Road trips can be a fantastic experience, and for all those riders, road trips will make them cherish every single moment of their travel. To quote Confucius, “Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” So, all the driving enthusiasts will experience a huge rush of adrenaline when they try these 10 best road trips in the US.
Well, before you go on these road trips, you must follow certain safety tips because these routes are pretty long, and you need to be safe while driving.
- Choose the right car
- Get the car serviced completely
- Carry an extra tyre along
- Music is an important aspect of the road trip
- Know the toll charges and also ensure to check if the routes are open
- Get to know the season of the place
1) Going to the Sun Road – Montana
Best time to visit: July and August
How about driving to a place that not just offers you a great road to drive but, becomes one of your favorite tracks? Go around spanning 50 miles (80 kilometers) experiencing mind-blowing sceneries surrounding the Glacier National Park. This can be one of those dreamy road trips as it takes you through lush green jungles and crystal clear Mac Donald Lake. Getting spectacular views of the snow-kissed peaks as you ride through the valleys is going to be breath-taking. If this is a place is calling you, make sure to find a parking spot at the Logan pass quickly as the parking lots here are generally full from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, especially during the peak season that falls between mid – July to Mid-August.
2) The Blue Ridge Parkway
Best time to visit: mid-May to mid-September
This road trip is quite a popular one amongst all the travelers because of the splendid views the journey offers. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a pathway to the gigantic Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. So, the route to this place is almost 469-mile. The stretches that you witness on your way would fail to cease from your memory forever. These 6 hours’ drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway is going to change your course of life for sure! Do not go beyond 25 to 45 miles per hour.
3) Grand Teton National Park to Glacier National Park
Best time to visit: July through mid-October
For all those road-trippers who have the urge to experience the wilderness of nature in every sense, the Grand Teton National Park to Glacier National Park can be one of the best rides to consider. This road trip offers an exciting opportunity to explore two great national parks in the US. Yes, you start driving from Grand Teton National Park to Glacier National Park, and the scenic beauty along the journey is going to leave beautiful and unfading impressions on your minds. The drive is approximately going to take 9 hours as the distance is 544 miles.
4) Maine Lobster Trail
Best time to visit: July – September
Most of the people who are into road trips would certainly dream of exploring the “Downeast Maine.” As you drive through Lobster Trail on Coastal Route 1, be ready to experience the most beautiful piece of earth’s canvas. For all those sea-food lovers, this road trip is going to make you just fall for her. There are a lot of sea-food junctions at every pit stop where you can binge on your favorite lobster delicacies and go local milking the goats as well.
5) Black Hills of South Dakota
Best time to visit: June to August
How about encountering a herd of massive bison as you are driving through the roads to the Black Hills of South Dakota? This route is one of the most promising ones for all the road-trip lovers because of the virgin pit-stops it has all along the way. Stopping at the wall drug can be quite an enthralling experience during this road trip. Well, do not miss out on the sunrises and sunsets in the Badlands.
6) Olympic Peninsula – Washington
Best time to visit: Need to check the weather as it keeps pouring here
This 330-mile journey is going to become one of the most unforgettable parts of your life. Drive off to the most beautiful Olympic Peninsula from Seattle through the highway 101 via Junction 104. This loop journey offers brilliant views of the mountains, forming the Olympic ranges. You might as well wish to stop by to catch a glimpse of the plunging waterfalls and the sleepy towns of the United States of America as you drive through this route. The Lake Crescent visit and a hike to the Hoh and Quinault rainforests can be an icing on the cake. So, are you in for this road-trip?
7) Alaska Highway
Best time to visit: mid-June to end of August
The name Alaska is certainly going to remind each one of us the iconic hero of travel, Christopher McCandless from ‘Into the Wild,’ isn’t it? Well, this 1,500 miles drive starting from the Dawson Creek takes you all the way through British Columbia, Canada, before it ends at the Anchorage, Alaska. Beware; the roads are certainly not for lily-livered. The roads are generally dug, and mostly you may have to drive through gravels. But, the stunning views the drive offers is worth all the pain you take.
8) Red Rock Country – Arizona
Best time to visit: March to May
For all those muted tone lovers of mother earth, the Red Rock Country, Arizona, is going to make you mesmerized with its brilliant terrains that are arid and dry. You may have to drive down Route 179 to catch the mighty sights of the rock formations along the horizon. Stop by Montezuma Castle and click some nice photographs and continue towards the Rock State Park. Soak your feet and relax for a while and experience the nature in her true form.
9) Ultimate Florida Road Trip
Best time to visit: May to November
This is one of the most happening road trips that one needs to experience in Florida. Regarded as the most ancient towns of Florida, Augustine is the starting point of this epic road-trip. As you drive your Clearwater, FL party bus through the hearts of Orlando and Miami, you can satiate your hunger pangs by indulging in some of the best delicacies on offer. Remember to spend some time at the beaches of Clearwater, witnessing the clear blue sky and the serene surroundings. Spend a complete day driving 1400 miles and make an entry in your travelogue of all the splendid moments you experienced on your way.
10) The Great American Road Trip – Cross Country On The I-90
Most of them in the United States will be driving through these routes quite a number of times. However, going on a drive with a crazy bunch of friends on the same route can be some of the best moments of your life. Covering a distance of 3,000 miles, this is one of the best cross-country trips so far that every road-trip lover. The route I-90 starts from Boston and stretches until Seattle.
The massive Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, and Yellowstone can all be explored as you drive through this route. This is one of the greatest and the longest cross country drive that everyone wishes to experience at least once in their lifetime. So, if you have a long weekend or a holiday season just, pull out your four-wheeler and zoom to make some memories down this lane.
Well, after you have the list of all these road trips, you must know the essentials that are needed, and they are as follows.
- Hiking shoes
- A water bottle
- Proper clothes according to the weather
- Hiking stick
- Dry fruits / energy bars / chocolates
- Camping tents
These are the top 10 best road trips in the US that every road-trip lover should try. Hope you have good time exploring the country.