My Dream US Road Trip – PLUS a Giveaway (AD)

My Dream US Road Trip - PLUS a Giveaway (AD)

Where would you go on your dream US road trip? For me, the answer is an East Coast jaunt focusing on national parks, great food, and cultural hidden gems. Although I’d definitely want to visit some of the big cities, for me the trip would be all about wide open spaces. Think dream destinations like Yosemite and the Moab desert. 

To show off their amazing new Trip Planner, Brand USA asked me to share a post about my dream trip in the USA. They’ve also given me an awesome prize to giveaway (more on that later). I sat down for a play on the Trip Planner tool and started plotting out the dream route – which I’ve shared the highlights of below. 

Don’t miss my awesome giveaway at the end of this post! I’ve got £200 worth of TUI vouchers to help make your dream trip a reality – so read right till the end to find out how to enter!

This post is in conjunction with Visit The USA but all thoughts are my own.

My Dream US Road Trip - PLUS a Giveaway (AD)

My Dream US Road Trip

My dream US road trip focuses mainly on the two states I want to visit most of all: California and Utah! National parks, amazing scenery, cool cities, and all that wine… need I go on?! So I used the Trip Planner to plot out a road trip from California, through Nevada, and on to Utah. It automatically generated a fab route featuring all my dream stops. But, even better, it also slipped in some hidden gems that I’d never have thought to visit! Here are the highlights of my dream US road trip…

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Tunnel View, Yosemite

No trip to California is complete without a visit to Yosemite National Park. It’s been on my wishlist for years – ever since I was a geeky little photography student and first discovered Ansel Adams! 

With at least two full days in the park, I could visit a lot of the popular sites – and a few hidden gems, too. Glacier Point, Tunnel View, and Yosemite Falls are all top of my list. 

Californian Cities

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San Fancisco is another big name that’s top of my dream destinations list. But as well as exploring one of the most popular cities in the USA, I’ve also discovered a couple of less well-known cities to visit along the Californian coast thanks to the Trip Planner. 

In San Simeon, the Elephant Seal Rookery is an amazing place to see seals – especially during nesting season. I definitely want to see some baby seals. Plus the coastal town looks really beautiful, and has some gorgeous looking beaches. And then there’s the pretty city of Monterey. As well as a colourful wharf and some fab beaches, the city is also surrounded by nature reserves. There’s plenty of nature and wildlife to discover around – and it’s a perfect spot for whale watching!

Viva Las Vegas! 

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I’ll be honest… Las Vegas doesn’t massively appeal to me. I’m not sure I’d love the city, but I’m definitely curious to see it! So one night on the way through to Utah seems the perfect way to get a little taste. And the Brand USA trip planner has picked out some pretty cool things to do the day after my one night of debauchery. 

There’s the rugged sandstone peaks of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to explore just outside the city. And then there are plenty of cultural hidden gems such as the Titanic history museum, or a trip to Counts Kustoms to see uniquely pimped out cars. I’m sure I can while away 24 hours in Las Vegas quite nicely!

Zion National Park

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Utah has the exact kinds of landsapes I picture when I fantasize about a US road trip! The Zion National Park has been on my radar for a while now – it just looks absolutely stunning. 

The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive looks like my road trip of dreams. And I’d love to hit the hiking trails to soak up some of those incredible views – Angle’s Landing looks glorious. Big, dramatic, Wild West style landscapes… plus some awesome hiking trails and plenty of fun things to do. Sign me up! 

Moab Desert

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I said I wanted wide open spaces on my US road trip, and the Moab Desert certainly delivers on that front. From the popular Arches National Park – dotted with red rock archways – to the curves and canyons of Dead Horse Point, Moab is all about amazing landscapes. 

Plus, it’s a great spot for some outdoor adventures (my favourite), such as white water rafting on the Colorado River. I love the look of the canyoning and rapelling tours of the canyons. Moab looks like the kind of place where you can indulge an adventurous spirit (or pretend you’re in a real-life cowboy film), so it’s the perfect location to end my dream US road trip. 

Giveaway Time!

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Brand USA have given me £200 worth of TUI vouchers to one lucky reader! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is use the Trip Planner to plan a trip to the top five destinations you’d like to go in the US. Then come back here and leave a comment to tell us about the trip. It doesn’t have to be an essay – just let us know the highlights, or what you’d be most excited to see on a USA trip. 

A winner will be chosen at random from the list of names in the comments of this post. Spam comments won’t be counted! Make sure you use a valid email address when you leave a comment, because that’s how I’ll contact you! 

