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia
New River Gorge Bridge stands 876 feet above the river. It has been one of the most popular BASE jumping spots in the country for decades. You get only one day of the year to legally leap off the bridge — and in 2019 the day is October 19.
20. Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park has a deceiving name. The park is not actually a canyon. It is a series of many amphitheaters, each of which is carved at least 1,000 feet into the limestone. The most popular area of the so-called “forest of stone” is Bryce Amphitheater. Wind and water over millions of years have created cliffs, hoodoos, and castles.