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2016 King of the Road Survey

Van Operator Survey 2016

2016 King of the Road Survey

The majority of Atlas Van Lines professional van operators (PVOs) spend more than 40 weeks on the road every year. To learn more about our experienced PVOs and their lives on the road, we conduct our King of the Road Survey. This year, we received responses from 401 Atlas van operators across the U.S.

The survey provides insights into PVOs’ favorite brands, highway essentials, use of technology and how they stay fit while on the road.

Highlights of this year’s King of the Road survey include:

Drivers are taking advantage of the latest technologies.

Today’s PVOs are more connected through technology and social media than ever before. In fact, 93 percent of PVOs surveyed use smartphones, and 94 percent access their email daily.

When it comes to social media, PVOs are no different than the rest of us, with nearly 75 percent of respondents saying they check social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram daily.

Drivers are increasingly health-conscious

Spending so much time on the road can make it difficult to make healthy choices, but our PVOs are finding creative ways to exercise and eat right. Seventy-five percent said their main form of exercise while on the road is moving furniture, and 26 percent make an effort to walk, run or doing another workout activity while at truck spots.

PVOs are making healthy eating choices while on the road. Seventy-nine percent of drivers surveyed said they drink water throughout the day, over sugary drinks such teas, sports drinks, juices and sodas. Fresh fruit was the top choice for favorite snacks while on the road (44 percent)

Favorite brands include:

  • Best coffee: Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Favorite hotel chains: Super 8 and Comfort Inn
  • Best truck stop chains: Flying J and Petro
  • Most effective antacid: Tums
  • Best tires: Michelin
  • Favorite motor oil: Shell Rotella
  • Best tractor: Kenworth
  • Favorite grocery store/supermarket: Walmart
  • Most common-used smartphone: Android
  • Most common-used cell service/network provider: Verizon
  • Favorite electronic log devices (ELD)/telematics system: Rand McNally

The King of the Road Survey results are revealed in conjunction with Atlas Van Lines’ annual driver appreciation event, known as BRAVO (Boosting Recognition of Atlas Van Operators). This week-long event takes place at participating Atlas agencies around the United States and Canada and recognizes the hardworking drivers who travel across the country and interact with Atlas Van Lines’ customers on a daily basis.

The Driver & The Job

What is the best part of being a van operator?
(399 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
64%
Meeting/Working with People Across the Country
60%
Freedom of the Highway (Not Working in an Office)
53%
Entrepreneurship (Run Own Business)
25%
Being a Part of the Trucking Community
10%
Other (sense of satisfaction/completion, helping people, travel, etc.)
How long have you been a van operator with Atlas?
(401 respondents)
18%
Less than 1 year
22%
1-3 years
13%
4-6 years
9%
7-9 years
14%
10-15 years
22%
16+ years or more
How many weeks per year do you spend on the road?
(401 respondents)
18%
Less than 20 weeks
18%
20-30 weeks
27%
31-40 weeks
37%
More than 40 weeks
How many miles per year do you normally drive your truck?
(400 respondents)
20%
Less than 50,000
37%
50,000-74,999
23%
75,000-99,999
13%
100,000-124,999
8%
125,000 or more
Why did you choose to join Atlas as a van operator?
(400 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
42%
Atlas Agency
36%
Company Reputation
33%
Family/Friend Influence
25%
Money/Miles
24%
Driver Respect
19%
Referral/Recommendation
14%
Home Time
13%
Advancement Opportunities
10%
Equipment
9%
Other (fit, passion, work, support family, etc.)
What is your level of satisfaction with being an Atlas van operator?
(490 respondents)
38%
Extremely satisfied – I love my job!
40%
Reasonably Satisfied – life’s good!
15%
Somewhat satisfied – Okay overall.
7%
Could be better.
How likely are you to recommend joining Atlas to friends or colleagues on the road?
(368 respondents)
80%
Very Likely
14%
Somewhat Likely
9%
Not Likely
What are you doing to be more eco-friendly while on the road?
(392 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
58%
Limiting unnecessary idling
32%
Use Prepass/EZ Pass/Best Pass
32%
Recycle aluminum, glass and plastic containerss
31%
Use reusable drink containers
26%
Use APU
26%
Use reusable grocery bags
24%
Taking advantage of hotel conservation programs like reusing towels
22%
Use driver assist apps
15%
Use generator
13%
Buying organic or locally grown foods
13%
Use Biodiesel fuel
11%
Use aerodynamic skirts
9%
Use IdleAir or other TSE
7%
Use battery operated HVAC (i.e. ParkSmart, etc.)
2%
Hypermiling/eco-driving
3%
Other
Okay, you're finally off the road. What's your favorite pastime when you're not working?
(394 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
77%
Hang out with family/friends
37%
Have a relaxing dinner
28%
Go on vacation
26%
Spend time on a favorite hobby
26%
Go hunting or fishing
25%
Go to a movie
20%
No contest...sleep!
19%
Go to a sporting event
11%
Other (golf, motorcycles, remodel home, concerts, boating, camping, cooking, gardening, scuba diving, surfing, snowboarding, running, hiking, sailing, etc.)

