There's no better way to experience America than an old fashioned road trip in a classic car or camper van. What better way to see the stunning landscapes than driving down the many road trip routes the USA has to offer. Each scenic drive offers something unique and is the perfect way to explore this incredible country.
Route 66 - Chicago to California
The most iconic route in all of America, Route 66 stretches over 2,500 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. This original highway is full of historic stops and quirky roadside attractions passing through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.
The Blue Ridge Parkway - Virginia
One of Americas most scenic drives, this route connects Shenandoah National Park, Virginia to the Great Smokey National Park, North Carolina. This 469 mile drive twists and turns through the incredible landscapes of the Appalachians. Autumn is the best time to drive this route when the leaves turn red and gold. With slow speed limits this road is to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace in order take in all the scenery.
Pacific Coast Highway - San Francisco - San Diego
This 653 mile route takes in some of the best and most remote coastal landscape in the country. Along the way you can stop at small seaside towns and explore stunning beaches. The route is best driven in Spring and Autumn to avoid the busy summer roads.
The Overseas Highway - Miami to Key West
The famous Overseas Highway hovers over the Atlantic Ocean crossing 42 bridges and covering 150 miles from Miami through the Florida Keys to Key West. Although the route is relatively short, this road trip is made substantial with a number of snorkeling and kayaking stops as well as opportunities for dolphin watching.
This road trip will lead you on a magnificent journey over the continental divide, through lush green forests alongside Lake MacDonald and down into the deep valleys with incredible waterfall views. This 50 mile road is the only one to span the Glacier National Park and road-trippers can start their journey from either Route 2 or Route 86.
Alaska Highway- Alaska
Starting in British Colombia this winding road travels through the Yukon Territory. The long trip lasts for around 1,459 miles, originally ending in Delta, however drivers can now continue on to Fairbanks. Along the drive expect to see an abundance of wildlife, incredible mountainous landscapes and wilderness like no other.
Downeast Maine- Maine Coastline
This 125 mile journey travels along the coast of Maine on Route 1 and tours through quaint fishing villages and rocky coastlines. The drive starts in Kittery and concludes near Lubec and offers an array of cultural experiences along the way. Don't forget to stop during your drive and try the incredible seafood including the famous Maine lobster.
Great River Road National Scenic Byway- Minnesota to New Orleans
This 3,000 mile drive travels the course of the Mississippi river and passes through 10 states. Along the way road trippers will encounter a number of river related attractions and an array of culture, cuisine, music and communities. This scenic route is designed to be driven over a period of time to allow visitors to explore as many cities as possible.
Hana Highway- Maui, Hawaii
The winding road stretches around the eastern side of Maui for over 60 miles crossing 59 bridges connecting Kahului to the town of Hana. With stunning beaches, lush vegetation and waterfalls along the way, be prepared to take many scenic pit stops.
Las Vegas Loop
This route will take you on a round trip from Las Vegas exploring the states of Utah and Arizona. Driving down the Las Vegas strip, through the open desert roads of Utah and wild west of Arizona, this trip will provide you with the most diverse scenery. It is best to avoid the summer months as the heat can be unbearably hot, especially driving down the empty desert roads.
It may of been more than a century ago since the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 but if you are a history buff now is your time to relive it in Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory.
Visit Skagway, Alaska
Many of the Cruise ships dock in Skagway on the northeastern tip of the Inside Passage, just like the many steamships that transported gold-hungry prospectors from Pacific Northwest ports in the late 19th century. Today the town retains some of its 19th century charm with shops and bars in vintage style and original buildings.
Hike the Old Prospector Trail
You can relive some of the original journey that gold rush seekers would of had to do on foot, heading up north from Skagway. Parts of the original trail can be done on the Chilkoot Trail (which requires preparation and a permit from the National Park Service) or parts of the White Pass Trail.
Explore Dawson City, YT
The heart of the Klondike Gold Rush was in Dawson City, where $29 million worth of gold passed through. At it's peak the town was dubbed the "Paris of the North," for its vibrant community. Though it is no longer in it's heyday it still has an old, wild west charm to it and a popular place to experience it is Diamond Tooth Gerties. It was a former community gathering space-turned-retro-gambling hall, where one can still drink and gamble while watching a cancan girl show, as prospectors did more than a century ago.
