No booking hassles, no queues, no last minute flight cancellations – hitting the American highways in a motor home is apparently all fun and no worries. If you want to further add to your happiness quotient, plan your itinerary well – there are hundreds of scenic routes across the length and breadth of the country that you can hit for great family fun. Here are a few ideas:
On the East Coast
Are you a family of history buffs, who just love to witness the vestiges of the bygone era and soak in their old-world charms? Your ideal route will be the Highways 7 and 15. On your way from the New York state line to Bridgeport, CT, you will come across a number of historical landmarks that include lighthouses and old-fashioned covered bridges.
As you enter the state of Massachusetts, drive through the Berkshires, where an array of antique outlets will welcome you into a world of vintage trinkets, artifact, Victorian furniture, and more. Bibliophiles can walk straight into the area’s book barns for a good chance of putting their hands on some rare, out-of-print treasures.
Have a foodie in the family? Then drive along the I-91 that runs through Vermont. On your way, you will pass a number of farms, where you can get a taste of the world famous Vermont cheese and delicious maple syrup. When not visiting the farms, you can feast your eyes on the rolling greens on both sides of the road.
In the Midwest
How about visiting Dodge City, infamously known as the’Wickedest City in the West’, besides being the one-time home of legendary lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson? Drive the Highway 56 in Kansas to reach the city on your way to Oklahoma.
Wildlife enthusiasts can drive the scenic Arkansas Highway 7 to feast their eyes on the state’s 1.2 million acre of forest area. On your way, you will also encounter the state’s tallest mountain, Mount Magazine. Adrenaline junkies, go for some underground caving at the Blanchard Springs Caverns.
Highway 22 in Michigan will take you to Traverse City, the Cherry Capital of the World. If you are there in the first week of July, you will be able to take part in the city’s annual weeklong Cherry Festival. Visit a few of its wineries as well – they are some of the best in the Midwest.
On the West Coast
For a beach-front driving experience, drive the Coastal Highway 1 that runs throughout the Pacific coastline from Baja, Mexico to the Washington state. At San Simeon, visit the majestic Hearst Castle that sits atop the Santa Lucia Mountains. This lavish home of legendary entrepreneur and publisher, William Randolph Hearst, is thronged by tourists throughout the year. Also, don’t miss I-70 that runs past Bryce Canyon and the Hoover Dam, the Eisenhower Tunnel, Glenwood Canyon and the San Rafael Swell.
Road trips in an RV can be fun when you plan your route in advance, and according to your liking. As you can see, the US has no dearth of scenic routes – take your cues from our list and get going!