If you’re looking to soak up some rolling hills, beautiful skies, astounding views and powerful history, than start your engines. We have compiled a short list of some of the best, most beautiful and memorable road trips you could take. Leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the awesome landscapes and unique adventures that await you.
1. Big Bend Loop
Drive West Texas between February and April to experience the scenery of the Big Bend Loop. This 250 mile drive gives way to boundless vistas that seem to have come straight from a Hollywood Western. The drive is packed with frequent opportunities to drive through small ghost towns and see what life was like back in the day. Swing through Big Bend National Park for some wildlife watching, hiking trails, and exploration beside the Rio Grande.
2. Highway 49, CA Gold Country.
If you’re looking for some first-hand experience of what life was like back in the Gold Rush days? Take Highway 49 from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and enjoy the incredible scenery along the 200 mile drive through California Gold Country. Along this incredible route, you’ll find the Columbia State Historic Park. Here, costumed living-history interpreters display California as if back in the authentic gold-mining days. Don’t forget to swing through the Cozmic Cafe and enjoy a meal at tables set up in an old mine shaft. Sunny skies are most present between spring and fall, and enjoy some Amador Country’s wine while you’re there.
3. San Juan Highway
Drive a mere 160 miles through Colorado to fully experience the beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains. Along these twisty, windy routes, you’ll get the opportunity to witness the breathtaking panoramas that accompany the drive. Along the way, you’ll travel through saloons and ghost towns that give us a glimpse of life in the Old West.
From Mesa Verde National Park, travel to the railroad town of Durango. Durango is the hub for outdoor adventures like fly fishing and mountain biking, with brewpubs available for entertainment in the evening. Take this trip during the summer, and be sure to drive the Million Dollar Highway for more picturesque landscapes.