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We all know that the destination is only half the fun of a road trip, but what happens when the destination goes stale? These days even the most popular travel destinations can be a bit of a drag if you don’t know how to take advantage of them. End your road trip with an exclamation point and check out the less frequented spots of some of these recommended cities:

Las Vegas

By now it’s no secret that there’s far more to do in Vegas than gamble. America’s playground offers a wide variety of fun and entertainment to make it a perfect destination for your road trip. If you want to end your time on the road with a bang, visit the Exotics Racing Driving School for a chance to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or McLaren.

You can also visit one of the many exciting attractions atop the Stratosphere Tower (including a lovely dinner with a 360 degree view of the strip at the Top of the World restaurant), or take a break from the Hoover Dam and check out the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest and largest state park.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Most tourists who pass through the Grand Canyon do so by way of the Grand Canyon Village, the park’s most popular entrance into the park. Though Grand Canyon Village has plenty to offer, the North Rim may be the better option for all travellers who want to avoid crowds while experience the park’s full grandeur. While exploring the North Rim, you’ll want to check out Bright Angel Point, which features a stunning view of the Roaring Springs; as well as Point Imperial, the North Rim’s highest vantage point.

San Fransisco Tilt Shift

San Francisco

Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge remain must-see attractions of the Bay City, but San Francisco offers a variety of sights and activities for ten road trips. There’s no end to the fantastic cuisine and music clubs. Experience the best of ethnic food AND music by visiting Rasselas Jazz Club & Ethiopian Restaurant. For a taste of local culture and history, stop by the world famous City Lights Books, often hailed as the birthplace and epicenter of the Beat literary scene of the 1950’s and ‘60’s.

Los Angeles

One of the country’s most famous and sprawling cities, Los Angeles is home to almost anything a traveler could want to see. Take a hike up to the Hollywood sign for a fresh look at an iconic landmark, or if you’re looking to visit a classic L.A. showbusiness spot, watch some stand-up comedy at the world famous Comedy Store.

Like any major American city, L.A. is also home to some outstanding art museums. Both the LACMA and the Getty are always hosting incredible art exhibits. And last but not least; if you come to L.A. at the end of a long road trip, you’ll most definitely want to spend some time by the ocean. In addition to L.A.’s many beaches, the Santa Monica Pier is a great historic spot with a fabulous, tranquil view of the ocean and plenty to keep you entertained.

Downtown Portland Oregon from the Vista Bridge at sunset with a thunderstorm in the background

Downtown Portland Oregon from the Vista Bridge at sunset with a thunderstorm in the background

Portland

Portland is an eclectic city with a wide variety of interesting experiences to offer. One of its defining characteristics are the hundreds of food carts you can find almost anywhere in the city. You can also check out the Alberta Arts District for more great eats and a great taste of Portland’s arts-oriented culture. If you find yourself downtown, be sure to stop by Powell’s City of Books, the largest independent new and used book store in the world. For a quiet, beautiful view of the whole city, finish off your trip with a jaunt through the grounds of Pittock Mansion, located in the West Hills of the city.

 

Before you hit the road this summer, consider visiting one of the destinations above. Even if you’ve visited all of these places multiple times, each spot is sure to hold some unexplored gems that will delight you and keep you coming back for more.

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Andy Andersen is a writer who explores his craft through a wide variety of mediums. When he’s not working on various writing projects, he’s probably working on his music, listening to stand-up comedy, delving into the pantheons of American and English literature, or enjoying anything sci-fi with his wife. Andy believes in the aesthetics and beauty of the written word, and strives to provide well-written, useful content for his readers.

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