The 5 Best Cross-country U.S. Road Trips

Have you ever dreamed of driving along the ocean or green landscapes with the windows down and dreamy music, always in the company of loved ones? This is the definition of a perfect road trip. If you're getting ready for your next road trip, you should know that America has some of the best routes to offer. A cross-country road trip is a perfect way to discover the scenic sights and scenery that a country has to offer. Explore the five incredible cross-country road trips in the USA below and get ready for an incredible driving and traveling experience.

Historic Route 66

U.S. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 and is one of the most famous roads in the United States. It covers a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km) and passes through Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica of Los Angeles,California. It offers a wonderful geographic diversity to travelers, from the plains of Illinois to the deserts of the Southwest and the beaches of Southern California. Must-see places include the Mississippi River, Red's Giant Hamburg (the first drive-in), Amarillo (Texas), Albuquerque (New Mexico), Santa Fe (New Mexico), and Los Angeles ( California). There are more than 250 buildings, bridges, road alignments and other sites along Route 66 that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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U.S. Route 20

U.S. Route 20 stretches 3,365 miles (5,415 km), from the Pacific Northwest east to New England, and is the longest road in the United States. You will pass from Massachusetts through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Oregon. This route offers an extremely diverse range of places, from mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches, to traditional small towns and the most modern urban cities. Outstanding attractions on the route include at least two wonders of the world, New York's Niagara Falls and Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.

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U.S. Route 50

Running coast-to-coast, US-50 passes through 11 states and some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes, as well as the nation’s capital, Washington DC. Along the route of 3,073 miles, you will cross from Maryland through DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California and find some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes: the Sierra Nevada and the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains,  the desiccated deserts of Utah and Nevada etc. 

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Pacific Coast Highway

The legendary Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) first began in the 1930s and remains one of the most scenic drives you'll ever take. It will take you right next to the Pacific Ocean and the western border of the United States as it travels from Los Angeles, California to Tumwater, Washington. From end to end, the Pacific Coast Highway is 1,675 miles long and along the way you will be able to enjoy some of the best scenery and attractions of California, such as picturesque seaside towns, pristine sandy beaches and beautiful wild landscapes, mountains and towering trees. It takes you about 10 hours to drive the entire length of the Pacific Coast Highway but in order to enjoy the route and what it has to offer you with its attractions on this route, an itinerary of 5 days is ideal.. 

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US Highway 2

Known as The Great Northern, US Highway 2 is a route that includes nearly 3,600 miles of mountains, lakes, badlands and valleys. It is one of the longest transcontinental road trips with varied landscapes. The Great Northern is the most northerly east-west route in the country, starting in Maine and continuing through New England into Canada and then starting again in Michigan and continuing up the Washington coast. It was named "The Great Northern" in memory of the historic transcontinental railroad that helped pioneer the settlement of the West. Along the way you will be able to admire beautiful cities, pass over mountains, lakes, valleys, historical sites and even cross the Canadian border. You will need about 70 hours of driving to complete the route, but to do so would be not only impossible, but also a waste of some impressive experiences. So, to get the most out of the trip, plan for such a road trip to last at least two weeks.

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