America is an enormous territory of ranging landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and vibrant heritage. Founded by immigrants and built by their descendants, the United States is like a multitextured tapestry woven with every color of the rainbow. The cultural impact is unmistakable in the food, architecture, and lifestyles of their communities. There is no template for a typical American experience; each corner of the country is unique and beautiful. The only way to truly appreciate this melting pot of tradition is to hit the road and see it for yourself. Whether you're into big cities with lots of shopping, historic sites, or driving through stunning landscapes, there's a road trip itinerary through the U.S. to satisfy your wanderlust.

01Archaeological Adventures on the Colorado Plateau

The Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado is an archaeological wonder. bboserup / Getty Images

The Colorado Plateau is an archaeological time capsule buried in the colorful deserts of the Southwest. This roughly weeklong itinerary is perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike. Ruins like those at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado are some of the oldest examples of Native American architecture. Take at least one day to browse the ancient rock art at 9 Mile Canyon, the World's Longest Art Gallery, in Northern Utah. Returning southbound, head for picturesque Highway 12 and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park for some breathtaking views and a lesson in geology. Round out your trip with stops at the Instagram-famous Antelope Canyon and Meteor Crater in Arizona.