If you’re planning a summer road trip to the United States and want to live where the sun shines the brightest, these are the places you need to check out.
- Reno, Nevada
You can plan many activities to get the most out of the sun and have fun in Reno. Visit the Animal Ark, a wildlife sanctuary that rescues and rehabilitates North American Predators and hosts several exotic species. Plan your visit in September, to see the National Championship Air Races a few miles north of the city. And take a day trip to Lake Tahoe, the two-million-year-old freshwater lake that has been a tourist magnet for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- El Paso, Texas
The city’s name means “the passage,” and it may as well refer to the passage of the sun overhead. It is one of the sunniest cities in the US, to the point that people call it the Sun City.
Its weather will allow you to have a wonderful trip to the Franklin Mountains State Park, the Hueco Tanks State Park, or the El Paso Zoo. If you want to discover the history of the city, head to the National Border Patrol Museum, the El Paso Museum of Archeology, and the El Paso Mission Trail. Many of these museums’ exhibitions are taking place outside.
- Las Vegas, Nevada
To experience the beauty of this city while enjoying the sun, hike in the Valley of Fire, kayak the Colorado River, or cycle around Red Rock Canyon. The more adventurous people can try racing a dune buggy in the desert, zip-lining in Bootleg Canyon, or riding a helicopter to the Grand Canyon. If you want to chill, head to your hotel’s pool and lay down to soak up all the sun.
- Yuma, Arizona
This city is packed with history and surrounded by nature. Some of the best things to do in the city include going to one of the events and fairs happening downtown, where destructive floods destroyed the buildings in the past. You can also dig your toes in the sand in Gateway Park while observing the historic Ocean to Ocean Bridge. Take some time to smell the roses in the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens. Nature lovers will also enjoy a quiet afternoon at the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.