Great Routes For an American Summer Road Trip
One of the most traditional vacations families, friends, and individuals take is a road trip. Nothing beats driving down the highway with the music blaring and the excitement of your destination tickling your heart. And while your experience driving in various states may differ, the routes people choose to take for their U.S. road trips tend to focus around three ideas: the classics, the landmarks, and the marathon.
America has some very classic highways and roads dotting its maps. These paths have rich history as well as beautiful scenery to make a trip at any time of year worth while. If you’re looking for a taste of history and a truly American experience, a classic road trip is what you need.
Larry Bleiberg of USA Today lists some of the favorite U.S. road trips that align with classic routes across the country. These include Route 66 from Illinois to California, the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina, the Overseas Highway in Florida, Hill Country Hideaways in Texas, and the Pacific Coast Highway along the California coastline. These classic routes vary in length, so find one that works for your schedule and includes sights you will enjoy.
With so many world-renowned sights and landmarks throughout the U.S., it’s easy for people living in almost any part of the country to make a short trip to a famous landmark. These amazing destinations provide visitors with great photo ops, information, and stories to last a lifetime.
TripAdvisor recently released their list of top 25 American landmarks for the year of 2015. On this list you will find Alcatraz, The Lincoln Memorial, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Cloud Gate, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Rushmore, The Alamo and many, many more. By including a particular landmark as part of your road trip, you’ll have something to look forward to when you become road weary.
If your bucket list includes going to all 48 states in the continental U.S., then the marathon road trip is for you. This route, shared by Tracy Staedter on Discovery News, will get you all over the country seeing all the major landmarks that are on your must-see list. This particular route, which will stop at natural landmarks, historic sites, national parks and monuments, will take you to locations like The Grand Canyon, The White House, the Gateway Arch, Glacier National Park and so much more.
The marathon isn’t for the faint at heart, so make sure you have the time and money to make this trip a reality before you begin your journey.
For your trip this summer, think about planning a road trip based on one or more of the routes mentioned above. These options are sure to give you an enjoyable experience with memories you’ll be sharing for years.