17 Spots to Hit on the Ultimate California Road Trip

As the most populous state in the U.S., California offers visitors a lot more than just Disneyland and the Hollywood sign. Many of California’s most incredible spots fall along its 800+ mile long coast, facing the majestic Pacific Ocean. Luckily for us, much of this coastline is hugged closely by the fabled California State Route 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, creating a superb setting for the Ultimate California Road Trip.

While there are hundreds of sites you could see and dozens of routes you can take on your own California Road Trip, here are 17 of our favorite California Road Trip destinations to see this summer along California’s beautiful coast:

1. McWay Falls at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park near Monterey, California

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10 Best Aquariums in America

Kids or no kids, aquariums are pretty awesome places to hang out. There’s just something about submerging yourself into a world of sharks, jellies, and tropical fish (from behind safe walls of glass, of course) that really excites the little kid in all of us.

With so many great aquariums in the U.S. and so much to admire and learn about, narrowing your focus can be a challenge. To help guide your search, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best aquariums in America. Let’s dive in:

 

1. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia

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2. The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California

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Which is perhaps best known for its brilliant collection of jellyfish:

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3. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois

 

4. Scott Aquarium at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska

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5. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

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6. The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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7. Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut

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8. Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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9. The New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts

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10. The Seattle Aquarium in Seattle, Washington

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How’s that for some underwater inspiration? Thankfully, these 10 best aquariums make up only a small portion of the incredible public and private aquariums all across the United States. Check out an even bigger list of American aquarium eye candy here, and don’t forget to share your own aqua-discoveries on Trover!

18 of America’s Greatest Piers

Piers are classic destinations. Where else can you enjoy a sunset, ride a roller coaster, go fishing, slackline, eat great food, watch waves crash, and maybe get a splinter if you run barefoot?

The United States has many a great pier along its beautiful Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, California

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Miami Beach: Fun in the Sun

This is a guest post by Lauren Bassart of The Constant Rambler

Miami is a fantastic city to visit. With attractions as diverse as the city’s population, there’s always something new and exotic to try. The bad part about a city so large? Sometimes it’s difficult to dig through all the options for fun and find the best ones out there.

With that in mind, here’s a collection of some of the city’s best hidden gems to make your Miami vacation the best one yet.

Miami at night

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Mini Takes the States – An Epic Road Rally

 

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Photographer and professional goofball Bill Dillard.

Bill Dillard has a whole new definition for mini-adventure. In just two weeks, he drove 5,142 miles across the United States.

His company, Go11, was hired to cover the MINI Takes The States road rally. This epic tour covers 13 states in 15 days, and attracts more than 400 MINI drivers every time (it’s a semi-annual thing).

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