The summer might be winding down to a close but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for the year ahead. Whether it’s fall break, winter break, spring break, or next summer, there’s no wrong time of year to pack up your trailer and hit the road. And thanks to our “Great American Roadways” series, you’ll always have plenty of new adventures to choose from. Here are five more American roadways waiting to be explored.
1. Pacific Coast Highway | California
You’ve never experienced a road trip quite like this one. A trip down the Pacific Coast Highway is nothing short of magical with destinations like the famous sea otters of Monterey Bay and the Redwood Forest of Big Sur. But don’t worry about hearing any cries of, “Are we there yet?!” Considered one of the most scenic roads in the United States, the ride through PCH is a destination in itself with cliffside views of the coastline and plenty of hairpin turns to keep you entertained.
2. Lincoln Highway | New York City, NY to San Francisco, CA
If you’re in it for the long haul and a true cross-country road trip, then look no further than the Lincoln Highway. Built in 1913, this roadway is America’s earliest transcontinental highway as well as the longest (stretching through 3,389 miles and 14 states). Designed to connect the more rural areas of the US, Lincoln Highway gives you and up-close-and-person view of our country for a true all-American adventure. To get a taste of what you’re getting into, take a virtual tour on the Lincoln Highway Association’s virtual map.
3. Red Rock Scenic Byway | Arizona
One trip down the Red Rock Scenic Byway will chase away any questions you might have had about why Sedona is one of the most widely photographed areas in the country. Also known as State Route 179, this byway is a true American treasure and was officially designated as an All-American Road by the US Department of Transportation. The other-worldly landscape explores the red rock banks of Oak Creek, incredible canyons, and rock formations of the magnetic vortexes.
4. Route 100 | Vermont
Get ready to experience some seasonal weather on “Vermont’s Main Street.” Route 100 is the perfect choice for your next fall or winter vacation. Get in some hiking while taking a tour of New England’s finest foliage in the autumn months. Or make it a winter trip and learn why Route 100 is also called “The Skier’s Highway” as you travel to some of the Northeast’s best sky resorts from Massachusetts all the way up to the Canadian border. And don’t forget to stop along the way at some of the East Coast’s best small breweries!
5. The Loneliest Road | Nevada
If you’re looking for somewhere to get away from it all, this road’s name speaks for itself. Considered “The Loneliest Road,” this section of US Highway 50 is known for being a mostly barren, uninhabited region. However, entertainment will hardly be an issue! This roadway follows the Pony Express route, skirting mining camps and crossing mountain ranges covered with juniper and pine forests. Not to mention, the unpopulated area is perfect for astronomy buffs. Without any light pollution, the Loneliest Road is the perfect place to spot a shooting star.
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