This giveaway is open to participants aged 18 and over, who are resident in the UK (mainland). Read the full terms and conditions here before entering. The competition closes on 23rd April 2019 at 12:00 UK time. A winner will be chosen at rancom and contacted by email. If for any reason the winner doesn’t claim their prize within 14 days, it will be passed to a runner up 


Award-winning writer and solo female travel blogger on a mission to explore the world through deeper travel. Lover of fun, adventure, food, Harry Potter, hiking, beaches, and chatting about the weather. Can be bought with cake.


  1. What an amazing prize!

    My dream trip would start in Boston, with stops in Salem, Washington DC and Philadelphia before finishing up in New York City!

    My e-mail is!


  2. Dawn Rowley-White

    My dream trip has to be Route 66. Thousands of miles of open road, countryside and US cities in an open top sports car.

  3. LOVE to visit Rocky Mountain High in Aspen, Colorada. Getting outdoors at Breckenridge Nordic Center and Ski Cooper. Mountain biking on the Canyon Bike Trail before discovering out-of-way places like Peak 9 and Buttermilk Mountain. Flying down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park – then getting lost in a book at Pitkin County Library. The perfect action packed (& chill-out) adventure!

  4. looks lovely but too far for my 2 year old so id go to croatia

  5. I love wildlife so the California coast, whale watching, the magic of sea lions and beaches of elephant seals and Monteray coastline ticks all the boxes, with entrancing sea otters and diving birds dropping from the sky and plunging into the sea for their fish, paddle boardng with an audience of curios friendly seals , a bucket list experience, a special place.

  6. Start in San Francisco and visit Alcatraz, go on to the Golden Gate Bridge and park, then fly on to Los Angeles and visit Santa Monica pier, the Getty Center and the Hollywood Forever cemetery. Finally go to see the Hollywood walk of fame

  7. start in atlanta and drive up east coast through savannah, charleston, north carolina mountains then virginia

  8. Amazing competition! I’ve never been to America!

    I would do on a road trip across the desert, flying in to LA, before going on to San Diego, road tripping to Arizona and exploring the national parks and Phoenix, before taking on the bright lights of Las Vegas, and then skiing in Utah!!! DREAM TRIP!!!!

    My email is

  9. It would be a dream come true to visit Alaska and see the whales, Hawaii and enjoy a hula show, and New York to see a show!

  10. My trip would start in San Diego (Sea World), then up to Los Angeles (Disneyland!), then up to San Francisco (cable cars & lobsters), then up to Sacramento (baseball match to see the Sacramento River Cats) and continuing up to Portland (beautiful Japanese gardens). All in all only around a 1000 miles travelled.

  11. Start in New York and then travel to Chicago. Next off to L,A and San Francisco, ending in San Diago.

  12. My trip would be all about the music…jazz in new Orleans, Country in Nashville, blues in Chicago, an Elvis extravaganza in Memphis and all finished off with some cool underground sounds in downtown NY.

  13. I would love to sail to Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand then into Sydney Harbour as the sun is setting

  14. I would love to go to down the Californian coast line – although I would also love to visit Hawaii, back to Orlando, Chicago and Seattle

  15. Top of the list is the theme parks in Orlando. I’d like to see the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas and then New York.

  16. I would love to go to New Orleans! Using the Trip Planner,I would love to ride on the
    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and get a feel for the jazz on the river boats. I would also love to sock up the history of this mystical place by going to the Whittney Plantation and Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. Finally I would also do a spot of shopping for holiday gifts and trinkets around the French Quarter and Bourbon Street.

  17. okay so- here goes on a dream trip- fly upper class on virgin to NYC- spend a few nights there- having fun- then take a train up to Main to see the beautiful sights- then- take a train across the states to Colorado- and do some skiing- then back on a train to LA, spend time with my daughters- flying back on virgin upper class to london from LA :D

  18. suzanne drummond

    my dream trip would be on a motorbike on Route 66

  19. this is amazing top of my list is florida and would love a shopping trip to newyork
    my email is

  20. I love the idea of a trip planner! Such a good idea for people who are looking for places to visit nearer big cities but don’t really know much about the USA.
    I’d LOVE to go on a southern road trip! I’d have to go to Austin Texas, New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis in Tennessee and Atlanta Georgia! Those would be my top five places to visit on a road trip!

  21. I used the trip planner to plan a dream 2 weeks in America starting in the South and working my way up North. I would start in Nashville, then Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and then finish the trip in New York. Definitely my top 5 places!!!

  22. The Pacific North West is definitely my dream US road trip – starting in San Francisco and up through the giant redwoods, unspoiled beaches and seaside towns. Tiny arty villages. The craggy, forest lined Oregon coastline. Hiking in the Washington National Parks in the shadow of Mount Rainier. And finally into Seattle, home of grunge and coffee.

