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 an all-American road trip. Belt out some Dolly Parton, order a mammoth-sized burger at a diner, and fall in love with Kerouac culture that makes America such a romantic place for the nomadic soul. Whether it's Route 66 or the ocean spray roads of California, there are few landscapes in the world that offer as much variety in scenic wealth as the USA. Here are a few of our favorite routes 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. Along the way you can hit up Graceland, the Civil Rights Museum, the Delta Blues Museum, and of course the famous French Quarter in NOLA. 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.
The Pacific Coast Highway
The coastline of California 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 Big Sur, the magic of wealthy Monterey, and admire the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. Start in San Francisco and ribbon your way down to San Diego, stopping to surf, stroll the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, and follow in the footsteps of famed writers like Steinbeck and The Beats.
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. Seeing the golden light pouring across the cathedral-like Grand Canyon is bright bucket list material. Other memorable sights include; the Mojave National Preserve, dear Santa Fe, and the neon lights of crazy Las Vegas. This is the ultimate trip for soaking up the USA.
If you like your road trip served with a slice of tropical sunshine, then swap the mainland for the truly majestic scenery that makes Hawaii so famous. We are talking simmering volcanoes, world-class surf, velvet green canopies, black sand beaches, and intensely bright flora and fauna. 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 catch the thunder of Wailua Falls, take epic hikes, and see the recent lava flows.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Connecting Virginia with North Carolina, the poetically named Blue Ridge Parkway is 400 miles of Appalachian 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 Smoky Mountains and endless hikes to entice you to stretch your legs; America’s mountain scenery doesn’t get any better than this. Those traveling in the fall months can even pay witness to the leaves turning from the deepest green to all the jeweled russet tones that make autumn such a beloved season in the States.
Which road trips will be making your big USA bucket list? Share with us in the comments.