Santa (or Mrs. Santa) just left you a new set of wheels under your tree. Here are five great road trips across America to help you break-in your new ride, courtesy of Mary McCoy and our friends over at Shell Oil:
- Columbia River Highway in Oregon
This scenic 48-mile road trip takes you from Portland to the Hood River. Along the way, take in views of the wildlife. Enjoy popular attractions, such as the Multnomah Falls and Bonneville Lock and Dam, free of charge. The drive may only take three to five hours; however, many visitors extend their trip in order experience all that this National Historic Landmark has to offer.
- Historic Route 66
Despite its decommissioning, Historic Route 66 continues to be an iconic road trip route. One of the most popular stretches runs through New Mexico and Arizona, offering a glimpse of American history in the form of landmarks, restaurants and filling stations along the way.
- Route 100 in Vermont
Often called the best foliage drive in Vermont, Route 100 is perfect for a fall road trip. This route through the Green Mountains is the state’s second longest byway, including 20 towns. In addition to incredible views, Route 100 offers access to a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, biking and skiing.
- U.S. Route 1 in Florida
For those looking to escape the cooler weather, U.S. Route 1 in Florida offers a road trip to a warmer climate. This route stretches 545 miles, from Maine to the Florida Keys. Enjoy coastal views in Florida, as you pass through Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Fort Pierce, Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville.
- Pacific Coast Highway 1 in California
On the opposite coast, explore the length of California on Pacific Coast Highway 1. This route boasts a variety of destinations for visitors of all ages. It’s also home to the iconic and low-cost attractions such as the Bixby Bridge and the Point Sur Lighthouse. Only 24 miles long, Pacific Coast Highway 1 can be completed in a day.