Best Road Trips – America
Open roads, fast cars and miles of uncongested tarmac, it must be the dream for any road trip lover. One of our previous blogs was all about some of the best roads trips in the UK so this time we thought we’d head across the pond and see which routes are the most popular in America.
The dream road trip probably involves a Ferrari or a Bugatti, but if you can’t afford either of those you’ll have just as much fun in a Nissan Armada or Buick Encore. Here’s a few routes for you to peruse.
- Route 66, Arizona
Route 66 is one of the most famous roads in the world. It begins in Chicago and ends some 2,448 miles later on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California. It was first established in 1926 but over the years the original route has been realigned and much improved. Driving the entire route can be done in 2 weeks, but this won’t leave a lot of room for unplanned stops and taking the time to deviate if the mood fancies. As Route 66 no longer exists entirely and signage not always obvious, make sure you have a guidebook with you and don’t rely on sat nav’s and google maps! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Route-66-EZ66-GUIDE-Travelers/dp/0988924617
- Highway 1, California
If you’re looking for a route with wonderful scenery and breath-taking views, Highway 1 will be up your street. Hugging the Pacific coastline, it stretches some 659 miles starting in Leggett, Mendocino County in the north, finishing in Dana Point, Orange County in the south. From the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to Santa Barbara and Malibu, there’s plenty of attractions and iconic places to visit, so make sure you plan enough time to make the most of your road trip.
- San Juan Skyway, Colorado
It may be a day trip and take just 7 hours but this breath-taking looping route of just 236 miles is worthy of a 7 day trip. Most of the route takes place in the famous Uncompahgre National Forest, which are full of unique, quirky towns brimming with history from the wild west days. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a break at the Telluride, an old mining town which is one of the best skiing and snowboarding locations in the United States.
- Tunnel of Trees, Michigan
If you love Autumn leaves, then you’ll love this small driving route of just 27 miles. The tunnel of trees is situated in the upper northeast. In the summer months there is an endless view of overarching canopies. There is a selection of restaurants, shops and historical monuments to visit, if you fancy spending the day there.
- Cascade Loop, Washington (https://www.cascadeloop.com/)
Washington is home to some of the best Pacific northwest’s roadways. The Cascade Loop crosses through the unique Skagit Valley and Colombia River and is full of surprises. Along the 440 mile route you’ll experience lush forests and blossoming orchards, the next you’ll be looking at mountain peaks, island communities and travelling through bustling towns. To make the most of your trip it’s best to avoid the winter months as the snow can be heavy, making roads difficult to pass.