What's better than jumping in the car, filling up the tank, cranking the tunes, and hitting the open road? Not much if you're looking for that feeling of freedom that comes with a good old-fashioned road trip. With a little planning and a free pre-trip inspection at AAA Car Care Center, you'll be on your way. So, grab your partner, or pile your family in a discounted rental car from Hertz and use TripTiks and member discounts on hotels and dining, to plan your route. If you need more help, AAA has seasoned travel professionals to guide you through this process. Though you can find beautiful stretches of highway throughout the United States, here are 4 notable roads to consider on your trip.
Highway 1 (Big Sur, California) – Highway 1 is one of the crown jewels along the California coast. This National Scenic Byway features interesting viewing throughout the year. If you travel during the winter months, when it's less crowded, you can still enjoy the temperate climate at the beach and enjoy activities such as surfing, hiking and whale watching. Humpback whales can be seen in the Monterey Bay area from late April through early December as they are feeding on anchovies, sardines, and krill. If you travel during the Monarch butterfly migration from October to January, you will see Monarchs, a sight to behold, all over Big Sur. The thriving Redwoods and beautiful blue ocean are constant along this spectacular drive.
Route 66 (Illinois to California) – Arguably the most famous stretch of road in America, Route 66 takes you from the cornfields of Illinois to the golden sands of California, passing many diverse landscapes and environments. Aside from the farms, small towns, and middle-of-nowhere truck stops, Route 66 takes you near The Loop in St. Louis, Meramec Caverns in Missouri, the Route 66 Museum in Oklahoma, and the spectacular Grand Canyon in Arizona, among others. Whether you are feeling nostalgic or the diversity motivates you along the way, Route 66 offers an unforgettable journey across the country.
White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park (Utah) – If you're looking for an off-road adventure with impressive views, White Rim Road in the Canyonlands National Park is sure to please. This 100-mile long, unpaved road loops around the Island in the Sky District between the Colorado and Green Rivers. The drive is considered moderately difficult for high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles when the weather is favorable. During inclement weather, parts of the road can be extremely dangerous. If you choose to go on this road trip adventure, don't forget to bring your camera to capture the outstanding beauty.
Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park (Montana) – Open seasonally, Going-to-the-Sun Road spans 50 miles and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. On the mountainous drive, visitors will witness wildlife, breathtaking glaciers, delightful valleys, cascading waterfalls, and radiant wildflowers. There is plenty to stop and see along the way. Due to its popularity, Going-to-the-Sun Road is very busy. You can avoid delays by getting an early start. Bring a picnic lunch and stop at Logan Pass or one of the other scenic turnouts for a break.
To ensure a good trip, prepare some activities and snacks for younger passengers to help get them through the long drive. Get your free pre-road trip car inspection at AAA Car Care Center at least one week before you get on the road. This will allow us enough time to make necessary repairs before you go. Find a Car Care location below.