11 best road trips

The USA’s

Road-tripping is the ultimate way to see the USA. You can drive up, down, across, around or straight through every state in the continental US.

Revel in yesteryear along Route 66, marvel at spectacular sunsets on the Pacific Coast Hwy, or take in sublime scenery in the Appalachian Mountains or along rocky Massachusetts coastline.

Pacific Coast Highway – California, Oregon and Washington

A drive along America's stunning western coastline is road-tripping at its finest.

In California, Hwy 1 (also called the Pacific Coast Highway), Hwy 101 and I-5 pass sea cliffs, idiosyncratic beach towns, laid-back San Diego, rocker LA and beatnik San Francisco.

North of the redwoods, Hwy 101 swoops into Oregon for windswept capes, rocky tide pools and, for Twilight fans, Ecola State Park, the stand-in for werewolf haven La Push, WA.

Cross the Columbia River into Washington for wet-and-wild Olympic National Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia and North Carolina

There's not one stoplight to spoil the ride on this 469-mile roadway traversing the southern Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.

Along its nearly 217 miles in Virginia, you can watch sublime sunsets, scan for wildlife and lose all sense of the present while gazing at the vast wilderness. Hikes take you deeper into nature.

Camp or spend the night at forest lodges. Don’t miss the bluegrass and mountain music scenes of nearby towns such as Floyd and Galax.

Zion and Bryce National Parks – Utah

Meet red-rock country in all its heart-soaring, sculpted splendor. From the sheer wall of Zion to the sentinels of hoodoos that form Bryce Canyon, these are the landscapes that no one should miss.

This trip takes in the parks' classic highlights as well as tiny Western towns and off-the-beaten-path nature sanctuaries where the screech of a hawk breaks the silence of the trail.