For many people planning a holiday to the USA, there is the quintessential vision of hitting the open road in an open-top vehicle and driving into the horizon. Depending on where you go, an open-top car might not be entirely practical, but you get the idea.
If you’d love nothing more than to head off on a road trip to explore this varied nation, take a look at some of the recommendations for road trip routes from Cosmopolitan. The publication recently picked out eight journeys that you can add to your travel bucket list.
Of course, if you’re planning a driving holiday, you need to make sure that you have the right kind of travel insurance for America. Make sure you’re covered for driving in the US as well as for travelling generally.
According to Cosmopolitan, one of the great things about a road trip in the US is that there are so many options of different lengths. If you just want to dip your toe into the world of driving holidays, a one to two-day road trip is ideal.
Driving the Black River Scenic Byway in Michigan is one of the top options recommended by the news provider. This road runs alongside Lake Superior, so the views are stunning. You’ll be treated to five waterfalls as you make your way between Bessemer and Black River Harbour, as well as plenty of other scenic viewpoints.
Another short road trip is the one from Austin to San Antonio in Texas. This route allows you to explore the Hill Country of the lone star state. The main attractions along the way? The multitude of winemakers. Take your time and stretch the drive out to allow you to sample some of the local vintages produced here.
If you’re ready to hit the road for a much longer drive, you can’t beat the Ultimate West Coast route. Allow eight to ten days to follow Highway 101, starting in Black Desert Rock and ending in San Francisco.
Along the way you can stop off in Yosemite National Park, go surfing in Malibu and sample the delights of Northern California’s vineyards.
You could also take in two of America’s most iconic cities - New York and Boston - on a six to seven day road trip. Give yourself a few days in each city at either end. In between, you’ll be discovering the delights of New England. This east coast route is well worth a drive and a great way to combine countryside with city living.
Earlier this year, Travel+Leisure magazine shared the findings of a survey by Geotab, which picked out the ten best road trips to do stateside.
At the top of the list was the Monument Valley Trails, followed by Yellowstone and the Tetons at number two. The main attraction on the Monument Valley route is the incredible rock formations that rise up out of the landscape. Valley of the Gods and Natural Bridges National Monument were named as two of the highlights on this tour.