WICHITA, Kansas – America the beautiful it is! And when the summer road trip season hits, we love getting out and exploring uniquely American destinations coast to coast that showcase the best of our country’s melting pot, according to a press release from Airxcel.
“From unforgettable sites in the National Park System to historically significant destinations to slices of Americana you can’t see anywhere else; we’ve got uniquely American road trips to satiate your love of this great nation. And no matter where you go on your next RV trip, tune into our Ultimate Road Trip Playlist for songs to get you down the road,” the release stated.
Historical Destinations in the National Park System
If you haven’t yet been, one of our favorite destinations in the National Park System is the very first national park, Yellowstone. This park features 3,472 square miles of wilderness spread across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho – an area larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Yellowstone National Park has over 10,000 hydrothermal features and geysers like the world-famous Old Faithful. Beyond unforgettable scenery, Yellowstone also represents a splendid homage to the park system as a whole that preserves nationally significant sites across America.For other uniquely American destinations, remember that the National Park System includes 424 sites and destinations with a wide range of national and historical significance. There are 16 National Battlefields/Parks/Sites like Antietam National Battlefield and Richmond National Battlefield Park, 9 National Military Parks like Gettysburg National Military Park, and 137 National Historical Parks/Sites like Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park and Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in the National Park System.Following an American Passion
For a slice of Americana on your next RV road trip, plan your travels around a national passion like baseball or apple pie. There are 30 stadiums used by Major League Baseball, the oldest being Fenway Park in Boston built in 1912 and the newest being Globe Life Park in Texas erected in 2020. Cheer for your favorite teams, boo the rivals, and experience a unique slice of American life with a baseball themed road trip.If baseball isn’t your passion, what about apple pie? Though it didn’t originate in the U.S., apple pie is synonymous with American culture now, and restaurants coast to coast take their own spin on this classic dessert. On your apple pie themed RV road trip try a slice of traditional apple pie, Dutch apple pie, apple pie a la mode, apple pie bars, apple pie cheesecake, apple pie crumble, apple custard pie, caramel apple pie, or even bacon-weave apple pie. Or plan to attend an apple pie themed festival like the Apple Pie Festival in Tennessee this summer or the Murphysboro Apple Pie & Apple Butter Contest happening in September.
In New England and along the American east coast RV enthusiasts can follow the route of American history as it unfolded during colonial times. Start in Boston with a tour of Revolutionary sites like Old North Church or Paul Revere’s House. Next head to Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed and other historical sites in the city of brotherly love. Then head south to Washington D.C. to take in the sites and history in the current U.S. capital.For a fun side trip head over to Delaware, considered the first state in the union as the first state to ratify the Constitution. Delaware visitors have access to Chesapeake Bay and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake site, part of the National Park System, as well as the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route. Delaware visitors can also enjoy over 300 miles of coastline as well as 17 different state parks, preserves, and greenways throughout the state.
American Pop-Culture Tour
For a taste of American pop-culture take an RV road trip across the eastern states of the U.S. starting in Memphis, Tennessee. Take in the incomparable home of one of America’s most unique music icons, Elvis’s Graceland, as well as his favorite sandwich (peanut butter, banana, and bacon) at local eateries. Then on to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta for a taste of an American classic – have you ever tried peanuts in your Coke? Next, head up to Dollywood and Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for family-friendly fun with a uniquely southern feel. Lastly, head north to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio then the Rocky Steps in Philadelphia to round out your American pop-culture road trip.Or on the west coast of the U.S., California is home to countless pop-culture destinations including the Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles and the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside TCL Chinese Theater with over 2,000 celebrity names and handprints to try out. Other uniquely American experiences you can have in California include visiting Griffith Park Observatory in LA, taking a tour of Alcatraz, walking across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, or riding the San Francisco cable cars. California also boasts the fun of Disneyland with not only classic Disney rides but also the latest pop culture attractions like Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. And this west coast state has more National Parks (9) than any other U.S. state including the iconic Sequoia National Park where visitors can stand beneath the grandeur of trees they may have only seen on TV or in movies.
The Best of Americana on Route 66
Route 66 is one of the original highways in the U.S. numbered highway system finished in 1926. It runs from Chicago to LA, hitting 8 states (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California) in its 2,448-mile journey from the Great Lakes region, through the American heartland, across the south-west, and ending on the Pacific coast. Appearing in songs, movies, and countless family vacation photo albums, Route 66 is a staple of Americana culture with a rich history and countless uniquely American destinations for road trip enthusiasts to explore and enjoy.
American Made Products for RVs
Outfit your RV with American made products for your all-American road trip. From window shades to water heaters, the Airxcel family of brands is proud to have facilities across America making top of the line RV components.
- RV Roller Shades – Made at their McKinney, Texas facilities, MCD American Duo® Roller Shades provide privacy and protection with a day and night shade in one window fashion.
- Gunnable Butyl – A modern alternative to traditional butyl tape, Butyl Rubber Sealant by Dicor Products goes on smoothly with a putty like consistency.
- Fan Covers – Fanmate from Maxxair is made in Wichita, Kansas and works over high-powered fans and non-powered vents alike with less than 5% air flow restriction.
- Hydronic Heating System – The Aqua-Hot 125 Hydronic Heating System for Class B campervans features continuous hot water and internal heating made in Frederick, Colorado.
- Pleated Shade Restring Kits – United Shade out of Elkhart, Indiana, offers First Aid Kits like the Restring Kits that helps RV owners extend the life of existing RV pleated window shades.
- RV Water Heaters – Suburban’s Direct-Fit 6-gallon Water Heater with a porcelain lined steel tank and anode rod design is made in Dayton, Tennessee, where the Suburban brand has been located since 1947.