People & Things Moved

What are some of the most interesting types of people you have assisted in moving?
(371 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
63%
Regular/Everyday People
39%
Pro-Athletes
35%
Military
19%
Actors/Actresses (TV/Movie/Stage)
15%
Scientists
14%
Singers/Musicians
9%
Authors
9%
Politicians
6%
Comedians
6%
Religious Leaders
3%
International Leaders
1%
Business Executives
9%
Other (Doctors, Government Officials, Federal Law Enforcement Officers, Museum Curators, Movie Directors, Retirees, etc.)
What is the most interesting or most unique thing you’ve ever loaded onto your truck?
(298 responses – many cite airplanes, boats, cars, helicopters, & medical equipment - some of the most unique items listed below!)
$1,000,000 Mitsubishi Prototype Automobile
1/10th Scale Train Station & Track
10 Person Hot Tub
12 Foot Giraffe
16 Foot Tractor with Bucket & Bushwhack
1932 Jaguar
1940 Motorcycle with Side Car
1942 German Motorcycle
1950 Cadillac (Mint Condition)
1965 Corvette Dragster
1968 Mustang 500 GT
19th Century Asian Buffet & Vase
2000 lb. Steel & Glass China Hutch
3 Wheel Harley Golf Cart
35 Foot Fiberglass Statue
3600 lb. Antique Gun Safe
4 Wheel Homemade Bike (seats 4 people)
7 Foot Tall Eagle
8 Foot Chicken Statue
9 Foot Tall Gold Plated Harp
Andy Warhol Paintings
Antique Go-Cart
Antique Phone Booth
Apollo 15 Items
Apollo Spacesuits
Arizona Cardinals Training Equipment & Luggage
Aston Martin
ATVs
Australian Tree Stump
Baby Grand Piano
Bar (made from a coffin!)
Big Dog House
Big Playground Set
Boston Red Sox Golf Cart
Bronze Statue for National Park
Bus
Castle
Ceramic Statue
Cessna 150 Aircraft
Chicken Coop
Children’s Museum
Choir Stage
Covered Wagon
Creature from the Black Lagoon
CT Scan Machine
Dinosaurs/Dinosaur Exhibits
Dirt & Snow Plow
Disney World Exhibits
Dodge Viper
Dune Buggy
Elephant Statue
Entire Living Room of Cat Trees
Extra Large Smoker (made from propane tank – over half the trailer high!)
Fantastic Four Car Prop
Farm Equipment
Federal Prison Items
Ferrari
Fiberglass Moose Statue (so large it needed to have antlers removed to fit in truck!)
Full Size Doll House
Furniture for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
George Washington’s Teeth
Glider Aircraft
Hammerhead Shark
Hay Cubes
Heart/Lung Machine
Helicopter
Horse Buggy
Huge Church Organ
Indian Temple/Shrine
Italian Pizza Oven
Jewish Holocaust Exhibit
Joe Lewis Statue (heading to Florida)
John Deere Tractor with Front End Loader
John Lennon Exhibition
Kayak
King-size Headboard (made of old iron gate)
Kirby Puckett Personal Sports Memorabilia for Minnesota Twins Stadium Exhibit
Kubota Tractor
Lamborghini
Large Pieces of Petrified Wood
Large Rock Crystal Formation
Life-Size Working Model of Deep Submersible ROV for Museum
Load of Pennies
Maps Drawn by Christopher Columbus
MGM Sign
Movie Projector Machines
NFL Exhibit
Nissan Z (signed by over 50 Grammy nominated musicians!)
Nuclear Camera
Old Coca-Cola Machine
Old Wagon
Part of Lunar Moon Rover
Picasso
Pirate Ship
Pop-Up Camper
Red Wing Pottery Collection (over 1,000 pieces!)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Exhibit
Robotic Golf Club Swinger
Rocket Nasals for Saturn 5 Rocket Museum Exhibits
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Rotating Fur Covered Clam Shell Bed
Sectional Chain Link Fencing for Entire Property
Shuffle Board
Smithsonian Pieces
Stage Scenes
Studebaker
Subaru Prototype (handmade out of wood!)
Swordfish
Trade Show Display
Trike Customized by Chrome Shop Mafia
Turf from Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA
University Science Department Equipment
Verizon Store Phone Set
Wedding Arch (made out of tree branches & twigs)
Wells Fargo Stagecoach
Windmill
Wooden Indian
X-Ray Machine
Zoo

