Upon deciding you need a break, you check with your boss and as it turns out, you’ve got a few weeks of vacation coming your way, and as the feeling of happiness washes over you, two words come to mind, two words that’ll make all these recent problems seem as insignificant as a towel out in the rain.
And of course, perhaps problems aren’t at all the reasons for going on a road trip, as many take as many as two to three road trips a year, and to any location on the map, and for no other reason other than the fact that that’s just how they like to travel.
Road trips are indeed popular, no matter what your reason, and maybe it can be for the reason that on a road trip, an overall sense of freedom seems to wash over you and as you glance back in the rear view mirror, you can’t help but feel relieved at all the space between you and home.
In today’s article we take a look at some pretty awesome road trips that everyone should take and we have locations and roads for anywhere across North America.
So, put the bags in the back and let’s put some distance between us and this place, shall we?
25 ROUTE 100 - VERMONT
If the beautiful fall colors are indeed what you're after, and you can't make it all the way up to Canada, then a short drive to Vermont (if you aren't that far) is in order. And even if you are a tad far, try to make this trip anyway, as it's definitely worth it. In fact, there is probably no greater destination than Route 100 where motorists can indeed see all there is to see in the form of changing colors, the leaves having gone from green to a fiery red and orange and even a pale yellow, and as you drive by, remember to lower your windows and slow down, so you can hear the rustling of those leaves in the beautiful yet crisp autumn Vermont wind. Take it all in and let the peace of it all seep through your bones, and if you remember, on your way home, stop off for some exceptional Vermont Maple Syrup for your pancakes and French Toast!
24 SALVATION MOUNTAIN - CALIFORNIA DESERT
If any of you watched the Sean Penn film, Into The Wild, then this location no doubt holds a special spot in your hearts. The film was based on the iconic novel by Jon Krakauer and followed the adventures (both spiritual and physical) of Christopher McCandless.
This particular location is in the heart of the Californian desert and was actually man made. According to patheos.com, the creator, Leonard Knight, dedicated the spot to God after while on a Road trip, stopped his car at the spot and felt an overwhelming sense of forgiveness as he lamented his sorrow to the sky.
Many have flocked to the mountain and have snapped tons of photos. Knight departed in 2014, but the site is still up and will remain there, we hope.
23 US ROUTE 1 - FLORIDA
So no ... you won't be on a boat, but you'll still see nothing but the bright blue water surrounding Florida on this trip. But this destination as well is no doubt a must for anyone wanting to capture the road and all it has to offer across the beautiful US.
Now of course Route 1 stretches all the way down from Maine, according to moneycrashers.com, but the portion of interest here is no doubt the portion that stretches across the water from Northern Florida to the beautiful Florida Keys.
Not recommended for those afraid of bridges, but worth the trip anyways. The sights are gorgeous, even if it is nothing but crystal clear water the whole way.
22 SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY - LINKING VANCOUVER TO WHISTLER
If there was or has ever been a prettier name for a road on this Earth, then I wouldn't know what it is.
Who wouldn't want to travel from the sea to the sky and all in the comfort of your trusty vehicle to boot?!
Located in British Columbia, this links to of the most popular locations in the beautiful West Coast province and the views are phenomenal. There are indeed many places to stop and smell the roses, or the snow on the wind as you make your way through. The actual trip from Vancouver to Whistler is only about two hours, but can be extended should you stop a few times, which we of course recommend, as there's lots to see.
21 THE US NORTH TO SOUTH AND, OF COURSE, VICE VERSA
If you're going to do East to West, then of course we definitely recommend North to South.
What better way to experience all the beautiful US has to offer and that goes for food, culture and incredible sights? Especially if departing in winter from the North, then there is no greater way to experience the changing of the seasons ... wearing a parka in Vermont, to wearing shorts and a tank top in New Mexico!
And anywhere you leave off from, the routes and adventures that can be expected on this trip will no doubt be just what you're looking for. Imagine the food, the sights the people you'll meet!
20 GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66
So if miles and miles of desert fun are what you're in the mood for, then look no further than the infamous Route 66, where one and all have flocked to in search of kicks and miles and miles of desolate roads and tumbleweeds blowing hither and thither.
