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Road trips are the perfect time to try something completely new, and so I have brainstormed up a list of over 100 fun and unique things and activities to try on an American road trip. I encourage you to try a few of these on your next road trip.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons
  • Go zip-lining
  • Take a wild cave tour
  • Rent a tube and float down a river
  • Go horseback riding
  • Try ATV-ing
  • Rent a dune-buggy
  • Go scuba diving
  • Stay in a tree-house
  • Visit a ghost town
  • Tour a winery
  • Attend a country fair
  • Take a factory tour
  • Visit a brewery
  • Go backpacking
  • Eat from a food truck
  • Walk under an arch or natural bridge
  • Drive through a redwood tree
  • Go deep-sea fishing
  • See real dinosaur tracks
  • Explore a slot canyon
  • Watch a geyser erupt
  • Attend a motorcycle gathering
  • Hire a fly-fishing guide
  • Walk a beach boardwalk
  • Tag a state highpoint
  • See some hoodoos
  • Take a dip in a natural warm or hot spring
  • Take a guided Jeep or Hummer tour
  • Catch an opera
  • Attend a food festival
  • Downhill mountain bike at a ski resort
  • Zoom down a mountain coaster or alpine slide
  • Climb a giant sand dune
  • Tour a closed prison
  • Tour a Japanese garden
  • Go surfing or paddleboarding
  • Visit a volcano and/or see lava fields
  • Enjoy a drive-in movie theater
  • Take a wildlife safari
  • Try snowmobiling
  • Watch a re-enacted western street gunfight
  • Go trekking with a llama
  • Gamble at a casino or race track
  • Take a gondola ride
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Explore ancient Native American ruins
  • Visit the graveyards of the rich and famous
  • See historic churches
  • Rent a boat house
  • Fly in a historic warplane
  • Attend a rodeo
  • Visit a battlefield
  • Take a whale-watching or dolphin tour
  • Visit a wax museum
  • Take a canoe trip
  • Tour a giant dam
  • Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright home
  • See a lighthouse
  • Visit a music museum
  • Take a mountaineering or survival course
  • Join a Segway tour
  • Drive through a covered bridge
  • See pictographs or petroglyphs
  • Tour a whiskey distillery
  • Visit a decommissioned battleship or submarine
  • Tour a castle or gigantic mansion
  • Tour a southern plantation
  • Camp beside an alpine lake
  • Tour a famous college campus
  • Visit a swamp
  • See fall foliage
  • Climb a fire tower
  • Take a scenic train ride
  • Catch a sporting event in a different city
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Visit a state capitol building
  • Go cross-country skiing
  • Visit a presidential museum
  • Stay in a yurt
  • Find a palm tree oasis
  • Attend a NASCAR event
  • Visit a movie set
  • Stay on a dude ranch
  • Go horseback riding on a beach
  • Go 4WD-ing
  • Ride on a steamboat
  • Go dog-sledding
  • Engage in a living history museum
  • Attend an air show
  • Stay in a backcountry hut
  • Bike or in-line skate on a rail trail
  • Try climbing at an indoor rock gym
  • Go skydiving
  • Take a trolley ride
  • Shoot guns at a gun range
  • Find your way in a corn maze
  • Canyoneering
  • Mountain bike on a slick-rock trail
  • Tour an underground gold mine
  • Pan for gold
  • Drive on a beach
  • Gamble aboard a riverboat casino
  • Join a live TV or game-show audience
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