American Self Drive Holiday Ideas
America is a wonderful country with diverse landscapes and culture in each state. It was purpose-built for a self-drive holiday. Often it is just you and the road as you drive for miles without seeing another soul. Along the way, you stop when there is something you want to see, and you can book motels in advance, so you know you have somewhere to stay.
Perhaps best of all you can control where you go and what you see. You can spend as little or as much time on the road that you want. In many ways, driving America gives a true feeling of freedom.
With this in mind, let’s explore some of America’s incredible routes.
Chicago to New Orleans
If you’re a fan of American music, this route is for you. You head south from the ‘Windy City’ driving through six different states. Along the way, you pass through Lincoln’s birthplace, St Louis, before heading south through Memphis, where jazz, blues, rock’n’roll first took form. Why not swing by Elvis Presley’s former home, Graceland for a tour?
Soon you’ll find yourself driving along the banks of the great Mississippi River in the heart of the south. You’ll enjoy the southern charm as you approach New Orleans. A jazz and foodie paradise that you’ll fall in love with.
The Las Vegas Loop
The Las Vegas Loop takes you across the desert roads to Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Bryce Canyon through what can only be described as wild west country. Along the way, you will discover the Navajo culture.
The roads tend to be long, straight, and empty and pulling in to explore a national park is exquisite.
Vegas is madness personified with the huge casino resorts to tempt you into playing, and the crazy brilliant lights of Vegas strip. Check out the iconic Caesar Casino, among others and enjoy some excellent food in the fine restaurants Vegas possess. Take in a show if you can get a ticket they are often spectacular.
The casino scene in Vegas is like no other on Earth, and it is a far cry from PA lottery and the like!
As the name suggests after you’ve seen the spectacular landscapes and enjoyed the national park, you arrive back in Las Vegas.
San Francisco to Utah
Starting in San Francisco, you head towards Lake Tahoe flanked by the glorious Sierra Nevada mountains. Before you get in the car, however, explore San Francisco. It is an amazing city and cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge and exploring Alcatraz should be high on your list of things to do.
Once on the road, you’ll soon find yourself in Yosemite. Enjoy the waterfalls and giant sequoia trees. A trek through Death Valley is a beautiful experience until you reach the bright lights of Las Vegas. The journey to Utah itself features Monument Valley and Bryce Canyon National Park. Why not spend a little time in Salt Lake City seeing as it is not far away.
Miami to Key West
The Miami to Key West route is one of the most unique in the world. To link the islands of the Florida Keys, America has constructed an amazing network of bridges. They span the Atlantic Ocean, and you can drive from island to island. This is an amazing experience in of itself as the views of the sea can be seen all around you.
The islands themselves are amazing in their own right and begged to be explored. Their names are quite unusual and memorable. You’ll soon be ticking off Plantation Key, Fat Deer Key among others.
When you arrive in Key West, you will enjoy a beautiful fresh cocktail and have your final island to explore.
New York, Boston and New England
Your adventure begins in New York, which you’ll explore at your leisure. It is arguably the world’s most vibrant city, and you’ll love Greenwich Village, Central Park, Times Square, and the Empire State Building to name but a few places to visit. When you’re ready, get in and drive.
The route takes you to Cape Cod and with it miles of beautiful soft sand beaches, lighthouses and quaint fishing villages you’ve read about but never experienced. Many take a boat trip to Martha’s Vineyard or explore Nantucket Island.
This is a leisurely paced driving holiday, and you’ll end up in Boston eventually were walking the ‘Freedom trail’ is a must. The food throughout, from New York street food to fantastic fish dishes in New England, is sublime.
American road trips are arguably the best in the world. They have some incredible routes, and it can be fun just to plan them, and planning is key to get the most out of your trip. Finally, check the weather at the time of year you want to travel. You may find some routes are blocked or are simply too hot to appreciate fully.