Last month, we explored five of the top ten places to visit in the United States in your Airstream. The suspense is finally over as we unveil the remaining locations to conclude the series. Let’s go!
Welcome to The Sunshine State. Land of oranges, tropical weather, and palm trees. If you’re ready for some time with sea salt in your hair, this Airstream trip is for you.
- Tampa Bay has a lot to offer visitors whether you’re traveling as a family or a couple. Busch Gardens is one of the top theme parks in the country. After getting your blood pumping on a rollercoaster, take a water taxi tour on the Hillsborough River. Once you’ve accumulated enough memories, commence the five-hour drive to the Florida Keys.
- Along the way, one must-see is Miami. Ocean Drive. The trendy hot spots of South Beach. The vibrant Art Deco District. The passionate energy of Little Havana. Between culture, sporting venues, boat shows, auto racing, festivals, and enjoying the wine and food scene, there is no shortage of things to do in Miami. Enjoy a Cuban espresso in Little Havana and then we’re off to the Keys.
- Key Largo, the longest island in the Florida Keys, will welcome you to the Keys with open arms. It boasts an impressive activities list from scuba diving and snorkeling to world class fishing and swimming with dolphins. Key West has notable attractions, such as, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the Key West Aquarium, and a ghost tour that will show you haunted homes as you walk through Old Town. Reef fishing is a popular pastime in Key West and some local restaurants will cook your catch for you for a tasty and fresh dinner.
The California Coast
California is one of the world’s most iconic destinations. From the glamour of Hollywood to the charm of San Francisco and everything in between, California should be at the top of your travel list.
- San Francisco. Spend a couple of days exploring Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, and the Japanese Tea Garden. Take a ride on a cable car and drive your Airstream over the Golden Gate Bridge. Then head down to Half Moon Bay.
- Half Moon Bay boasts a plethora of beautiful parks and beaches. You can take a surfing class or even a glass blowing class at Half Moon Bay Art Glass. Take a spin through Santa Cruz as you head south to Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey.
- Carmel-By-The-Sea is a seaside village in Monterey. Eat at a cafe, pop into art galleries, shop at boutiques, and stroll along its breathtaking beach. If you’re a golfer, play the links at Pebble Beach.
- As you head south through Big Sur you will be delighted by the awe-inspiring views and will want to take many pictures. A stop at Hearst Castle in San Simeon will fascinate you with its historical charm.
- Santa Barbara is a beautiful place to rest to enjoy a meal. If you’re staying overnight and not driving, sip your way through a wine tasting at one of the local wineries. Next stop: Malibu, where you’ll spend the day at Zuma Beach, Point Dume, or El Matador!
- Off to our final destination: San Diego. Home of the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Coronado Island, and the USS Midway Museum. A sunset boat cruise to take it all in will be the perfect way to end your trip.
Washington, DC and Colonial Williamsburg
If you’re a history buff or interested in seeing our nation’s capital, then this is your trip!
- In DC, there are quite a few notable museums: the Smithsonian alone is a collection of museums that could take a whole day in and of itself. There is also the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Spy Museum. You can arrange for tours of the White House and the Capitol with your local Congressperson. Be sure to see the monuments, walk around Capitol Hill, and visit Georgetown.
- Head outside of the city to see Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon (the home of George Washington) and Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson).
- Colonial Williamsburg. The 18th-century city and living history museum has two art museums, four taverns, activities, tours, and re-enactments. First timers can experience the years before the Revolution at the Governor’s Palace and enjoy hot cider and freshly baked pie at the Raleigh Tavern Bakery.
The southern United States or “the South” have more to offer than home cooking, blues, and cotton. (Although that’s a great place to start!)
- New Orleans. “The Big Easy” is a vibrant cultural melting pot reflecting French, African, and American influences. The French Quarter and Jackson Square are popular sites. Listen to “real deal” jazz at Preservation Hall. If you’re not visiting during Mardi Gras, check out Mardi Gras World which houses some of the floats so you don’t have to miss out.
- Then drive six hours north to Memphis where you can visit the birthplace of rock music at Sun Studio or check out the iconic home of Elvis at Graceland. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music will walk you through the history of modern music. Then, embark on the three-hour drive northeast to Nashville.
- Nashville is home to the iconic Ryman Auditorium. If you’re a country music fan, be sure to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. You can also tour Music Row and RCA Studio B. In the mood to be on the water? Take a river cruise on one of the largest paddle-wheel boats in the United States, the General Jackson.
- Off to Atlanta! Approximately four hours southeast, you’ll find yourself in the capital of Georgia. Check out the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., the beautiful Japanese gardens in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and then stop to eat at the Krog Street Market.
- Another four hours southeast will bring you to Savannah. Here you’ll want to take a historical walking tour or a trolley tour to take in the historical sites.
- Our last stop is just a quick two-hour trip north: Charleston, South Carolina. This quaint beach town will welcome you with warm weather and plenty of fun to be had. You’ll probably be in the mood for some exercise after riding in the Airstream so rent a bike and ride across the famous Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Since Charleston is known for trendy restaurants, consider indulging on a food tour with Charleston Food Tours.
The landscape of Colorado is diverse and stunning. Read on if you love the great outdoors mixed with a little city life.
- Let’s begin the trip with rest and relaxation at Glenwood Springs. People have been seeking rejuvenation at Glenwood Springs since the 1800’s. Enjoy swimming in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. In the summer, the pool also offers waterslides, a kiddie pool, and cabanas for rent.
- Rocky Mountain National Park is only a two-hour drive northeast. Here, you’ll be greeted by more than mountains. You’ll see lush meadows and streams that sparkle in the sunlight. Enjoy hiking and watching a variety of wildlife. If you’re interested in seeing what life was like for early settlers, check out the Hiwan Homestead Museum.
- Pack up your bags and head 2 hours south to Denver. Denver is known for its restaurants, shopping, and arts scene. Spend your afternoon at the Denver Botanic Gardens or on a brewery tour. The Denver Performing Arts Complex often has shows preview there before hitting Broadway. Other fun stops include the Denver Art Museum and the 16th Street Mall. Head out for the four hour drive southwest to see the Great Sand Dunes.
- As you might guess from the name, the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve has the tallest dunes on our continent. You can actually go sledding- without the snow! Other seasonal activities include hiking, backpacking, sandboarding, four-wheeling, fishing, hunting, and fat tire biking.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this travel series and are already planning a trip. As part of the planning process, you’ll want to be sure you have the coverage you need before leaving town. Contact us or call 1-844-727-7207 today for a quote on protecting your Airstream during your adventures!