With hectic work schedules, vacations have also become a somewhat tedious task. That is why the majority prefers to travel by air, reach their destination ASAP and get done with it. Nothing compares to a leisurely road trip across America. The 25 states of America are speckled with infinite satellite towns. They serve to string together larger cities. If you seek blissful solitude, away from the city crowd and tourist rush, get your wheels rolling on the road. We guarantee you will find humble abodes and generous hearts. Museums displaying crazy art would prompt you to buy souvenirs to take back home.
A road trip in the USA warrants a vacation in its true sense. Driving license, sturdy wheels and liberal time make you king of the road.
As for those who purposefully seek out the company of sharks they clearly have a death wish. Because shark attacks on humans around the world are exceedingly rare despite popular belief to the contrary.
The Alaska Highway
The 1459 mile of Alaskan Highway starts in British Columbia and stretches all the way across the Yukon Territory. It ends in the Delta Junction. Tempted enough to go on further, the highway extends your journey until the Fair Banks. You may find sections of highway under construction. Otherwise, the road is paved for a comfortable ride. The highway, also known as the ALCAN, starts at the Dawson Creek, B.C.
Beautiful scenery and wildlife adorns the highway. It may tempt you to stop quite often for a random photograph.
Some of the stopovers include
- Liard River Hot Springs and
- The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum in B.C.
Naturally-occurring Liard River Hot Springs are the largest in Canada. These are two in number. The temperature ranges between 42-52C, the hot springs offer many amenities like
- Bathing pools,
- Restaurant, and
BA must stop that is hard to overlook is the Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake in the Yukon area. There are 80,000 signposts from all around the US tagged here. Add one to commemorate the gesture started by a nostalgic GI on his duty here.
Adding a stretch of 487 miles from Fairbanks to Anchorage, it leads into the Denali National Park. The park houses the highest mountain in North America, the Denali. The preserved park has many attractions in both winters and summers. Navigate through the Kenai Peninsula on Highway 1. Drive all the way up to Homer if you want to witness the orcas.
Canada to Mexico
Another adventurous road trip in the USA starts at the Canadian Rockies. It winds through Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona to finish at Sonora Desert. Temptation may arise to stay a bit longer at the Jasper National Park. It boasts crystal blue waters of glacial lakes.
Some important scenes
Whitefish is a resort town in Montana, Canadian Rockies. It is a gateway to Glacier National Park. The Great Northern Railway started here bringing growth and prosperity into this area. Rekey through the Flathead Indian Reservation and Flathead National Forest. That are next destinations. You will find abundant occasions for hiking, biking, camping and fishing here.
Idaho beckons you to stopover at the Salmon River, also known as ‘The River of No Return’. It runs along the cities of Stanley, Clayton, Challis, Salmon, Riggins and White Bird. The city of Salmon is particularly famous for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Camp alongside the river for an unforgettable experience. Nevada is a vast state known for its desert heat and nightlife. The east-central part of Nevada houses the Great Basin National Park. The trademarks include huge dry basin, bristle cone pines, and Lehman Caves. Follow the route to Las Vegas to have your fill of inner-city amenities. Arizona awaits you with attractions like the
The Biosphere Oracle II, and
The Titan Missile Museum
Phoenix and Tucson are the metropolitan towns of Sonoran Desert. You can extend your road trip in the USA to these cities to find your inclinations.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway must make it to your bucket list for so many reasons. Besides a pleasant drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through vibrant towns and stations brimming with local culture. Renowned for its significant resources and biodiversity, the 469 miles runs through Virginia and North Carolina. Get an up-close view of Appalachian Highlands and picturesque landscapes.
The U.S. National Park System harbors the Parkway that extends from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. Besides the live cultural scenes, the road trip in the USA bears testament to historical landmarks. Whitewater Falls comprises of series of falls that torrent down into the Whitewater River. Plenty of activities and scenes along the drive that is closed to heavy traffic of all kinds. If you have kids in their teens, this road trip in the USA takes four or five days.
Charleston to New Orleans
This 743 miles non-stop, 11-hour drive is best taken divided over different stopovers. Charleston is the largest and the oldest city of South Carolina with
- Unspoiled architecture,
- Distinctive restaurants, and
- Princely people
Depicted in its rich history is arts, music, and cuisine and fashion scene.
This road trip in the USA winds through Savanah, most popular with tourists. Another old gem in the state of Georgia is Savannah. It exhibits historical buildings amid paved streets, moss-covered structures, and eerie graveyards. Cruise through Atlanta, Mobile and Selma. Take a sneak peek into the Old Cahaba Ghost Town on the outskirts of Selma. This town has many abandoned buildings on display preserved as an archeological site.
Ever busy and ever charming is the city of New Orleans. That is the last spot on this drive. Full of life, the city credits its fame to Jazz, Creole style of cooking and Mardi Gas festivities.
