The feeling of being free with no timetables and schedules must be one of the best reasons why many enthusiasts are into road-tripping. While on a road trip, no one can stop you at what you want to do. You can stop along the highway and have a peep of the surrounding or what’s there below the road. This must be the most fulfilling part of a road trip, the view and the limitless amount of fresh air.
In the US, we have some of the most scenic roads all over the world. Driving through these roads is surely a pleasant adventure. If you think these roads are too far from your residence, you can take a plane and rent a car for your road trip. It may not be logical to ship your car for a day road trip on one of the world’s most majestic roads, the Hana Highway in Maui, Hawaii. It would be very different if you are not the driver of the car. You will surely be missing many things.
Here are 7 road trips to get the best scenic views within the US.
Hana Highway, Maui
If you loved the sceneries of the movie, Jurassic Park, you will surely love the views from this highway. (Actually, some of the scenes in the movie were shot in Maui, although most scenes are shot in neighboring Kauai.) The highway spans 52 miles from Kahului to Hana which may take you about 2 ½ hours. On one side of the highway are steep sides of mountains with lush vegetation of mangoes, bananas, and other tropical trees. On the other side are beaches and the ocean. For sure, it would be nice to stop at some points to check on the deep gorges below you and enjoy the sight of a pristine waterfall beside you.
If you drive past the small town of Hana until the end of the road, you are already at Haleakala national park.
Blue Ridge Parkway, North and South Carolina, and Virginia
Any road trip enthusiast should not miss this 500-mile long road that runs through North and South Carolina. It passes through two national parks, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Shenandoah River. If you find your first road trip along this panoramic parkway awesome, do not be too sure that you have seen it all. If you drove through during the summer when the vegetation is lush green, you should also make a road trip during autumn where a play of colors is exhibited by the leaves. In winter, there are so many skiing resorts to enjoy.
US 1, Florida Keys
This overseas highway connects the small islands between Key Largo and Key West in Florida. When road tripping along this 120-mile island chain, you will be passing through strong waves beneath, sand bars, underwater coral reef parks, lighthouses, the 7-mile bridge, which is one of the world’s longest bridges. It is surely a peaceful experience road tripping along this overseas road when the sea is calm.
Route 12, Utah
Driving through this road winding through the Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon National Park can be an unforgettable experience for a road tripper. The view is spectacular and cannot be compared anywhere else. Once you drive deeper, you may think that you are in a maze of sandstones and purple sage. But will you be nervous that you think you are lost? The whole surroundings will surely relax you.
Blue Bonnet Trail, Texas
If you are daydreaming, you may think that you are driving through the AI overseas road in the Key West. This is because driving along this road seems like you are surrounded by the ocean. But no. The blue backdrop is provided by bluebonnets. Better check this out from March to May when the bluebonnets are in full bloom.
17-Mile Drive, California
When in California, do not be contented with road tripping along the Harbor Bridge only. You may find it more satisfying when you drive to the Monterrey peninsula to drive through the 17-mile Drive. The view is exhilarating with forested areas on one side and the sea and the beach on the other. And don’t miss the sunset. Some say it is one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Yes. It is also great to road trip in the heart of the city as long the view is like when you are on Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. With the harbor on one side and a forest of skyscrapers on the other side, it really gives a different satisfaction when you have road-tripped along highways and roads in the country.
Indeed, road tripping can give a sense of high which you may never feel anywhere else. It makes us appreciate more the beauty of nature and what man can do to enhance and preserve it. Always drive safely. It means more road trips ahead.