You can’t get on planes or trains due to the current situation? Let’s enjoy a good ol’ fashioned road trip. In all honesty, nothing compares to exploring an open road with the freedom of being in your vehicle and away from people. Luckily, the USA is home to some of the most scenic roads in the world. You have millions of kilometers of roads to explore in the USA. So if you think you have seen everything this land has to offer, think again!
Get some road trip snacks and start learning about the 7 most scenic roads you’ll see!
1. Route 66: Chicago to California
Starting with the most famous road of them all: Route 66! This is where nostalgic dreams are located, with all the gorgeous scenery this road has to offer. This road trip can take 2 weeks to complete, which means 14 days of enjoyment. But if you have only one weekend to spare, drive through the route from St. Louis to the edge of Texas, it takes only two days, and it’s the best stretch.
2. Pacific Coat Highway: The entire cost of California
Turn your teenage dream into reality by going on a road trip with the roof down and the stereo playing the ultimate road trip song: “Driving down the 101, California here we come..” The Pacific Coast Highway, or the 101 highway, is a gorgeous stretch of road that takes 5 days to finish and links the North and South of California together. The five days would include enjoying the splendid natural scenery, standing at the top of towering cliffs, and watching the waves crashing below you. If you are looking for a shorter road trip, start in San Francisco to reach L.A. to see the route’s best bits, and it would take you no more than 5 hours!
3. Great River Road: Minnesota to New Orleans
GRR is a commonly known route for all road trip enthusiasts because it follows the Mississipi River’s great course. It may not be the fastest way to get to New Orleans from Minnesota, but it’s undoubtedly one of the prettiest.
By taking the Great River Road, you will be driving through forests, towns, and meadows while crossing the river at every opportunity. It passes through 10 American states, and it’s 3,000 miles long, which takes up to 36 hours of continuous driving. Most people plan a 2-week vacation to have a few break days to absorb the beauty. In case you can’t do 2 weeks, then take the route between New Orleans and Memphis because it’s shorter and is the best!
4. Alaska-Canadian Highway: Dawsons Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska
The Alaska Highway is made of the most beautiful natural scenery, and it’s 1,382 miles long, which can take 5 days to finish. You will be blessed with all sorts of wildlife during the entire journey, especially moose and bears. Because it’s located in the northern part of the country, it’s best to take this road trip in June or July when the days are longer, and the snow is melted. Also, it’s the best route for hikers and fishing enthusiasts to have a great break from their routine.
5. Blue Ridge Parkway: Virginia to Cherokee, North Carolina
Do you want to be in the presence of one of the oldest mountains in the world? Get in your vehicle and hit the road to the Blue Rudge Parkway where there is also the highest waterfall in the Rockies and the oldest river in North of the U.S. You will realize that choosing this route will be one of your best road trip ideas because you will be able to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains from your window. Make sure to explore the Shenandoah National Parks, and if you are taking this trip during the winter, don’t forget your skis.
6. Road to Hana: Kahului to Hana, Hawaii
If you are not very courageous, then it’s best to avoid this road because it features 50 single-lane bridges and 600 curvy bends; most of them with blind spots. The road is busy, slow, and dangerous sometimes but it’s surely worth it as it passes the beautiful coastal cliffs, dense jungle, plunging waterfalls, and panoramic views of the Pacific.
This road trip can drive around 12 hours, but if you don’t get much time in Hawaii, you can go halfway to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer for us. You won’t regret it!
7. Overseas Highway: Key Largo to Key West, Florida
Back in the 1920s, before the highway was built, the Keys were accessible only by water. But now, The Overseas Highway is a long stretch of road where you can enjoy the beauty of the ocean from the right and left. This highway is actually hanging over the seas! During this road trip, you will be able to stop to dip your toes in the ocean and have the chance to explore the colorful coral reef parks. This is actually one of the prettiest, most unique routes you could drive on in the United States.