The South Dakota Black Hills
Start your road trip on I-90 and take exit for the Badlands Scenic Byway for history, scenery, and a distinctly American taste of culture. Make a point of stopping at Wall Drug, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore as you pass through the Black Hills. Keep an eye out for bison, who are infamous for violating traffic laws, as seen on the road to Wind Cave National Park.
If you take Coastal Route 1, also known as the Lobster Trail, you won't be going north, at least not according to Mainers. Starting in Kittery, where you can stop for a bite at the Clam Hut, the road follows the rugged coast down east, passing through quirky New England fishing villages including Belfast and Rockland.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina are linked by a 469 miles path that is the most traveled road in the US National Parks. Starting in Virginia's Front Royal, ride along Skyline Drive to Luray Caverns, then south to the Natural Bridge and into North Carolina, where you can pause before seeing the sights of Asheville.
Pacific Coast Highway
You will drive north to south or south to north along California's longest highway, which stretches along the often-dramatic Pacific coast. In either case, the distance between Dana Point in Orange County and in Mendocino County is 600 miles. Malibu, San Simeon, San Luis Obispo, Big Sur, Monterey, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Mendocino Headlands State Park are among the landmarks of the coast. Road trips will extend the coastal drive beyond the PCH.
Wyoming and Montana
You could travel from Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier National Park, Montana, in one day, but why would you want to? Take a week to see as many locations in Big Sky Country as you can, where you'll see some of the most scenic and varied scenery features in the country. The Grand Tetons' sheer cliffs and raging rivers, as well as Yellowstone's geysers and birds, are some of the highlights.
The North Carolina Outer Banks
Allow this drive can have a chance. During the past decade of severe storms, North Carolina's as the Outer Banks Scenic Highway, has taken a pounding, with sweeping out swaths of roadway. The road begins at lighthouse and travels across the barrier islands that shields the mainland Atlantic Ocean.
The Inlet, Pea Island Wildlife Refuge, and the historical Hatteras Lighthouse are some of the sights along the way, where the highway starts as a cruise. The Hatteras Ferry crosses Pamlico Sound to rejoin the road on Ocracoke Island.
Around Kahului and the eastern side of Maui, the highway passes across black sand beaches, waterfalls, and 59 bridges. The Seven Sacred Pools, the trail and Waimoku Falls at Haleakala National Park. Created by underground lava rivers tubes. The Maui north shore lookout where you can see the famous surfers riding the waves are all worthwhile.
Washington Peninsula Olympic
This from Seattle on a 300-plus-mile journey through the Olympic Peninsula to the west. You'll be treated to beautiful landscapes and a plethora of hiking opportunities. You'll be treated to beautiful landscapes and a plethora of hiking opportunities. You will pass through the green rainforest, one of the largest temperate Pacific Northwest so rainy in the within Washington National Park.
The Route 66
Route 66 is the country road that's 2,500 miles.Though the roads were in the 1940s and 1950s, before the Interstate Highway system was created, you can still follow in the footsteps. Though there are various things to see on the road between Chicago and Los Angeles, which ends at the Santa Monica Pier, Route 66 is probably the most well-known.
The oddball roadside attractions like the Cadillac Ranch in Texas, the World's Largest Ketchup Bottle in Oklahoma and this big sculpture of Abe Lincoln in his wagon in Springfield, Illinois.
Florida Keys Highway Bridges
The 150-mile road trip to Miami to the Florida Keys on Route 1 has been used in many car advertisements and movie chases. The Overseas Highway, as it's known, spans 42 bridges, including the Seven-Mile Bridge over the Key, which is visible here.
Though the whole journey could be completed in under four hours, the joy of this trip is immersing yourself in the life of the Keys. From the Coral Reef Park in Key Largo to the Dolphin Research Center in Key Largo, the city is known for its tasty foods like fried conch and Key lime pie.
Scenic Byway, Kansas
This is the state of Kansas.The lush, green rolling hills sprinkled with vibrant wildflowers on this scenic trip. By Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve for a tour of the prairie with a ranger. Also worth visiting is the Scenic Byway Overlook, which provides a 360-degree view of prairie.
New Mexico Mountain
The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, modeled after The Land of Enchantment, includes historic towns and Wheeler Peak, New Mexico's mountain. This route is suitable for that don't like the lengthy road trips, as the 84-mile stretch starts and finishes in Taos.
Two 100-mile sections of this eight-hours drive from Valdez to Fairbanks have been designated as Scenic Alaska State Byways. Glacier valleys, waterfalls, and Rainbow Ridge are among the sights to behold. The red and green volcanic rock, as well as yellow sedimentary rock composed mainly of silt-sized, make up these vivid mountains.
Colorado, San Juan Scenic Skyway
Visit any of Colorado's historic mining cities, such as Telluride, Durango, and Silverton, to visit that place. The All-American Road also runs through Mesa Verde National Park, where you can take a ranger the guide tour of ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings.
Old King's Highway
Travel Route 6A to see some of America's oldest towns for a nostalgic peek at Cape Cod. The trips to drive includes many National Register of Historic Places buildings as well as landmarks and historical including the Jonathan Young Windmill 1700's in Orleans, Massachusetts.
Emerald's Coast Florida
This scenic highway winds down Florida's Emerald Coast, passing through white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and unusual dune lakes. Although there are many charming beaches along this way, The Seaside is to see the town.
The 17-Mile Drive
The 17-mile drive traces the Pacific coastline as it travels through some of Northern California's most stunning scenery, including cypress trees and some of the world's most expensive homes. The drive, which runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, takes in popular sights like the Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay, Stillwater Cove and the Del Monte Park. One of the best public golf courses and the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Rangeley Lakes National, Maine
Enjoy fall foliage, this 52-mile stretch across Rangeley Lake in Maine is suitable for a day trip. Beautiful views of lakes and the Appalachian Mountain ridge line can be found along the scenic byway.
Sedona Is the Arizona Adventure
The Red Rock Scenic Parkway has drawn travelers from all over the United States and internationally. These people have been on the bike trails and hikes in the Red Rocks. This makes the best of your time in Sedona!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Linda Chechar
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Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 25, 2021:
These sound like wonderful places to explore. Thanks for sharing the information about them, Linda.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 13, 2021:
Liz, glad the articles that have the wonderful U.S. road trips! The photo images that are from the West, the Midwest and the East. Wow, they took the road trip in the USA back in the 60's. For now, I live in Sedona! The Sedona, Arizona has the mountain Red Rocks.
Liz Westwood from UK on March 12, 2021:
Route 66 is a well known one in the UK, but your article highlights some great road trips with eye catching illustrations. I have relatives who took a long road trip in the USA in the 1960s with a car and a tent and still reminisce about it.