As the uncertainty surrounding global travel continues, more and more Americans, eager for a change of scenery, are hitting the road. While road trips offer travelers new experiences and some ability in controlling and maintaining social distance, the Centers for Disease Control maintains that “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.”
Still, in a recent survey conducted by Farmers Insurance, 62% of people are planning to travel by car or RV in the next few months.
Whether you are planning to venture out or just want to enjoy the views from the safety of your laptop, here are ‘The most scenic road trips in the US’ from InsureMyTrip.
Midwest: Badlands Scenic Loop
The Badlands Scenic Loop is a section of South Dakota’s Route 240 and Route 44, which allows road trippers to effortlessly tour Badlands National Park. This 39-mile loop includes countless overlooks that highlight the one-of-a-kind geology Badlands National Park is known for. For adventure travelers, the park also offers backcountry hiking trails that take you deep into the remote wilderness.
Best time to go: May – June, August – September
Distance: Approx. 39 miles
Leisurely Travel Time: 4-6 hours
Northeast: Kancamagus Highway
The Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire is the epitome of a scenic New England roadway. It follows the state’s Route 112 from Conway to Lincoln. Road trippers and motorcyclists alike enjoy the winding, tree-lined highway. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, swimming and sightseeing. Some highlights include the Albany Covered Bridge, the Russell-Colbath Historic Site and Upper Lady’s Bath.
Best time to go: April – October
Distance: Approx. 56 miles
Leisurely Travel Time: 4-8 hours
Southwest: Scenic Byway 12
Utah’s State Route12 provides the ideal way to see the state’s renowned canyon country. The 123-mile trip connects Bryce National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. Boasting close proximity to several state and national parks as well as monuments, the rich history and unique natural landmarks makes this route one of the most popular U.S. road trips.
Best time to go: April – May, September – October
Distance: Approx. 123 miles
Fastest travel time: 3 hours
Leisurely Travel time: 2-4 days
Northwest: Oregon Coast Highway
Highway 101 in Oregon takes travelers 363 miles along the state’s Pacific coastline. Stops include Astoria, Cannon Beach, Indian Beach Trail and Coos Bay to name a few. Picturesque beach towns and unique landmarks dot the roadway with plenty of rest stops for road trippers to take in the views.
Best time to go: June – September
Distance: Approx. 363 miles
Fastest travel time: 10-12 hours
Leisurely travel time: 2-4 days
Southeast: Blue Ridge Parkway
If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the ultimate way to experience it. The 469-mile stretch of road winds through Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina and showcases the Appalachian Mountains in all their glory. Easy access to hiking trails and plenty of unique wildlife makes the route ideal for animal and hiking enthusiasts.
Best time to go: May – September
Distance: Approx. 469
Fastest Travel time: 13-15 hours
Leisurely travel time: 2-4 days
WEST: Pacific Coast Highway
You can’t have a road trip list without the infamous Pacific Coast Highway. The 600+ mile stretch of road takes you by several famous landmarks and points of interest, including Point Bonita Lighthouse, San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and Santa Monica plus many more. We advise planning ahead and make sure there are no last-minute road closures due to rockslides or severe weather.
Best time to go: May – October
Distance: Approx. 656 miles
Fastest travel time: 11-13 hours
Leisurely Travel time: 2-5 days
Ahead of your travel, be sure to check each official state or health department website for the most up-to-date information as well as safety precautions suggested by the CDC. Always consider the risks of being in crowded spaces and the ability to self-isolate at your intended destination if necessary.
Elise began her career as a Writer/Anchor/Reporter at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, GA. She also served as Supervising Producer at E! Networks and most recently, has been busy freelance producing and writing for numerous magazines and blogs.