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5 of the Most Famous Road Trips In The United States

 

Most travellers have international road trips on their bucket list and for many Kiwis there is a one special road trip that we all dream about - driving the open highways of America.  The US highways are steeped in history, have some of the country's most stunning scenery, and go through some of America's most interesting towns and cosmopolitan cities. We've put together five of the most famous road trips that may inspire you to add them to your bucket list.

Route 66

There are few roads that resonate more deeply in the American psyche as Route 66, one of the oldest highways to criss-cross the nation. Built in 1926, it originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica. Although Route 66 was removed from the U.S. highway system in 1985, it remains a popular tourist route. The National Park Service maintains a site detailing all the must-see sights along the way, check it out here Route 66  https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/maps66.html

Blue Ridge Parkway

Everyone should experience a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This 469-mile drive that connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina has often been voted America’s favourite drive.  Controlled by the U.S. National Parks System, it takes you on a cultural trip of the region's living traditions - Appalachian crafts and music, Cherokee traditions, and agricultural history. No big trucks are allowed on the highway and the speed limit is 45 miles. This allows you to take in all the amazing sights along the way.

California’s Highway 1

The longest state route in California, this 655.8-mile highway cuts through gorgeous scenery in the Big Sur region, where it hugs the cliffside and passes several coastal park areas and a redwood forest. Farther north, it takes drivers over San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most photographed bridges in the world.  You can start this trip at either end, for example begin in San Deigo at the southern end of the state, then travel through beach towns and famous places like Santa Barbara, Monterey and Santa Cruz.

The Florida Keys’ Seven Mile Bridge

Seven Mile Bridge is a seven-mile bridge connecting Knight’s Key in Marathon, Florida, to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. The old bridge was completed in 1912, initially a railroad bridge and known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World’’ because attempting to build something so ambitious over miles of open water and a soft-bottom was no mean feat.  The modern bridge was completed in 1982, driving on this road is a surreal pleasure, with clear blue water stretching into the distance as far as the eye can see. At times, the bridge looks like it stretches to infinity.

The Deep South: Charleston to New Orleans

764 miles of culture travelling through iconic places such as South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.  The Deep South is a fascinating part of America, a land with its own culture and history. The people are known for their friendliness, the food is legendary, and there is a huge amount of history to learn about, from the native peoples through to the American Civil War and civil rights movement.  Old towns, stunning wilderness areas, plantation homes, old cemeteries and fun events like the world famous Mardi Gras parade. To be honest there’s something for everyone. And what better way to experience all of this than by taking a classic road trip.

 

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