The Rig & Equipment

Who builds the best tractor?
(398 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
43%
Kenworth
31%
Peterbilt
28%
Freightliner
26%
Volvo
10%
International
7%
Western Star
2%
Mack
3%
Other (Mercedes, no preference, etc.)
Who makes the best tires?
(398 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
47%
Michelin
37%
Bridgestone
26%
Goodyear
13%
BF Goodrich
12%
Firestone
10%
Yokohama
6%
Continental
3%
Other (Samson, no preference, etc.)
Which brand of motor oil do you use most often?
(401 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
46%
Shell Rotella
41%
Mobil Delvac
12%
Chevron Delo
7%
Valvoline
4%
Penzoil
2%
Castrol
4%
Other (NAPA, Lucas, Amzoil, Kendall, Synthetic, etc.)
Generator Brand Used (Of Those Using Generators)
(56 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
39%
Cummins
25%
Kubota
9%
Onan
7%
Generac
4%
Yamaha
4%
Carrier
2%
Alibaba
21%
Other (Cobra, Harbor Freight, Perkins, Rigmaster, etc.)
TSE Brand Used (Among Those Who Use TSE)
(35 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
83%
IdleAir
9%
American Idle Reduction
6%
EnviroDock
6%
Truck Star
9%
Other (Sure Power, Webasto, etc.)
APU Brand Used (Of Those Using APU)
(94 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
45%
ThermoKing TriPac
18%
Carrier ComfortPro
9%
Rigmaster
7%
Cummins/Onan
2%
HP2000
20%
Other (Centramatic, Dynasis, Power Tech, Ideal Solutions, Fridgett, Proheat, etc.)
What electronic log devices (ELD)/telematics systems do you like best?
(217 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
41%
Rand McNally
28%
Omnitracs
8%
PeopleNet
4%
J.J. Keller
1%
uDrove
1%
Teletracs
1%
Flexmatics
1%
Geotab
1%
Zonar
1%
CarrierWeb
1%
NexTraq
0%
Cadec Global
0%
VDO RoadLog
0%
Telogis
19%
Other (Qualcomm, Cobra, Garmin, driversdailylog.com, etc.)

