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Embrace The Open Road: The Best US Road Trips

With an array of natural beauty, history, and culture, the United States is a vast country that offers endless opportunities for epic road trips. If you’ve been contemplating a journey to discover the magnificent landscapes and vibrant cities, this is your sign to pack up and hit the road! Here, we explore some of the best road trips you can embark on across the country.

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Route 66: Illinois to California

Route 66

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A classic staple of American road trips, Route 66 is often referred to as the ‘Main Street of America.’ Stretching from Chicago to Santa Monica, this iconic route spans over 2,400 miles and eight states. It offers a unique taste of the American spirit, threading through quirky roadside attractions, diners, and museums that speak to its history. Start your adventure in the bustling city of Chicago, amble through the vast landscapes of the Midwest, soak up the rich Native American heritage in New Mexico, and conclude your journey near the sparkling beaches of Santa Monica, California.

The Pacific Coast Highway: California

The Pacific Coast Highway: California

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Arguably one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) in California stretches roughly 655 miles, primarily along the state’s gorgeous coastline. Starting from historic San Francisco, this journey treats travelers to breath-taking ocean views, towering redwoods in Big Sur, the charming towns of Monterey and Carmel, and eventually leads to the sprawling city of Los Angeles. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to traverse the iconic Golden Gate Bridge or visit the famous Hearst Castle along the way.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Virginia and North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway: Virginia and North Carolina

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Renowned as America’s favorite drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers 469 miles of awe-inspiring landscapes, encompassing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The route is especially stunning during the fall when vibrant foliage paints the scenery. Along the way, you can enjoy numerous hiking trails, historic sites, and stunning overlooks.

 Going-to-the-Sun Road: Montana

 Going-to-the-Sun Road: Montana

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This epic road trip through Glacier National Park in Montana is not for the faint of heart. The 50-mile long Going-to-the-Sun Road cuts through the park’s wild interior, winding around mountainsides and offering thrilling vistas of glaciers, alpine meadows, and pristine forests. Timing is crucial for this trip, as the full route is only open typically from late June to October due to weather conditions.

Overseas Highway: Florida

Overseas Highway Florida

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Embark on a unique island-hopping adventure on the Overseas Highway, which connects Miami to Key West in Florida. This 113-mile stretch is part of U.S. Route 1 and is like a bridge over the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. With abundant sea-life, water sports, historic sites, and unique cuisine, this road trip is a must for those seeking a tropical escape.

 Historic Columbia River Highway: Oregon

 Historic Columbia River Highway: Oregon

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Offering mesmerizing waterfalls and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge, this highway in Oregon is a gem in the Pacific Northwest. Start your journey in Troutdale, just outside of Portland, and follow the route to The Dalles. Be sure to stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state, and don’t forget to check out the numerous wineries along the way.

In conclusion, these road trips each offer their unique charm and a wide variety of experiences. Whether you’re yearning for dramatic coastal views, majestic mountains, desert landscapes, lush forests, or culturally rich cities, there’s a route tailored for you. Always remember that the journey is just as important as the destination. So, fill up the gas tank, create your favorite playlist, and get ready to explore the unparalleled beauty of the United States by road. Happy driving!

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Interested in more of the United States, check out: Exploring Hidden Natural Gems In The United States

-Sarah, Tripio Guru

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