The 17 Best Snapshots from Road Trips Across America
For our annual photo contest, we asked readers to share their best snapshots from roadside America. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Tampa Bay, Florida
Courtesy Lou Ann Marks
“We had just left Clearwater Beach, and I was sad we couldn’t stay to watch the sunset—until I realized I could capture it in the mirror!” —Lou Ann Marks, Alexandria, Minnesota. This one is pretty reminiscent of these 20 stunning photos taken from airplane windows.
Courtesy Miriam Grebe
“My cousin and I drove through a wildlife exhibit where you can feed the animals from your car. This yak must have been really hungry, because he stuck his whole head through the window!” —Miriam Grebe, Salinas, California. If you want to capture pictures like these, these are the best road trips in America.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Courtesy Richard Fox
“I took this as the historic Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 passed through Ohio last year. It was incredibly loud and covered bystanders with cinders, but seeing it takes you back to a simpler time.” —Richard Fox, Bellbrook, Ohio. Make sure to visit these hidden gems in every state on your road trip.
Oro Grande, California
Courtesy Lee D'Anna
“They call the metal pipes decorated with colorful bottles at this Route 66 roadside attraction “trees.” Elmer, the mastermind who created them, lives on this “tree farm,” but we couldn’t find him when we stopped by.” —Lee D’Anna, West Des Moines, Iowa
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Courtesy Chelsea Operchal
“While my husband was deployed in Iraq, I took a road trip with my cat and dog to see my family in Colorado. This photo reminds me of how beautiful and special that experience was.” —Chelsea Operchal, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. These are the most scenic drives in America.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Courtesy Jessica Muniz
“This was our family’s first time visiting the East Coast. I love sunsets, especially on the water, so I had to snap this photo of my husband and two daughters searching for crabs.” —Jessica Muniz, Alliance, Ohio
Monument Valley, Utah
Courtesy Bruce Bergstrom
“When our tour guide learned my wife loves horses, he introduced us to his friend, a Navajo cowboy who owned a once-wild mustang. For a small donation, she was able to pose on the horse.” —Bruce Bergstrom, Lebo, Kansas. If you travel down Route 66, these are the must-see attractions.
Courtesy Dottie Borba
“On our way to Bodega Bay, my husband and I stopped at a lookout by the Golden Gate Bridge to take pictures of the San Francisco skyline. These binoculars were facing different directions, so I turned them all the same way. As we left, I looked back and saw them smiling at me.” —Dottie Borba, Pacifica, California. We want to copy this picture for our Instagram just as much as we want to replicate this photographer’s themed travel photos.