Car Infographic: "NYC to LA: The Ultimate 30 Day Road Trip"
Summer’s not over, and it’s not too late to pack up the car and go exploring. As any dedicated road-tripper will tell you, there are literally thousands of sights to see when you drive across America. It’s the only way to really get a feeling for the sheer size and diversity of this country. Driving straight from New York to Los Angeles is a four-day affair (unless you’re in the Cannonball Run) and that’s without stopping to smell the roses, admire the natural wonders, or check out the local cuisines. Visualistan.com has come up with an “ultimate 30-day road trip” infographic to give you some travel ideas.
Aimed at European travelers, this guide is designed to give the most “American” experience possible, taking travelers straight to the heart of Manhattan (with a stop by the Empire State Building, of course) before jetting off to historic locations like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Along the way, you’ll stop in Nashville, New Orleans, San Antonio, Aspen, Vegas, the Grand Canyon and more. That’s a lot of The Land of the Free to pack into one trip, and for those who can take the 30 days to pull it off, it will be unforgettable. If I may be so bold, I’d suggest a late-1970s Mercury Colony Park station wagon (with faux wood trim of course) to give the trip the proper ambience. Don’t forget to bring a credit card for gas.
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Why it matters
This infographic isn’t perfect, of course: In addition to a couple of formatting errors, it bypasses the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and New England entirely. European tourists: if you’re coming across the pond to make an epic American road trip, do yourself a favor and swing through the green hills of Maine, the cornfields of Iowa, the hustle and bustle of Chicago and the laid-back grooviness of Portland or Seattle as well! These are vital parts of the American experience, too. Quibbles aside, this suggested trip serves as a great inspiration to just get on the road. Enjoy!