Not all vacations need to revolve around a 5-star resort or epic beach. Sometimes it’s the journey that’s the most enjoyable thing about a vacation. If you’re the kind of traveler that enjoys getting in some road miles, this list of road trip recommendations is definitely something you should add to your bucket list.
Illinois to California
“The Mother Road” is a must for any serious road trip enthusiast. Interstates have overtaken much of the route, but there are still a few gems of mileage where the original two-lane highway has been preserved. There are plenty of shops and attractions along the route to keep you busy and stave off road weariness.
Pacific Coast Highway
San Luis Obispo to Monterey, California
The Pacific Coast Highway runs the entire length of California, but the middle section is definitely the best for road trippers. You’ll get the amazing scenery of Big Sur and its twisting, sea-side cliffs, as well as the eclectic towns and wine country that make this part of California famous.
Miami to Key West, Florida
This 120-mile route will take you through countless islands and keys, offering up all kinds of local flare along the way. You can find some of the best seafood you’ll ever experience set up in what looks like nothing more than a boat shed, and often that’s just what it is! Stop off for some snorkeling or flats fishing on your way to the southern-most point in the continental United States in Key West.
Million Dollar Highway
Silverton to Ouray, Colorado
Cruise this section of Highway 550, and you’ll climb more than two miles above sea level as you travel between two historic mining towns. If you don’t want to make the drive yourself, park the car and hop aboard the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train and make it a true old-west adventure.
The Loneliest Road
This barren stretch of Highway 50 isn’t going to offer any large cities or major attractions to enjoy, but it will pass through historic mining camps and over mountains that will offer some of the most picturesque landscapes you’ll likely ever see. Don’t worry; you’ll still find the occasional gas station and café to fuel up.