The 10 Best Road Trips in the U.S. to Get You Out of the House (COVID Edition)

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The 10 Best Road Trips in the U.S. to Get You Out of the House (COVID Edition)

With the pandemic going on, people are getting more creative with their travel plans. If you’re looking for road trip ideas, we’ve got you covered with 10 of the best road trips in the US that will get you out of the house and exploring something new.

 

Yes, we cover Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway, but there are a few smaller known ones that you might want to add to your list, whether you’re looking to go clear cross country or stay close to home, there’s always a road to follow.

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1. Florida Keys: If you love to be around water, you’re going to love driving down and through to the Florida Keys. As you travel from island to island, you’re surrounded by water in both directions which really gives you a sense of calm. The trip is just over 100 miles in length and will have you traveling from Key Largo down to Key West.
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2. Pacific Coast Highway (HWY 101): This is the view that has made it into dozens and dozens of movies. It’s the money shot that shows the roadway hugging the cliffs and mountains, with vast views of the Pacific Ocean a stone’s throw away. This is a favorite you’ll find on most road trip lists for a reason.
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3. Bryce Canyon (Utah): If you’re looking for a shorter road trip, maybe an afternoon worthy way to spend the weekend, Bryce Canyon and the national park area have a loop that runs just under 40 miles and gives you scenic views and overlooks every inch of the way. Not everybody is up to being in the car for days on end, so this is a nice choice for those looking for a shorter version, maybe a family or somebody with back issues that can’t sit as long in the car.
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4. Blue Ridge Parkway (VA/NC): This stretch of roadway moves between Virginia and North Carolina with amazing peaks and valleys offering you a cornucopia of eye candy at its best. This is a favorite among many due to the natural wonders that abound.
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5. Explore Alaska: It’s said if you travel from Anchorage and head up toward Valdez, you’ll be floored by the vast beauty before you. It would be hard to argue with that. In fact, even Alaska’s tourism site touts it as a great choice. The trip will run you approximately six to seven hours.
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6. Adirondacks: This four-hour trip offers a host of lakes, lush greenery, or changing leaves come fall, and the chance to see the less crowded side of New York. Most people think of New York City, Long Island, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, but there’s another side of New York that you need to explore. You’ll find less crowding, easy access, and plenty of space to spread out!
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7. Route 66: The classic road trip that spans through multiple states is one you’ve probably heard of if you’ve been searching road trips. This massive stretch of road is close to 2,500 miles long! Buckle in, turn on the tunes, and hit the road for some social distancing.
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8. Texas Hill Country: San Antonio, Austin, and Luckenbach, oh my…Enjoy the fun of the cityscape, then wave good-bye to it as you enjoy a slower-paced way of life, bluebells, and some amazing scenery. This is what road trips are about. For extra points, be ready to queue up Waylon Jennings’ Luckenbach, Texas song.
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9. Sedona to the Grand Canyon: The orange and red rocks of Sedona make for a great start to the trip. The way the sun plays off them is breathtaking if you’ve never seen it. Pictures are nice, but simply don’t do it justice. Notice as you change altitudes how the different cacti change along the way. Of course, the Grand Canyon is another well-known gem and wonder, but the best part is when you get there, there are nice trails where you can get out and stretch your legs.
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10. With a nod to the motorcycles – we’d be amiss to forget, Tail of the Dragon (TN): This stretch of road is made for motorcycles, perfect for a fun road trip with a lot of twists and turns, and a favorite among those who road trip on two wheels. 11 miles. Over 300 curves. Oh yeah…you’re going to love this one. It’s just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains entrance on the Tennessee side.

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