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There are few countries in the world so synonymous with road trips than the United States of America. Picture cruising down a wide-open highway with a map on the passenger seat, snacks on the dash and a day full of countless possibilities.

Breathe in the freedom of the freeway as you take the wheel, passing through arid canyons, white-washed ski fields and luminous cities on a road trip across the grand United States.

A timeless tradition, coastal or cross-country road trips highlight the sheer size and diversity of the country, awarding you the liberty of discovering the lay of the land on your own terms.

Make room in your itinerary to rove the well-travelled bitumen arteries and bumpy trails off the beaten track – chances are you're going to want to make a pit stop or two as you stumble upon America's great attractions along the way.

There are around 30 designated 'All-American Roads', noted for their scenic beauty, and 150 distinct byways snaking through the entire country. 

Here are some of the top USA road trips that will have you itching to get behind the wheel.

Highway 1 »

Hitting the highway on a classic American road trip is one of those must-do experiences. In a journey bookended by the powerhouse cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Highway 1 route allows free-spirited travellers to bathe in the untamed beauty of California’s west coast more...

Oregon Trail »

This marathon journey allows you to dig deep into the roots of early America. Since the 1800s, everyone from hopeful gold prospectors to God-fearing missionaries and stoic pioneers took to their wagons and endured hardship on this tough-as-nails trail more...

Blues Highway »

Since the early 1920s, Route 61 – or Blues Highway – has acted as a musical artery, delivering hard-living, straight-talking blues players out of the plantations of rural Mississippi into Memphis and beyond, where their honest brand of Delta blues spread throughout the rest of America and the world more...

Hana Highway »

Hawaii might not seem like traditional road trip territory, but this six-hour drive delivers more heart-stopping vistas per minute than most other road trips. Nature enthusiasts will revel in traversing through Maui’s rainforest terrain, over one-lane bridges and past roadside fruit stalls more...

Great River Road »

Follow the mighty Mississippi River all the way from Minnesota to Louisiana, passing through 10 states on this long-haul road trip of 2,700 miles. Farms, barns and cornfields populate the north, while plantations and grand mansions dominate down south more...

Atlantic Coast Drive »

Explore America’s east coast top to tail on this 2,400-mile coastal drive, which starts in the birthplace of American liberty, Boston. From sleepy Cape Cod to working-class New Jersey, gritty Philly and showy Miami, this drive reveals the multifaceted nature of modern America like no other more...

Route 66 »

After more than 80 years, the Mother Road continues to lure road-trippers keen on chasing down some good old-fashioned freewheelin’ fun. While the updated interstate system, known as the Will Rogers Highway, may have fundamentally changed the way people drive in these parts more...