The dogs were an integral part of cargo transportation during that time and still remain an important part of Dawson City today. There are plenty of places in the Yukon and Alaska to try dog sledding or for a real dogsledding spectacle check out the Iditarod, which takes place from Anchorage to Nome each March.
See Chicken, AK
While a lot smaller than Dawson City, the town of Chicken (population between 17 and 37 people) oozes with quirky charm. Chicken has remained an active mining town since the Klondike Gold Rush and has also become a tourist attraction when people are passing between Fairbanks and Dawson City to buy souvenirs and eat the famed chicken pot pie.
Visit Dredge No. 4
This National Historic Site near Dawson City is a big pull for history buff with much of the big metal gears still remain in what was once the largest wooden hulled dredge in North America. While gold is no longer dredged and processed here, the old industrial mining site is still impressive.
Look for Gold at the Discovery Claim
The Discovery Claim near Dawson City is where the whole Klondike Gold Rush began, when prospectors Skookum Jim, Dawnson Charlie, and George and Kate Carmack struck gold on August 17, 1896. The area is now open to the public for gold panning at Bonanza Creek, provided you have your own gear. Otherwise the Klondike Gold Fields in Skagway is always a good stop for tourist panning.
The wildlife of Alaska is diverse and abundant, they even have their own "Big 5" of famous animals that everyone should try and tick off their list. When you are next travelling to Alaska make sure to take a tour, for your chance to glimpse some of these amazing creatures.
Alaska contains 98% of the US Brown Bear Population and they also contain a large number of Black Bears. Brown Bears are a more common sight with them found through out the state while Black Bears are more rare but they can come in a few different shades of colours such as black, brown, cinnamon and even a rare blue shade. Though Bears may be considered a nuisance to the locals, anyone visiting would love to catch a glimpse of the Brown Bear or the much smaller Black Bear.
The Alaskan subspecies of Moose is the largest in the World and though there is an abundance of them in the state, the population is still controlled by natural predators such as bears and wolves, as well as hunters. But because of their numbers Moose are a common sight, and are often seen feeding and grazing along the State's highways.
Though the rest of the world may call them Reindeer, the Alaskan's only refer to domesticated Caribou as Reindeer. They are generally found in tundra and mountain regions, where there are few trees and are large-scale migratory animals, known to travel up to 50 miles a day. Though the Alaskan Natives depend on Caribou for food there are still an estimated 950,000 in the State.
There are two subspecies of Wolves in Alaska, the Northwestern Wolf and the Arctic Wolf. Wolves are found throughout the mainland of Alaska and most of the major islands of the southeast. The Arctic Wolves are less common but the Northwestern Wolf can be seen throughout the state and there is approximately one wolf per 25 square miles. In recent years there has been efforts to control the wolf population but it has been a source of controversy in the State.
5. Dall Sheep
Dall Sheep live, rest and feed all in the rocky terrain and steep, inclined land of the mountain regions of Alaska. Sometimes they are seen below their usually high elevation but only when their food is scare otherwise they will be avoiding predators and humans up high. Alaska contains a good size population of Dall sheep, and they are commonly sighted in the eastern and western sides of Denali National Park.
Alaska is known for its pristine waters which produces some of the most remarkable seafood in the USA. If you have a chance to visit this beautiful state don't miss out discovering the tasty local seafood.
Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill, Anchorage
This iconic restaurant has been open since 1978 and known by the locals as Simon's. It is positioned to overlook Mount Susitna, Cook Inlet and the Alaska Range creating a beautiful panoramic view while you dine on high-quality seafood.
The Bamboo Room Restaurant, Haines
For a more homey small-town diner try the Bamboo Room, where you will find the most juicy and fresh halibut fish and chips in town. To top it all off, wash it down with a beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company for the real local experience.
The Bubbly Mermaid Oyster Bar, Anchorage
If you are a fan of oysters then you shouldn't overlook this one. This small and cozy restaurant offers oysters straight from Alaskan waters, and they also have some of the best and freshest seafood found anywhere in Anchorage. Oysters are available either raw or baked and can be ordered in a dozen different preparations.
Hanger on the Wharf, Juneau
With a great location overlooking the Juneau's seaplane harbour, it's time to unwind while eating through Hanger's huge selection. They had an extensive menu, from king crab hand rolls to halibut tacos as well as 100 beers available.
Orso is all about being local, with their fresh seafood only from Alaskan Waters as well as vegetables all grown in the nearby Matanuska Valley. They have an expansive selection of delicious seafood and grilled meats, including halibut, cod, salmon, rockfish, king crab and many others.
