USA: Small Sights In A Big Country

USA: Small Sights In A Big Country

You can’t really grasp how big America is until you try to organise a road trip to all the major cities. Considering that Texas alone is about the same size as most of Europe, you can understand why an American tour is a very long undertaking. However, the country is varied in its landscapes, history, and cultures, so there’s always something new to see wherever you end up. The difficult part, as always, is deciding where to go next.

Route 66

Back in the 1950s, when the American highway system was developed, a road trip became a rite of passage; a way for young men and women to see the country and discovered themselves along the way. Nowadays, people have left road trips behind in favor of hopping on a plane and getting to their destination in a matter of hours. By doing this, they miss out on seeing the country up close. Route 66 mostly avoids the Interstate, so you don’t have to sit in traffic while you drive through some ghost towns and stop in the thriving smaller towns for a cup of coffee. You don’t have to drive far to experience that most iconic of American ideas – the roadside diner, each one hosting crowds of interesting people.


Texas is a big area, so you’re better off choosing one city to visit during your American tour. Austin is a great place to tick off your bucket list as it’s the live music capital of the world; there are roughly 200 live music venues that you can catch a show at pretty much any day at any time, either at popular venues, or downtown in hole-in-the-wall bars. The best way to get around to the most exciting tourist attractions is to charter a bus from and have them take you to either a 45 minute tour of the capitol, to the base of Mount Bonnell, or even to an Urban adventure scavenger hunt.

New Orleans

Believe it or not, New Orleans is awesome even when it’s not Mardi Gras. The city’s French cultural influence is prominent, and the French Quarter is obviously its crowning jewel, with some buildings dating far back to the Louisiana Purchase. All the major tourists hotspots are here, so don’t miss it. But of course, the best thing about New Orleans has to be the dive bars; no pomp, or frills, just good old fun and drinking, with a contagious atmosphere.


Big cities in America are always a huge draw for people in search of local events and major tourist hotspots, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing in America for the nature-lovers. Arizona is mostly known for being home to the Grand Canyon, but it’s also one of the best places for hiking, camping, and seeing some amazing natural landscapes. That said, it’s also one of the few places where you’ll get to experience a festival in the desert and enjoying all the Mexican food you could eat.

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  1. July 1, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Great post, guys. I’ve always loved visiting the US and discovering its varied landscapes, people, and culture. Route 66 has ALWAYS been on our Bucket List and reading this has only made me want to go even more!

    • July 3, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks Russell. The US is ace isn’t is? It’s so big it has something for everyone! Route 66 is a must although the road trip we just did along the Pacific Coast Highway was a good rival! Missing it already 🙂

  2. July 1, 2017 / 10:07 am

    I drove a small portion of Route 66 during my Grand Canyon trip. That part of the country is so pretty.

    • July 3, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      It really is isn’t it? Vast desert and an open road – perfect!

  3. July 2, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    We love an American road trip, our last one was around Texas & New Mexico but unfortunately that was a few years ago now. It must be time for another soon, I’d love to travel around the Deep South, do you have any must see towns or bars?