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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

NEW OR­LEANS

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

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