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Epic USA Road Trips For The Vaxication We All Need In 2021

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Fill your tank, climb in the driver's seat, and hit the road. There’s no better way to celebrate travel plans in 2020 than driving out on a cross country road trip. Belt out some Dolly Parton, order a mammoth-sized burger at a diner, and fall in love with Kerouac culture, making America such a romantic place for the nomadic soul.

Whether it's Route 66 or the ocean spray roads of New England, few landscapes in the world offer so much variety in scenic wealth as the USA.

From the rugged coast to the rocky mountains, the mountain ranges to the mining towns, the shining sea to America's heartland, the drama of death valley to the delta, here are a few of our favorite classic road trips worth exploring…

The Delta Blues Trail

 

Music lovers and those seeking some genteel hospitality and a closer look at some of the USA’s most important history should hit the swampy highway 61 that flows through Memphis down to New Orleans, The twang of blues music is sure to be pouring out of every door, the alligators lazing beside swamps, moonshine brewing on rusty porches and shrimp as big as your head ripe for feasting.

State(s): Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee
Total Miles: 1,001 km
Days: 6 days

Where to Stop: On your deep south sojourn you can hit up

 

The Pacific Coast Highway

The California coast is every inch as salty and sublime as your imagination promises it to be. Along the golden highway of Route 1, you will get to swing by Pacific Ocean perfection at Big Sur, the magic of wealthy Monterey, the sand dunes of Oregon and admire the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg on this west coast road trip.

State(s): Washington, Oregon, California
Total Miles: 2,655 km
Days: 1-2 weeks

Where to Stop:

 

Route 66

Perhaps the most famous road trip in North America, historic Route 66 cuts right across from Illinois to California swallowing up all the best sights and landscapes as it goes. The most impressive stretch is said to be between the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. As far as road trip routes go, you get so much bang for your buck as you hit up a feast of roadside attractions that carry you across right states.

State(s): Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Total Miles: 3,800 km
Days: 3 weeks

Where to Stop: Seeing the golden light pouring across the cathedral-like Grand Canyon is bright bucket list material. Other memorable sights include

This is the ultimate road trip USA.

 

Hana Highway

If you like your road trip served with a slice of tropical sunshine, then swap the mainland for the scenic route that makes Hawaii so famous. We are talking about simmering volcanoes, world-class surf, velvet green canopies, black sand beaches, and intensely bright flora and fauna.

State(s): Hawaii
Total Miles: 104 km
Days: 2 days

Where to Stop: The Hana Highway may stretch across Maui for only 51 miles, but it’s a hell of a memorable 51 miles. Along the Highway to Heaven, you can

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway

Connecting Virginia with North Carolina, the poetically named Blue Ridge Parkway is 400 miles of Appalachian trail wilderness. This road is consistently named America’s favorite drive and for a dam good reason. Deep cut valleys, quaint towns, the splendor of the mist moving over the Great Smoky Mountains and endless hikes entice you to stretch your legs; the Appalachian mountains offers up a truly impressive scenic drive.

State(s): Virginia, North Carolina
Total Miles: 754km
Days: 5 days

Where to Stop:

 

The Florida Keys

Take the US 1 section of overseas highway that connects Key Largo to Key West and follow the road that strings the islands together. From coral reef parks to crossing one of the longest bridges in the world, hand-feeding fish and stop off for underwater adventures and to embrace the slower pace of seaside life.

State(s): Florida
Total Miles: 181 km
Days: 5 days

Where to Stop:

 

Route 12, Utah

From the colorful curve of Red Canyon to Bryce Canyon National Park, road trippers will fall hard for the otherworldly scenery that marks Utah as one of the most interesting places to explore. A glut of national parks, charming small towns, falls and petrified forests come washed in color, charm, and the crowning glory of Capitol Reef.

State(s): Utah
Total Miles: 199 km
Days: 5 days

Where to Stop:

 

Zion National Park to Grand Canyon

The USA is chock full of wilderness and there's no better national parks road trip than the famous spots of the US west. From the dizzying delight of the Grand Canyon's key sights to the retro charm of the small towns scattered along the stretch of Route 66, the Hoover Dam, and even on to the bright lights of Las Vegas should you want - this all American road trip captures the beauty of the open road.

State(s): Utah, Arizona,
Total Miles: 410 km
Days: 4 days

Where to Stop:

  • The Arches National Park will blow you away as you hike Angels Landing with its dreamy gigantic arches and sculpted sunset shades.
  • Raft down the Grand Canyon river and explore the lesser-known north rim.
  • Book an organized trip to explore Zion National Park, Moab, or Bryce Canyon

 

Anchorage to Valdez

With prehistoric glaciers booming out of the earth, icy peaks, and hiking trails that capture pure pristine beauty - Alaska serves up an epic road trip every time. Reindeer farms, vistas to take your breath away, this is one of the best road trips for rugged outdoor lovers looking to get off the beaten path.

State(s): Alaska
Total Miles: 482 km
Days: 2 days

Where to Stop:

 

Northern California Wine Route

Sip and swirl your way across the sun-drenched corner of the USA as you head out from your starting point of San Francisco towards Napa Valley and Sonoma. Cute small towns, bubbling hot springs, and fields of rolling vineyards and culturally rich art galleries and picnic spots make this one road trip you won't forget.

State(s): California
Total Miles: 259 km
Days: 3-4 days

Where to Stop:

 

Which places to visit will be making your big USA bucket list? Are you hankering for small-town coziness or scenic byway splendor, are you drawn to the wild west of the American southwest or are you craving those major cities like New York City and the glittering lights of the east coast? Share your favorite scenic road trips or your next USA road trip ideas with us in the comments.

 

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