Like most Americans, I love my car. There is nothing better than setting out on a road trip. Some people like to carefully plan every stop and sight. Others just like to drive and see what adventure the trip may bring. I have done both. One summer I drove to Canada and made it all the way up to Newfoundland just because it had been so hot in Washington, DC that year. When I used to go to Salt Lake City for work, I would get in my rental car and explore the state's national parks. I even ventured to Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. Right now I'm getting ready to drive from Texas to Colorado.
If you love a good road trip but don't know where to head next, here are some ideas.
The United States offers a wide range of incredible road trip routes, each with its own unique attractions and landscapes. Here are some of the best US road trips to consider:
Pacific Coast Highway (California): This iconic drive stretches along the California coastline, offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, charming coastal towns like Santa Barbara and Monterey, and famous landmarks like Big Sur and the Bixby Creek Bridge.
Route 66 (Illinois to California): Known as the "Main Street of America," Route 66 is a historic road trip route that passes through several states, including Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. It offers a nostalgic journey through classic Americana.
Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia to North Carolina): This scenic drive through the Appalachian Highlands offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, charming small towns, and access to hiking trails and overlooks.
Great River Road (Minnesota to Louisiana): Following the course of the Mississippi River, this road trip showcases the cultural and natural diversity of America's heartland, passing through picturesque towns and historic sites.
Highway 1 (Florida Keys): Explore the Florida Keys by driving along Highway 1, crossing numerous bridges and islands, and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere, clear blue waters, and vibrant marine life.
The Loneliest Road (US Route 50, Nevada): This road trip takes you through the desolate and stunning landscapes of Nevada, offering an opportunity to experience the vastness and isolation of the American West.
Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks: Connect Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks for a road trip that showcases the breathtaking beauty of Utah's red rock formations.
The Oregon Trail (Oregon to Wyoming): Follow the historic Oregon Trail, passing through scenic landscapes, charming towns, and historical landmarks that played a role in the westward expansion of the United States.
Florida's Overseas Highway (Miami to Key West): Drive over a series of bridges and causeways to reach Key West, enjoying the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the unique culture of the Florida Keys.
New England's Fall Foliage Drive: During the fall season, take a road trip through the New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) to witness the stunning autumn colors.
Remember to plan ahead, check road conditions, and consider the best time to visit for optimal weather and attractions. Each of these road trips offers a different experience and the chance to create unforgettable memories. Contact me for more ideas about your next road trip.