It’s finally time to get back out there. After so long cooped up in our houses, the world is slowly opening up again, and travel is on lots of people’s minds. It’s getting to the point where people are getting their cars ready and itching to hit the road once summer hits. If you’re one of these people, you’re probably ready to go just about anywhere that isn’t your house. If you want some truly amazing times, here are some of the best road trips to take this summer that you’ll remember for a long time.
The Pacific Coast Highway
Also known as Highway 1, this long trail stretches across a huge section of the western coastline in California. There are so many places to check out while you’re on this road. The redwood forest in Muir Woods, Venice Beach in LA, Hearst Castle, Big Sur—all these places and more are yours to explore on this gorgeous stretch of road where you’re never more than a stone’s throw away from the ocean.
No list of the best road trips to take this summer would be complete without mentioning historic Route 66. There’s a reason it’s featured in so many stories and so much music. This historic highway has stuck around so long because of the incredible sights you can see along the way. If you’re bold enough, try taking it all the way from Chicago to LA to see what you find along the way.
The Great Smoky Mountains
On the border between Tennessee and North Carolina lies an incredible drive through the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s a shorter trail compared to some, but it’s certainly not one you’ll forget any time soon. The rolling hills and mountains that make up this trail are breathtaking, and the colors of the scenery are beautiful once summer rolls around.
The Turquoise Trail
Named for the trail where turquoise was first mined in the United States, the Turquoise Trail is a beautiful road that stretches from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the American southwest in all its glory and enjoy some of its traditional culture as well. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even find some turquoise of your own to take home.
The Million Dollar Highway
A shorter drive at only 25 miles long, Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway is one you don’t want to miss if you’re trekking through the middle of the country. The San Juan National Forest offers some great opportunities for outdoor activities—you can even pan for gold in the mine tour in Silverton along the way.