The American road trip has been a favorite pastime since the invention of the automobile and the expansion of the highway system across America. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans and international travelers pack up the car and the kids and set off to explore every corner of the country. The following is a list of five of the most iconic and picturesque car trips in America.
Atlantic Coast Lighthouse
What better place to start than the with one of the number ones. The coastal Highway, US 1 from Massachusetts to Maine, is a fantastic drive especially in late summer and throughout the fall. Plan to spend at least a week so you can linger in the laid-back vibe of New England’s small town elegance. The picture-perfect colors of the fall foliage have to be seen in person to truly appreciate their full natural glory. Along the way, if you take your time and plan it right, your patience will be rewarded with beautiful sunrises, sunsets, lighthouses and fantastic fresh Atlantic lobster.
New England in the Fall
The other number one is the Pacific Coast Highway, or California State Route 1, and it runs along the California coastline. If you do not have the full two to three weeks to truly appreciate all its offerings, many people choose to do different segments at different times. Most notably, the Big Sur area and the stretch between Ventura and Santa Barbara are two favorite smaller segments that can be seen in a weekend.
Pacific Coast Highway
If you want to complete the entire trip from San Diego to the Oregon border, it is over 650 miles long, and many travelers suggest spending at least ten to fifteen days depending on how many places you would like to stop. Well known as one of the best drives in America, there are little seaside villages, large metropolitan areas and also more than a few good stretches of wilderness, so you immerse you in nature’s coastal beauty. All in all, this road trip has something for everyone.
West Coast shoreline
Route 66 is known become known as Main Street USA because it was one of the first significant thoroughfares in America to become famous just for the drive.
This Illinois-California route was wildly popular post-WWII, and that old-timey nostalgia still keeps the tourist travelers coming every day. In the 1960’s a hit pop song was written about it (Get My Kicks on) Route 66 and a television show called Route 66. Taking the over 2400 mile drive from Chicago, Illinois takes you right through the heartland of America and drops you off on the shores of beautiful Sant Monica, California. The ride itself is every bit as popular today as it was in the forties and fifties and there are many hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops that help to keep the mystique of Route 66 alive.
Mr. Dz Route 66 Diner in Kingman located on historic Route 66.
So whether you would like to explore the Northeast coast, the Southwest coast or right through the middle of America, these three iconic road trips are a great way to see our great country. For both international travelers and local Americans, these are three gems that show off some of the best America has to offer. So pack up the car, get some drinks and snacks for the kids and head out for a great American road trip.