The United States of America is a country that is as big as continents themselves. From vast grasslands to high peaks, this country has got it all. A long and wide network of straight roads connects this beautiful country and makes it a haven for road-trip lovers. Driving across country is not only a way to discover the changing land and people but it also gives you insight and helps you discover yourself. Here are some of the finest routes in USA to undertake road trips.
- California State Route 1
This easy yet exciting route between Dana Point and Leggett in California’s Redwood country is among the finest roads to drive on. Whether it is summer or winter, this road will never disappoint you. Some amazing sites that you get to see while on this route include greater Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu and Big Sur.
- Route 66
When we are talking about road trips, how can we forget Route 66? Built way back in 1926, this route stretches for more than 2400 miles right from Chicago to Santa Monica. This 2-lane highway is old and that’s what makes it a unique road to travel on. This is one route that has been shown in various movies and one you cannot miss.
- Highway 61
Yet another great route to travel on with your friends or family, the Highway 61 stretches across 1400 miles and is a relatively a straight road that permits a very smooth driving experience. Connecting New Orleans to Wyoming, this route almost follows the course of the Mississippi River and gives spectacular views of the river nearly throughout the journey. A great album to listen to while driving on this route would be Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, named after this very road!
- The Loneliest Road, Highway 50
Winding through the barren lands of Nevada, Highway 50 has earned this nickname thanks to the largely uninhabited region that it runs through. The only things that give you company on this route are the mountains and the pine forest that pass by. What better way can there be to discover yourself than a long drive on this route all by yourself with nothing but nature to give you company?
- US Route 1 through Florida Keys
The part of the US Route 1 Highway running through the Florida Keys is one of the most beautiful roads to drive on. Most of this route runs parallel to the ocean and gives you some spectacular views of the infinite blue. This is a sort of an island hopping highway where you can go from one key to another with Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The most beautiful route on this Highway is definitely the Seven Mile Bridge which is built entirely over water.
- Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is not only a highway but also one of America’s longest linear parks. Running for nearly 469 miles, this route gives you some spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and links the Shenandoah National Park to the great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is your chance to drive among lush vegetation including major trees like Oak, Hickory and Tulip. If you’re a nature lover, this is one road trip you must not miss.
- Skyline Drive
This 105-mile long road trip route runs through the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. For nature lovers, there is no route that can match the views of this one. If you’re looking to hike through the park, this route gives you access to many trails like the Appalachian Trail. If you wish to go biking or horseback riding, then this is the road for you! The road maybe just two lanes wide, but is the best way to discover this park.
- Route 17 through Monument Valley
This road passes through some of the most magnificent rock formations you’ll ever see – The Grand Canyon. A drive through this valley will give you some of the most splendid views and will always make you crave for the route to be longer. The road finally curves through the buttes and tabletops on the border of Arizona and Utah border. This is one route that all adventure junkies must drive on.
- US Route 20
This is the longest road in the country and runs for a staggering distance of 3365 miles from Oregon to Boston with a break at the Yellowstone National Park. This is one route you can go on with your friends or family for a cross-country road trip. From the western end of the country to the eastern region, this is your chance to see the entire landscape change in front of your eyes in just 2 days!
Road trips are known to be a great form of unwinding and rejuvenation and must be experienced by one and all. Whether you head out as an individual or as a group, these trips are just as much fun, especially in a country like USA.