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20 Road trips to take in your 20s

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Embrace your youth!

There's something downright American about loading up the car and piling in with your friends for a memorable road trip. Embrace the freedom of the road and your youth by checking out one of these 20 road trips to take during your 20s.

Highway 24

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Highway 24

Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park are connected by Utah Highway 24. Just 120 miles lie between the two national parks, so don't hesitate to make the trek for a fun excursion through rock formations and wild landscape.

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Lower Red Rock Loop Road

Arizona isn't a flat and boring desert — it's a desert full of rock formations, unique wildlife and stunning skies. Take the Lower Red Rock Loop Road through Arizona to see what adventures await you in the desert.

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Big Sur Highway

We've already mentioned the Pacific Coast Highway, but the Big Sur Highway on the Pacific Coast route is particularly worth seeing. It offers a wild view of California, and it's perfect for a romantic getaway.

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Great River Road

Louisiana is rich in unique culture, and the Great River Road will allow you to see Cajun country up close and personal. You'll see historic plantations and swamplands, and you'll even be able to make a stop in New Orleans.

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Devil's Backbone

Start your trip in the funky Texas city of Austin for a laid-back and friendly entry point, then head south to the Devil's Backbone for stunning views of the Texas Hill Country. Bonus idea: Time your visit for the spring, when Texas bluebonnets fill the roadside fields.

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Hudson River Valley

Make the trip up I-287 from New York City to see historic New York State, including wineries, fine dining, mountains and rivers. It'll be a welcome change of pace from the city that never sleeps.

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Highway 118 to Big Bend

There's no doubt about it: Making your way to Big Bend in Texas isn't an easy endeavor. But once you get there, you'll see a breathtaking and largely untouched desert that will leave you speechless. Take Texas State Highway 118 from Alpine to make it to the park.

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Columbia River Highway

The Columbia River Gorge in Oregon boasts the picturesque Multnomah Falls, the Columbia River and innumerable vistas and hills for hiking. Your eyes won't know what hit them.

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Trail Ridge Road

If you're in Rocky Mountain National Park, you must take Trail Ridge Road for a trip through the heart of the park. The Rocky Mountains will surround you with plenty of views.

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Santa Fe to Taos

You'll have the opportunity to enjoy memorable art and fine dining in Santa Fe prior to heading north on U.S. Highway 285 to Taos for an outdoorsy adventure this winter.

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