Great American Highways for RV Trips
When you set out on your next RV adventure, there’s no doubt that the anticipation of reaching your destination will cause some excitement, but just because you may only have one destination planned for your trip doesn’t mean that the drive itself can’t be exciting. As many seasoned road warriors will tell you, “half the fun is getting there!”
You can make the most out of your next RV road trip with this list of great American highways, perfect for travelers looking for scenic views and new experiences while motoring to your specific destination.
1) Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66! Stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, this legendary United States highway passes through eight different states and spans over 2,300 miles. As a historic road, Route 66 has a number of retro diners, vintage shops, odd museums and other relics of Americana worth checking out.
Visit the National Park Service online to view each part of the route by state and to see highlights from each area.
2) Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long and offers travelers a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. This highway runs through Virginia and North Carolina, and is a different experience depending on which season of the year when you choose to visit, so you can make the drive multiple times throughout the year for different visuals and panoramas!
3) Olympic Peninsula Loop
On this 445-mile road trip through Western Washington, you’ll experience the very best views that the Evergreen State has to offer. Included in the drive is a 31-mile loop through Olympic National Park , complete with over 300 species of birds, 70 mammals, and a diverse tidepool community. In addition to spotting a few new furry friends along the way, you’ll be able to be able to experience the high peaks, lush forest, and green wilderness that is the West coast. Maybe you’ll even see Bigfoot cross the road!
4) Scenic Byway 12
Scenic Byway 12 is one of the shorter routes on this list at around 123 miles, but that doesn’t mean it should be neglected. This byway has some of the most stunning desert landscapes in the United States. Located in the heart of the American West, Scenic Byway 12 begins to the west in Panguitch and ends in Torrey to the northeast, connecting Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.
5) North Shore Scenic Drive
Follow the North Shore Scenic Drive along Lake Superior for 143 miles starting in Duluth, Minnesota and travel through 8 states parks and a number of small shoreline towns. This drive is perfect for travelers who are interested in beaches, lighthouses, fishing, and even the history of fur-trading. There is always something to do on the North Shore and plenty of scenery to boot!
6) Taos Scenic Byway
Take The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway through New Mexico and experience authentic remnants of Old Spain! The Byway is only 56 miles long, but has enough old churches and towns to make you want to stop and see everything you can along the way. History buffs can visit the El Santuario de Chimayo, a sanctuary known for its unusual legend of Creation and also as the United States’ most important pilgrimage center.
Check out this video for more information on The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway.
7) Pacific Coast Highway
At around 600 miles, the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the world’s most stunning scenic highways. With jaw-dropping views of mountains, expansive beaches, and endless sky, this route is meant to be traversed slowly in order to appreciate every detail. The busy season is July-August, but the best time to visit this highway is in the Fall when the weather is just right. Pioneer outposts, surfing villages, local wine, roadside kitsch and Hollywood glitz await you on the Pacific Coast Highway.
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