Iconic American Highways and Roads

Jul 31

As a youngin,’ my family and I were always traveling during the summer months and any other chance we got. Staying at home for an extended period of time was not an option, and I was completely okay with that. The moment the final school bell rang, we would fill the car with our luggage (and of course tons of snacks) and hit the road for a trip packed with adventure. From Los Angeles to the Florida Keys, from Maine to Chicago to Montana, I learned much more about this country by the time I was in high school than most do in their entire life. Throughout all the journeys, I traveled down some of the most breathtaking roads and highways that you only see on postcards and dream of under the night sky. Below, I have put together a list of some of my favorite roadways as well as ones that many have created memories on themselves. So buckle up, and get ready for a time of adventure!

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana: Hands down the one road that speaks to my soul the most. Whenever I come down this road, nothing else matters, as if all my cares have been lifted from me and freed. The rustling of the bushes, chattering birds, majestic mountains: it’s serenity. (Photo Courtesy of fineartamerica.com)

Overseas Highway (a.k.a. Historic 7 Mile Bridge), Florida: A very awe-inspiring journey across, this highway/bridge never terrified me more as a child, and I loved it. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s a very sturdy bridge to drive on. Just as a young gal the fact that we were practically driving on water for seven miles worried me a bit. Nevertheless, I will never forget that feeling of horror and amazement as we drove across this bridge with the other tourists and Florida natives.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina: Stretching 469 miles across 29 counties and two states, this drive is one that will cause chills to crawl down your spine due to its scenic beauty. If you have never felt pure bliss, I would suggest you come here. Perfect for motorcyclists who just want to enjoy the road or families who look for glorious escapades filled with magnificence, Blue Ridge Parkway will show you just how amazing the simplicity of a drive can be.

U.S. Route 66, Illinois to California: Since 1926, Route 66 has been the cause of many lasting memories of open road and, at the time, ground breaking travel. What was first a breakthrough for connecting the isolated Midwest with the modern and suburbanized Northeast, now reminds people of 50s diners and good times. Route 66 has a longer history than most other travel ways! (Photo Courtesy of autorevolutions.com)

Pacific Coast Highway (a.k.a. PCH or Highway 1), California to Oregon: Looking for the perfect beach drive or getaway? Then PCH might just be your perfect road! Because I’ve lived in Southern California for most of my life, this highway, perfect for cruisin’, has become the holder of many a long night. If you’re going to drive down PCH, be sure to the Beach Boys blaring from your radio and the windows rolled down! You’ll set yourself up for quite the memorable drive.

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