5 famous roadtrips in the USA

31 May 2019 - Written by Caroline Le Pichon

You dream of doing a roadtrip in the United States, but you hesitate between several routes? Then this article is for you!

Here are 5 roadtrips to do absolutely! Along the coasts, inland, through large cities or natural areas, you have the choice.



  • Route n°1 (or Pacific Coast)

The Pacific Coast, along the west coast of the United States, is one of the most popular roadtrip routes. Route 1 (Highway 1) is the most famous part of this route. You will have access to spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.


From Seattle to the south of the USA in San Diego, this 1647 miles long road will amaze you! Several stops await you: tropical forests, creeks, Monterey aquarium, large cities…


It is possible to shorten the journey from San Francisco.


Route: Seattle, Olympic National Park, Astoria & Fort Clastop, Dune Country, Redwood National Park, Mendocino, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, San Simeon, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Malibu, Los Angeles, San Diego.


Total distance: 1647 miles [From SF: 566 mi] // Average duration: between 3 weeks and 1 month


  • Overseas Highway, Florida

Almost never take your eyes off the ocean… The Overseas Highway offers you a sunny route that is sure to amaze you with its beautiful scenery. Moreover, it is feasible in a very short period of time. Ideal for a small roadtrip for a week!


Now the extension of Route No. 1, it connects Miami and the Keys Archipelago.


On the agenda: Florida City and its turquoise waters, the Everglades populated by alligators, and a series of strips of land and bridges (about fifty in total).  Among them, you will cross the longest one ever built in his time: the Seven Mile Bridge and its 7 mi.  Key West, at the end of the archipelago, is heavily influenced by Latin culture.


You can even dive into America’s only coral reef or take a boat trip…


Route: Miami, Florida City, Everglades, Key Largo, Tavernier, Plantation Key, Islamorada, Layton, Marathon, Seven Mile Bridge, Knight’s Key, Little Duck Key, Key West.  [Naples, Sanibel Island, Tampa, Orlando, Disney World, Cape Canaveral, Miami]


Total Distance : 113 mi [924 mi] // Average duration : 1 week [20 days]



  • Great American West

The western United States is a real gold mine in terms of large natural areas: canyons, waterfalls, giant redwood forests, you will be more than ever close to nature.


Bears, wolves, bats, pumas and other animals will most likely cross your path during your journey.


Immerse yourself in the vastness of the famous American cities! Would you prefer the neighbourhoods of San Francisco, the Hollywood city of Los Angeles or the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas?


Route: San Francisco, Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park, Valley of Fire, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Bakersfield, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco.


Total distance: 2392 mi // Average duration: from 3 weeks to 1 month


  • Route 66

If you are a fan of the mythical roads and the old school atmosphere of the USA then you you must absolutely follow route 66!


From the city of Chicago and its Lake Michigan, cross the United States from east to west. Among the highlights: St. Louis, Missouri, the blue whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma, the Cadillac Ranch cars in Amarillo, Texas, the Amerindian capital of southwestern Gallup, New Brunswick.


Mexico, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, or the Mojave Desert in California. At the end of the road: Los Angeles then Santa Monica.


Route: Illinois > Missouri > Kansas > Oklahoma > Texas > New Mexico > Arizona > California


Total distance: 2455 mi // Average time: 4 weeks


  • Hana Highway, Hawaii

Located on the coast of Maui Island, the Hana Highway will quickly immerse you in the Hawaiian atmosphere. Black sandy beaches, waterfalls and dense forests, take the time to admire the different panoramas! Perhaps you will be tempted by a short surfing session in Jaws?


Tips: download the “shaka maui” application that will give you access to an audio guide. It is preferable to use a jeep for some sections.


Route: [Kahului], Paia, Lower Puohokamoa Falls, Garden of Eden Arboretum, Pua’a Ka’a Falls, Waianapanapa State Park,[Hana], Wailua Falls,’Ohe’O Gulch.


Total distance:[Kahului 61,5 mi] Hana: 58,5 mi // Average duration: 1 to 2 days


So, which route do you prefer?




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