America is vast and has a varied and beautiful landscape which makes it an ideal country for road travel.
Which are the best road trip ideas?
There are many fantastic roads and limiting to the top 5 was not easy. Before you go on any road trip, check weather and vehicle conditions. Plan for rest and food stops and enjoy the drive safely. You’ll find there is no cell phone reception in some parts of some of the more remote roads, so be sure to plan for the unexpected. And always, wear polarized sunglasses to protect you from glare.
- Pacific Coast Highway, San Luis Obispo to Monterey, California. – 166 miles
Highway 1, or PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), crosses one of America’s most stunning sceneries. From San Luis Obispo to Big Sur, Highway 1 twists and turns along the Pacific. The jagged ocean side cliffs, the ocean and the mere expanse and beauty of this section of California is breath-taking, making it one of the best summer road trip destinations.
- Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway, Oregon – 70 miles
This is one amazing and wet summer road trip destination. The road is accented by majestic waterfalls, fir forests, ancient ferns and sheer walls of basalt. The thunder and mist of the waterfalls, the scent of fresh forest and the endless shades of green is a feast for the senses. The history of the native tribes, pioneers, traders, hunters and fishermen adds allure and significance to this road trip.
- Overseas Highway, Miami to Key West, Florida – 120 miles
This is one stretch of road that makes you feel you are floating over the water all the way from mainland Florida to the Florida Keys. It is a fairly straight drive with spectacular views of coral and limestone islets and turquoise water. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience and one of the most breathtaking drives in the world. If you pursue this road trip destination, you will have opportunities to ‘get-off the road’ and stop at fish & chip stands and tourist traps along the way.
- Route 12, Utah – 124 miles
This is definitely one of the most stunning roads in America. Route 12 is a mountain highway that includes significant elevation changes and many curves. This rugged and almost other-earthly landscape was carved millions of years ago leaving behind orange/ vermilion peaks, giant sandstone boulders, rugged alpine hills, ancient sea beds and open sagebrush flats. This road passes through Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and over Boulder Mountain in the Dixie National Forest to its conclusion near the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park.
- The Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia, N. Carolina, Tennessee -469 Miles
For a taste of the South, head to the Appalachian Mountains for a trip along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs through Virginia, North Carolina and into Tennessee. Our final road trip idea connects two national parks—Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Blue Ridge Parkway is a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles, protecting a diversity of plants and animals, and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country a special destination.
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