Communications

When on the road, which of the following do you use?
(399 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
93%
Smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc.)
75%
GPS
56%
Tablet (iPad/Galaxy/etc.)
53%
Wi-Fi
38%
Laptop
37%
CB Radio
9%
Basic cell phone
7%
IdleAir/Shore Power or other TSE
3%
E-Reader (Nook/Kindle/etc.)
Smartphone Type (Of Those Who Use Smartphones)
(367 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
57%
Android
45%
Apple (iOS)
8%
Windows
2%
Other
Tablet Type (Of Those Who Use Tablets)
(170 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
67%
Apple (iOS)
36%
Android
5%
Windows
1%
Other
What cell service/wireless network provider do you use?
(401 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
46%
Verizon
24%
AT&T
18%
Sprint
8%
T-Mobile
2%
Metro PCS
2%
Telus
1%
Bell
1%
Boost Mobile
1%
Cricket Wireless
1%
Straight Talk
1%
Rogers
1%
Other (Wind Mobile, Koodo, etc.)
When you are on the road how often do you have access to the following:-Email
(397 respondents)
94%
Daily
2%
2-3 Times a Week
2%
Once a Week
0%
2-3 Times a Month
1%
Once a Month
1%
Less than Once a Month
2%
Never
When you are on the road how often do you have access to the following:-Internet
(380 respondents)
93%
Daily
3%
2-3 Times a Week
3%
Once a Week
0%
2-3 Times a Month
0%
Once a Month
0%
Less than Once a Month
1%
Never
When you are on the road how often do you have access to the following:-Social Networks (Facebook, etc.)
(368 respondents)
73%
Daily
5%
2-3 Times a Week
4%
Once a Week
0%
2-3 Times a Month
1%
Once a Month
2%
Less than Once a Month
16%
Never
When you are on the road how often do you have access to the following:-Computer
(368 respondents)
55%
Daily
10%
2-3 Times a Week
7%
Once a Week
6%
2-3 Times a Month
2%
Once a Month
5%
Less than Once a Month
16%
Never

Tunes

When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I am listening via (SYSTEM):
(399 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
51%
Satellite Radio
51%
FM/AM Station
36%
Smartphone
13%
iPod/MP3 Player
2%
Other
When I'm on the road and have the radio on, most likely I'm listening to (STYLE):
(397 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
42%
Talk/News/Sports Radio
39%
Country
34%
Classic 60s, 70s & 80s
34%
Rock and Roll
20%
R&B/Rap/Hip-Hop
12%
Pop/Top 40
8%
Jazz/Blues
8%
Christian
6%
National Public Radio
9%
Other (Metal, Spanish, Reggae, Easy Listening, Classic Rock, Comedy, Salsa, Punk, Motown, Celtic, Classical, etc.)

Restaurants, Hotels, & Stops

Restaurants

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
(342 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
40%
Subway
29%
Wendy's
28%
Chick-Fil-A
25%
Taco Bell
20%
Chipotle
18%
Kentucky Fried Chicken
17%
Arby's
16%
McDonald's
16%
Panera Bread
15%
Hardee's/Carl's Jr.
12%
Burger King
9%
Sonic
8%
Jack in the Box
7%
Dairy Queen
5%
Pizza Hut
3%
Popeye's
3%
Little Caesars
1%
In-N-Out Burger
0%
Denny's
8%
Other (Whataburger, Moe’s, Culver’s, Panda Express, Golden Corral, Jimmy John’s, El Pollo Loco, Country Kitchen, Starbucks, etc.)
Whether it's a "Mom and Pop" diner, or particular franchise location, what is the best restaurant in America?
(282 respondents – top write ins!)
 
Restaurant Name
1st
Texas Roadhouse
2nd
Denny’s
3rd
Golden Corral / Red Lobster
4th
Petro Truck Stops / Outback Steakhouse
5th
Applebee’s / Cracker Barrel
6th
Longhorn Steakhouse / The Big Texan / Logan’s Roadhouse
(239 respondents – top write ins!)
 
