The United States is a nation filled with diversity, and while it’s possible to experience a taste of what makes this country so unique on a visit to one of its top destinations, it’s a road trip through the flat plains, rolling hillsides and spaces tucked between that offers a true taste of America’s unique flavor.
Few stretches of blacktop are more iconic than Route 66. This famous highway has been the topic of folk songs, novels and American road tripping dreams for decades. Much of the original road is gone but travelers can still pass through some of its most historic parts in places like New Mexico and Arizona. Route 66 winds by classic bits of Americana like the Cadillac Ranch and Wigwam Village that are not to be missed.
The Pacific Coast Highway is as scenic as Route 66 is historic. This famous stretch of road runs from southern California to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, offering intrepid drivers unmatched views of rocky coastline. The two-lane highway is known for its traffic jams, but since it passes by Big Sur, Hearst Castle and the Golden Gate Bridge there’s plenty to catch the eye when the car comes to a halt.
Travelers looking for a bit of classic American history will find it on a road trip through Bucks County, a picturesque Pennsylvania destination where Washington crossed the Delaware, William Penn once lived and where an entire park is dedicated to America’s most beloved children’s show—Sesame Street. It’s the perfect option for visitors to New York, Philadelphia and even Washington, D.C., who are looking for a bit more American wonder out on the open road.