5 US Road Trips to Take in 2016

Ready to hit the road? There is nothing like a wide open highway to make you fall in love with traveling all over again. If you have never been on your own quintessential American road trip, there is no better time than now!

So, grab your map, fill up on diner food and sing your heart out as you watch the world fly past your window. From its tropical coastlines and deserts to its vineyards and snowy mountain peaks, there is no better place to discover the spirit of the road than in the old US of A.

Here are the top road trips to take in 2016!

South Beach Miami

East Coast Cruisin’

An icon of the East Coast, Highway 1 spans an amazing 2,450 miles from Maine to Florida. You could spend weeks exploring this magical route BUT if you have only got a few days, head to Florida.

Start your road trip in Miami and drive south to explore the Florida Keys. You can actually drive the length of the Keys in four hours but don’t even think about rushing it!

Rent a convertible, fill up on key lime pie and stop at every beach along the way. Be sure to go snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

McWay Falls Big Sur

California Dreaming

Ready for a laid back West Coast adventure? There are few roads on this planet more beautiful than the Pacific Coast Highway. Call me partial but I think that the path between San Diego and San Francisco is truly second to none.

Check out the museums and zoos of San Diego and then head north to LA. Stargaze in Malibu. Explore Solvang and surf Pismo Beach. Cruise the most beautiful coastline of San Simeon and Big Sur and visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Painted Ladies San Francisco

You could spend weeks just exploring San Francisco alone once you arrive. And there’s always the option to take the road trip from San Francisco south to San Diego as well. It’s impossible to get out of California without leaving a piece of your heart there.

Exploring the Final Frontier

Looking for something a little more rugged? Anchorage is the heart of the final frontier. The whole of Alaska is unlike anywhere you have ever been. Drive the 130-mile path from the ocean, over the Kenai Peninsula and up to the quaint harbor town of Seward on Resurrection Bay.

The breathtaking path down Seward Highway is an official All-American Road, a designation only given to the most magnificent stretches of land in the country.

Oh, and don’t worry about the weather! It actually gets up to 80 degrees in the Alaskan summertime so plan on getting out of the car and hiking through the unspoiled stretches of land.

Route 66 Santa Monica

Finding Your Kicks on Route 66

Truly an American icon, Route 66 has it all. This proper slice of Americana stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica. The more time that you spend on Route 66, the deeper you will fall in love with it. It is really best to plan at least two weeks to travel down the length of Route 66.

Start off with a couple of nights exploring Chicago (or Santa Monica) then take off for the journey of a lifetime through countless roadside attractions. Check out the World’s Largest Rocking Chair and see if you can eat a 71-oz Texas steak! Be sure to make detours to visit the Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon.

Southern USA Road Trip

Cruise Through the South

Don’t have time to explore all of Route 66? Take a drive through the Southern USA to get a glimpse of some of America’s oldest states, and to see the wide open spaces that inspired a million dreams.

I took a 17-day road trip from Nashville, to Memphis, through Mississippi to New Orleans and ending in Houston on my Southern Road Trip and it was such a blast.

Nashville is home to some of the best food and music joints, as well as museums, and we all know what New Orleans is known for… the opportunities for memories are endless!

Mardi Gras

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.