4 of the Most Beautiful Road Trips You Will Ever Take in Your Life
We think the best way to wrap up the summer is to go on a glorious road trip. Whether you travel solo via motorcycle, or with your buds in a rented car, we have four of the greatest possible road trips in America, perfect for your final, end of the summer trip.
Pacific Coast Highway – Route 1
Route 1 along the PCH is one of the most fun driving experiences possible. In the right car, you can take that twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile road with precision and grace, but we would recommend avoiding attempting it in an RV or other oversize vehicles. If you keep to the speed limit (and ignore the honking and tail-gating of impatient drivers behind you), you can complete the drive in about five hours, enjoying some of the nation’s most beautiful scenery at a leisurely pace. The highway is broken up a bit by the 101, but you can start in Costa Mesa, stop in Santa Monica for a walk on the pier, then hop back in the car and make your way up to Santa Barbara. After your fill of lobster rolls from Sharkies on State Street, you can stop in Morro Bay for a relaxing and leisurely stroll along the docks. Then, on your way to the beautiful mountains of Big Sur, you can stop to explore Hearst Castle. The 1 then takes you through to Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Jose, where you can tour the freaky and interesting Winchester Mystery House. Then it is on to San Francisco (where you may actually just want to stop for a few days, there’s so much to see), Mendocino and Jackson State Forest and then finally Leggit, where the 1 becomes the 101, which runs through the entirety of the rest of the west coast.
U.S. 1, Florida Keys
Along the 120-long mile drive on Highway 1 from Florida to Key West, also known as the Overseas Highway, you will find some of America’s most beautiful roadside scenery. Besides the glorious teal waters and islands, the highway will leave you in awe, or terror, depending on the level of your adventure tolerance. The highway has a smattering of classic Americana, like kitschy gift shops and burger stands. It’s not just what’s on the highway that screams adventure, but also what lies beneath the ocean. Below you will find the five best dive sites around from Key Largo to Key West. The Overseas Highway runs past lighthouses, underwater coral-reef parks and across the 7-mile bridge.
Vermont Route 100
Vermont Route 100, the longest highway in the state, runs through the center, traveling nearly the entire length at 216.59 miles. At the southern end of the highways is the border of Massachusetts and the north end hits the Canadian border. Route 100 runs through most of Vermont’s most beloved resort towns, including Wilmington, Ludlow, Killington, Warren, and Stowe. Being that fall is just around the corner, Route 100 will be bustling with bright and beautiful colors, which, for those of us struggling through a drought on the west coast, makes for a bucket list-type road trip.
Yosemite to Lake Tahoe
Your life will never be complete without a road trip along California’s majestic mountain range, the Sierra Nevada. Starting with the waterfalls and granite monoliths of Yosemite National Park, climb the road to the soft and scenic Tuolumne Meadows, which is absolutely breathtaking during sunset. Then from there you can make your way to Mammoth Lakes, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and be sure to stop in Bodie, California’s best-known ghost town. After Bodie, you’ll hit Lake Tahoe, where you’ll find skiing in the winter and water sports in the summer.
Before you go, be sure to check road conditions, especially in the winter and spring. The Tioga Pass is usually closed during the winter due to snow. There are all kinds of reasons to pick a great road and there are several things to consider when deciding on a road trip. There are so many places to go and things to see, we hope we’ve been of some help.