    When can I go?

  23. Would love to visit the deep south. Charleston – Georgia – Virginia – all those colourful places.

  24. My dream trip is to see some of the national parks of Utah. Combining natural wonder and history. Highlights include Bryce Canyon National Park and Moab. Now I just need to save up for this trip – the vouchers would go some way to making it a reality!!

  25. I’d love to go to California, so I’d start there. Visit San Francisco, head up to LA. Then I’d go inland to Yosemite, Death Valley and eventually Las Vegas. To finish it off I’d take a quick trip to the Grand Canyon.

  26. Oh woweee! I think I’d probably say Zion National Park too – but I’d want some beach time before or after too!

  27. Oh wow what a brilliant tool that trip planner is, mine would be to travel into New York for some retail therapy then heading to see some famous sites like Statue of Liberty, a trip t9 the Bronx zoo and heading to the local beach for some fun on some speed boats

  28. I would start in Hollywood but not California, but the beach town in Florida. I would then drive to shark valley and travel through the Everglades National Park and onto Miami beach for some R&R.

  29. I think it would be amazing to take a road trip around America. I would love to hire a massive RV and just drive from state to state on a foodie extravaganza!

  30. My trip would be to Arizona, starting in Phoenix and visiting Oak Creek Canyon and the Grand Canyon where I would hike down The Kaibab Trail to the bottom, stay a night at Phantom Ranch, back up the next day on The Blue Angel Trail. Then I would visit Tucson and the wonderful Desert Museum and the historic cowboy places around that area!

  31. Florida Keys – Islamorada – Key Largo – Marathon – Key West. Lots of outdoor activities – snorkelling on the reefs – just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful views!

  32. I would want to go to just …… EVERYWHERE in the US, there are so many places I’d like to see, I wouldn’t want to miss anything so it would be a long road trip around the whole of the US, maybe then I’d know where to plan for my favourites for trip 2

  33. I’d love to check out the Jazz scene in New Orleans, walk the golden Bridge in San Fran, fly over Grand Canyon, chill in Florida Keys and finish on the slopes of Aspen

  34. We’d love to start in Boston for 2 reasons, short flight and our friend Helen could put us up for a few days while we explore!
    After Boston and the spectacular Fall display, we’d visit Salem and do the Freedom Trail, head to Long Point and Gloucester for whale watching.
    We’d finish with a flight down to New York before heading home.
    Great app by the way!

  35. Have to be Chicago, then on to Washington DC…to the big Apple and then to Boston….a dream come true..

  36. My dream trip would be a week in New England in autumn, including a couple of days in Boston, then quick visits to NYC and Philadelphia followed by two weeks in Disney World. :)

  37. Michelle O'Neill

    My dream is to visit Las Vegas, not for the casinos. but to see Zak’s Haunted museum, I would also love to visit Gracelands, and do a Twin Peaks tour in Seattle! One can only dream!


    Route 66 and the open road calls me!

  39. My dream trip would be New York to start off, all the great sights and sounds of the bustling big apple. Travelling down to Pennsylvania, and taking in the rich history of Philadelphia. Moving on to Washington DC, The White House is a must for this visit. Atlanta Georgina would be my next stop, I want to go to that fantastic Zoo & Aquarium I have read about, and the World of Coca Cola. i have to end this trip at a place that just has people going back year after year, that is Orlando Florida. Wow so much to do here with those great theme parks of Disney and Universal. My camera would be full by this time, but I would have had a lot of fun.

  40. I certainly enjoyed reading your itinerary – although my dream trip would be along The Illinois Route 66 Highway. The route would begin at Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain and continue for 300 miles southwest through Illinois. It would cross the Mississippi outside St. Louis and then we would head west to Santa Monica, California. This is MY #WanderlustWish – Good luck everyone!

  41. For me it’s Las Vegas… a place of glitz and glamour
    I’d start off in the casinos have a little flutter
    Then take a long walk and experience all the hotels have to offer
    The bellagio and it’s famous fountains and water show
    Fremont street for the old time Vegas and street parties
    Then take a helicopter ride across the Grand Canyon
    Oh an Did most certainly catch a cirque de solie show

  42. Absolutely love travelling! I would do route 66 because that is on my bucket list!

  43. Well we are big fans of the mouse so I thought Florida was a good place to start, the trip planner suggests a few things other than theme parks which we have not tried, I hear Clearwater is amazing and a trip to Miami too. Off to do a bit more research on Key West

