Top 10 USA drives not to miss!

1. Route 66:
Probably the most famous driving routes in the USA, a ribbon of concrete stretching from Chicago to LA. Take snapshots of retro roadside relics and fill your belly in the 1950s style diners.

2. Pacific Coast Highway:
Curve alongside the ocean on California’s Highways 1 and 101 past celebrity hideouts and golden beaches, over the iconic San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and north into misty coast redwood forests.

3. Blue Ridge Parkway:
Cruise along the Appalachian Mountains on this historic route, with its rustic wooden-cabins, while soaking up glorious sunsets.

4. Florida’s Highway 1:
Travel along breath-taking bridges and causeways across the Florida Keys archipelago until you reach your final destination, Key West.

5. Great River Road:
Wind alongside the mighty Mississippi in the heart of America, stopping off at 19th Century author Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, St Louis’ Gateway Arch and Missouri’s pastoral French-colonial countryside.

6. Columbia River Highway:
Oregon’s most scenic byway was the first route in the USA to become a National Historic Landmark. Travel in spring, when waterfalls and wildflowers spread along the dramatic Columbia River Gorge.

7. Natchez Trace Parkway:
After kicking up your heels in country and western Nashville, drive into the Deep South and enter Alabama and Mississippi, with their swampy marshes and old-fashioned roadhouses dishing up good food.

8. Road to Hana:
Twisting through tropical jungle and over dozens of cliff-hugging, narrow one-lane bridges, this thrilling route leads to hidden waterfalls and rural villages along Maui’s most stunning coast.

9. Seward Highway:
Staring out from Alaska’s biggest city, Anchorage, this beautiful stretch of road reaches into the Kenai Peninsula, with its alpine valleys, icy glaciers and aquamarine fjords and lakes.

10. US Highway 50:
Nicknamed ‘The Loneliest Road in America,’ this famous highway through Nevada is ideal if you’re seeking solitude amid arid deserts, skyscraping peaks and Old West mining ghost towns.

Source – This content is taken from Lonely Planet’s USA guide.

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