The 50 highlights of America, state by state (part 7)

35. An aimless state, Road trip, everywhere

If you have enough free time and have no idea how to fill it, or just want to appreciate the US at its best, you should hire a car, just fill it with petrol, and drive. The US is especially made for road-tripping.

36. A sun-kissed state, Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Head to the Florida Keys, a series of sun-kissed islands which can attract all manner of characters, to enjoy permanent downtime and check out from mainstream society.

37. An independent state, Big Sur Coast Highway, California

Big Sur Coast Highway, the perfect place for independent travellers, offers world-class scenic driving, and a host of beaches, national parks and reserves to get out and explore, as well as charming towns to spend the night.

38. A freewheeling state, Route 66

Route 66 is one of the great road trips in the world, and the perfect itinerary for ones with permanently itchy feet. It takes visitors on a 3940-kilometre journey from Chicago to Santa Monica, calling past all the truckstops, motels, and diners you can handle.

39. An exerted state, Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail of the world. It is a beautiful behemoth which stretches 3525 kilometres across 14 states from the north (Maine) to the south (Georgi).

40. An outrageous state, Burning Man, Nevada

Every August for the last three decades, a huge tribe of drop-outs and drifters, creatives and crafters, hippies and artists, and a lot of normal people that just want to get away from polite society, has headed to the Nevada desert for the week-long Burning Man festival.

41. A frozen state, Skiing and snowboarding

There are a lot of great places to ski and snowboard in the US due to its mountains stretching from New Hampshire in the east to Lake Tahoe in the west. However, the best spots can be found in the middle: Aspen in Colorado, Jackson Hole in Wyoming, and Park City in Utah.