Four Great American Road Trips

Given the vastness of the country, there are some roads that stretch on for thousand of miles. (Image:  Jerry Huddleston  via   flickr  /  CC BY 2.0 )
Given the vastness of the country, there are some roads that stretch on for thousand of miles. (Image: Jerry Huddleston via flickr / CC BY 2.0 )

One of the many, many attractions of the USA is a road trip. Given the vastness of the country, there are some roads that stretch on for thousand of miles. They provide a sense of adventure and disengagement from the rest of the world — but which are the finest of all routes?

California State Route 1

California is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With attractions such as Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge, it is not hard to understand why tourists flock to this rich region in the USA.

In fact, according to research from PromoPony, California State Route 1 is the number one route among road trip enthusiasts. If you want to make your visit to California a bit more special, then you could take a road trip on Route 1, especially in the summer.

You would pass through Long Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara’s wine country, Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and San Francisco, and it would be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

There are some curves, and you need to keep both of your eyes on the roads and your hands on the steering wheel. (Image: William Klos via flickr / CC BY 2.0 )

There are some curves, and you need to keep both of your eyes on the roads and your hands on the steering wheel. (Image: William Klos via flickr / CC BY 2.0 )

Highway 61

Officially known as US Route 61, Highway 61 is one of the most enjoyable and exotic driving routes. It connects New Orleans and the city of Wyoming in Minnesota, and runs for 1,400 miles. The highway generally follows the Mississippi River and connects some of the most well-known cities in the USA.

What is great about a road trip along Highway 61 is that you can stop and visit some wonderful attractions. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and a juke joint called Wild Bill’s are just two of the entertainment attractions you can enjoy. There is also the 17-story Madison Hotel in downtown Memphis for some luxury sleep.

Route 12, Utah

Driving along Route 12 in Utah is one of the most enjoyable things you can do if you are in the USA. It is one of the most picturesque roads in the world, and runs from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. It stretches for 124 miles at high altitudes.

Driving along Route 12, you will get to see some amazing mountains — some forested, some not. You would also pass by Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee/North Carolina

If you like adventure on a road trip and want your drive to be a challenge, then you should check out the Tail of the Dragon. Although the road is only 11 miles long, during that distance your driving skills will be tested to the limit.

There are some curves, and you need to keep both of your eyes on the roads and your hands on the steering wheel. If thrills are what you seek, then you will find them at the Tail of the Dragon.

Honourable mentions

Overseas Highway in Florida, Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, and Highway 2 in Nebraska are some of the other famous routes that you should try to drive on if you are in the USA. You will not regret it!

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