You are here

Fly drive holidays USA

Road Trip

The car is such an established part of American life and, indeed, any American holiday. Take advantage of the freedom of getting on the road and discover what this marvellous nation has to offer – from dramatic stretches of tarmac heading straight off into the distance to the dives and diners along them. A road trip through the USA is ingrained in literature, film and music so make sure you see what the fuss is about on your fly drive holiday through the USA. There are so many options available when it comes to exploring this vast nation, pick from some of our favourites below.   

Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon

Part of so many USA road trip itineraries Las Vegas is the epicentre of hedonistic living in the USA, the iconic strip is infamous worldwide, as are the glitzy lights of the casinos, the shows and the nightlife. Another essential stop on any USA fly-drive itinerary is the Grand Canyon, close enough to Las Vegas that most people will take the opportunity to visit both, this is perhaps the most dramatic landscape in the world. Drive around the rim of the monumental gorge cut by the Colorado River and take in the grandeur of this natural wonder.

Route 66

Of all the American road trips on stretch of tarmac sits head and shoulders above the rest, that is Route 66. The road stretches from Chicago, through Middle America, passing through 8 states all the way to Los Angeles where it terminates at Santa Monica pier. The road is an American institution as it was used prolifically during the great depression for people searching for an escape to a better life.  Stops along this iconic route include St Louis, Amarillo, cowboy country, Santa Fe, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

Highway 1 and California

The state of California has the most incredible variety of attractions to explore; the picturesque Golden Gate city of San Francisco, the glamorous city of Los Angeles, the epic coastline of Big Sur, sweeping sandy beaches and the indescribable vistas on offer in the Yosemite Valley. Highway 1 runs all the way along the Pacific coastline and takes in much of what makes California so exceptional as a driving holiday destination.

East Coast

Perhaps not associated with road trips as much as the West Coast, the East coast certainly is no less worthy of consideration on your fly drive holiday to the USA. From the metropolis of New York to the political capital of the world – Washinton DC – to the sun drenched beaches of Florida there’s so much to see and do.

National Parks

Some of the most compelling reasons to visit America are the national parks and, with there being so many and so large undoubtedly the best way to discover them is by driving around them. Cruise through the Yosemite Valley, breeze through the impossible landscapes of Zion and Arches and leave no stone unturned in Yellowstone National Park.

Plan and book your holiday with a Flight Centre Travel Expert today

Talk to a UK Travel Expert
Online Chat
With a UK Travel Expert

Deep South

So much of the strife, and cultural contrast, of America is visible are the Deep South. Here, visitors can party in the street in the sparkling city of New Orleans to the wilting tune of Jazz, dance away your troubles to the blues in Memphis or Nashville and visit the sobering, yet stunning plantations of Mississippi and Alabama to learn about the tragic history of this regions wrestle with the civil rights movement. One thing is for certain, there is so much to experience driving around this fascinating corner of America.


Alaska may not be the kind of destination that you rent a convertible and take the hood down at every moment possible but it is still an exceptional road trip destination. Visit the peaceful national parks and try to spot some of the superb wildlife. See our Alaska fly drive itineraries below.  

Florida and the Keys

The sunshine state, in contrast to Alaska, is the perfect state in which to whip the top down on a convertible and cruise through. Visit the glamorous Art Deco town of Miami, and the theme parks of Orlando, after all that drive along some of the spectacular bridges and enjoy the Florida Keys.

New England

Consisting of the North Eastern US states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, New England is commonly dubbed as the birthplace of the USA. As such, it is filled with historical and cultural sites. It is this and more that makes New England the perfect place for an American road trip. The area is most well-known for its intense colours during autumn (“fall”) – grab yourself a car and sweep through this dazzling array of colours and take in the mountain views, quaint seaside villages and fresh seafood the region is famous for.


Although the state of Hawaii, sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of an American fly-drive itinerary it is no less worthy of recognition. Hawaii’s attractions are world famous, from the glamour of Waikiki Beach to the history surrounding Pearl Harbour, the rich Polynesian culture and the intense natural wonders of Volcanic attractions such as Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala National Park and Na Pali Coast State Wilderness national park

Plan and book your holiday with a Flight Centre Travel Expert today

Talk to a UK Travel Expert
Online Chat
With a UK Travel Expert