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12 Fantastic Road Trip Themes for 2015

Looking for something different?  With gas prices at their lowest point in more than 5 years, a road trip is something that just about anyone can afford.  Giving your road trip a theme is a great way to a turn a trip into an adventure that will make for a great story for years to come.  Try out one of these road trip themes or come up with your own and share it with us in the comments!

  1. National/State Parks: The United States has 59 national parks covering a total of about 52 million acres.  Most tourist attractions are seen, photographed, and instagrammed by hundreds or even thousands of people every day.  And this is true with some areas in certain parks.  But with 52 million acres to explore–all protected by your tax dollars, there is always something out there that hasn’t been seen before.  For some inspiration, check out this family who visited all 59 national parks before their kids turned 18.
  2. The Biggest: Travel the country in search of our nation’s obscure extremes—See the World’s Largest Pistachio in Alamogordo, New Mexico; gaze upon the World’s Largest Ball of Twine (over 7 MILLION feet of twine) in Cawker City, Kansas; or look through the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope in Mt. Tremper, New York—they even have a soundtrack to go with it!
  3. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Discover the magic and see where all those hangovers in college started.  The Bourbon Trail includes 9 whiskey distilleries and can be completed in three or four days.  After you visit all 9 member distilleries, you get a free t-shirt so you can prove to your friends that you did all 9.  You can fake an Instagram photo, but you can’t fake a t-shirt.  For more information, check out the Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s official website.

    Kentucky Bourbon Trail Map
  4. US Stadium Tour: See as many sporting events in as many different stadiums as you can.  This makes for a great father-son (or mother-daughter) trip for fans of any sport.  It works particularly well with baseball stadiums, though, because they have so many games and they play in the summer.  But don’t be afraid to throw in a few NFL pre-season games or NBA summer league matchups.  Sporting events are a great way to get a feel for the spirit of a city.  Just don’t assume that everyone who lives there is like the obnoxious guy who yells the whole game.
  5. Best Burger: Everyone has their opinion on who has the best fast food burger.  Some swear by Five Guys.  Others say Whataburger.  In California, they boast about their secret menu “Animal style” burger and fries at In-N-Out.  This isn’t new.  The debate over the best burger started centuries ago, in 1776, when King George (aka Burger King) decreed that his burgers were the best in the world.  Well George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and the Adams brothers (Five Guys) simply could not stand for such tyranny (and low-quality beef).  The rest is history.  Fact Check: The hamburger wasn’t invented until around 1900.

    Poster for Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
  6. Roller Coasters: Got a need for speed?  We’ve got a road trip that will blow your hair back and might even bring your lunch up.  The US is home to 5 of the 10 fastest roller coasters in the world, including number two: Kingda Ka at Six Flags New Jersey and number three: Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH.  Pick your favorite theme parks across the country and buckle up for a great trip!

    Kingda Ka, Six Flags, New Jersey
  7. 50 States in 50 Days: This road trip is not for the faint of heart or those who are pregnant or may become pregnant.  This is the ultimate road trip.  You’re 18, 22, 35, or 50.  You’re about to go through a big transition in your life.  You and your best friend are moving to different cities.  This is your last hurrah.  A legendary adventure to put all other adventures to shame.  It will take some time and some planning.  But it can be done.  But don’t just sit there.  Go for it!
  8. Ghost Hunting: There are so-called haunted sites all over the country.  You can see some paranormal experts checking these places out on SyFy.  But is it just a hoax to drum up tourism?  Or are some places really haunted?  There’s only one way to find out.  Don’t call Ghostbusters!  Grab your EVP recorder and your infrared goggles and see for yourselves!  They even make apps for ghost hunters!  Just don’t go alone…or you might not come back!

    Ghost Hunters logo
  9. Museum Tour: Pick your favorite museums across the country and visit them all!  Mix it up!  Go to art museums, history museums, and ventriloquist museums.  Sure the Smithsonians in DC have a lot to offer.  But how many people have been to a Spam museum?  Check out a full list of museums by state for more information.
  10. Historical Sites: This road trip is for all the history buffs out there.  Whether you spend your evenings watching the History channel, enjoy a good biography, or just like to watch Drunk History on Comedy Central; this trip is a great way for you to do something fun that you can be proud to tell your parents about.  Make the history books come to life by exploring Civil War battlefields, Civil Rights landmarks, the Louisiana Purchase, or the Oregon Trail–just don’t get dysentery!
  11. Bigfoot Hunting: We’ve all wondered about whether the Sasquatch is real or a myth.  We’ve seen the grainy pictures and heard the eyewitness testimonies.  But the only way to know for sure is to get out there and see for yourself!  Track down Bigfoot clues in the Pacific Northwest; or hunt the New Jersey Devil in the Jersey pine barrens, the Chupacabra in New Mexico and south of the border, and more mythological beasts around the country!  You never know what you might find and you’re bound to have an adventure, meet some interesting people, and make great memories along the way.
  12. Make Up Your Own!  The beauty of a road trip is that you can go anywhere there is road.  Get creative and travel across the land of the brave searching for whatever moves you, whether it’s giant things on the side of the road, historical landmarks, or Chuck E. Cheese’s.  The important part is to go.

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