Six American Road That You Should See
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Probably the most famous highway in America, Route 66 takes you between Chicago and Arizona. To follow the historic Route 66 as closely as possible, start in downtown Chi-Town on I-55 and head south towards St. Louis. While there, take a pit stop at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Continue by heading west on Interstate 70, where you’ll pass through multiple Kansas mining towns along the way. But road-trippers be warned! Modern maps no longer indicate the historic highway. So, before you go, be sure to pick up a specific Route 66 map.
This breath-taking trip across Montana takes you through Glacier National Park. You’ll be treated to spectacular views the entire length of the 50-mile road, from glacial covered mountains to deep ravines. The road itself is a National Historic Landmark. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Before you head out on the open highway, be sure to check for road closures. The road closes part of the year due to snow and ice. Be sure to check out Logan Pass while you’re there. It is located 32 miles from the west entrance and 18 miles from the east entrance.
Follow the Red Rock Scenic Byway and Interstate 17 to experience the painted deserts of the great South West. This trip takes you past the famous Montezuma Castle National Monument, where you can see an impressively preserved ancient cliff dwelling. Slide down waterfalls carves into rock at the Slide Rock State Park. This 100-mile drive is one that shouldn’t be missed, especially if your interests include Native American history. The area offers a climate that is unique unto itself, so don’t expect to experience the desert in quite the same way anywhere else on the planet!
The scenic West often steals the open road glory, but the 40 mile stretch through Cape Cod, Mass., down the two-lane Old King’s Highway, offers views that shouldn’t be missed by any road-trip enthusiast. The frequent enticing stops along the way, may make this the longest 40 mile road trip you’ve ever experienced. Charming towns such as Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans, will give you a feel for the lives of eighteenth-century fisherman, and there are plenty of lighthouse stops for those interested in sea-lore. Visit the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Nickerson State Park, or an old sea captains house from the 1800’s. And of course, there are plenty of empty beaches with pristine sand and rocky jetties to keep you busy exploring for days.
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Olympic Mountains, the Hood Canal and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Peninsula’s terrain and weather are unmatched for such a small area. Lakes, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, beaches and rain forests can all be experienced during your trip. The main attraction is the Olympic National Park, but other outdoor activities are plentiful and various. You can hike over 24 waterfalls while you’re there. Although the winters do get cold, compared to other areas of the United States, the climate is actually quite temperate.
This 75-mile drive includes several must-see stops, including the Vista House at Crown Point, the Columbia River and the 600-foot Multnomah Falls. Spring is the best time to visit if you want to experience the waterfalls at their maximum flow. In fact, many of the area’s waterfalls are only active during the springtime. Visiting in the spring will also give you the pleasure of experiencing the wildflower season. It may be chilly, but it sure beats the oppressive heat of that comes with the summer. So, be sure to bring a jacket if you plan on taking advantage of the many scenic hikes.