Road Tripping Across the USA
It’s the land of the free and the home of the brave. There’s nothing like a road trip to feel the spirit of the USA. From John Steinbeck to Bob Dylan, the greatest writers and songwriters have eulogised the highways and byways of America. Whether in a classic car, a camper van, or a chauffeur-driven limo, a road trip is an exhilarating immersion into the sheer diversity of America’s landscapes, cultures, and people.The options are endless, depending on how many miles you plan to clock up.
Will it be a coast-to-coast drive on US-50, a 3,200-mile odyssey from sea to shining sea? A journey along the Great River Road, following the meandering Mississippi from Minnesota to Louisiana? Or an epic journey from Chicago to Los Angeles along the legendary Route 66, one of the first numbered highways in the US?
If you’re into music, follow Highway 61, better known as the Blues Highway — a 1400-mile stretch connecting New Orleans and Wyoming. (Just make sure you speed past the intersection with highway 49, where blues guitarist Robert Johnson claims he met the devil.) For a taste of Southern culture and cuisine, take a cross-country drive from Nashville to New Orleans, by way of Alabama.
California Dreaming? Rent a vintage convertible and follow the Pacific coast, hitting up Malibu, Big Sur, and San Francisco on Route 1 from LA to Las Vegas. Or channel your inner easy rider and take a motorcycle trip through canyons, deserts, and redwood forests, stopping at all-American motels and neon-lit diners whenever the mood strikes.
As Jack Kerouac said: “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”