3 Best USA Road Trips for This Summer

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This is the year for you to finally take that epic road trip you have been dreaming of! Check out the three best USA road trips you should take this summer!

Road trips are the perfect way to start exploring again and what better way than the best USA road trips? After road tripping across the country a few times throughout the past 10 years, these are the most memorable and epic road trips you can take this summer.

We’ll go over the best USA road trips, 10 day road trip USA, Route 66 road trip, best road trips for couples, best cross country road trip itinerary, and more!

This post is all about the best USA road trips that you will love this summer!

Best USA Roadtrips:

Route 66 Road Trip

States: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois

Route 66 is absolutely one of the ultimate road trips for the US. Traveling back in time to Route 66’s heyday from the 50s is the perfect way to do any road trip. From quirky homemade monuments (like the scarecrow at the Cars on the Road in Kansas) to old school diners with jukeboxes (like Midway Cafe in Texas), you get a little bit of everything on this road trip across the US.

We took ours from California all the way to Chicago in 10 days. I would highly recommend a full two weeks in order to enjoy all the sights to the fullest as we still had to cut out quite a bit. We also took Route 66 to Chicago and came a different route home (through Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada) just to mix it up.

Take a look at our whole YouTube Playlist from our epic adventures on Route 66!

Route 66 Route

  • Santa Monica, California
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona (Detour)
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Chicago, Illinois

Best Route 66 Stops

  • End of the Trail Sign – Santa Monica, California
  • 66 Diner – Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas
  • Blue Whale – Catoosa, Oklahoma
  • Ted Drewes – St. Louis, Missouri

> Related Post: The Ultimate Route 66 Road Trip 1 Week Itinerary

Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

States: Washington, Oregon, California

Who doesn’t dream of driving up the coast of California in a convertible? Just me? Didn’t think so. Pacific Coast Highway is the epitome of a dream road trip through California up the west coast of the US. Starting up in the state of Washington and hugging the coast all the way through to San Diego, this is one of the most scenic roads you can get in the US.

Taking this drive in the warmer months is definitely the best time of year for this road trip. Once you are into Southern California, it really doesn’t matter the time of year but heading into northern California, Oregon, and Washington, especially along the coast, the weather can get chilly and in some places snowy!

Pacific Coast Highway Route

  • San Diego, California
  • Santa Monica, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • San Louis Obispo, California
  • Monterey, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Redwood National Park, California
  • Oregon
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Seattle, Washington

Best Pacific Coast Highway Stops

  • Big Sur
  • Redwood Forest
  • Hearst Castle
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Oregon stop
  • Seattle stop

Southwest Road Trip

States: Arizona, Utah, Nevada

Besides the possibility of hitting 6 national parks (or more!) along the way, the best part of this road trip is the ability to take it in the off-season. The winter months are mostly out of commission for the rest of this list (especially the next one) but it’s one of the best times to do the Southwest Road Trip, especially if you are looking to avoid baking in the heat and all the crowds.

Think red rocks and plenty of hiking, off-roading, stargazing, and swimming in rivers. It’s a dream trip and an absolute blast. I guarantee you will see some of the best sunrises and sunsets you will ever see here on this trip. Our favorite sunsets were at the Little Painted Desert Park in Arizona and Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

> Related Post: 18 Best Road Trip Essentials for Adults You Need For Your Next Road Trip

Southwest Road Trip Route

  • Moab Utah
    • Arches National Park
    • Canyonlands National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Valley of Fire State Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Sedona State Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park

Best Southwest Road Trip Stops

  • Delicate Arch – Arches National Park
  • Devil’s Bridge – Sedona
  • Horseshoe Bend – Arizona
  • Canyon Overlook Trail – Zion National Park
  • Seven Magic Mountains – Nevada

> Related Post: 20 Best Places to Stay Near Arches National Park for Every Budget

This post was all about the best USA road trips for your next summer road trip! I hope you found the tips and stops helpful!

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