Need a reminder that no nation offers more geographic, geologic, and cultural diversity than the USA? These five American road trips will help restore your sense of wonder and hope in what lies ahead.

5 American Road Trips That Will Restore Your Sense of Wonder

1. Pacific Northwest

Old-Growth Adventure

Surf the Olympic Peninsula

The weather-battered Olympic Peninsula is famed for dense forest and craggy peaks, but there’s killer surf to be found, too. La Push houses wild beaches 14 miles from U.S. Highway 101, where the mouth of the Quillayute River empties into the ocean and creates an array of point and beach breaks with year-round waves. Even in the summer, you’ll need a wetsuit: Rent from North by Northwest Surf Co.