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Gear up for a USA road trip 

By Anna Sarjeant. 



The USA is the number one destination for an epic road trip. It’s the wrong side of the road but the right side of freedom. Gabrielle Brown, our expert in all things American, picks four of our top routes.




1. Wild Northwest
Best time to visit: May through October

You better like the outdoors because things are about to get wild! This unforgettable drive delves into thick forest and coastline.

With unique food experiences, wildlife and scenic sights, a Northwest adventure is where beautiful nature meets beautiful city-scapes. San Francisco is a pocketful of sunshine with an iconic bridge and delicious Ghiradelli chocolate. Four-hours north you’ll find Redwood National Park; home to the tallest trees on earth. Then there’s Portland, notably leafy, its lazy Willamette River slices through the metropolis. Finish up in Seattle. Full of sleepy loveliness and the best cup of coffee in America.


HIGHLIGHTS
Redwood National Park.
Walks last as little as one hour and as long as an entire day.

Shop at Pikes Place Market in Seattle.
A foodie’s haven, and a sanctuary of bakeries, fish mongers, butchers and distilleries.

Seattle






2. Classic Route 66
Best time to visit: April through October

Connecting Chicago to Los Angeles across the heartland of America, hit the gas and head west.

It goes without saying it’s iconic, it goes without saying the landscape is jaws to the floor, eye-popping, drool worthy fantastic. We’re talking about historic Route 66 of course. Highlights include the Mississippi River and the Petrified Forest National Park, as well as ample roadside quirks such as a home-made sculpture park called ‘the forest of bottles’, rows of garishly painted cars known as Cadillac Ranch, and countless ‘shoe trees’, which you’ll feel compelled to add to.

HIGHLIGHTS
Wigwam Motels.
Back in the 30s there was an entire chain of these tepee-shaped abodes, but now they’re almost extinct. A Route 66 landmark – keep your eyes peeled.

Oklahoma.
Experience the nation’s longest drivable stretch of Route 66.
 
Route 66







3. Texas Trails
Best time to visit: October through May

A Texas-sized road trip with a huge dollop of culture and history to boot - welcome to cowboy country.

Explore the best of the ‘Lone Star State’, and tax-free shopping across the state of Texas while you’re at it. Live large and think big in Dallas. Then visit Texas’ largest city, Houston and Nasa’s Space Centre. San Antonio is home to the Alamo, an old Spanish fortress, and in Austin, AKA the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’, even your coffee is served with a side dish of rhythm. The city’s other must-sees include the world’s largest urban bat colony: watch them take flight from Congress Avenue Bridge.
 

HIGHLIGHTS
Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Boasting the largest and most eclectic art collections in the southwestern United States.

Fort Worth.
Visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cowgirl Museum.

Texas






4. Southern Music Tour
Best time to visit: October through May

Buckle up for an adventure of the toe tapping kind, this is a musical pilgrimage to the heart of jazz, pop, rock n’ roll.

In New Orleans, even the street performers possess more talent than your average mainstream musician. But then, this is the Deep South and you’re in the realm of legendary greats. Explore the birthplace of jazz then head to Nashville for country music and a hypnotic southern drawl. In Memphis you’ll find Graceland, AKA Elvis Presley’s former home and Sun Studio, where he recorded his first record. For modern vibes, Beale Street remains the premier hangout for musical prodigies.

HIGHLIGHTS
Mississippi Blues Highway.
Look out for blue markers where you can read about famous musicians.

BB King Blues Museum.
Located in Indianola and his very own Blues Club in Memphis.

New Orleans



TIP SHEET: USA ROAD TRIPS

COST. Daily car rental starts from $110 but you’ll also need petrol, accommodation and food. With a campervan or RV, the stove, fridge and water heater will usually require propane gas too.

PARKING. Get smart about parking. In any major city, return your rental car before exploring. That’s a day you needn’t fork out for!

FILLING UP. Many US petrol stations require payment before you pump.

BACK ROADS. Multi-lane interstates get you from A to B the fastest, but concrete views aren’t for everyone. It’s worth taking the scenic route for diversity.

TOLL ROADS. Paying in cash is generally an option, but hiring an electric pass can make things simpler.


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