9 American road trip ideas
If you are a foreigner driving in the United States, you will need to bring an international driver’s license as well as your domestic license. All foreign drivers must also have photo ID. In most cases, this will be a passport.
This trip along the California coast is one of the most beautiful in the United States. It is approximately 130 miles long and offers the traveler breathtaking views of the ocean. All beaches provide enough entertainment for those who enjoy surfing and snorkeling, as well as other water sports.
Keep in mind that this road is used for many events such as marathons and bike and car races and these may delay your trip somewhat if you go there. It doesn’t happen that often, but it can mess up your ride.
It’s probably the most famous American road trip and one that’s been mentioned in so many songs, movies, books, and every other art form you can think of. Its most famous and busiest part connects the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. These two are stops you must make.
The famous signs along the road that many tourists decide to take pictures next to are now painted. Indeed, too many tourists present a danger on the road, and this measure has been taken to ensure the safety of all on the road. The ride itself is half the fun of this trip, and be sure to soak it up.
The Million Dollar Highway is also known as the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. It’s a 300 mile trip across the state of Colorado. It is known for its dangerous and narrow roads and the beautiful panoramic view that you will be exposed to all the time.
The area was filled with small mining towns, and you should stop and visit at least a few of them. It’s a step back in time, allowing you to witness a vital part of American history firsthand.
Columbia River Scenic Drive
This is the shortest trip on our list – it’s only 75 miles long through Oregon, but it’s totally worth it. The best feature of this trip is the nature you will enjoy along the way as it passes through some of the most beautiful mountains and waterfalls in the United States.
The region is beautiful when it rains and when the weather is gloomy. This gives it a vibe and aesthetic it doesn’t otherwise have. Do not hesitate to visit during such a period even if you are not a fan of rainy weather.
This is another short trip but worth taking just for the beauty of the scenery. It is about 105 miles long and crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It is a national park and one that is kept in pristine condition as it is what attracts the most tourists.
There are around 75 viewpoints along the way, and you can choose which one you plan to stop at, as long as you drive or rent your own car. The area is stunning all year round, but it’s incredibly stunning in the winter, and this might be the best time to visit as long as you’re well prepared.
Hawaii is too often overlooked when it comes to great road trips in the United States, but it shouldn’t be that way since this trip is one of the most beautiful on our list. The highway is approximately 51 miles long and skips over a few of Hawaii’s islands, providing a beautiful scene.
The route follows Maui’s coastline and features some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. They are equally suitable for those who travel to relax as well as those who wish to participate in extreme water sports during a stopover.
It’s the shortest ride on our list, and it’s only 11 miles long, so it won’t take more than a day. However, even though it is short, it is one of the most beautiful not only in Michigan but also in the whole of the United States.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a perfect place for those who love nature, hiking, and spending time exploring wildlife. Be sure to get out of the car and explore the beautiful lush forests and majestic waterfalls you will find along the way.
The Loneliest Road in America
This rather long road trip crosses a part of the country which today is largely abandoned and empty. The road is over 400 miles long and passes through what was once mining country and is now mostly desert with few occupants. There are however gas stations and a few restaurants along the way to keep you fueled.
The view and the ride itself are the most important and engaging parts of this trip. As there is very little light pollution, you should also take the time to stop and enjoy the view of the stars once you have found a good spot.
This short trip through New Mexico skirts some of the country’s most magnificent and scenic mountains. It’s only 56 miles long, but the road winds around ancient Indian land as well as mountains and part of a desert. Sudden changes in scenery tend to confuse and stun drivers.
When you return you will need to take the Low Road through the valley. It’s a different route, and it’s a lot less exciting, although it’s beautiful in its own way. The valleys are beautiful when frozen over during the winter.
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