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Top 5 USA Road Trips

Published June 20th, 2012

With uni holidays just around the corner, now is the time to start planning an epic adventure and right now we’re dreaming of an old fashioned road trip in the USA. From Route 66 to the Turquoise Trail, cactus country to ocean roads, the US is the ultimate destination for a road trip holiday. Be inspired by these top 5 road trip routes and start planning a USA holiday today.

 

Big Sur Coast Highway, California

With redwoods on one side and rocky beaches and twisting cliffs on the other, Big Sur would have to be one of the most scenic highways in the world. The stretch of highway runs for approximately 150 kilometres and is a part of the Pacific Coast Highway in California, also known as the iconic Route 1. This picturesque and peaceful stretch of seaside was also the setting for beat author Jack Kerouac’s book ‘Big Sur.’

 

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Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

Dating back to 1932, Going-to-the-Sun Road is a two lane paved highway that spans the width of Glacier National Park and crosses the Continental Divide. At the highest point of the Montana Road, Going-to-the-Sun reaches a magnificent 6,646 feet high. Spectacular views can be found all along the road, the most popular spot being the Jackson Glacier Overlook.

 

Overseas Highway, Florida Keys

Lovers of ocean views will be in heaven while driving along the Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys. The floating ocean highway stretches just over 200km long, starting in Key Largo and ending in Key West.

 

Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona

Like something out of a Road Runner episode, the Red Rock Scenic Byway is where you’ll spy red rock formations, cacti, hawks, deer and coyotes. Located a few hours south of the Grand Canyon, the Byway cuts through the Coconino National Forest and features a number of stop off points for hiking, biking, golfing and more. Spend a few days along the Byway and experience ‘Arizona’s First All-American Road’ to its fullest.

 

San Juan Skyway, Colorado

Driving through the heart of the snow capped Colorado Mountains is possible via the San Juan Skyway. The 375km loop reaches a range of mountain towns including Silverton, Telluride, Ouray and Durango, and is a popular road trip for spring break.

 

 

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.