Visitors to America that want to experience the open road and plan journeys along ”The Mother Road” – Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway for their bucket lists could add these suggestions to future adventures.
Tip: Remember to factor in car rental and one way drop off fees into your budget
Atlantic Coast – Maine to Miami 1,900 miles
The I-95 runs from Maine along the Atlantic south to Miami (or vice versa). Road Trippers can experience history, scenic highways and major cities as well as America’s Capital city. There is much to discover on a road trip like this so with careful planning you pack in contrasts such as Acadia National Park, New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Charleston, Savannah, the Space Coast down to Miami.
The Great River Road – Minneapolis to New Orleans 2,050 miles
Probably a more sedate itinerary through 10 states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana) takes you on a journey that follows the meandering Mississippi River. Starting in Minneapolis along the Great River Road and finishing in lively New Orleans on the Gulf of Mexico. Witness the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Missouri as well as Jazz on Beale Street in Memphis. It could also be a music lovers trip to discover the beats that inspired generations.
North East USA – Baltimore to Boston 405 miles
How about a much shorter meander through the North East of the country? Depending on how immersive your interests are travel from Boston to Baltimore which can be as short as eight hours. Use the I-95 again to include Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and if you have time also include Washington DC before ending in Baltimore.
South Pacific – San Diego to Savannah 2,386 miles
Another iconic road trip travelling West to East and certainly not as famous as Route 66 is along the US-80 from San Diego – California through Arizona, Texas, Alabama and finishing on the other side of the country in Savannah – Georgia. Experience deserts and coastal communities along the way.before arriving in Georgia on the South Pacific itinerary. From deserts to the beach, this itinerary has much to be explored.
Blue Ridge Parkway – Shenandoah N.P to Great Smoky Mountains N.P 469 miles
Obviously this road trip is going to be magnificent in the Fall but still spectacular outside of that busy period. Follow the Appalachian Mountains from Shenandoah National Park through to Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although much shorter than a Route 66 road trip you can expect rolling green hills, verdant mountains and unforgettable scenery. The road runs from Charlottesville – Virginia to Cherokee – North Carolina.
I have over 20 years experience in the travel business, from retail to tour operations, but my passion for visiting the United States has been my unique selling point. I am a North America expert and love planning my own road trips. To date I have visited 45 States and now the challenge is to visit the last five. Still to visit if you are interested are: New Mexico, Nebraska, North Dakota, Hawaii and Utah. I don't use travel agents and do the research into every hotel and city and what there is to do there by myself. My blog explains what accommodation type I prefer and how to make the most of your experience.
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