Taking a road trip is one of the best ways to see America. Maybe even the best. Stop wherever and whenever you want. See something cool a quarter mile down the track? Just pull in, stretch those legs, grab a bite, and snap a pic. As great as train or plane travel is, neither can match that level of freedom.
Having long ago proven our abiding love for the open road, we thought we’d attempt the impossible and pick the very best road trip stops along the highways, byways, and back roads of America. One experience for each state that could capture something of its essence and maybe even better our collective understanding of the country as a whole.
These are must-eat food stops, breathtaking natural wonders, and historical monuments that help to make this big mixed-up nation what it is. Our final list — debated over vigorously — features a little bit of everything America has to offer, from sea to shining sea and all points in between.