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[Map] Summer Road Trip: Beyond the National Parks

Hitting the open road and heading to a far-away destination is an experience unlike any other. The American road trip has become a family tradition for generations of travelers who love to discover new and exciting attractions while on their way to their desired destination.

Many road trip travelers are enticed by the ultimate Western road trip experience. Some even set out to visit six national parks in six days. This road trip adventure is made possible by U.S. Route 89. Visiting some of the country’s most beautiful national parks like Bryce Canyon and Yellowstone, is a road trip worth taking, and there are many resorts and activities along the way.

Those willing to take some detours and spend a little more time exploring will find some spectacular sights in between your national park visits. If you’re planning a summer road trip, here are some destinations that will take you beyond the national parks.


Antelope Canyon

If you’re traveling north on Highway 89 through Arizona, Antelope Canyon is a must-see. It’s a quick detour east of Page, Arizona near Lake Powell. Get ready for a unique experience as you walk through one of Arizona’s most spectacular slot canyons.  

Four Corners

Did you know it’s possible to stand in four different states at one time? This national monument is situated where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet. You’ll have to venture off Highway 89 for a little while, but it’s a bucket-list adventure that’s worth the extra drive.  

Cedar Breaks

If you’re heading into Utah along Highway 89, this lesser known park offers incredible views that rival those of neighbor Bryce Canyon. This scenic journey gets even more breathtaking after the sun goes down.

Grand Staircase-Escalante

If you’re staying in Kanab for a night or two, stop at this national monument while you’re there. Enjoy some outdoor solitude and soak in this geological treasure known for its extensive network of slot canyons.

Snake River

The Snake River winds its way through the Rocky Mountains, and is an ideal place to jet off the road if you are traveling near Jackson, Wyoming on your way into Yellowstone. It's a great place to have a picnic lunch and take in the scenic views.

The trick to a successful road trip is not to stay in one spot too long. Get out and explore the backroads beyond the national parks and you’ll be surprised at what you find. To learn more about how you can enjoy authentic experiences by staying at local resorts, contact Forever Resorts today.


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