This article reveals five of the best summer road trips to take this summer, in America. Now, before you get planning your next adventure the first step is going to be to choose your vehicle. On the one hand, of course, driving a fancy convertible with the wind in your hair is the dream, but there’s character to be had in driving an older classic, and an even more intriguing option could be to get an RV and engage in slow travel.
If you’re thinking about potentially getting an RV, like in the Robin Williams film, RV, one of your best options might be to head to one of the rv auctions in your state or eBay, as this is where you’re most likely to pick up a great bargain; particularly toward the end of summer – when it becomes a buyers market.
Presuming you have some wheels, let’s now look at five of the best road trips to take in the USA.
CALIFORNIA STATE ROUTE 1 – The best time to take this drive is in summer as your trip will be soaked in sun with optimal daylight hours. The route takes you along the Pacific coast. The route starts just not of San Diego and leads through Los Angeles (known for gridlock traffic jams) where you’ll drive through Long Beach, Malibu, Santa Barbara (known for it’s great wines) Santa Cruz and Big Sur (known for its surfing) and San Francisco. This route is a 745 mile journey that predominantly hugs the exceptional coastline.
US ROUTE 20 – If you want to travel coast to coast then Route 20 is known for being the longest road in America covering a distance of 3,365 miles from Newport (Oregon) to Boston (Massachusetts).
Going around Yellowstone National Park makes a lovely pit stop but covering 3,365 miles is no small feat. If you choose to hang around for a while, taking a guided trip in Yellowstone National Park is a great idea. The route is fast and easy to drive; you should be able to cover it in two to three weeks – but the best way would be to take a little longer, so you can experience the Real America along the way, and not just sit in a metal can driving along the tarmac.
ROUTE 66 – Perhaps the most famous “road trip” in the world and one that appears on most people’s bucket lists, Route 66 will soon celebrate its 100th birthday, as one of the first numbered roads in the US. Ending in California this trip from Chicago to Santa Monica covers 2,451 miles mostly through what could be the set of an old western movie.
MONUMENT VALLEY – Starting out of Route 17 in Phoenix you can visit Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, and cowboy landscapes on the Arizona/Utah border. Then, progress to Route 191 to enter Winslow using Route 66. The top tip for this trip is to take a Jeep Safari along Diamond Creek Road, as this way you get to drive along the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
FLORIDA KEYS – The US 1 from Miami to Key West is an ocean focused 150 mile drive that takes in a variety of the keys (little islands) sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. The most amazing section of this drive is the Seven Mile Bridge.