As sunny weather implements itself in our lives, we can’t help but daydream about getting on a plane and travel to a remote paradise far from our daily routines. We all wish we could do so, but unfortunately, some obstacles stand in the way, like money, time, or Covid-19.
However, that doesn’t mean we have to lose hope about going somewhere cool this summer. As long as we have a car and friends to help us pay gas, we are all set to spend a wonderful holiday road tripping towards the following destinations:
Amarillo, between Potter and Randall counties, is the biggest city in Northern Texas. However, everything you have to see in Amarillo is not within its urbanistic limits, but outside of it.
The Cadillac ranch is probably the most popular location in Amarillo: an open-air installation full of half-buried abandoned Cadillacs. As simple as it can sound, it is actually a location full of possibilities: from taking pictures for Instagram, to spray-painting them with your name or whatever you want to leave your mark. Admission and parking is free, so there’s nothing to lose on taking a view to this particular place.
Wonderland Park is also one of the most visited spots in Amarillo, an amusement park with those cool-vintage vibes on it. The park is ready to fit everyone’s tastes, since it contains both high coasters and thrills rides and all low key, classic family and kids rides. Admission varies from $18 to 27$ depending on the day of the week you are going, which is nothing compared to the tickets for Southern California’s parks. However, keep in mind that until the COVID-19 nightmare is over, Wonderland is only opening from 7pm on.
Cañón de Palo Duro is next in our top-activities to do in Amarillo, Texas. This canyon is the second biggest in the whole country, after the Grand Canyon, and as such, is full of breathtaking spots worth visiting. You can explore the canyon by foot, bike, horse or helicopter. During summer you can also enjoy a performance of TEXAS Outdoor musical at the Pioneer Amphitheater of the park. Isn’t it the perfect plan for a road tripping summer night?
Between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe stands as one of the most beautiful lakes in the West part of the country. Crystal clear water, expansive mountains in the background, and the peaceful pine forest that surrounds it are what makes this lake unique.
Secret Cove, which we guess is not so secret after all, is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in the lake. Its turquoise waters are breathtaking and make the short hike required to get there completely worth it. Keep in mind that originally Secret Cove was a nudist beach, so you might encounter people practicism nudism when you get there, although most of the visitors are usually wearing beach apparel.
Emerald Bay is also an essential stop on a Lake Tahoe trip. It is only accessible via a 1 mile hike from Highway 89, which delights everyone who passes through with great views of the only island in the lake, Fannette Island. Once you get to the beach, you will find one of the most peaceful environments of the lake: the shadows of the hundreds of trees around the lake, the sound of the waterfalls above the bay, and the boats floating over the crystalline waters tied at the short wooden pier. We could say that sunbathing here is an even ethereal experience.
And after all the swimming and sunbathing around Tahoe’s multiple beaches, the perfect plan to end the day is to walk around Tahoe village and grab something to eat.
Most of the stores and some restaurants might be closed now due to Covid-19, but still, Tahoe’s village has a lot to offer. There is not one single corner that is not incredibly charming among its streets, and it has that fresh spirit that only bay villages have. Plus, parking is not complicated or expensive.
If you are driving from California, Yellowstone might be further in distance than you would like, but with a good planning and a good playlist you will get there and understand why this park is such a landmark in the USA.
Of course, the Grand Prismatic Spring is a must see in Yellowstone. It is probably the first landscape we picture when we think of the park, and there is no doubt why: it has some uniquely bright colors and a depth of more than a 10 floors building, plus its diameter is bigger than that of a football stadium. Seeing such thing in person is just impressive, so keep in mind that you will not be the only one that wants to see it. This spring is one of the most crowded spots in the park, so choose a good time to visit it so you can make sure you can enjoy it with no one around in 6 feet from you!
The Old Faithful Geyser is another of the landscapes of the park. The reason why this Geyser is probably one the most famous in the world is because its eruptions are incredibly frequent, every1 to 5 minutes, and because the water it erupts can reach up to 180 feet high. If that information did not impress you already, then know that every eruption expels from 4 to 8 thousand gallons of water, and that is a lot of water!!
The geysers, hot Springs and trails you can find in Yellowstone are endless and we are sure they are all worth it, but if you want to keep exploring and see something different, then Grizzly and Wolf discovery center is your place. The facility offers the chance to observe grizzly bears and wolves in their natural habitat from a safe environment, plus a wildlife museum, raptors exhibits, and other activities that both children and adults would enjoy. Entering in this area of the park costs $15 or less for seniors and children, and enables admission for two days. If you admire wildlife, it is a spot that you can not miss.