Road Trip 101: 3 American Road Trip Routes

Few experiences scream “all American road trip” as much as getting into your car and hitting the open highway. The sound of the engine, whooshing down wide ribbons of asphalt with no end in sight–it doesn’t get any better. And when that destination is a nationally renowned gem like Route 66 or the Pacific Coast Highway – it only gets more thrilling.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”

Babs (Barbara) Hoffman
Ready to get your kicks on Route 66 😉

Exploring the Unforgettable Features of Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway

Exploring the historic, classic American road trip Route 66 will create unforgettable memories to last a lifetime. Afar (a traveling website) highlights that the route from Chicago to Los Angeles quickly comes alive with reminders of past eras as you cruise along — from old-fashioned ’50s style diners and notable landmarks, like Superman’s hometown Metropolis, Illinois, right up through ‘Mother Road’ memorabilia throughout your journey. One could easily find themselves living out every personal highway dream imaginable while traversing the 2,000 miles this must take.

For those looking to add an extra element of fun and adventure into their travels — something readers of this blog know that I often do 😉 — be sure to take time out for excursions into natural areas such as the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to take the occasional side trip to check out some utterly offbeat attractions like Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, adorned with vintage Cadillacs half-buried nose down into the ground.

Pacific Coast Highway in California

The Pacific Coast Highway is another must-see. This beautiful route runs from Orange County to Mendocino County and offers 655.8 miles of some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Along this stunning drive, expect to find Olympic National Park in Washington located on one side, Redwood National Park in California along with Three Capes Loop in Oregon on the other – plus greet cities like San Francisco or San Diego throughout your journey. And while there’s never an ‘ideal’ time to take on this incredible tour since its popularity grows every year, travelers are generally advised to avoid the summer season, as it attracts more tourists so if you seek a less crowded trip. 

Embracing the Beauty of the Arizona Highway 179

Exploring Arizona Highway 179 by car is a must-do. Visitarizona (a local tourist site) states that this perfect road trip route starts in the city of Sedona and winds its way along fourteen and a half miles of red rocks, attractions, restaurants, galleries – you name it. Make sure to stop at the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center along the way. Get informed about different things to do and see throughout your journey; don’t be afraid to ask travel questions here if you’ve got them.

Road-tripping around Arizona
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Next, pick up some picnic supplies from the nearby Village of Oak Creek before reaching two very famous landmarks on Highway 179 – Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. Pack your camera for close pictures — these plateaued formations are super photogenic; in addition, take time out to explore hiking or biking trails where you can truly admire Arizona’s natural beauty up close with no disturbances whatsoever.

However, remember to drive carefully because you don’t want to find yourself in a car accident. If it does come to that though, you need someone knowledgeable and confident enough to help you navigate the complexities of the law. Having access to experienced car accident lawyers ensures that you have representation from someone who can guide you through your case fearlessly as they understand the various elements present during road incidents, including insurance companies, damages, compensation claims and medical bills which may arise from injuries or property damage incurred by involved drivers. A competent car accident lawyer will also use their knowledge base coupled with their investigative skill sets to effectively determine whether there was negligence on behalf of any individual so that proper consequence is served accordingly. 

So you’ve got nothing to worry about, just start your engine and see what this great land has to offer. Whether it’s experiencing something new or re-living some of your favorite movies, these routes will have something just for you, so hit those highways and start exploring.

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About Derek Freal

"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel."   Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

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