Road trips have become synonymous with North America and it’s easy to see why. With such an expanse of diverse landscapes and cultures to explore, a road trip allows you to cover more ground and get the most out of your holiday. Here’s a rundown of three classic road trips you won’t want to miss.
New York and Niagara
This road trip is perfect for those looking to combine beautiful scenery with a visit to some of the most famous tourist attractions in the area. The route is around 1300 miles, which you can comfortably cover in 26 hours of driving, but to really enjoy the experience allow at least three weeks.
Start by spending a few days in New York City visiting the Empire State Building, Central Park and the many wonderful galleries around Manhattan before moving east to Montauk, Long Island, which offers trendy bars and restaurants.
Continue on to Woodstock and spend some time touring the galleries in this artists’ colony. Just north of Woodstock you will find the Catskills, a set of mountains spread across four counties and offering some peace and superb hiking and skiing.
Next it’s on to the Adirondacks Mountains for forest walks, cosy bistros and several micro-breweries waiting to welcome you. Continue west to Lake Ontario and a visit to the famous Niagara Falls. From here you start heading south-east back to NYC through the Finger Lakes region, which is home to a number of Amish farms, vineyards and craft markets.
The Music of the Deep South
This tour covers just under 800 miles and requires at least one week to really experience the unique culture of the area. It starts in Nashville, Tennessee, which can be accessed easily from most major airports in the UK. For the best deals, book flights to USA online as the savings available may allow you to upgrade your hire car and travel a little more comfortably.
Nashville is well known for its country and blues bars and for being home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. From Nashville, journey south to Memphis for a taste of real southern barbeque, blues and gospel. Sun Studios, Graceland and Wild Bill’s Duke Joint are must-see attractions before you join Route 61 and continue south into the Mississippi Delta.
The Delta is home to a number of casinos and is well known for its Creole cuisine. Visit the town of Clarksdale for the Delta Blues Museum and continue on to Lafayette, Louisiana to experience the best in Creole and Cajun music in the dancehalls. Lastly, drive east to New Orleans and indulge in the party atmosphere of its jazz and blues clubs.
North and South Dakota
Covering 980 miles and requiring at least two weeks to complete, this trip through the Badlands will immerse you in American history. It starts and ends in Rapid City. Much of this route is remote, so it’s advisable to hire a camper van as accommodation can be scarce.
The Badlands National Park will transport you back in time as you explore the rocky fossil-laden landscape and visit the 1930s store to pick up some cowboy boots or a sheriff’s barge. As you cross over into North Dakota, you can stop and visit a Sioux reservation, Sitting Bull’s burial ground and the cowboy town of Medora.
Cross back over to western South Dakota for Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore and the Indian Museum of North America before returning to Rapid City.