18 All-American Road Trips That Will Give Major F.O.M.O.

America is made up of a whopping 9.834 million km² (3.797 million miles), so it’s safe to say there’s no shortage of road trip options.

However, you want to get the best out of your experience, right? Don’t miss these 18 unforgettable destinations for the ultimate epic American road trip.

Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail isn’t just for hikers. Oh no. On the contrary, this Georgia to Maine route is one of the most pleasant drives for lovers of east-coast scenery (including waterfalls, theme parks, and witchy forests). Best enjoyed during fall for the full foliage effect!

Atlantic Coast 

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Can’t get enough of those east-coast towns and Maine crabs? This is the road trip for you. You’ll travel to/from Maine to/from Florida, stopping at all the cute little fishing towns and coastal hotspots you can shake a stick at!

Border-to-Border 

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The ultimate road trip and scenic journey, this Route 93 trip is approximately 2,245 miles from – you guessed it – border to border.

Along the way, you can expect to enjoy everything from college towns to the wild west, dormant volcanoes, and everything in between. 

Florida Overseas Highway

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This road trip can be covered in as little as three days if need be, and travelers can enjoy the glamorous stretch of Miami Beach while cruising down the Overseas Highway down to Key West. The ultimate trip for those needing a little sun, sea, and scenery!

Glacier National Park, Montana

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America is famed for its abundance of national parks, and the Glacier National Park in the Rocky Mountains is a treat for the eyes – and the tires!

Boasting an impressive 26 glaciers stretched across 700 miles, you can take in the sights of multiple mountains, lakes, waterfalls, forests, valleys, and meadows, as well as keep an eye out for the ‘locals’ (mountain goats and grizzly bears!).

Gulf Coast 

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Follow Route 90 and Route 89 for a 700-mile, 3-day seaside road trip that covers New Orleans in Louisiana to South Walton in Florida.

This is the perfect quick road trip for a long weekend of Cajun cuisine, beachside pitstops, and alligator spotting!

Great River 

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As the name suggests, this route follows the Great River (AKA, the Mississippi River) and takes you a whopping 3000 miles from Minneapolis to the Gulf of Mexico (or vice versa). A particularly delightful road trip for those who enjoy stopping off for some local seafood!

Great Northern

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Those favoring the northern territory can enjoy the drive from Maine to Washington in the space of 3,600 miles. Because a good stretch of this route is covered by the US Highway 2, the drive itself is smoother than some of the mountain-based road trip routes.

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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Everyone should witness Mount Rushmore in all its splendor at least once in their life, and what better way to do so than via a road trip?!

Located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, the landscape is a hotbed of expansive parks, memorials, and national monuments just waiting to be explored.

National Parks 

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America’s national parks are something to behold. The official national parks road trip offers approximately 47 national parks dappled across a 14,500-mile stretch and is ideal for those wanting to avoid the cities and freeways. Word to the wise, though: not ideal for short trips, as to complete the entire route, you’ll need to set aside at least 2 months!

Oregon Trail

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Oregon is a driver’s paradise, and the Oregon Trail, also known as the Large-Wheeled Wagon Route, roars all the way from Cape Cod to Columbia Gorge, which was first discovered in 1883 and connects to the Missouri River. Lots of gorgeous natural scenery awaits.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

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North Carolina isn’t all about the charming cities of Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh. It’s rich in scenic countryside too.

This route takes you along the stunning coastline, which is full of serene beaches, lighthouses, mysterious marchland, and beautiful sea birds.

Pacific Coast Highway 

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Scooting on over to the west coast for a second, the Pacific Coast Highway loosely follows the infamous hiking route, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Starting in the Mojave desert, you can experience some of the West’s best offerings, including California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. For a shorter, two-week version, the California road trip takes you from San Diego up to San Francisco.

Richardson Highway

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Those dying to see Alaska’s unique and otherworldly landscape can do so via the Richardson Highway road trip, which takes you from Valdez through to Thompson’s Pass while following the Copper River.

Lovers of snow-capped mountains and freshly caught salmon suppers will be right at home along this route!

Route 66

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Arguably the most famous of all the American routes, Route 66 is the bad boy/gal road trip experience for only the coolest travelers!

Spread across 2,448 miles and going from Chicago to Santa Monica, this road trip is best completed with a kicka*s soundtrack!

San Juan Skyway, New Mexico

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The ultimate road trip route for those who love driving with the top down! Why not let that southern sun kiss those cheeks of yours while cruising along the river valleys and alpine peaks all the way up to Colorado?

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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The White Mountains span roughly across a quarter of New Hampshire while dipping ever so slightly into western Maine.

Considered the most ‘rugged’ mountains in New England, the White Mountains are a subrange of the famous Appalachian Mountains and boast acre after acre of multicolored foliage to admire while cruising along.

Yellowstone National Park

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The unmatched beauty of Yellowstone makes for the ultimate sightseeing experience at your own leisurely pace.

This route can start anywhere from Denver to Chicago to Salt Lake City to Glacier National Park, making it one of the most accessible routes wherever you begin your travels.

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