America has a vast amount of beautiful places to visit during a road trip. During this pandemic, when travel is curtailed, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s been in your backyard all along. From spectacular national parks to scenic coastal routes, you can have an adventure with friends or family.
As you enjoy the gorgeous offerings of back roads, mountains or plains, remember to stay safe. These are the best 14 places to take a road trip in the U.S., whether you go by motorcycle, RV, van or car!
14. Northern on U.S. Route 2: From Maine to Washington
Jump in your vehicle and go absorb the vast expanse and diversity of the U.S. 2 route. The Columbia Plateau and the Apostle Island National Lakeshore will take your breath away!
Toward the end of the trip, you can explore and enrich your senses at Glacier National Park. If there is no travel ban in place, you could go through the Canada section of the trip.
13. A Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip: Dana Point to San Francisco
The magical Pacific Ocean offers an endless view along Highway One. You get the 655 mile stretch of heaven and many worthwhile stops along the way.
The perfect surfing waves are at Pismo Beach to enjoy, or you can go back in time to Hearst Castle, the historic landmark. William Hearst, the publishing magnate, developed the 165-room castle.
12. Road Trip On Route 66: Chicago to Los Angeles
The whole route 66 takes you on a real American 2000-mile road trip of adventurous discoveries! And with a lot of whisky on the way–but don’t drink and drive!
If you’re starting in Chicago to end up in L.A., look out for the premier craft distilleries in the country, such as Still Distilleries in St. Louis, Few Spirits in Chicago and Red Fork Distillery in Tulsa. You may want to have a designated driver!
11. Northern California Literary Road Trip: Big Sur to Mono County
Yes! This is the trip for book lovers, writers, and thinkers or lovers of writers and thinkers. View some of the pivotal places that shaped America’s authors, like Maya Angelou, Jack Kerouac and Amy Tan.
Go through the literary landmarks in Caffe Trieste, a meeting place for the greats like Allan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Allan Watts. If you live in the bay area, this road trip is ideal for you, as you’ll be close to home.
10. Stunning Arizona Road Trip: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon
You’ll be blown away by the breathtaking scenery on this five-day road trip. The 2,704 Camelback mountain in Scottsdale is anybody’s fair game to conquer. Or hike to the Cathedral Rock to see the amazing Red Rocks of Sedona! And you must get a guide to the Grand Canyon.
9. Spectacular Road Trip for Nature Lovers: Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park
This road trip is packed with beauty as you make your way through the southwestern United States. Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion and experience the greatness of Arches National park, and raft down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It will seem you are living in a dream. Stay the four days and take advantage of every adventure the trip delivers!
8. Scenic Skyway Road Trip of San Juan
Plenty of Alpine forests, mining towns and craggy peaks await you on the 232-mile loop of the San Juan scenic skyway. After all, that scenery absorption, check out the Ska Brewery Company, one of Colorado’s best. Bring your day down slowly with some well-deserved refreshments.
7. 420-Mile Road Trip Through Colorado: Denver to Montrose
Take it easy with some salmon fishing at the Colorado Reservoir as you explore more of the State. Explore the Gunnison National Park Black Canyon. And experience the vibe of numerous small towns, including Crawford and Paonia. Their bountiful art scenes along the Colorado Creative Strip will make the week-long trip even more of a satisfying experience.
6. Through Virginia and North Carolina: A Scenic Road Trip
Take this five-day trip at a slow pace and admire the dramatic mountain faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains and their magnificent green plateaus.
Curving inside the mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway to make you feel lost in another world. There are plenty of hiking trails, a dairy farm and an art museum on this trip.
5. Discover New Mexico: Albuquerque to Las Cruces
You’ll not contend with the tourist hot spots of Taos and Santa Fe on this route. Rather, you steer away from New Mexico to a three-day adventure and discover some historical stories about Pueblo.
Inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is an iconic restaurant, the Pueblo Harvest, where you get authentic Mexican food. Check out the flamenco performances at well-known institutions in Albuquerque.
4. Scenic Road Trip Through Texas Hill Country
San Antonio is the ideal place to start and find your way through small Texas towns on this five-day trip. Meander through Uvalde and Bandera Counties and get the chance to stroll through a Japanese tea garden in San Antonio. Eat as many tacos as you want as you relax along the Sabinal and Frio Rivers.
3. Northern U.S: Road Trip Through Alaska’s Most Majestic Sites
The last frontier calling you to be a witness to its beauty, beginning at Anchorage. The four scenic byways will fill you with pleasure as you travel through the Elias wilderness, which is the largest United States National Park.
Then there’s the food center of McCarthy, with 27 residents in the one-road town. To visit Alaska presently, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14-days unless you can show a negative COVID test result.
2. Idaho Along Scenic Byways: Boise to Sun Valley
This is a short road trip, full of good food, adventure, and awesome scenery. You cannot miss the Kirkham Hot Springs on the six-hour trip. As you stand under the waterfall, it splashes you with a 135 degrees mineral for an energizing special!
1. The Path of the Women Suffrage Movement: Seneca Falls, New York to Nashville
From New York Finger Lakes region to the State Capitol Building in Nashville, you’ll be tracing the National Women Suffrage Movement. Your stops include the Union Square in New York City, the site of the first women’s suffrage march and the Belmont Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.
Wherever you find yourself in America, there is a scenic route you can take to discover nature’s bounties. So, pack your bags and hit the road!