Listen to people talk about road trips, and you'd be amazed how much emotion can be packed into a couple of syllables, like "I-5". That one little phrase can cause a flurry of exclamations: "I remember when we..." "You gotta stop at this little place..."
The reason is simple: car travel make memories.
Find Great Drives
- Head over to the site of premier magazine Travel+Leisure, for Ten Great American Drives, such as The Oregon Coast, Yosemite, and Florida's Overseas Highway down to Key West --all with suggested lodgings for a family of four.
- Check GORP's Top Ten Scenic Mountain drives (in Washington, Vermont, Alberta, NH and more states.)
- Also from GORP: see National Scenic Byways and Other Recreational Drives, with a clickable map for the United States.
- Rand McNally Best of the Road: the well-known mapmaker company has an excellent web site. Click on Plan a Road Trip to make your way to editor's picks for "Best of the Road": "scenic drives with plenty of cool stuff to see and do along the way".
- Onroute magazine is another source of inspiration for great road trips, including the Grand Canyon North Rim, Colorado's Trailridge Drive, Arizona's Apache Trail, and many more.
- Road Trip USA
Great routes, in different regions; many details and suggestions for fun stops.
- And for a quirky look at car travel, there's Roadside America: "Your travel guide to offbeat vacation fun." Viking longboats, world's largest twine ball... check any state for such must-see sights.
Finally: Rand-McNally has made road maps for decades. See two classic Road Maps for the US, Canada, and Mexico: large size, vinyl covers; price comparisons.