You don’t have to be 21 to enjoy a road trip, you can head off with the freedom of the open road before you at any stage of your life, in any circumstance, and with anyone you please, within reason of course. Road trips are the ultimate sign of carefree travel, basically total and utter freedom, and the chance to go wherever you please. Of course, following a prescribed trail is always the best way to see sights, and if you’ve always dreamed of visiting the US and heading off on one of the many epic road trips on offer, then you have a huge decision to make.
Of course, some road trip routes are best for certain types of people, e.g. couples and families, and others are better for other types of people, such as groups of friends looking for party hot spots. It all really depends on your situation, so here’s a few ideas to get your appetite going for your next road trip adventure.
Overseas Highway, Florida
Best for – Couples, retirees, nature lovers
Sun-drenched Florida is beautiful, we all know this, but the Overseas Highway will show you sights to make your jaw drop. This is a great route for couples, as some of the scenery is certainly romantic, and the laid-back vibe is great for retirees looking for a chilled-out, nature-filled break.
Pacific Coast Highway
Best for – Retirees, families, couples
This is a famous road trip, and one which will show you some of the most beautiful sights the US has on offer. Spanning across California, Oregon and Washington, you will pass ocean clifftop views, towns, coastal mountains, small communities, and large cities, as you wind up in Washington, where there is more than enough to keep a family occupied. Certainly one for the camera.
Route 12, Utah
Best for – families, couples
If you like your scenery high up and jaw-dropping then this is for you. This is one of the most spectacular roads in the word, lasting for 124 miles from Capitol Reef National Park, to Bryce Canyon National Park. The fact you’re travelling from one national park to another should really tell you something about the scenes you’re going to pass. Kids will love the unusual landscapes, and couples will find the whole thing rather romantic too.
Beartooth Highway – Montana and Wyoming
Best for – Groups, families
The Beartooth Highway is one of the most beautiful you will ever happen across, running from the north of Yellowstone (which kids will adore), through to Absaroka-Beartooth National Wilderness. This is a high altitude route, one with rugged and wild scenery, and is also fantastic for groups who enjoy camping and outdoor activities.
Highway 2, Nebraska
Best for – Groups
The good thing about Highway 2 is that is offers the best of both worlds – nature and city life, making it great for groups of friends who want to get out and explore, before heading to Nebraska City for a spot of partying at the end of it all. Around 200 miles of countryside and dramatic sights greet you running from South Dakota, split into two segments, before ending near Nebraska City itself. Sprawling, but worth it.
If you’re feeling the call of the open road, these suggestion should certainly whet your appetite.
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