Looking for a summer getaway that won't break the bank? Is a road trip across America something you always wanted to do? There are hundreds of tourist attractions, national landmarks, mountainous landscapes, endless scenery and an ultimate history lesson. Gathering maps, charting routes, and listing destinations to hit are just the beginning of a journey that will leave you memories forever.

So grab your buddies and pack the car and get ready to experience a fascinating view of America's beauty.

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Planning Your Journey

There are endless of possible road trip routes that will take you through landmarks and scenic byways depending on the amount of time you have and who you're with. To plan your trip, invest in a map of the United States as a backup. Pinpoint rest stops depending how far you want to drive between points of interest. Or use a digital map of the United States to help guide you through each city to manage your time. Be sure to update your GPS system before departure. Take advantage of AAA. The small amount you pay per year for their assistance in the end be worth every penny. They cover roadside assistance, discounts on hotel chains like Best Western and passes for national parks tickets.


If you are not a fan of finding random motels along the road, read up on hotels beforehand and make the necessary reservations. TripAdvisor and Hotels.com are great places to check reviews beforehand. Many hotel chains have rewards programs where every dollar spend on your room, you earn points that can redeem when you reserve another room. If you stay at the same chain throughout the trip, you may rack up enough for some free nights.

Destinations and Hot Spots

Across the country, there are over a hundred cities to choose from and visit during your American road trip. If you are unsure of where to go, or what city will fit your style best, TripBase.com gives you suggestions based on your taste. You can adjust your budget, your schedule and time, and activities. For each city, they give you fun facts like the best time to visit, how much you will need to spend per day, and what each city is known for in terms of nightlife and restaurants. If you already know what states you will be heading to, but are interested in learning about what attractions are in the area, head to Road Side America and search each state for the best attractions and visitor spots. National Park Week is April 16 - 24, which might be worth looking into a National Park Pass for $80, which grants access to every national park in the country throughout the year.

Be Prepared

Before you leave for your trip, there are a number of necessities that you should bring with you just in case. Fill up your vehicle with at least two cases of water, non-perishable food, road flares and a first aid kit in case of an emergency. Also, don't forget a guidebook for tips on history and culture. Road Trip USA is a great cross-country resource. And don't forget the camera!