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Into the Wild: Road Trips Through America's Natural Wonders

With the wind in your hair and adventure in your heart, buckle up and explore the diverse landscapes of the USA – from majestic volcanoes to pristine glaciers and captivating national parks!

With the wind in your hair and adventure in your heart, buckle up and explore the diverse landscapes of the USA – from majestic volcanoes to pristine glaciers and captivating national parks!

Vibrant urban hubs? Yep!

Charming towns? Yep!

Natural wonders carved through eons of geological change? Yep!

Yep… The United States of America is downright unrivalled when it comes to any kind of adventure…

Whether you want to take an epic road trip adventure on four wheels on an epic road trip or get around by train, plane and motorbike – that’s up to you.

But in any and all cases, what awaits you are marvellous, monumental and oh-so memorable adventure-rich journeys through the good ol’ USA…

Let’s dive in, shall we?!

Road Trip #1: Volcanic Peaks and Sparkling Shores

Fast facts
  • Starts: Portland, Oregon
  • Ends: Portland, Oregon
  • How long: Allow 10 days
  • Distance: 1,823km

Welcome to weird and wonderful Portland, a city with culinary and creative flair around every corner!

From the plethora of craft breweries to the charming food carts scattered around town, you certainly won’t go hungry here. A must-visit is the vibrant Portland Saturday Market, a hub of delicious eats, live music, and unique local crafts. For dinner, indulge in the exquisite cured meats and sausages at Olympic Provisions Restaurant. End your day with a stroll through the serene Lan Su Chinese Garden.

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Portland is an extraordinarily unconventional city ©Brand USA

Time to pack your bags and get behind the driving wheel as you travel back in time to the early 1800s as you journey to Astoria, following in the footsteps of the famous explorers Lewis and Clark. Explore the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, where history comes alive amidst breathtaking landscapes, and then spend the night soaking in the coastal charm of this historic town…

Up bright and early, get ready for a full day of adventure as you drive to Olympic National Park. Immerse yourself in the park’s diverse ecosystems, from ancient rainforests to glaciated peaks. Whether you’re a hiker, climber, or nature enthusiast, Olympic National Park offers endless opportunities for exploration and awe-inspiring vistas.

Bid farewell to the wilderness as you make your way to the vibrant city of Seattle. Dive into the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market, where you’ll find everything from fresh seafood to handcrafted treasures. Explore the city’s eclectic neighbourhoods, from the iconic Space Needle to the quirky Museum of Pop Culture. End your day with a scenic harbour cruise, soaking in panoramic views of the city skyline – amazing!

It’s time to leave the hustle and bustle of big city life in favour of some Pacific Northwest wilderness, otherwise known as Mount Rainier National Park. Home to the towering peak of Mount Rainier, spend a day exploring the park’s valleys, flowery meadows and pristine rivers. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this iconic landscape.

The next day, get back in the car and travel through the Cascade Range, passing by the awe-inspiring Mount St. Helens before arriving at the majestic Mount Hood. Admire the snow-capped peaks and crystalline lakes that surround this iconic volcano. The skiing here is amazing during wintertime. In summer, exceptional hiking awaits!

Next up, drive south to Crater Lake National Park. Marvel at the blue hues of the lake – the deepest lake in the USA, formed by the collapse of a volcanic crater thousands of years ago – before retiring for the evening amidst the tranquillity of the park. In the morning, continue on to the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve through the Siskiyou Mountains, exploring the “Marble Halls of Oregon” where underground marvels await at every turn. Then, return to the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast, where the Pacific Ocean beckons with its endless horizons.

Crater Lake National Park
One of the most beautiful lakes you’ll ever see, Crater Lake National Park ©Brand USA

Embark on a scenic drive along the Oregon Coastal Highway, savouring the coastal vistas and charming seaside towns along the way. Before returning to Portland, indulge in a leisurely wine-tasting experience in the renowned Willamette Valley. Raise a glass to a journey filled with unforgettable experiences and lasting memories.

Book this road trip package (with accommodation and car hire) through Infinity Holidays today!

Trip #2: Mountains, Glaciers and Parks

Fast facts
  • Starts: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Ends: Anchorage, Alaska
  • How long: Allow 5 days

Welcome to Anchorage, Alaska’s urban hub nestled amidst the stunning natural beauty of the most northern American state.

Once you’ve settled in, soak in the city’s unique charm by exploring its myriad of attractions, such as the Alaska Aviation Museum, where vintage aircraft and fascinating exhibits await. For dinner, elevate your culinary experience at the Crow’s Nest atop The Hotel Captain Cook, where panoramic views of the city and delectable cuisine await.

Denali National Park
The Alaskan landscape is home to Dall sheep, moose and caribou ©Brand USA

Suitably rested, gear up for an exhilarating day as you board a short flight to Kodiak Island, a rugged paradise teeming with wildlife and natural wonders. Begin your exploration at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, immersing yourself in the diverse cultures that call this region home. For adventurous souls, tackle the 2.4km trail to the summit of Flattop Mountain and take in the breathtaking views of the island from this incredible vantage point. Then, in the afternoon, book a guided bear-spotting excursion or rent a car to venture into the island’s untamed wilderness…

The next day, take in the awe-inspiring beauty of Kodiak Island as you set out to encounter its most iconic residents: its bears. Join a guided sightseeing tour or opt for a sea float tour to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Alternatively, explore the island at your own pace, discovering its hidden gems and scenic vistas. Bid farewell to Kodiak Island as you catch an early evening flight back to Anchorage.

Get ready for another exciting day as you travel north aboard the Denali Star Train, a scenic ride offering unparalleled views of Alaska’s rugged wilderness. Chug through picturesque landscapes as you make your way to Denali National Park, home to the majestic Denali, North America’s tallest peak. Upon arrival, indulge in a day of exploration, from bus tours along Denali Park Road to thrilling outdoor activities such as hiking, white-water rafting, and wildlife viewing. Unwind amidst the tranquillity of nature before settling in for the night.

Denali National Park
Discover North America’s tallest mountain, Denali National Park ©Brand USA

Awaken to the serene beauty of Denali for yet another day of adventure in this incredible natural wonderland. Go for a walk with a ranger, hop on a mountain bike, or check out the Denali sled dog kennels for a cool demonstration. There’s SO much to do here…

Sadly, it’s now time to leave Denali and head back to Anchorage via bus, train, or plane. Spend your final day exploring this vibrant city, from its eclectic shops and museums to its bustling dining scene. Reflect on the unforgettable experiences of your Alaskan adventure before departing for home, carrying with you memories of bears, glaciers, and endless exploration.

Book this road trip package (with accommodation and car hire) through Infinity Holidays today!

Find out more

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Brand USA and Infinity Holidays are proud partners showcasing even more of the USA’s endless possibilities for your clients. For more information on the fully bookable and customisable USA Road Trips itineraries and USA City Breaks go through HELiO, here.

We recently sat down with Lexie Miliatis, the new trade manager for Brand USA, who is educating, inspiring and showcasing everything the United States has to offer the Aussie travelling public. Check out the interview here and feel free to send her an email with all your questions!

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