Back in the day, from 19226 to 1985 this route actually went through 2 500 miles from the "windy city" all the way through to Los Angeles. It has stood the test of time as being considered "the road trip you've gotta take," so no doubt it made this list. According to moneycrashers.com, the best portion is in New Mexico and Arizona, and despite the fact that the highway is principally deserted at certain intervals because of the construction of other major arteries, this route is still quite commonly driven on by tourists searching for a true sense of Americana, if nothing else.
19 ICEFIELDS PARKWAY - THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
And no ... maybe climbing a mountain isn't always in the cards for everyone, there is in fact always the possibility of driving by some amazing mountains that'll do just fine. And if you're going to choose any mountain range to drive through or by then look no further than the Canadian Rockies.
The Rocky Mountains live in a state of renown all their own and there's very good reason for this as the range is definitely beautiful and of course dangerous in and of itself.
But what can the harm be, to just merely drive on through?
According to theculturetrip.com, the Icefields Parkway, specifically, goes through the towns of Jasper and Banff (right through the Rockies), so on your way to that next ski trip, go on through and get a taste of the Rocky Mountain High for yourself.
18 A ROAD TRIP TO DAWSON CITY, YUKON
And speaking of historic road trips to take that have in fact been traveled many times before and have become a part of our rich history and culture as North Americans in general.
Traveling to the Yukon in general became "a thing" soon after the popularity of the epic Jack London novels such as White Fang and The Call of The Wild were published. Before that, the location was famous for the Gold Rush and many flocked to the area in search of riches, and one of those who indeed took this road trip was actually Jack London himself in search of Gold. Although his search for gold was fruitless, he found the inspiration to write the work he left behind and for some (this writer included), what he found was worth much more than gold in the end.
Many take this trip for its historical value.
17 THE "ROCKY" TOUR - PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
In 1976 actor Sylvester Stallone brought the world one of the most iconic characters in the form of southpaw boxer from Philadelphia, Rocky Balboa. The world not only fell in love with the character, but his story and yes even the city where he hailed from. The character embodied the real life characters that hail from the same area and since the film's release in theaters, not only has the film done well, but the city of Philly has had a plethora of people climbing the famous museum steps that Rocky ran up in the movie and many tourists pose by the statue at the bottom, right of those very steps.
Tours are organized many times a year and all the sites can be visited ... including Rocky's house, Mickey's Gym, Adrian's pet shop and other memorable locations.
And of course while there, you've gotta stop at Pat's King of Steaks to have a mouth watering Philly Cheese steak, Rocky implores you!
16 TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY
According to the illustrious Washington Post, traveling across the Trans-Canada Highway isn't exactly a road trip as much as it is a "culinary adventure."
The T-Can, as locals call it can take the driver through a plethora of regions, some as boring as possible with nothing but stretches of farm land or a bunch of warehouses at either side of the road, but, with many places to stop along the way, the incredibly long stretch is enough to cause many foodies to flock from wherever they hail from in search of great farmer's markets and other great sites and of course some spectacular places to see ... besides, drivers will experience many provinces passing through and exiting here and there to get closer looks before getting back on.
Great for traveling across Canada East to West or of course vice-versa.
15 ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS TRIPS TO TAKE IN CANADA - CABOT TRAIL, CAPE BRETON ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA
And of course if you're in search of great and wonderful adventures among nature and all the peace that it brings, then look no further than the Great White North, as Canada has got some great locations and vast stretches of land that'll satisfy even your wildest of wildlife cravings.
Case in point the stretch of land known as The Cabot Trail located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The Cabot trail offers miles and miles of great ground to cover and the road trip there will offer also many great sights to see on the drive, especially if coming up through the border form the US.
14 ALL THAT NATURE HAS TO OFFER ON THE HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY - OREGON
This beautiful stretch of land goes on for 74 miles long. And atop this asphalt trail, drivers are bound to see all there is to see in terms of nature ... waterfalls, immaculate rivers, where the water glistens brightly as motorists drive by sipping on lattes or cold drinks, marveling at all nature has to offer amidst epic conversations or even the golden silence often longed for when departing on a road trip.
Also on this highway, which can be found near Portland, Oregon, are an incredible array of mountains in the distance.
