There is an art and a science to the American road trip. It blends the fascinating with the mundane and the ordinary with the extraordinary. One of our favorite pastimes, the road trip has become an iconic spectacle in pop-culture and American tradition. Shifting focus from the destination to the journey, the road trip offers chance encounters, personal realizations, and an opportunity to see the America that escapes the city, and convention.
And it only takes one brief but frantic statement from a rear-seated passenger to ruin everything: “I have to pee!”
But alas, help is here. We’ve mapped out a few of the best road trip pit stops across the U.S. for … ahem … when nature calls.
Here are the 11 Best Road Trip Pit Stops in America. If we left out your favorite, let us know below in the comments!
Atomic Bomb Site in Mars Bluff, SC – Fayettville, NC – Florence, SC
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Mars Bluff, South Carolina. What do these locations have in common? The United States dropped nuclear bombs on these three cities. The latter location may have been an accident, but tell that to Walter Gregg who suddenly had a 26-kiloton Mark 6 nuclear weapon destroy his backyard on March 11, 1958. There was no radiation or nuclear-sized blast, as the plutonium core was still safely aboard the B-47 jet, but the remaining 6,000 pounds of conventional explosives sure left a mark in the Greggs’ back yard. Fortunately, only a few chickens were harmed in this potentially national disaster, but it sure made one heck of a story later on. We must warn you, this pit stop is still on private property, so legally you are required to have the permission of the owner to see this marvelous “woops” in American history.