Thanks to its diverse climates, which leads to different natural environments, the United States offers many different memorable road trips. Since this is such a long list, only the top three have been listed below. However, these three U.S. road trips offer many different types of experiences.
The Great Northern Route
The Great Northern Route is a must-do that should be on anyone’s bucket list. It’s also what many views as the top U.S. road trip. The Great Northern Route is on Route 2. It begins in Bangor, Maine, and continues to Seattle, Washington. This route can also be taken from west to east. With that game plan, this is how it will play out.
The Great Northern Route begins at the top of the Cascade Range, but it quickly dips down to sea level. This leads to the Columbia Plateau and then to forests, rivers, and more wildlife in Montana. After driving through Glacier National Park, the route continues to a 1,000-mile stretch of plains, aptly named the Northern Great Plains.
Things will get exciting again in the Northwoods Country in Minnesota, followed by lots of greenery in Wisconsin, a blip into Montreal, Canada, and the beautiful Lake Champlain in upstate New York.
From there, it’s the tranquil Green Mountains in Vermont and then the more rugged White Mountains in New Hampshire. The last memorable site–and it’s quite a site–is Acadia National Park along Maine’s coast.
It should be noted that there are no major cities along this entire route between the beginning and endpoint. This is a positive.
Route 66 covers eight states and 2,400 miles. It begins in Chicago, Illinois, and ends in Santa Monica, California. However, Route 66 was decommissioned in 1984. Despite that, it lives on. There are no longer signs indicating the route, but it’s easy to find online or in a paper guide.
The decommissioning of the route was due to the desire for business to move faster, much like I-40 is designed. It bypasses many towns, tourist shops, restaurants, and other types of businesses. This led to a lot of lost business for many people, and that’s why some people still drive the route to help those who are still in business. Of course, the route resembles Classic Americana with its diners, burgers, ice cream, and vintage motels.
This road trip isn’t taken for nature. It’s taken for nostalgic and historical purposes. And because Route 66 is simply legendary.
Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway begins in Washington State and ends in California. There are no specific cities for starting and endpoints because they can be adjusted. The most important thing is to begin in Washington. This way, the coast is closer, which allows for better views.
The Pacific Coast Highway can be done anywhere between five and ten days. For the best possible experience, strongly consider going in September. This is when the weather is at its best throughout the journey.