A route trip is the ultimate pickup. It’s the journey. non the finish. so don’t haste. Absorb the scenery. visit unusual attractive forces. eat in roadside diners. strike hard back a few cold 1s in local tap houses. and strike up conversations with aliens. The unexpected is portion of any memorable route trip. During 4 1/2 decennaries. the two of us have driven more than 250. 000 stat mis while touring the USA in a assortment of vehicles including four VW campers. We have motored through all 50 provinces ( we flew to Hawaii ) . All the trips were gratifying and educational. but five stand out. The first would be on anyone’s list of great route trips. and the 2nd two are likely on most lists. The last two may be surprising. but merely for folks who haven’t driven them. We’ll see you on the route.

The Pacific Coast Highway.
The USA’s premiere route trip winds 1. 700 stat mis along the Pacific Coast from southern California to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The scenery is breathtaking with Michigans that include Hearst Castle. Big Sur. San Francisco. Point Reyes National Seashore. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Olympic National Park. Open the Windowss and bask the fresh air as you drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and watch elephantine container ships glide underneath. Stare in admiration at the looming redwoods of northern California.

Stop in Tillamook. Ore. . and bask a circuit of the Cheese Factory. Walk the beach in the Kalaloch country of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and regenerate your spirit with the ocean zephyr and thumping breaker. It would be easy to pass most of a summer on this dramatic route trip. We know. because we did. Kid stops: San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park ; Sea Center at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ; Skunk Train through the Redwoods in Mendocino. Calif. ; Lewis & A ; Clark National Historical Park in Astoria. Ore. ; Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. WA. State Parkss and beaches are accessible along much of the path. San Francisco offers so many sites and activities for kids the metropolis is worthy of a separate trip.

Florida State Highway A1A and the Overseas Highway.
This 600-mile trip hints Florida’s Atlantic coastline from nor’-east of Jacksonville to Key West. Interesting stops along the manner include St.
Augustine. the oldest town in the U. S. ( kind of ) ; Daytona Beach. where you can drive on the beach ; Canaveral National Seashore ; and the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Highway A1A meets U. S. Highway 1 in Miami. Therefore begins the scenic 127-mile thrust on the Overseas Highway that boasts 42 Bridgess. including famed Seven Mile Bridge. Swim with a mahimahi. amble through a reclaimed bird sanctuary. tour a turtle infirmary. Much of the route parallels Henry Flagler’s Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that commenced operation in 1912 and was destroyed by a 1935 hurricane.

The rail line was subsequently converted to an car path that today remains seeable for long stretches. We consider Cardinal West to be Florida’s premiere finish. Kid stops: St. Augustine’s Marineland ; John F. Kennedy Space Center ; Palm Beach Zoo and South Florida Science Museum ; Everglades National Park ; Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center ; Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Public beaches line the Florida seashore ; interesting Michigans for childs are scattered along the Overseas Highway. Newfound Gap Road/Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive.

This seamless. at leisure drive through three national Parkss offers some of the East Coast’s most scenic landscapes. Newfound Gap Road ( 32 stat mis long ) cuts across Great Smoky Mountain National Park and connects with the Blue Ridge Parkway ( 469 stat mis ) . which connects with Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive ( 105 stat mis ) .

This fantastic thrust is null of hoardings. traffic visible radiations. roadside rubbish. and rushing 18-wheelers. We have taken this trip many times and look frontward to making it once more. The ideal seasons are spring. for blooms. and autumn. for colourful leaf. Six national park lodges along the manner offer merriment topographic points to overnight. Newfound Gap Road was closed by a major landslide in January 2013. but is expected to open for traffic in mid-May. Kid stops: Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. Tenn. ; white water rafting near Asheville ; Roanoke’s Virginia Museum of Transportation. National Park Service visitant centres along the path offer picture. exhibits and the entertaining. educational Junior Ranger plans. U. S. Highway 2.

The northernmost U. S. main road zigzags through mountain scopes. traverses the northern Great Plains. and swings about lakes as it connects Everett. Wash. . with Houlton. Maine. The full path. including a 700-mile stretch in Canada. covers 3. 300 stat mis. In the West it crosses the North Cascades and the Rocky Mountains. In the East it meets the Green and White mountain scopes. In between it passes through little towns with local museums and ask foring java stores. In western Montana the main road curves around the southern boundary line of brilliant Glacier National Park. Here. take a short roundabout way on Going-to-the-Sun Road that bisects the park. Driving through Minnesota ( including Duluth. place of birth of Bob Dylan ) will do clear why the province measures itself “the land of 10. 000 lakes. ”

The trip offers a peep at three Great Lakes: Superior. Michigan. Huron. In the Canadian subdivision spend clip in Ottawa. the country’s beautiful capital metropolis. After a visit to Montreal. the route turns south and reenters the US. Arriving in Bangor. Maine. see Alternate 1 and see Acadia National Park. Kid stops: Coulee Dam circuit and light show ; Spokane’s Riverfront Park ; Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston. ND ; Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center ; Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie ; Ottawa’s Parliament Building and changing of the guard ; Montreal Biodome ; Vermont Capitol circuit in Montpelier.

U. S. Highway 395.
Connecting southern California with the Canadian boundary line. this 1. 300-mile thrust crossbeams high comeuppances and mountain vales through a big part of the scenic West. The main road runs in a north-south way through some of the most beautiful. but uncrowded subdivisions of California. Nevada. Oregon. and Washington. The best part is arguably California’s Owens Valley. which bisects two major mountain scopes. Stop in the little town of Lone Pine. Calif. . where many western films were filmed nearby. Take side trips to Death Valley National Park and Lake Tahoe before halting in Reno for cheap housing and amusement.

The thrust through northern California. Beaver state and Washington passes through little towns and offers great views on an uncrowded main road that crosses the mighty Columbia River three times. Kid stops: Bodie State Historic Park. a shade town near Bridgeport. Calif. ; Virginia & A ; Truckee Railroad train drive from Carson City to Virginia City. NV ; Reno’s Discovery Museum ; Pendleton ( Ore. ) Family Aquatic Center ; Sacajawea Interpretive Center in Pasco. Wash. ; Spokane’s Mobius Kids Children’s Museum & A ; Science Center.

The autos we took there