  44. My dream USA trip would be a few days in San Francisco, foliowed by Yellowstone, Yosemite, Colorado and Arizona.

  45. my dream trip would be Hawai,Chicago and Orlando,, id let my partner marc pick the other two places he fancied, because im nice like that, and theres so much more i wanna see

  46. I love Stephen King books and instantly when I saw this link I was drawn to Maine, the setting of loads of his books. My itinery is as follows Start Ogunquit — 2 nights Rockland — 1 night then into Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 3 nights

  47. Charlotte Hoskins

    I’d love to go back to Texas. It’s how laid back they are there and my highlight would be a Ranch stay :)

  48. looks amazing, I am a wierd Disney nut though, so my ultimate trip would be first class to Orlando staying in the amazing Animal Kingdom with a Savannah view :)

  49. Salem, New Orleans, New York, the Grand Canyon and Seattle would be on my trip.

  50. Believe it or not, I did my dream road trip about 30yrs ago, I was sationed in Canada with the forces, and on leave my friend and I , hitch Hiked across the Border and down the West Coast of the States, Through Montana and ended up staying in a little village called Levan, where we satyed for 3/4 days and then hitched back to our Regiment in Canada, it was Awsome.

  51. This would be my dream trip
    Start: Cardiff
    Yellowstone National Park
    — 2 nights
    San Francisco
    — 2 nights
    Yosemite National Park
    — 2 nights
    — 1 day
    — 1 day
    Washington DC
    — 2 nights
    New York City

  52. My dream US trip would be a West Coast roadie adventure from relaxing on the beach in Malibu, playing golf at Pebble Beach, up to San Francisco to admire the Golden Gate Bridge and on to Portland, finishing up for coffee in Seattle!

  53. I’d visit the Deep South to explore all the amazing food and music! I’d go to New Orleans, Kentucky, Texas, Nashville and Alabama! My email is

  54. Me and the hubby would love to do a road trip round the US, We’d have to start in Michigan (he lived there for two years when he was little) and visit the Niagara Falls. then wed head East to New York and travel down south to Washington D.C. Then head to Georgia for the Masters and Coca-Cola World before going to Florida for the amazing theme parks there. I’ve never been and there’s so much I’d love to do, this voucher would be amazing for us to go a bit further afield than Europe.

  55. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens came up for me when I investigated Florida, would love to spend time away from the beaches and malls and rhis sounds like a lovely day out

  56. I would start of in New York, travel to Las Vegas, on to Los Angeles, Boston and Florida. Of course I would need to put in a bit more time to work out the logisitical order of things but these are my dream locations.

  57. Start in San Francisco, then to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Chicago and save the best for last New York x

  58. I would like to visit the Grand Canyon, go to Disneyland in Florida, then visit Las Vegas and lastly New York! Would be a dream trip.

  59. What an amazing tool! I have recently been talking my husband into a road trip in the USA this sgould definately help. O would love to visit Florida and the trip planner suggested starting in Miami, discoverying they keys and ending in Orlando. Sounds perfect for our family of five.

  60. Florida. Starting in Orlando, down to Fort Lauderdale, then Miami, Key Largo, Marathon and ending at Key West. Tried this trip once before but had to head back north just after Key Largo when the weather warnings went from slightly stormy to locals hiding in their hurricane shelters!!

  61. Mine is a bit higgledy piggledy to fit all 5 that are next on my hit list! #WanderlustWish

    First – A Star Wars fix at Disneyland in California
    Second – Check out how weird Portland actually is that they want to keep it that way
    Third – Naples to see if it really is the happiest place & to airboat ride the everglades
    Fourth – New Orleans for a crazy Mardi Gras
    Fifth – Hawaii as we love it there ♥

  62. I’ve had mine planned for a while!
    A deep south tour! Starting in Nashville and then onto Atlanta for some Walking Dead tours. Then on to Alabama and then New Orleans and then finally a beach break in Panama City.

  63. Firstly I would like to go to New York City, I have been before like over 12 years ago but I absolutely loved it and I have been wanting to go back ever since! I would go to the Top of the Rock to see the magnificent views of the skyline and then go to Central Park as I didn’t get the chance to see it properly back then. Then definitely go to a theatre show in Times Square.
    I would then go to the other side of the States and go to Las Vegas to see the beautiful Bellagio Fountains and the Grand Canyon and maybe try a casino.
    I would then go down to Los Angeles and see if I can find famous celebrities while also window shopping and eating delicious food while people watching.
    Next I would love to go to Yosemite National Park and go see the stunning massive trees, the lakes and the mountains.
    And lastly got to go San Francisco and see The Red Golden Gate Bridge and go one of the trams down a very steep street/road!
    Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed! 🤞🏽🤞🏽

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