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The Best USA Road Trips

26th August 2014

Take to the open road and discover the real America with a driving adventure through this extraordinary country. Experience the freedom of travelling at your own pace, as you explore charming small towns and quaint seaside villages. Make your way through endless highways, dotted with unique roadside attractions. Retro diners will offer a good feed for a dime and there will be no shortage of sights to see. To get your imagination running wild, check out these four fabulous road trip itineraries.

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Route 66 Road Trip
To experience the heart and soul of America, take the legendary Route 66. Often referred to as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, this iconic journey will take you from the urban streets of Chicago, right across the country, to Santa Monica. As you drive over 5,000 kilometres, you will be greeted with plenty of attractions, including a collection of 1950’s nostalgia, from kitschy motels and old school diners to revamped gas stations. Have your camera at the ready as you experience the country’s fascinating and varied landscapes, from expansive yellow cornfields to rocky desert terrain.

Must Stop At:
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St Louis – serving delicious frozen treats since 1941
Gateway Arch, St Louis – the nation’s tallest man made monument
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield – appreciate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln
The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo – devour one of their massive 72 oz steaks
Wigwam Village Motel, Arizona – spend the night in your own tepee
Grand Canyon National Park – admire the beautiful canyons and geological wonders

Texas BBQ Adventure Road Trip
If you are after a driving itinerary that focuses more on the edible side of America, then consider a Texas BBQ Adventure. Be prepared to devour copious amounts of meat, authentic barbecue sauce and mouth-watering sides like creamy potato salad, macaroni and cheese and pinto beans. Your journey through the Barbecue Belt will begin in Dallas and will continue through the state’s culinary cities, including Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Be aware – this adventure is for passionate meat-eaters who are serious about their barbecue. This is guaranteed to be one tasty finger lickin’ journey – so bring your appetite and your elastic waistband pants!

Must Stop At:
Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor – famous for their slow cooked beef brisket
Southside Market, Elgin – renowned for their Original Elgin Beef Sausage
Franklin’s BBQ, Austin – get in early, the lines are legendary
Ironworks, Austin – pick up your own spice rubs to recreate the BBQ magic at home
The Salt Lick, Driftwood – a local favourite, cooking their barbeque meat on an open flame

American Rhythms Road Trip
If you love music, be it old school country tunes, a rockin’ jazz band, or the swing-loving blues, you are made for an American Rhythms self-drive tour. Boasting a rich musical history, you can explore the birthplace of many famous music genres, from rock and roll to soul and hip hop. Begin your road trip by exploring the world famous music scene of New Orleans. Crank up the radio and make your way to the Music City, Nashville and continue on to Memphis, home of the Blues. Find local venues where live tunes are echoed at all hours and catch a glimpse of a music legend or an up and coming star.

Must Stop At:
French Quarter, New Orleans – tour the local venues for some authentic jazz tunes
Mississippi River Cruise – a night of dinner and dancing with a live jazz band
Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville – peruse priceless artefacts from country music’s finest
Grand Ole Opry, Nashville – enjoy a live performance on country’s most famous stage
Graceland, Memphis – take a tour of Elvis Presley’s impressive mansion

New England Explorer Road Trip
Those with an insatiable desire for adventure and a deep appreciation for nature will be the perfect candidates for a New England Explorer road trip. A picturesque journey from the heart of Boston to Cape Cod, you will come in contact with breathtaking coastal scenery and snowy mountains as you tour America’s magnificent East Coast. Depart from Boston and make your way along the shoreline, passing pristine beaches and spectacular seascapes. Stop at the charming seaside towns of Gloucester and Rockport before crossing into Maine.

Must Stop At:
White Mountains, New Hampshire – hike the wild terrain and keep an eye out for amazing wildlife
Green Mountains, Vermont – snap pictures of the gorgeous green landscapes
Newport, Rhode Island – take a tour of the famous mansions
Cape Cod – marvel at the unspoilt beaches and rolling dunes and sample the region’s fresh seafood
Portland, Maine – enjoy a cruise along the pristine harbour