According to a recent OAAA/Harris Poll, road trips are again Americans’ top choice for summer vacation travel. This year people plan to take two or more weeks of summer vacation, making long road trips possible. So, if you caught the road trip bug during the pandemic and are looking for more destination ideas, here are 18 cities in the U.S. that are within one day’s drive for most of the U.S. population.
In the countryside, Lehigh Valley is an affordable and family-friendly destination within a day’s drive of 73% of the U.S. population. Only 90-minutes away from New York City, 80 miles north of Philadelphia, and less than a 6-hour drive from most of the Northeast, Indianapolis, and Charlotte, it’s worth taking a look at the region consisting of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and others.
RVA, as locals call it, is Virginia’s State Capitol, one of America’s oldest cities and filled with just as much historical significance as nearby Washington, D.C. Within a 500-mile radius from half of the U.S. population, there’s a little bit of everything in this East Coast urban gem including The Richmond Beer Trail with 40 local breweries.
One of the most affordable places to live in the country, visitors can have a great vacation with top attractions and upscale dining without New York City or San Francisco prices.
If you’re looking for an Ohio destination outside of a city, take a look at Butler County between Cincinnati and Dayton, within one day’s drive for 60% of the U.S. population. Foodies will enjoy the Donut Trail of 13 mom & pop donut shops or Jungle Jim’s International Market, with over 180,000 global items in a 6.5-acre space.
Known as ‘The Orlando of the Midwest,’ Branson is a one-of-a-kind destination nestled in the Ozark Mountains and within a 12-hour drive for about 50% of the U.S. population. With dozens of live performances a day, the world-renowned Silver Dollar City theme park, Branson’s long list of activities draws 9 million visitors a year.
Equally located from Dallas, Denver, and Washington DC, St. Louis is within a 12-hour drive for over half the U.S. population. It’s one of the best places in the U.S. to experience Midwest Americana, a vibrant downtown, a National Park, award-winning new restaurants, microbreweries, and a rich array of cultural venues all in one destination.