7 Road Trips to Explore the American West
And there’s no better time than now to hit the road.
The mountains are calling louder than ever during this pandemic—and the wide-open spaces of the American West have never felt more appealing. Tourism to the canyons and prairies of the mountain states has increased over the past few months, with travelers seeking a socially-distanced getaway. Since international travel is on hold for the foreseeable future, now is the perfect time to discover the diverse natural beauty that truly makes America great. And, given the uncertainty of air travel in 2020, there’s no better time to set out for the open road.
Though Jack Kerouac first immortalized the American road trip in the 1950s, it’s undergoing a second renaissance at the moment. (It’s been said that the Mykonos crowd discovered Yellowstone this summer.) I grew up taking cross-country trips with my family all across the West—somewhat begrudgingly, then, though I now find myself retracing the routes of my childhood with an entirely new appreciation. (Of course, months of lockdown will have you seeing everything with a fresh perspective.) From the Million Dollar Highway to the Badlands Loop, the Teton Pass to the Mighty Five, read on for the best road trips to take in the American West.