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.
Historic Route 66 is what many people think of when they hear the words “American road trip.” Hop on the highway at any point on its long journey from the Midwest to California for quirky sights and views of the great American West.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway connects Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina/Tennessee border to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. You’ll have ample opportunities to soak up pristine views and engage in outdoor recreation like camping and hiking.
Seldom is there an opportunity to drive across the ocean for an extended period of time. The Overseas Highway in Florida connects the mainland to Key West. Start your adventure with Miami nightlife and finish up with the relaxed island lifestyle of Key West.
Set out on U.S. Route 1 in the state of Maine to behold beautiful lighthouses and the rugged and wild Maine coast. You might even catch Maine’s bright fall colors, a couple of antique stores and a tasty lobster dinner along the way.
Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway
If you find yourself near South Dakota, check out the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway. You’ll see breathtaking rock formations. Continue your journey on U.S. Highway 16 to see Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills National Forest.
Pacific Coast Highway
Make sure you’re well rested before starting your road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway in California. The drop-offs along the westernmost portion of the American mainland are not for the faint of heart — but they’re absolutely gorgeous.
Road to Hana
Next time you make the trip to Maui, make sure to take the Road to Hana for an up-close look at Hawaii’s tropical forests. Once you make it to Hana, you’ll be greeted by a unique black-sand beach and the opportunity to see the waterfalls of Haleakala National Park.
Montana is rich with rustic beauty, and Going-to-the-Sun Road will allow you to enjoy a good look at Glacier National Park and the Continental Divide. Check road conditions before you head out, though, because portions of the road are closed during the winter.
You can get to the Olympic Peninsula via Seattle or Tacoma in Washington. U.S. Highway 101 will allow you to circle the peninsula to view Washington’s coastline and Olympic National Park. You’ll also be able to see some of the nation’s best waterfalls, mountains, rivers and forests.
The Old King’s Highway
The Old King’s Highway, also known as Route 6A, will take you through Cape Cod in Massachusetts. If you select this trip, you’ll be able to see some of the best historic sites in all of America.