MIAMI TO KEY WEST, FLORIDA
“I’m driving down to the Florida Keys,” is a phrase everyone should say at least once in their life. Rent a jeep in Miami for the 110-mile trip along the scenic Overseas Highway, crossing over 40 bridges that connect the sundrenched Keys. Explore laid-back beach communities, pristine waterways and the Florida Reef, before arriving in the lively, southernmost city of the continental United States, Key West, and prepare to party.
ANCHORAGE TO DENALI NATIONAL PARK LOOP, ALASKA
One of the world’s last great wildernesses, Alaska is the ultimate destination for a self-drive adventure. Dramatic mountain landscapes, cascading rivers and the beauty of Denali National Park will lift the spirits and soothe the soul. For that extra sense of freedom, pick up a motor home – or recreational vehicle (RV) as they’re called in the U.S. – in Anchorage, and cruise your highway to holiday heaven.
SKYLINE DRIVE, SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, VIRGINIA
Take a leisurely 105-mile cruise along the Skyline Drive which runs along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the stunningly beautiful Shenandoah National Park. Black bears, deer and wild turkeys are regulars along the road, so stick to the speed limit and you’ll experience the wildest of adventures without even having to step out of the car.
GREAT LAKES CIRCLE TOUR, THE MIDWEST
A scenic road system connects each of the five Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Ontario, Eerie and Huron – and the St. Lawrence River, meandering across eight states and the Canadian province of Ontario. Stretching over 6,500 miles, the highways around ‘North America’s Fresh Coast’ lead travellers from lush forests to dune lands, with no end of historic towns and attractions to explore. Choose one, or stay and drive them all.
AMERICANA MUSIC TRIANGLE, MEMPHIS, NASHVILLE AND
A great soundtrack is crucial to a memorable U.S. road trip, but on a tour of the Gold Record Road in the Americana Music Triangle the tunes won’t just be playing on your iPod – they’re everywhere! Visit key landmarks as you journey through the history of nine different musical genres, from jazz in New Orleans to rock ’n’ roll in Memphis.
MOHAWK TRAIL, MASSACHUSETTS
This 63-mile road trip is a biker’s dream, and follows the old trade route used by the Native Americans of the Five Nations to pass between the Connecticut and Hudson Valleys. Crossing 50,000 acres of state forests, reservations and parks, it’s one of New England’s best spots to see the famous colours of ‘Fall’ as the foliage turns from vibrant green to dazzling golds.
PICTURED Main image: unusual traffic in Denali National Park, Alaska;
Inset: destination Florida Keys