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Cruis'n USA N64 Game Route Road Trip

Looking for a different kind of road trip for your next vacation?

 

If you're nostalgic for mid-90s video games, you might remember the game "Cruis'n USA" on the N64, where players raced across the country in 16-bit cars, seeing everything from the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For your next road trip, try reenacting Cruis’n (without the race part) by driving through some of the game’s locations, including:

 

Golden Gate Park

 

One of the largest parks in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is a necessary stop to make before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Not only does it naturally make sense because they’re so close to each other, but there’s an entire day’s worth of attractions and activities waiting for you to enjoy throughout the park, from golfing and picnicking to an aquarium and the Conservatory of Flowers.

 

Be sure to check the park’s Twitter feed to see the latest information about updates and events going on in the park before you arrive.

 

Beverly Hills

 

The Los Angeles city of fame, Beverly Hills is a luxurious place to drive through, and if you’re doubtful, just check out the itinerary of one of the city’s self-driving tours. The streets of this city just minutes downtown from Hollywood’s center are host to some of the most well-known hotels, restaurants, and mansions of celebrities and television personalities.

 

If you’re looking for something to do other than sightsee in Beverly Hills, just visit Rodeo Drive’s exclusive array of boutiques and shops.

 

Death Valley

 

Bring water. While there are occasional water springs and the national park isn’t entirely without water and water sources, you should always err on the side of caution. After all, Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the country, with some of the highest temperatures ever naturally recorded on Earth measured at the Valley’s Furness Creek.

 

In the valley, you’ll bear witness to some of the starkest desert landscapes, the lowest point in the U.S., and complete cellular dead zones, and it’s all well worth the trip. Rarely will you be afforded this level of beauty and solitude.

 

Grand Canyon

 

No cross-country trip is completed without a visit to one of America’s greatest treasures, the Grand Canyon. But stopping at the Canyon isn’t as simple as many other national parks or landmarks. There are actually two different entrances, the North Rim and the South Rim. Most visitors tend to visit the South Rim, where you’ll see the sweeping heights of the Canyon’s walls and its depth going down to the Colorado River. A much smaller amount of people visit the North Rim, which sits at a higher elevation and is prone to alienating amounts of snow and ice in the winter.

 

No matter which entrance you’re stopping at, make sure you come fully stocked and bring a tent — both locations take at least an hour to drive to reach from the interstate and the only stores nearby are small general stores at the area campgrounds.

 

Chicago

 

While you definitely wouldn’t want to try racing in Chicago, it’s still a great location to visit on a road trip. Parking in the city isn’t as impossible as some make it out to be (although driving through it in Cruis’n USA was an expert level difficulty) and it’s central enough to make it a natural stopping point while traveling the northern part of the Midwest.

 

While you’re here, you’ll need to stop by one of Chicago’s iconic pizzerias and see some of Chicago’s amazing architecture (including “The Bean,” which is actually supposed to be called “Cloud Gate”).

 

Appalachia

If anyone tells you driving through Appalachia is boring, they’re not looking outside their window. As many will attest, driving through Appalachia, you’ll see everything from mountain peaks and miles of farmland to abandoned shacks and decade-old unincorporated townships.

 

Outside of Appalachia’s natural beauty, you’ll be on the front-seat of America’s continental history, from learning about the Appalachian Cherokee Nation at sites like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Museum of Cherokee Indian to some of the area’s odder highlights, like the Pikeville, KY sites of the Hatfields and McCoys feud.

 

Don’t forget that Appalachia spans a good portion of the country’s east, running from New York to the northern parts of Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. Whether you’re starting or ending on the east coast, there’s a good chance you’ll be passing through Appalachia, so read up on a part you’ll be driving and plan accordingly.

 

Washington D.C.

 

If you’re going to follow with guide and go coast-to-coast, end in the nation’s capital and be sure to check out all of these things to do in Washington D.C. While there is an endless list of historical and cultural sights to see, the District also has a growing brewery scene, great local markets, and a sprawling metro system, which can take you into both Virginia and Maryland.

 

Going coast-to-coast

 

Crossing the country is a long journey, so don’t forget to stock up on supplies before you leave, provide your family and friends an itinerary of where you’ll be going, and decide on what kind of souvenirs you’ll collect in each location you stop in. Bon voyage!

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