Great American Road Trips

Posted May 1st 2013 05:14 PMUpdated May 28th 2013 04:08 PM

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Planning a road trip? Of course you are. It's almost summer, and few American pastimes –- baseball, eating hot dogs, heckling baseball umpires between bites of your hot dog –- are as enticing as piling in a car with family or friends and heading toward the beach. Or heading for that national park you've always meant to visit. Or just pointing your car toward the horizon and seeing where the bends in the road take you.

Road trips appeal to us because they have a timelessness and tradition that tap into the rugged American spirit. But they're also appealing because they allow us to travel close to the ground and see take the pulse of the country's landscape and people.

Follow along as we highlight road trips that offer travelers a taste of both of these worlds. We'll start off in Louisville, and we'll venture across the country, from Virginia to Nebraska to Hawaii and beyond.

But rest assured, we'll leave room for another beloved part of any great American road trip: surprises. Our spring and summer road trip coverage starts here:

Driving the American Horse Trail
Exploring Maui's Upcountry
Driving the Prairie
15 Reasons the Best Place in America to Start a Road Trip is Louisville, Kentucky

Also, be sure to check out some great road trip stories from our archive.

Road Trip: Florida Spring Break 2013
5 Things I Learned Road Tripping through Florida on Spring Break
Road Trip Gear: Seven Must-Have Essentials


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Rosemarie

looking for inexpensive motels near Pensacolo,FL.Any suggestions

June 21 2014 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
georgedresc

AOL,,,PLANING A TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY,,BY CAR I HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN I-95 NORTH CAN YOU RECOMEND GOOD HOTELS TO STAY AT ALONG THE WAY,,,

June 08 2014 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patricia Jones

Any suggestions on a route from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State?

June 07 2014 at 7:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tjm98

Route 2...

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DC Journey

One of my favorite road trips is route 50 in Nevada, on your way there, there is a shoe tree, pretty neat http://triposs.com/blog/item/171-great-american-roadside-attractions

October 09 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
suevfl

HOW FAR IS IT FROM SAN ROSEA NM TO ELK CITY OK

June 12 2013 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Calistra

Gorgeous routes! Specially loved the "Driving the Prairie" one.
My own top of US road trips include the East to West trip on Highway 50 and the first route from this list: http://www.traveling365.com/2013/06/best-usa-road-trips/ It sure is a great way to get to know the "good old" America.

June 12 2013 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jolene

If you come to St. Louis be sure to visit Main Street in St. Charles. Carriage rides, wonderful shops, Bread And Breakfast, tea rooms , you can spend hours walking and enjoying stepping back in time.

June 10 2013 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
landmlakes

looking for Nelson, Geo.???

June 09 2013 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aank1260

Sights to see St Louis, Mo to Columbus Ohio for seniors who would be driving in early August '13. Thanx

June 06 2013 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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