Summer Road Trip Resources


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It’s that time of year: the USA is in its hottest season, and many InterExchange participants are planning for their post-program travel. But the U.S. is so big; the country’s size amazes many first-time visitors. To make the most of your time in the USA, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite travel apps and websites to help you efficiently plan your trip.

A young woman sits on a car in front of mountains
Au pair Andressa traveled around the USA by car!
Image courtesy of Andressa.

A Few Routes to Consider

Given the size of the USA, you’ll want to plan based on the most efficient routes to see cities in order. We’ve suggested a few below!

East Coast

A map of the USA, centered on the East Coast

On the East Coast, you can see these major cities:

  • Boston
  • New York City
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Miami

And here’s what makes the East Coast worth exploring!

West Coast

A map of the USA, centered on the West Coast

A trip along the West Coast will allow you to see:

  • Seattle
  • Portland
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego

Click here for inspiration on what to do in these cities!

Route 66

A map of the USA with a line denoting Route 66

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Fredddie.

Finally, there’s a route that will take you through the middle of the country! This route is based on a historic U.S. highway called “Route 66.” Although its end points, Chicago and Santa Monica, California, might be well known, the fun of Route 66 is discovering the little towns and tourist attractions along the way. You can find more information here.

Some Resources to Help You Plan

And if you’re planning on traveling the west coast, check out Au Pair USA alum Hagen’s 2020 journey, complete with playlist suggestions!

Didn’t make it to the U.S. this summer? It’s never too soon to start planning for next year!

Matt Wallace By

Matt Wallace is the Community & Digital Content Manager for the InterExchange Marketing team. He received a Master of Science in Global Affairs from New York University, and worked with the State Department and two New York organizations with missions to introduce young people to multiculturalism and international relations. He is excited to leverage this experience with InterExchange!

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation