The Ultimate American Road Trip Guide

Get set for your next great American adventure!

From sea to shining sea and through amber waves of grain, America the Beautiful has lush scenery and colorful culture just waiting to be explored. And there has never been a better time to see, do, and drive to all the best sights and cities scattered around the continental United States. Read on for the planning tips, best destinations, best routes, and essential packing advice you’ll need to hit the open road this season.

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Planning a Road Trip

Ready to hop in the car and start making amazing memories? Here’s what you’ll need to plan the road trip of a lifetime, drawn from the experience of experts who have scoped out the best of the best. Start your engines!

The Best Road Trip Destinations

Whether you have a week or a single day, there are oceans, mountains, national parks and historical monuments just waiting to be explored. These are some of the best road trip destinations in America:

  • The Big Sur Road Trip: A breathtaking drive along the California coastline. You’ll see beautiful beaches and state parks with majestic redwoods and hiking trails.
  • White Mountains Road Trip: All roads lead to scenic views and an endless outdoor playground in these breathtaking New Hampshire mountains.
  • Glacier National Park Road Trip: See 26 glaciers and a million acres of stunning mountains, valleys, waterfalls, meadows, and lakes.
  • Outer Banks Road Trip: Travel through North Carolina along the National Scenic Byway down to Ocracoke Village for beautiful beaches, wild horses, lighthouses, birding, hiking, and more.
  • Mount Rushmore Road Trip: South Dakota’s Black Hills region boasts more than famous faces carved into a cliff: See Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and other national monuments and feats of nature.
  • Your Complete Guide to Arizona: The scenic route north from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon takes you through the old mining settlements and historic wild west towns, with mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, and fishing along the way!
  • Best Places to Spot Fall Foliage in America: From Stowe, Vermont, to Yellowstone National Park, the United States is packed with places to soak in the majesty of the season.
  • The Best Places to See New England Fall Foliage: See the region’s glorious shades of gold, crimson, and burnt orange, from the mountains and forests of Maine and New Hampshire to the coastlines of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
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The 55 Best Road Trips in America

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Gorgeous Coastal Towns to Road Trip to That Will Leave You Breathless

The Best Road Trip Routes

Road trips are a great way to see and experience the country, especially when the journey is as enjoyable as the destination. You’ll drive through sleepy towns and bustling cities, along rushing rivers, scenic cliffsides, lush forests, and desert-scapes. Our guides reveal the best places to eat and stay, and the roadside attractions not to miss. Get ready to see our big, beautiful country in a whole new way.

  • Route 66 Road Trip: Get your kicks on America’s original road trip—this 2,448-mile journey from Chicago to Santa Monica is a trip down the memory lane of our nation.
  • Appalachian Trail Road Trip: Cruise the Eastern seaboard along the 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine, along parks, waterfalls, theme parks, and stunning fall foliage.
  • Atlantic Coast Road Trip: The 1,900 miles of I-95 along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida takes you through quaint coastal towns, beautiful beaches, historic attractions, and some of America’s most iconic cities.
  • Driving Down the Great River Road: Follow along the mighty Mississippi to behold points of cultural and historical interest, viewing areas, and other highlights, not to mention sensational regional cuisine.
  • Border-to-Border Road Trip: On this trip from the Great White North to the Wild West, you’ll go across borders, through college towns and big cities, up mountains and down into the valleys, past dormant volcanoes, art installations, lakeshores, majestic national parks, and historic sites.

Packing for a Road Trip

These guides cover all the road trip essentials for cross-country travel—what you need to pack in your car, what goes in your suitcase, the best entertainment options, and key advice for traveling with kids and pets.