Lonely Planet Writer

Roll On Down the Highway

While the road trip has always been a stand-by for American travel, dreams of travelling the classic routes like the fabled Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, and the Alaska highway seem to have been rekindled in recent months. Maybe it's the economy. Maybe it's the carbon cost of air travel. Maybe it's the swine flu. Whatever it is, folks seem to be getting hitting the road more than they have in a while.

route66[Photo: Swiv/Lonely Planet Flickr Group]

If you're one of those who dreams of winding your way from Chicago to LA (more than 2000 miles all the way), see this recent post on Thorn Tree in the US FAQs where branch regular bzookaj asks is it a trip of a lifetime, or a waste of time

Opinions on the glory of Route 66 travel are divided, but if you've never stayed in a wigwam motel in Holbrook, or if you've never been standin' on the corner in Winslow Arizona, how could you pass up the opportunity?

Just glance through the U.S. branch on the Thorn Tree forum and you'll find numerous discussions going on about road trips right now: a Great Lakes photography road trip; a Pacific North West drive from Portland to Vancouver ; a desert road trip starting in LA ; a music themed road trip from Seattle to New York.. and many more.

Are you hitting the road this year? Tell us where you're headed. And if you've been there and done that, jump on the forum and share your must-dos (and should avoids) with our community.

(Inside Tip: for a limited time, download a free PDF copy of Lonely Planet's guide to the Pacific Coast Highway from the new California Trips guidebook).