Denver to Glacier
This road trip in the USA takes you from the lively city of Denver to the quiet and serene Yellowstone National Park. Head on to Glacier National Park for picture-perfect locales and startling wildlife sights. Move towards the Rocky Mountain National Park to witness some more of Mother Nature’s marvels. Reach Jackson via Estes Park and Laramie.
There are plenty of outdoor activities and camping sites. While in Yellowstone National Park, visit the Old Faithful, a must-see geyser eruption. Bozeman, Montana features western-style buildings all complete with signboards. At the same time it features chic bars and cafes. Enjoy sunrise on Going-To-The-Sun Road. Stop over at Helena to refurbish your supplies. Also called the ‘bear country’, Glacier National Park invites you to explore its many hiking trails. Best ones include trails to Apikuni Falls and Iceberg Lake.
The Oregon Trail
A chalked out track, the Oregon Trail is about 2170 mile long. Treaded by large wagons, the trail has an eastern and western part. The former includes Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming while the western spans the Idaho and Oregon. A rough trail that was crossed on foot or by horses in the past, it has an air of calmness and serenity about it. The US owes the expansion of its western territory to this trail. The Scotts Bluff National Monument holds testament to the pioneers traversing the prairies in western Nebraska. Walk the historical paths. Take a drive up to the bluff via Summit Road and appreciate the 3000-acres of green pastures and lofty hills.
Visit Fort Laramie in Wyoming in this road trip in the USA. It was a historical trading and diplomatic post established in the 19th century. A haven without the city’s bustle, this town lures you to wander and soak in the history. Fort Laramie acted as a resting joint that connected the fur trade of the west with the eastern markets. The town still holds an old-time charm about it. Stroll across the grounds of Fort Laramie National Historic sites. Reinforce your experience by watching an 18-minute documentary at the visitor’s center. A scenic trail takes you to the confluence of North Platte and Laramie Rivers. You can spend a day picnicking here in this road trip in the USA.
Carve your name on the Register Cliff, located Near Guernsey, Wyoming and be part of history. Western emigrants used to carve their names on rocks here. Drive across the Snake River at Glenns Ferry, a legendary and fierce river crossing on the Oregon Trail. For those who appreciate nature’s marvelous strokes on our planet, a must-see locale is John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Comprising of geographically distinct three units, the park is a nature’s marvel with its well-preserved fossils of plants and mammals dating back to millions of years of Eocene and Miocene.
Enjoy the small town charm of Portland after all the wilderness. It prepares you to head back to the city’s active ambiance. Relax at the many restaurants, coffee shops, and galleries.
Miami to Key West, Overseas Highway
A rather short trip, it lasts a 150-miles from Miami via the Florida Keys to Key West. Yet there are infinite reasons for you to take a snail-pace here. Route 1 takes you on a pretty journey where you get to cross as many as 42 bridges over emerald green waters. Enjoy the sun and sea breeze, cocktails and local delights along the way. For wildlife enthusiasts, a stopover at the Everglades is a must. Known in the past as grassy, slow-moving river, it houses abundant water life to explore.
The endangered leatherback turtle, West Indian Manatee, Florida panther, American crocodile, and alligators are some of the most pursued ones.
Plenty of daylight activities await you in the Florida Keys. A set of tropical islands between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. These islands deliver a plethora of activities on the beach and inside the waters. Plenty of nightlife to keep you busy. The bars of Duval’s Street and Mallory Square’s nightly Sunset Celebration are one of the attractions here.
Others include Parks, sights and landmarks, zoos and aquariums, and beaches. They keep the whole family moving on their feet. Avail sailing trips here or attempts scuba diving to see the corals. Snorkel to see the amazing fish species or just lazy around the sandy beach. These are some of the guilt-free pleasures the Keys islands have stored for you. Take your time and spend at least a week on the islands before heading back home.
Utah’s Scenic Byway Highway 12
Few hours of a drive of this 122-mile highway do not do justice to its striking setting. The road trip in the USA weaves through
- Bryce Canyon
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Escalante Petrified Forest
- Kodachrome Basin
- Anasazi State Park
The short drive is particularly amazing if you have your family tagged along. The children will not get bored on this road trip in the USA. The road trip does not stop to surprise you. Hike the Red Canyon, Rim Trail, and Navajo Loop trails. There is plenty to explore in the Devil’s Garden and have a dip at the Calf Creek Recreation Area.
California’s Pacific Coast Highway
Love sunshine, sandy beach, ocean scent, and breathtaking scenery. Take the Pacific Coast Highway. Winding along the coast, it ends at San Diego. There are many stopovers in this road trip in the USA which provide convenient pauses for kids. Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Malibu, Santa Monica, to name a few. Watch the whales cruising along in Monterey. Enjoy the beach at Malibu. Ride the Ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier.
It is a 10-hour leisure drive for the whole family. It is described as the most beautiful road trips in the USA, the drive is speckled with coastline villages and sunlit winemaking locales. Do not forget to take a snapshot at the Bixby Bridge at Big Sur. It is the most photographed single-span concrete bridge.