The trip can be done in much less than a day, but moneycrashers.com actually recommends staying at one of the many lodges that can be found along the way, extending this great drive and we'd have to concur.
13 MOUNT WASHINGTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE
For those of you out there that are in the mood for some wicked fun and excitement of a more daring tilt, then we'd recommend this destination where tourists can actually drive up the mountain when the weather permits. It's true. Although the road cannot be taken during the tumultuous winter season, the drive up the mountain has been taken by many.
Tourists can stay at the few resorts at the bottom of the mountain range and drive up at their will, provided they pay the $28 entrance fee. The drive takes about a day, so be ready to spend a lot of time in your vehicle, with few stops. But the view is indeed spectacular and besides, how many can say that they actually took a road trip up a mountain?
12 DRIVING FROM THE US EAST TO WEST OR OF COURSE VICE-VERSA
For those with a decent amount of time to spare, this route is indeed something that everybody should do at least once; especially those with a love of the open road that is. The beauty about this trip is that travelers can depart from whichever location along the East or West Coasts, and stick that key in the ignition and go forth on an adventure like no other.
Going either alone or even accompanied is fine, as a road trip is definitely a great way to bond as you make it from town to town, eating and soaking up every mile with the hunger of a baby getting his/her first taste of formula.
If you want my advice ... make no plans at all and just shove the old bag in the back, start the music and go ... stop and eat at will and don't look back; just forward and onto the next location.
See you out there.
11 ON THE ROAD - JACK KEROUAC'S LITERARY MASTERPIECE ... INFLUENCING THE MASSES TO JUST GET OUT THERE
Of course, people have been taking the road trip in its general sense, since the dawn of the motor vehicle or roundabouts, but perhaps the world wasn't as influenced to set out more as when writer Jack Kerouac put his experiences from "the road" --a trip that lasted 7 years on and off--into his book, On The Road, published back in 1957.
The book took him three weeks to write and the impact it had on the world and North American culture ranks it as one of the most influential novels in history and keeps Jack Kerouac himself nestled in a category all his own.
Many have retraced the steps he and Neal Cassady took in the fictional novel (based on his actual trip, however: New York, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, El Paso ...) and we'd recommend this trip as well, if you've got some time on your hands that is.
The novel teaches us that the road isn't just a destination on a map, but a place that can be found also within ourselves.
"Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road." --Jack Kerouac
10 BLACK RIVER NATIONAL FOREST BYWAY - MICHIGAN
The many US locations listed here are no doubt what give the US the beautiful colors it has and by colors, we mean the vibrant items and locations that show off its multifaceted showing of culture and of course nature in its purest of forms.
Perhaps it is this and this alone that pulls many to abandon house and home in search of the epic adventure that is the road trip in and of itself.
At the North of the US, we have Michigan and the state represents much more than being host to one of the most criminally infested cities in the world (Detroit). The state lays claim to the beautiful Black River National Forest, and should you be deciding on a road trip to Canada through Michigan, we recommend going to see this wondrous stretch of land.
9 MONTREAL TO GASPE - QUEBEC, CANADA
For many in the community of Montreal or the regions close to it--particularly those in the biker community--the trip from Montreal to Gaspe Peninsula is no doubt a popular road trip to take during the spring and summer months and predominantly done on motorcycle.
Many have taken the trip and when in Gaspe of course much fishing can be done, as Gaspe is known for its rich waters, full of various species of fish.
Of course the trip can be also taken by car and we recommend it. But if you do have a bike, this is one trip you should take, trust us.
8 CANADA TO THE US OR VICE VERSA
And since we've been talking about road trips that would take many travelers all across an entire country, why not tackle tow countries in all if you've got the time.
Can you imagine, dear readers, having the time to get into your trusty car or van and hitting the highway, destination the far North or even the far South--depending on what your starting point is of course.
To experience a trip like this would in fact be unparalleled. To pass through the many provinces, states, cities and towns forgotten by most to sample the food and experience the many conversations that would no doubt be possible is perhaps a dream many would never get to do.
If you can indeed find the time, perhaps no trip would be more worthwhile.
7 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY 1 - CALIFORNIA
According to moneycrashers.com, the entire length of California, or a great portion of it, can in fact be traveled through on Highway , particularly Big Sur, which is in fact so beautiful, many have flocked from all over to simply lay their eyes on the incredible spot.
