The great American road trip is a once in a lifetime experience. Covering vast stretches of the country, crossing over from state to state, there are many reasons why USA road trips are a popular choice. Not only is the idea of jumping in a vehicle and travelling with your best mates tons of fun. But, being able to experience various states in one trip is convenient as well as eye-opening. Since there are plenty of routes to choose from, we understand that one of the most difficult decisions you’ll have is determining which one to take. Road trips make holidays to the USA flexible and add a sense of adventure. So, before you grab the keys and enjoy the scenic views of a USA road trip, check out our top five favourites!
This is one iconic American road trip that we all know about, right?! Perhaps one of the longest road trips you can embark on, the route starts off in Chicago and heads to Los Angeles on the West Coast. Covering a whopping 2,451 miles, you’ll be stopping off in major US cities along the way like Albuquerque and Santa Monica. The historic Route 66 passes close to well-known sights like the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, providing you with a true welcome to America. The majority of this route is in the desert, so you may want to plan your trip for the spring or autumn months for a more comfortable journey. So, how much time would you need to complete Route 66? For ultimate relaxation and a real opportunity to soak up all the cities and sights along the way, spread the journey out across two weeks.
Pacific Coast Highway
A scenic drive along the USA’s Pacific Coast? Yes please! Explore all the highlights from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the Pacific Coast Highway. Follow the curves of the rugged coastline as you pass seaside treasures in Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Stop off to enjoy the sparkling waters and you might just catch a glimpse of some sea otters. Relax along Pfeiffer Beach before continuing your cruise into the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. It’s the perfect route to experience the sunny Western coast of America. Spring and autumn are both great times to venture out on this route as the weather is still warm, but there are fewer crowds. Also, the Pacific Coast Highway takes around 10 hours to complete without stops. So, taking a relaxing drive and soaking up all the sights means it won’t take you that long to complete the route.
Route locations: California
The Southwest USA
Kick start your journey in California’s San Francisco and head to Utah’s Salt Lake City on the Southwest USA road trip. Make the most of your starting point by admiring the marvellous Golden Gate Bridge and go back in time by discovering the prison island of Alcatraz. Then, whiz across to Lake Tahoe which has an amazing backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. You’ll also make your way through America’s hottest and driest patch of Death Valley. The journey also allows you to pass through the hedonistic paradise of Las Vegas before dipping into Arizona for the Grand Canyon and completing the rest of the journey within Utah. It’ll be great to spend between 10-12 days exploring this route.
Incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean? Check. Island exploration? Check. Well, the Overseas Highway route from Miami to Key West is unparalleled in what it can offer. Crossing over an unbelievable number of 42 bridges along the way, you’ll get to explore the chain of the Florida Keys. Cruise from island to island with your shades on and the windows down and you’ll soon realise that this is perfect way to discover Florida and the Keys. This route can be driven in just a few hours but take the time to truly relish the scenery and the complete sensory experience that the Overseas Highway has to offer. In addition, this is a great route whatever time of the year it is. But, you might what to avoid June to November or at least take into consideration that hurricane season will be in full effect.
Route locations: Florida
The Deep South
Traverse some of the most popular cities in America as you make your way from Chicago to New Orleans. Start from the top of America as you make your way down to the deep south, voyaging through five American states. This road trip likens itself to a musical expedition of sorts, as you pass through the homes of rock’n’roll, jazz and blues. Take the time out to discover Elvis Presley’s ‘Graceland’ manor and sample the soulful cuisine that the southern side of American has to offer. Creole dishes take centre stage along the Mississippi River and in New Orleans. Where you can enjoy the fruits of your labour with a jazz spot and a good ole’ party – New Orleans style!
Route locations: Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana