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Top Road Trip Destinations Across the United States

February 08, 2019, 12:26pm EST

Our country has miles and miles of roads varying from tiny byway backroads to colossal interstates. Whether you like mountains, plains, or coastal views, there is a perfect destination waiting for you. Here are some ideas to help inspire your next road trip.

1. Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Starting in Los Angeles and ending in San Francisco (or vice versa), this iconic drive along California's coastline offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, cliffs, and beaches.

2. Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica)

Known as the "Main Street of America," Route 66 is a historic highway that takes you through eight states, showcasing classic Americana, roadside attractions, and small towns.

3. Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia to North Carolina)

A scenic drive through the Appalachian Highlands, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, forests, and meadows, particularly beautiful during the fall foliage.

4. Great River Road (Minnesota to Louisiana)

Following the course of the Mississippi River, this road trip takes you through charming river towns, historic sites, and diverse landscapes from the northern U.S. to the Gulf of Mexico.

5. Going-to-the-Sun Road (Montana)

Located in Glacier National Park, this mountainous road takes you through alpine scenery and glacial lakes while offering breathtaking views of the park's rugged landscapes.

6. The Florida Keys (Miami to Key West)

Driving through the Overseas Highway, you'll experience the beauty of the turquoise waters surrounding the Keys, with opportunities for snorkeling, water activities, and visits to quirky roadside attractions.

7. The Loneliest Road (Nevada)

U.S. Route 50 in Nevada is known as "The Loneliest Road in America." It crosses vast deserts and mountain ranges. This route is perfect for those who enjoy a sense of solitude and stark beauty.

8. Columbia River Highway (Oregon)

This historic highway takes you through the Columbia River Gorge, featuring waterfalls, scenic viewpoints, and lush landscapes. The highlight is Multnomah Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the U.S.

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