Hit The Road On One Of These Iconic American Summer Road Trips

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Iconic American Summer Road Trips

Inspired to take a road trip now that summer is finally here, but not sure where to go? Now’s the time to hit the road and discover all that America has to offer with one of these classic summer RV road trips!

1. Route 66

Ah, the Mother Road. This Illinois-California route was wildly popular post-WWII, and it still has that old-timey nostalgia even today, especially at must-see roadside attractions like the Blue Whale of Catoosa or Cadillac Ranch. There’s no better time than summer to find out why Route 66 is the mother of all road trips!

2. Pacific Coast Highway

This All-American road is literally right on the California coast, so it offers some pretty stunning scenery, plus there’s tons of great stops along the way from Highway 1’s source in Leggett, CA, straight across the Golden Gate bridge, through Big Sur, and down into L.A. and San Diego! If you love beaches, winding roads, and incredible views, a Pacific Coast Highway road trip has to be at the top of your bucket list.

3. Extraterrestrial Highway

Looking for a more offbeat trip? Even though we can’t really travel into space (yet), you can at least travel the Extraterrestrial Highway (aka Nevada State Route 375). It takes you through some pretty unremarkable desert, where some pretty remarkable (alleged) alien encounters have occurred! While we can’t guarantee a close encounter, you never know what might go down outside of Area 51 during your trip.

4. The Oregon Trail

Had a hard time beating the game? Your chances of losing while taking this trip in real life this summer are a lot slimmer. This route (best taken in a Conestoga wagon, but we think your RV should count as the modern-day equivalent) will take you through history and through some America’s gorgeous Western scenery. Contemporary pioneers can recreate the game (and the historic trail of course) by checking out landmarks like the Snake River or Nebraska’s Chimney Rock!

5. Natchez Trace

This former buffalo trail is now one of America’s more scenic drives! The scenic byway offers up countless classic Southern sights, from historical landmarks like the Meriwether Lewis monument and natural features such as Mississippi’s Cypress Swamp to diners like the Loveless Cafe that serve absolutely delicious comfort food. And no trip down the ultimate Southern byway this summer is complete without a photo-op at Tennessee’s famous Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge.

6. Blue Ridge Parkway

There’s a good reason this 469-mile stretch of scenic road through the Blue Ridge Mountains is nicknamed “America’s Favorite Drive!” The byway connects two national parks along its rolling hills and mountains, so you know you’re in for some breathtaking views! Travel the Parkway this summer for hiking and camping, and be prepared to stop frequently so you can hop out and take pictures. Popular Parkway overlooks for viewing Western North Carolina’s scenic beauty include: Cold Mountain overlook (the namesake of the best selling novel and movie), Looking Glass Rock overlook (a distinct rock formation named for the way water and ice reflects off mountain’s granite surface), and the Graveyard Fields overlook (the barren scenery is reminiscent of the moor of England).

7. Going-to-the-Sun Road

If you’re visiting Glacier National Park this summer, then you’ll have no choice but to take this gorgeous drive! As the only road that crosses the whole park, you’ll see panoramic mountain views, bright blue glacial lakes, and forested valleys when you take the 50 mile white-knuckle journey through this gorgeous park’s interior. In fact, parts of the trip may look familiar, as it’s been featured in The ShiningForrest Gump and Blade Runner! Just don’t look down on some of those turns… and instead savor all the jaw-dropping beauty that Glacier has to offer in the summertime!




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