Restaurant Locations (state)
1st
Everywhere
2nd
Texas
3rd
Florida
4th
California
5th
Georgia
6th
Illinois
7th
Arizona / North Carolina
8th
New York
9th
Maryland / Tennessee
10th
Michigan / Nevada

Hotels

How often do you stay at a hotel while traveling for work (on average)?
(399 respondents)
8%
Daily
9%
1 Time a Week
18%
2-3 Times a Week
20%
2-3 Times a Month
32%
12 Times a Year or Less
12%
Never
2%
Other (on vacation, when needed, etc.)
While on the road, which hotel chain is your favorite place to stop for the night?
(388 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
36%
Comfort Inn
36%
Super 8
32%
Days Inn
29%
Quality Inn
26%
Best Western
25%
Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express
23%
La Quinta
23%
Motel 6
18%
Red Roof Inn
14%
Econo Lodge
11%
Travelodge
11%
Hampton Inn
7%
America's Best Value Inn
6%
Wingate
4%
Microtel
7%
Other (Hyatt, Marriot, Embassy Suites, no preference, etc.)
What are the most important factor(s) when choosing a hotel?
(395 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
87%
Truck Parking/Access
57%
Price
40%
Location
33%
Quality (Reviews/Ratings)
28%
Perks (i.e. Free Breakfast/Internet Access, Fitness Center, Pool)
16%
Loyalty Programs
3%
Other (pets allowed, early check-in, etc.)

Stops

Which state has the best rest stops in the United States?
(338 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
31%
Florida
20%
Alabama
20%
Texas
16%
Ohio
10%
Georgia
7%
North Carolina
6%
Tennessee
5%
Iowa
5%
Arizona
5%
Kentucky
5%
Indiana
5%
California
5%
Pennsylvania
4%
Kansas
4%
Virginia
4%
South Carolina
4%
Illinois
4%
Wisconsin
3%
Montana
3%
Washington
3%
Oklahoma
3%
Oregon
3%
New Jersey
3%
Colorado
3%
Missouri
3%
Michigan
3%
Nebraska
3%
New Mexico
2%
Maryland
2%
New York
2%
Utah
2%
Louisiana
2%
Mississippi
1%
Minnesota
1%
Nevada
1%
Connecticut
1%
West Virginia
1%
Delaware
1%
Wyoming
1%
Massachusetts
1%
Idaho
1%
Alaska
1%
New Hampshire
1%
Maine
1%
South Dakota
0%
Rhode Island
0%
North Dakota
0%
Arkansas
Which province has the best rest stops in Canada?
(48 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
50%
Ontario
29%
Alberta
19%
British Columbia
13%
Quebec
6%
Saskatchewan
6%
Manitoba
4%
Nova Scotia
4%
New Brunswick
What is your favorite truck stop chain?
 
50%
Flying J
46%
Petro
43%
Pilot
34%
TA (Truckstops of America)
25%
Love's
3%
Speedway
3%
AMBEST
3%
Other (Independents, Sapps Brothers, Jubitz, Wilco Hess, etc.)

