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The Best Summer Road Trips

There’s no better time than summer to pack up the car and explore a new corner of the U.S. You may have heard of the famous Route 66, the stunning Pacific Coast Highway, and the fun-packed Outer Banks, but there are many more breathtaking routes to discover. We asked our associates to share their all-time favorite top road trip destinations. Check out their list and start planning your next adventure!

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia

A favorite destination for our associates, this scenic 469 mile drive connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Soak up stunning views, enjoy abundant hiking trails, and savor the natural beauty of colorful flora and fauna.

Hāna Highway, Hawaii

Hoping to see waterfalls and tropical rainforest on your trip? Embark on the Hāna Highway, a 68-mile long stretch of Hawaii State Routes 36 and 360 connecting Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. But be warned…you may not want to leave afterwards!

Sonoma and Napa Valleys, California

If your idea of a perfect road trip includes some of the best wineries on the West Coast, this destination is for you. Take California State Route 29 to see some of the region’s lovely vineyards and delicious wineries. You’ll pass through Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville and Napa.

Lake Superior Circle Tour, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan

The route lets you check visiting the Great lakes off your travel ‘to do’ list! There’s 2726 miles of shoreline, cliffs and beaches to explore, as well as local food, inns and lighthouses. If you choose to complete the whole circle, be sure to allot at least five days for your trip and bring a passport for a portion that spans into Ontario.

Big Sur, California

Enjoy five hours and 123 miles of what National Geographic calls “An exhilarating driving experience over twisting, cliff-hugging, roads along the central California coast.” Take a leisurely pace and enjoy both nature and culture. You’ll pass through both state parks and a quaint village with restaurants, inns and shops.

Still craving more ideas? Here are additional road trip spots suggested by our associates. Enjoy the drive!

Best Drives

  • Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona
  • Going to the Sun Road, Montana
  • Seward Highway, Alaska
  • U.S. Route 1, Maine

Sources: Wikipedia, The Travel Channel, National Geographic

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