11 Classic U.S. Road Trips

U.S. Road Trips
START YOUR ENGINES, PLEASE: If the Interstate system stands for the ultimate in utilitarianism, the country's untrammeled two-lane highways are a Utopian dream. (PhotoDisc)

The United States' 46,876-mile Interstate Highway System might be the one celebrating its 50th birthday this year, but consider this enviable grid of blacktop simply your gateway to the real U.S. of A. Instead, hang a right onto the roads less traveled, the country's two-lane highways. From the red-hued Heartland to blue-leaning coastal enclaves, sun-kissed sandy shores to soaring mountain spines, blockbuster national parks to secret state preserves, it's a journey that defies generalization.

We've joined forces with Jamie Jensen, author of the newly revised Road Trip USA (Avalon Travel Publishing, 2006), to bring you 11 must-drive itineraries that will give you a true appreciation for the vastness of the continent.

Pick from legendary routes along Route 66 or down California's magnificent Highway One to appreciate the quintessential American drive; follow the Rockies as they muscle their way from Alberta, Canada, down to the Mexican border for a taste of Mother Nature at her mightiest; or journey in the lee of the Appalachian Trail to taste the culture and charms of rural life from state to state. Whatever route you choose, we know you'll be in for the ride of your life.


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