Life on the Road

Who has the best coffee?
(341 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
38%
Dunkin' Donuts
30%
Truckstops/Gas Stations
26%
Starbucks
18%
McDonald's
16%
Tim Horton's
5%
Other (Denny’s, Black Rock Coffee, Dutch Brothers, 7/11, Me/My Truck, etc.)
2%
N/A
You've had your morning coffee, what do you drink the rest of the day?
(398 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
79%
Water
24%
Gatorade/Sports Drinks
24%
Tea
16%
Juice/Fruit Drinks
12%
Coke/Diet Coke
11%
Vitamin Enhanced Water
10%
Mountain Dew/Diet Mountain Dewr
7%
Pepsi/Diet Pepsi
2%
Coffee
5%
Other (Energy Drinks, Dr. Pepper, Sam’s Cola, Milk, etc.)
What is your favorite snack while on the road?
(389 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
44%
Fresh Fruit
35%
Peanuts/Mixed Nuts
30%
Jerky
22%
Trail Mix
17%
Potato Chips
12%
Pretzels
11%
Candy
10%
Baked Goods (cakes/cookies)
9%
Popcorn
6%
Other (Sunflower seeds, peanut butter crackers, tortilla chips, yogurt, vegetables, etc.)
What is your favorite grocery store/supermarket?
(399 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
69%
Walmart
21%
Kroger
19%
Costco
19%
Publix
14%
Sam's Club
12%
Safeway
8%
Meijer
8%
Target
8%
Whole Foods
7%
Albertson's
3%
BJ's Wholesale Club
2%
H.E. Butt Grocery
2%
Sobey's
1%
Metro
1%
Loblaw
7%
Other (Wegman’s, Fairway, Food Lion, Hy Vee, Jewel, Market Basket, Shop Rite, Trader Joe’s, Winn Dixie, QFC, etc.)
Which antacid gets rid of heartburn the quickest?
(274 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
36%
Tums
23%
Zantac
23%
Rolaids
12%
Pepto-Bismol
8%
Pepcid
3%
Mylanta
8%
Other (Nexium, Apple Cider Vinegar, Gaviscon, Omeprazole, Prevacid, Prilosec, Milk, etc.)
7%
N/A
How do you exercise while on the road?
(394 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
75%
Moving furniture
26%
Walk/Run/Workout at truck stops
17%
Who has time for exercise?
16%
Push-ups and sit-ups
11%
Use dumbells
10%
Use the hotel gym
7%
Other (bicycle, go to gyms, golf, swimming, walk/hiking, etc.)
While on the road, how many times have you stopped to aid another motorist?
(399 respondents)
19%
I’ve never aided another motorist
46%
Once or twice
22%
3 to 10 times
13%
More than 10 times
What is the most difficult part of life on the road?
(395 respondents - Exceeds 100% due to multiple responses)
66%
Eating right
42%
Staying in touch with family
34%
Weather
33%
Exercise
33%
DOT hours of service regulations
27%
Keeping on top of finances
18%
Paperwork
15%
Work schedule
9%
Getting my mail
8%
Other (not seeing kids/missing family, being alone, finding parking, traffic, etc.)

Vacation & Scenic Destinations

When you take a well-deserved vacation, what is a favorite destination you visit that regular tourists might miss?
(291 respondents)
 
