I recently spent three weeks driving across the United States with my partner, who is from the United Kingdom. We rented an RV and drove from Los Angeles to New York City. It was an amazing experience and we got to see so much of our country’s natural beauty as well as visit lots of famous cities along the way! Here are some things I learned about America:
Wear your seatbelt.
If you’re like me, then you’ve probably been in the situation where you pull up to a stop sign and look both ways before sitting back down in the driver’s seat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people get out of their car to check for oncoming traffic, only to forget that they’re not wearing their seatbelt and then be forced to awkwardly shuffle back into their vehicle.
It’s also important to know that if you don’t wear your seatbelt, it’s against the law—and could cost you up to $25.
There’s a lot of natural beauty in the United States and a lot of it can be admired from the highway.
The United States is a big country, and it’s full of many beautiful places. On your road trip, you’ll have plenty of time to admire them all. The hills in the East are often covered with lush green vegetation and trees that remind me of something you’d see in a movie about medieval England or Ireland (with the exception that these aren’t castles). In California, you’ll find fields of wildflowers as far as the eye can see; they’re so beautiful that you might want to stop and take pictures even if it means missing your exit!
In addition to being pretty, natural scenery can provide some welcome relief from driving on highways for hours at a time. You know what else helps? A good book on tape or audiobook!
There are many ways to spend time in an enclosed space with people you love.
I’d never driven across the United States before, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was a long trip and we were in an enclosed space for hours and hours at a time. There are many ways you can spend that time:
- Playing board games
- Listening to music
- Watching movies/TV shows (Netflix has saved me from boredom during long road trips)
- Talking with your kids/your spouse/your dog or whatever else is there
- Sleeping : )
You can get very good at spotting national hotel chains.
You can get very good at spotting national hotel chains. The best way to do this is to look for the neon signs and red roofs of Motel 6, which has more than 1,300 locations in the United States and Canada. They’re pretty much everywhere, so if you see one on your trip, you know they’ll have a room available when you need it!
Other recognizable national chains include Super 8 (800 locations across North America), Holiday Inn Express (1,500+ U.S., Canada & Mexico hotels), Marriott’s Courtyard (1,000+ hotels) and Red Roof Inn (200+ North American locations).
It is possible to sleep in an enclosed space with people you love for several hours at a time.
You can sleep in a car. There are a few tricks to make this happen:
- Turn off the engine. You’ll need to get out of the car and turn it off, but this will save you fuel and keep your battery from dying, which is nice because you’ll want to use your phone at night and it’s super annoying to have a dead phone when you’re trying to get directions or find somewhere close by that has Wi-Fi so that maybe I can buy some more gas for my car?
- Drive slowly on windy roads so that no one hits us from behind! We’re not moving fast enough yet for anyone else oncoming traffic notices us as an obstacle without having time to stop safely before hitting us anyway so why even bother going faster?? It’s better not getting hit than getting hit when someone else couldn’t see where we were coming from because they weren’t looking anywhere other than straight ahead at the road ahead of them when they drove past instead of checking their mirrors every few seconds like normal people do all day long while driving everywhere all day long every single day…
There is a lot more to the United States than just big cities and highways.
I am a huge fan of the United States. I believe that it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and I was very excited to travel across it.
However, I wasn’t prepared for all of the other things that I learned while driving across America:
- There are many places in this country that aren’t located near big cities or highways.
- Some people live in areas where there are no jobs available, even if they have completed high school or college degrees (or both!). They may not have access to healthcare services either since they don’t have proper identification documents such as driver’s licenses or passports with which they could prove their identities at local hospitals or clinics if they needed emergency care while away from home during an illness outbreak like influenza A(H1N1).
There’s so much more to see of our country besides big noisy cities and highways
If you’re like me, and are not a big city or highway kind of person, you may be surprised to learn that there’s so much more to see in our country than bustling metropolises and congested interstates. There are many natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. There are small towns full of character like Bisbee and Moab. And there are numerous historical sites throughout our great nation—from Independence Hall in Philadelphia to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, we have plenty of opportunities for learning about the past and connecting with it today. Finally, if you want some time off from civilization altogether but still want some creature comforts (like running water), then I recommend visiting one of our many national parks! The beauty is breathtaking; it will leave you speechless while also reminding us all how lucky we are to live on this planet with its diversity and beauty!
I learned a lot of things while driving across the United States. I learned that you can drive across the country and see many beautiful sights, but you’ll probably end up spending most of your time in an enclosed space with people you’re close to. It’s possible to get used to sleeping in an enclosed space with people you love for several hours at a time. There are many ways to spend time in an enclosed space with people you love like playing card games or listening to music together on long drives through rural areas without traffic lights or stop signs–just make sure everyone wears their seatbelts!