5 Awesome USA Road Trips
The USA has a reputation as a road trip destination for travelers from all over the world. Whether you’re planning to go by car or bicycle, here are some of the best road trips you should consider for your next wander through these United States.
Highway 101, Washington to California
This scenic highway hugs the Pacific coastline from Washington State all the way down to Los Angeles. You’ll hit Seattle, San Francisco, and LA, but the coastal towns in Oregon, like Astoria, Newport, and Coos Bay, are worth a couple of days alone. You could tackle the whole thing in a week, but more time is definitely recommended in order to pull off and spend time in the towns and cities you pass along the way. Which leads us to #2…
Highway 1, California
These are separate because they each justify their own trips, but can be combined. If you pull off of Hwy 101 in the northern California town of Leggit, you’ll end up as west as you can go on wheels. This narrow two-lane highway will reward you with the best of the California coast: high sea cliffs, wildflower-filled views, cute towns with great restaurants, and a meander through the redwood forest. It’s just under 700 miles in total, but you can take it in smaller doses through day trips.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina
Noted for its rugged beauty, this famous stretch of road passes through the Great Smoky Mountains, an area within the Blue Ridge range known for the mystic blue fog that sits heavy along the way. The thick vegetation causes the mist to scatter blue light from the sky, giving this “smoke” a distinctive appearance.
The Overseas Highway, Florida
This 113-mile highway connects Key Largo further south, down to the beautiful Florida Keys. On the way, you’ll go over the spectacular Seven Mile Bridge that connects the islands over the ocean.
Route 66, Illinois to California
While a lot has changed since the heyday of America’s original “Mother Road”, there are plenty of relics from the past to see. It’s sort of like time traveling through vintage America, made slightly kitchy by tourism and modernity. Stay in vintage drive-up style motels, get your fill of burgers and shakes in old fashioned diners, and take photos of a bye-gone era.