Top Destinations (General)
1st
Beach
2nd
Home
3rd
Florida
4th
Mexico
5th
Hawaii
6th
Cruise
7th
Caribbean
8th
Michigan
9th
Jamaica / South Carolina
10th
Bahamas / Alaska / North Carolina
Specific Destinations/Vacation Ideas – Domestic
Florida Keys/Key West/Islands
Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Branson, Missouri
Northern Minnesota
Deep Sea Fishing
Water Parks
Appalachian Mountains
Astoria, Oregon
Pishkun Reservoir, Montana
Charleston, South Carolina Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
Coos Bay, Oregon
Disney Cruise
Colorado Mountains
Delaware Shore
Dollywood
East Tennessee
Grand Canyon
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Historical Landmarks
Memphis, Tennessee
Flagstaff Cinders Hills National Park
Smoky Mountains in Tennessee
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Maine
Maui, Hawaii
Nashville, Tennessee
Niagara Falls
Palm Bay, Florida
Pismo Beach, California
Put in Bay, Ohio
San Diego, California
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
South Padre Island, Texas
Stony Fork Campground
Sugar Island, Michigan
Topsail Island, North Carolina
Wildwood, New Jersey
Miami, Florida
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Door County, Wisconsin
Boone, North Carolina
Off Road Trails in Cascade Mountains
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ocean City, Maryland
New Jersey Boardwalk
Broadkill Beach, Delaware
Torch Lake, Michigan
Miracle Hot Springs, Idaho
Imperial Sand Dunes in California
Chicago, Illinois
Clearwater, Florida
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Creede, Colorado
Deserted State Beach (far end of Kauai, Hawaii)
Dolphin Island, Alabama
Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida
Great Falls, Montana
Phoenix, Arizona
Universal Studios
National Parks / Camping
Michigan Lighthouses
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Las Vegas, Nevada
Major League Sporting Events
Nascar
New Orleans, Louisiana
North Shore Hawaii
Pine Keys, Florida
New England
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park
Gulf Coast
Rockport, Texas
Sturgis, South Dakota
Mounds of Mississippi
Rocky Mountains
Specific Destinations/Vacation Ideas – International
Aruba
Barcelona, Spain
Belize
Blue Mountains National Park in Jamaica
Cancun, Mexico
Costa Rica
Puerto Rico
Newfoundland
Italy
New Zealand
Nova Scotia
Punta Banda, Baja, Mexico
Cuba
Trinidad
Cozumel, Mexico
Curacao
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Europe
Grand Cayman Island
Guatemala
Ireland
Michoacan (Mexico)
Australia
Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point, Mexico
Cabo
Grand Exuma Island, Bahamas
Tobago
While on the road, where are your favorite scenic spots at which to stop or appreciate the view that might be missed by less seasoned travelers?
(247 responses – by far anywhere there are mountains are loved by our PVOS – other places listed by region below!)
General
Mountains (most popular!!!)
Ocean Views
Beaches
Sunrise & Sunset
Lakes
Museums
Cities at Night
Interstate 80
Interstate 10 (Los Angeles, CA to Pensacola, FL)
Rivers
Forests
National Parks
Big Cities
State Highways
Deserts
Fall Scenery (When Leaves Change)
Rest Areas/Stops
Scenic Overlooks
Interstate 40
Places to Fish
Valleys
Southeastern U.S.
Smoky Mountains
Ashville, North Carolina
Interstate 26 (Mountains)
Florida
East Coast of Florida
Fancy Gap, Virginia
Florida Everglades (I-75)
Florida Shoreline
Interstate 95 (Florida)
Memphis, Tennessee
North Carolina
Western Maryland
West Virginia
Gulf of Mexico
Appalachian Mountains
Chattanooga, Tennessee (Interstate 24)
Chesapeake Bay
Kentucky & Tennessee in the Fall
Lovers Beach (Bonita Springs, Florida)
Florida Keys
I-81 to I-40 Tennessee to North Carolina
Interstate 18 (Virginia)
Kentucky
Shenandoah Valley
Tennessee Rivers
Northeastern U.S.
Alexandria Bay, New York
Maine
New York City
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Turnpike
Bar Harbor, Maine
Gillette Stadium
Interstate 90 (Upstate New York)
Connecticut
Western New York Mountains
Midwestern U.S.
Chicago
Black Hills, South Dakota
Interstate 94
South Dakota
Western U.S.
Interstate 84 in Oregon
Northwest/Pacific Northwest
Interstate 70 in Colorado/Utah
California Coast
San Diego, California
Echo Canyon
Moab, Utah
Interstate 80 West (Starting in Wyoming)
Grizzly Creek (off Interstate 70)
Interstate 80 in Montana
Kalispell, Montana
Interstate 5 (Seattle to Los Angeles-Pacific View)
Montana
Multnomah Falls
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Arches National Park
Santa Barbara, California
Snake River (Twin Falls, Idaho)
Northern Idaho
California Coast
Washington
Wind River Canyon
Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park
Columbia River Gorge
California
Colorado
Rocky Mountains
Oregon Coast
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Las Vegas, Nevada
Highway 101 in California
White River, Colorado
Interstate 15 (Las Vegas to Salt Lake City)
Idaho
Lake Tahoe
Missoula Mountains
Mount Si
Orca Island
Seattle, Washington
Mount Rainier
Southern Utah
Northern Oregon
Western Montana
Oregon
Glacier Park, Montana (Hwy 2)
Nevada
Yreka, California (Shasta River)
Canada
British Columbia
Rocky Mountains
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