The trip can be taken in a single day, but again, many recommend stopping at many of the sites along the way, really taking it all in, particularly, Point Sur, Bixby Bridge and so many others.
Camping grounds along the stretch start at 40 bucks a night, so make the trip last.
6 HANA HIGHWAY - HAWAII
And who's to say that all you've got to do on these road trips is drive and stop off to take a few pictures at some locations?
What if you mount the old mountain bike to the roof of your car or on the back bike rack and set off with the intention to park the car and ride for miles and miles the way nature intended!
Of course it is, but we can't take credit for it. In fact, there are many who do it, and Hawaii specifically the route along Hana Highway is in fact quite a popular place for doing just that.
5 A DRIVE AROUND THE OKANAGAN VALLEY FOR CULINARY DELIGHTS - BRITISH COLUMBIA
For those of you readers out there that setting sail or hitting the road are in fact inspired by no other reason than to sample the great and tasty foods of the many places around the world, then this road trip is definitely for you.
Destination, British Columbia, Canada ... to the beautiful community of the Okanagan Valley, the place to be for the best farm to table food on the West Coast and probably the whole country. The place is renowned, and once you're there, driving around the Okanagan Lake proves to be as beautiful and as mesmerizing as the food is to be. A worthy trip to take and your bellies will thank us, we're sure.
According to theculturetrip.com, RauDZ Regional Table is the area's greatest restaurant so take note foodies!
4 CHATHAM KENT CORRIDOR - SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO, CANADA
Here is yet another spot that is slowly becoming quite the destination for bikers everywhere. According to Reader's Digest, the spot is indeed becoming quite known to attract those wanting to see the country and the spots such as this one form the two-wheel vantage point made quite popular by films like Easy Rider, who epitomized the biker road trip like no other films before it and of course attracted many to hop atop two wheeled steeds of their own in search of either that illusive greater truth or just a way to escape the grind and the "man" that took away all our hopes and dreams.
But, is that meaning of life hidden away in rural Ontario?
According to many, the spot has a lot to offer in terms of scenery and culture, so why not?
3 STURGIS, MOTORCYCLE RALLY - SOUTH DAKOTA
And talking about motorcycle riders and the many destinations that call to these modern day cowboys, riding off into the sunset atop the modern steeds of our time, looking for nothing but adventure, perhaps there is no greater location to ride the old Harley over to than South Dakota.
Well, the Sturgis Bike Rally of course. For years, the rally has been the place to be for motorcycle enthusiasts anywhere, and the week long festivities bring forth many to come and celebrate everything it means to be a biker.
A great place to stay and have fun at is of course the Full Throttle Saloon where there are over 100 cabins where you can stay and enjoy the food and biker culture. Live music at this event is also an incredible draw. Popular acts from the past include Jackyl among other bands of the rock and Southern Rock genre.
2 VANCOUVER ISLAND - BRITISH COLUMBIA
If British Columbia has made the list so many times, it's only because the province is definitely rich in culture, great food and their many communities are very open and welcoming to tourists. It didn't become one of Canada's leading tourist destinations for nothing.
The province has many places to visit, on a road trip, or even just a simple vacation destination.
One in particular is of course Vancouver Island. Atop the Island are mountain ranges worth seeing and of course Canada's very own rainforest. Worth the drive; believe us.
1 DEMPSTER HIGHWAY - YUKON TO THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
And very much like the Dawson City, Yukon location, this particular stretch of highway is for those of you who dream or have dreamt of always venturing to the Great White North in search of adventure and of course a colder climate.
But don't let the possible freezing temperatures bother you, because this is one amazing trip to take. The road will no doubt give the traveler a closer look at the Northern part of Canada as this road stretches from Yukon and Northward. But there is only one place to find accommodations at, according to theculturetrip.com, and that's at Eagle Plains, but, the sites you'll see are bar none, truly fantastic along the route.
Of course to get to The Northwest Territories, a ferry will be in order, but hey, don't let that stop you.
Sources: patheos.com; Reader's Digest; moneycrashers.com; On The Road by Jack Kerouac; theculturetrip.com; wikipedia.org; The Washington Post