Road trips are a great way to see America and summertime is the perfect time for one. Whether it’s just you and the dog in a two-seater or the whole family in a camper van, road trips allow you to reconnect with nature, have some fun and enjoy the freedom of the open road.
So where should you go? These five trips are among the best you can take.
Florida Keys Scenic Highway
Imagine driving right over the ocean. You can enjoy this unique experience on the Florida Keys Scenic Highway from Miami to Key West. The route is a little over 100 miles with several attractions along the way. Stop to snorkel at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, or visit the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon. Enjoy authentic Key Lime Pie when you reach your destination.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Called “America’s Favorite Drive”, this route runs through the Appalachians from Virginia down to Cherokee, North Carolina. There are abundant waterfalls, beautiful scenery and dramatic vistas to enchant you. Stop at mountain towns to check out the local crafts and culture. Large trucks are forbidden and speed limits are 45mph to allow a relaxed enjoyment of the natural beauty.
Pacific Coast Highway
This 656-mile iconic coastal road runs the length of California. Visitors often spend a week traversing its length because of the sights along the way. You can hit the beach in Big Sur, visit Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, and Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. In between, you’ll enjoy the coastline’s rugged natural beauty.
International Selkirk Loop
If you have your passport, you can enjoy this lovely 250-mile drive through the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, Washington and British Columbia. It’s the only multinational scenic loop in North America. Hike rugged trails, dip your toes in clear lakes, and visit charming small towns. The mountain peaks are snow-packed even in summer.
The Great River Road
History buffs will enjoy tracing the Mighty Mississippi from its roots in Minnesota down to the port of New Orleans. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and
stop in Dubuque, St. Louis, Memphis, Natchez and New Orleans to learn about the history of this once-crucial artery of American commerce.