11) Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip
The second road trip on our list is a far cry from the west coast of California, but equally impressive. Head to the east coast and drive the 469-mile route connecting the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park in North Carolina. You’ll be treated to extraordinary views, dozens of pull-over stops for capturing perfect pictures, the availability of over 80 hiking trails, and a rise in elevation of up to 4,000 feet. At $20/night, camping along this gorgeously scenic route is the most affordable way to tour this area. Additionally, campgrounds are ideally located in proximity to hiking trails. The area also boats excellent fishing opportunities and lots of arts and culture sites. Making it even easier is the official Blue Ridge Pkwy Travel Planner App which outlines historic sites, accommodations, and activities throughout the trip!