Top Five Road Trip Destinations in the U.S.
by John Davis
There is truly nothing like the feeling of the open road. It represents both our freedom to go anywhere and do anything and the threads that link us all together on this Earth we share.
A road trip is an excellent way to find the unknown in our world and within ourselves. And there’s always something beautiful around the next bend—you only have to keep moving forward.
If you’re planning a trip this fall or simply feel like jumping in the car and searching for something new and exciting, these are the top five road trip destinations in the U.S. that you should visit.
Cross the Country on Route 66
You’ve probably heard of the famous Route 66 highway that spans much of the western U.S.A., and for a good reason, too. This legendary stretch of road runs from Chicago to Los Angeles and covers 2,451 miles (3,945 km) of beautiful landscape.
If you’re looking for a long-distance road trip that will allow you to visit much of the country, Route 66 is it. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to visit numerous museums and witness some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country.
Some of the most famous places along Route 66 include Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, The Painted Desert in Indian Wells, Arizona, and the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California.
Maine is known for its stunningly gorgeous coastal regions and quaint New England villages. While this is a wonderful road trip destination at any time of the year, you can’t beat coastal Maine during the fall for its enchanting and colorful vistas.
If you’re heading to Maine this fall, stick to U.S. Route 1. This lovely stretch of road will take you past numerous lighthouses and cozy seaside towns all the way up the coast.
Oregon’s Columbia River Highway
The Columbia River Highway in Oregon is for you if you’re in the mood for a shorter trip. This 75-mile (121 km) road runs from Portland to The Dalles and covers some genuinely magnificent country.
You’ll pass stunning waterfalls, cross exhilarating bridges, and drive alongside the mighty Columbia River as you twist and turn your way down this beautiful highway.
Pacific Coast Cruise
California State Route 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, is 656 miles (1,056 km) of stunning views.
Beginning south of Los Angeles in Orange County and terminating in Mendocino County in the north of the state, this road allows you to witness some of the most scenic parts of California. Our favorite stops include the Central Coast, Big Sur, and San Francisco Bay.
Explore the Great Smokies on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a classic destination for road trip lovers and driving enthusiasts. This highway will leave you breathless, from its stunning mountain vistas to its hair-raising curves and inclines.
At 469 miles (755 km), this road runs between North Carolina and Virginia and links the Shenandoah and Great Smokey Mountains National Parks.
Best Road Trip Destinations in a Nutshell
Each of these destinations offers something different in terms of sights and geography. But they also all provide the same thing: unbridled freedom and unparalleled beauty.
Whether you’re looking for a cross-country adventure or just a weekend day drive, these destinations won’t disappoint. If you’re tired of the same old road you drive each day, use this list for a bit of inspiration. Pack your camera, fill the tank, and go explore.