Hot Bite, Auke Bay
Since the 80s this restaurants has been a popular spot for locals to grab some juicy buffalo burgers and halibut cheek sandwiches with cusabi (cucumber and wasabi dressing). You will find this place away from the cruise crowds a few miles north of Juneau in a small pink building.
Southside Bistro, Anchorage
This vibrant eatery is known for it's generous portions of seafood, with their popular White Prawns and Kodiak Scallops a highlight on their menu. Not only do they offer great seafood but they also earned a reputation for offering one of the most delicious 8-oz Filet Mignos in Anchorage.
Sandbar and Grill, Juneau
For that authentic dive bar atmosphere then look no further than the Sandbar where it's all about the local fish with no frills. For some mouthwatering classics try the halibut burger and the fresh halibut fish and chips.
The US has something to see for everyone, from culture to nature, from history to music. Check out this list of some the experience not to be missed across this different and diverse country.
The Pacific Nortwest is one of the lesser gems, with expansive plains, soaring mountains and a rugged coastline all waiting to be discovered. Explore the vineyards along the Columbia River and hike through stunning national parks.
The West Coast is blessed with a number of world-famous and lesser-known national parks, from Yosemite and Sequoia with their mighty drawcards to the haunting landscapes and desert blooms of Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks.
Cruise down Highway 1
Follow one of the world's most celebrated highways on a coast-hugging drive. Starting or ending in San Francisco, visit quaint villages, elegant Santa Barbara, award-winning wineries and bustling Los Angeles and stop at beautiful beaches along the way.
Sample Delicious Wines
California's famed wine country covers so many diverse areas, from the grand, expansive estates of the famous Napa Valley and the sun-drenched North Coast wine country to the zinfandels of the Gold Country, where vines were planted back in the Gold Rush days
TEXAS & SOUTH WEST
There's so much to see and do in the 'Lone Star' state. Home to some of the largest cities in the US, Texas is a culture and arts hub with a history more varied than any other part of the country. And don't forget the cowboy culture that's alive and thriving.
Arizona showcases the history of the Wild West like no other state. Head to the dusty mountain town of Tombstone for a recreation of the gunfight at the OK Corral. But it's the grandest landmarks in the country, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, that you must see.
New Mexico bears the most obvious traces to the numerous pioneers that have called the region home, from Native American pueblos in the north of the state to former Spanish colonial towns like Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque.
The Wild West
The Rocky Mountain region is one of the best places in the US to experience authentic Western ranch life. In Montana, saddle up for trail rides, barn dances and chuckwagon races or bunk down in a ranch in Wyoming.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone offers over 9000 square kilometres of unspoiled natural splendour. Camp by a crystal-clear lake as a bald eagle soars overhead, observe free-roaming elk and bison in their native habitat or gaze in wonder as one of Yellowstone's famous geysers thunders skyward
From the highest sand dunes in the north and 54 Rocky Mountain peaks that rise over 400 metres to red-rock formations that seem to rip from the earth to the rolling grasslands of the eastern plains, Colarado has one of the most unique and varied natural landscapes in the world.
When it comes to American music, all roads lead to the Deep South. The region is a tour through America's musical landscape - the bluegrass in Kentucky, jazz in New Orleans, country music and the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee and the Mississippi blues.
Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina, is one of the most visited destinations in the south, thanks to its charming historic buildings, antebellum architecture, rich history, delicious cuisine, Southern graciousness and unique blend of Southern US, English, French and West African cultures.
Cruising the Mississippi River on a paddlewheel riverboat conjures up romantic images of America's Deep South. Glide past rolling farmlands and southern plantations, devour delicious cuisine and visit vibrant cities and Civil War battlefields.
Well-known as the birthplace of America, from the landing of the pilgrims to the American Revolution, Massachusetts has so much more to offer beyond its history - hundreds of kilometres of coastline, charming small towns, sophisticated Boston and so much more
Food & Wine
New England's regional produce is second to none. There's nothing like apple cider, a clambake by the beach, pumpkin, peach and apple pies and the region's very own clam chowder. A number of microbreweries and vineyards also dot the region.
Fall in New England
Autumn, or fall, in New England is one of the best times to visit. The region bursts with colour as the foliage changes from green to a brilliant kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, golds and yellows. The colours splash across hillsides and valleys, down mountains and along the coast.