Road Trips USA
7. Route 66 – Arizona
Speaking of Route 66, this road trip is very different from Scotland’s incredible coast.
We driven many different portions of Route 66, but you can drive this entire route from Chicago to California.
Much of the 3,940km route is abandoned and decrepit as it was forgotten when the highway system was put in place, but there are parts that have been turned into national scenic byways in Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Duration: 1 Day for portions to 2-3 weeks
Highlights: Best portions are in Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri and Illinois.
Read more at: Kicking it on Route 66
8. Pacific Coast Highway – California
It’s the most epic drive in the United States with iconic stops like the Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, and Pfeiffer Beach. The drive starts in Monterrey and weaves down highway 1 to Los Angeles.
Make sure to stay the night in Monterrey or Carmel by the Sea. There is great kayaking in the marine reserve of Monterrey and Surfing in Carmel.
It’s a beautiful coastal highway with long stretches of beaches, impressive sea cliffs and legendary stops where movie stars and billionaires have hung out for decades to escape the hustle and bustle of California cities.
And definitely take time to stay at one of the best places to stay in California (Mark Zuckerberg stayed here) the Ventana
Duration: 2-4 Days
Read more at California Road Trip
9. San Francisco to LA – National Parks Route
This is the epic American route. Don’t just drive in a straight line from San Francisco to Los Angeles, go everywhere in between.
This road trip takes you through four different states and showcases the best of America’s National Parks and cities.
It takes you through the most rugged and beautiful landscapes of America and you visit the most exciting cities in the country.
Duration: 2 Weeks
Highlights – Grand Canyon, Vegas, Antelope Canyon, Zion National Park, Yosemite National Park
10. Hana Highway – Hawaii
It’s just a short drive, but everyone who goes to Maui raves about the Hana Highway. This (mostly) single lane road is a day trip spans the North Coast of the Island from Paia to Hana.
It twists and turns and you cross 59 bridges during the 2-3 hour drive (one way) there are many scenic stops along the way, but the real beauty begins after Hana when you reach Haleakala National Park.
Duration: 1 Day
Highlights: Bamboo Forest, Painted Eucalyptus Trees, 7 Sacred Pools, Waterfalls, Scenic Views
Read More:Road Trip to Hana and Beyond
11. 17 Mile Drive – California
It may be a shorty, but it is a goodie. You can take an entire day exploring 17-Mile Drive at Carmel By the Sea.
If you are looking for a different way of road tripping, try e-biking instead of going in a car. A road trip doesn’t have to be always in a car, we’ve included cycling Africa as one of our best road trips we’ve ever done!
Duration: a few hours to 1 day
Highlights: Ghost Tree, Bird Rock, the Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay, John Denver Memorial, Beaches, Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Cove.
Read More: The Best of 17 Mile Drive
Miami to Key West
It took Dave and I a few tries to finally make it to Key West. We have driven from Canada to Florida many times, but only ever made it as far as Daytona and Orlando.
We had flown into Miami before, but never did a road trip to the Florida Keys.
It was after a conference in Florida that we finally rented a car and made our way to the famous ocean highway to the southern tip of the United States.
We felt like we entered a different world. Key West is like being in the Caribbean without having to stamp your passport.
It’s only a day trip from Miami to Key West, but we suggest taking your time to explore the Keys on the way down.
Duration: 1 day return trip to 1 week for exploring.
Highlights – Marathon Key, Hemingway’s House, Key Largo, Dry Tortugas National Park, snorkeling, underwater museum, Seven Mile Bridge, Southernmost Point
Read More: Our Key West Vacation
12. Lake Superior Circle Tour – Canada/USA
Road trips can take many forms and we circumnavigated the world’s largestfreshwaterr lake by motorcycle.
The Lake Superior Circle Tour is one of the epic motorcycle routes in North America, but it’s also fabulous in a car.
From the sandy shores of the southern shore to the rocky high sea cliffs of the wild north, this is an unexpected route through Ontario, Michigan, Wisconson and Minnesota.
Travel through small town USA, historic treasures and the wild abandoned North of Ontario, this road trip is magnificent.
Duration: 4 days to 2 weeks.
Highlights – Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Terri Fox Memorial, Beautiful coast, three different states and one province in Canada
Read More: The Best of the Lake Superior Circle Tour