Best US Road Trips for Boomer Travelers

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We’ve been sharing the best US road trips for baby boomer travelers for years. Our generation loves to hop in the car and explore.

Road trips in the U.S. offer incredible opportunities for any serious boomer road warrior. In fact, the biggest challenge to exploring the USA by car or RV is choosing the road trip itinerary that’s right for you.

 

Ideas and Itineraries for the Best US Road Trips

There are so many scenic landscapes, historic sights and of course, amazingly diverse active travel adventures to experience on a road trip in the USA. From bucket list road trips to off-the-beaten-path itineraries, you’ll find them here.

Enjoy reading first-person road trip articles that will make your travel feet so itchy that you’ll be planning a boomer travel adventure before you know it! When you’re ready to get going, our USA road trip planner is a great place to start your research.

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Take these USA road trips!

From the Alaska Highway to Georgia’s Golden Isles, you’ll find plenty of U.S. road trip inspiration from our first-hand experiences and those of hand-picked guest writers. They’re divided by region so that you can find a favorite more easily.

Are you looking for short scenic drives in the U.S.? You’ll find them on our Scenic Drives page.

Western US Road Trip Itineraries

From Arizona to Oregon and beyond into Alaska, you’ll experience incredible American driving trips in the Western U.S. Since Alan and I have lived in Arizona, Montana and Oregon, we have plenty of western road trip itineraries to share with you.

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Alaska Highway Road Trip

Alaska Highway road trip planner for boomer travelers Updated 05.09.2020: Is a road trip to Alaska on your boomer bucket list? From our experience, it’s one big beautiful, adventure-filled trip that we’ll be repeating.   Some of the links on this page are referral links. Read our Disclosure. No matter how you plan to drive […]

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Harley Adventures through the Four Corners

Updated 02.20.2020: Active travel can take many forms, from exploring small South Pacific islands to national park adventures that include hiking, biking and kayaking. However, there are those who tend to take it one step further, like Jim and Diane White. The active, independent travelers hit the open road recently to explore the beautiful Four […]

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Birding South Texas on a Rio Grande Valley Road Trip

Did you know that the birding in South Texas is world class? For avid birdwatchers, stopping to observe the birds is a fun addition to a Rio Grande Valley road trip itinerary.  James Richardson is here with the best places to go for birding in South Texas. What a unique road trip! Birding South Texas […]

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Fall on the Oregon Coast

Have you considered an Oregon Coast fall trip? I know what you’re thinking—why visit in the fall? The water’s too cold in Oregon for swimming—actually it’s too cold and rough most of the year for swimming. And it will be rainy, right? I had the same thoughts about an Oregon Coast fall trip when Alan […]

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A Fun 3-day Olympic Peninsula Road Trip for Boomers

Are you considering an Olympic Peninsula road trip in Washington State? The region hosts a diverse selection of active travel experiences, especially for nature lovers. When planning trips, I always appreciate advice from the locals. Olympic Peninsula resident, Jo-Anne Bowen, Journeys with Jo-Anne, has created a wonderful 3-day boomer road trip to tempt our itchy […]

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A Pacific Northwest Road Trip Itinerary for Boomer Travelers

The enormous size of North America offers endless options for exciting boomer road trip adventures, but for those looking for stunning coastal routes mixed with cultural road stops, there’s no place like the Pacific Northwest! Guest contributor, Richard Atkins, recently explored this incredible area and is here with tips for an exciting Pacific Northwest road […]

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Coastal California Road Trip

Updated 06.23.2020:  A coastal California road trip is one of the ultimate U.S. boomer travel destinations, especially if you’re zipping around in a sports car. Are you interested in driving north through Big Sur, Monterey, San Francisco and Mendocino before turning east to Sonoma wine country? Perhaps a Southern California coastal road trip is calling […]

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Southwestern road trip through the wild sights of Amarillo,Texas

When a conference took travel writers Debi Lander and Judy Wells to South Dakota, they decided to make the most out of it and explore the Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore. They kept track of their adventures on a joint blog called Good Girls in the Badlands. That was back in 2012, but the […]

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New Mexico Backroads Adventure

There’s nothing that Alan and I like better than an off-the-beaten-travel experience, especially if it includes driving. Here’s a New Mexico backroads trip that’s one of our favorites. It includes national monuments, out-of-the-way destinations with plenty of history. New Mexico backroads trip itinerary At the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook (you have clicked […]

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One-Day Southwest Road Trip Itinerary for Boomer Travelers

  There are many things to see and do in the American Southwest. From a variety of national parks like the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley to charming little towns, this area of the the country is really exceptional. Today’s guest contributor, Shelli Elledge from Written FYI, recently took a boomer road trip through the […]

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Visit Little Bighorn on a Montana Road Trip

If you’re roadtripping in Montana, visit Little Bighorn on an exploration of Big Sky Country. It’s a somber lesson on what happens when two cultures collide. Teresa Otto, from The Nomads Daughter, shares her experience visiting Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument plus tips on how to get there. How to visit Little Bighorn on a […]

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Visit Beaumont-Port Arthur on a Texas Road Trip

In our opinion, the American Southwest is best experienced on a road trip. If your Southwest itinerary happens to travel across Texas, don’t miss Beaumont-Port Arthur. With so many things to see and do, Kathleen Walls from Global Highways and Byways helps you sort it all out with her tips on how to visit Beaumont-Port […]

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Southern Road Trip Itineraries

Driving through the South offers road trips to the coast, mountains and everywhere in between. Read about roadtripping in the Florida Keys, beautiful trips in the Low Country, a motorcycle ride to the Georgia coast and more.

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Florida Keys Road Trip

Roadtripping in the Florida Keys Updated 05.22.2020:  I don’t often take press trips, but I couldn’t resist this Florida Keys road trip. Sponsored by The Florida Keys & Key West, the Prime Time in Paradise itinerary had a little bit of everything on a jaunt through the Florida Keys. Boomer adventure was certainly a running […]

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Driving through History on a Natchez Trace Road Trip

On a Natchez Trace road trip, you’ll experience history, culture and a scenic drive through beautiful areas of the South. Alan and I have driven a small portion of the road on a short, Natchez Trace tour. But My Itchy Travel Feet Featured Contributor, Debi Lander, drove the entire parkway. She shares her Natchez Trace […]

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Baby Boomer Adventures Road Tripping through the Lowcountry

Although it may not receive the same amount of recognition as say, the California coast, for example, the southeast coastal area of the U.S., known as the Lowcountry, is a spectacular place for a road trip. Charleston and Savannah are especially intoxicating, filled with vibrant history, charming architecture, and of course, incredible local cuisine. Yes, […]

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Take a Harley Road Trip to Georgia’s Golden Isles

Updated 06.01.2019: Although we love any form of travel, we’re always on the lookout for a great boomer road trip adventure. And we know that some of you are motorcycle enthusiasts. Today, guest contributor, Diane White, takes us on a Harley road trip to Georgia’s Golden Isles. Jim, Me, and Harley makes three: riding to […]

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Exploring Cajun Country on a Southern Louisiana Trip

Updated 02.21.2020:  If you’re one of the lucky ones who have traveled outside of Louisiana’s famed New Orleans region, you know how beautiful the state can be. Guest writer, Suzan L. Jackson from Book by Book, takes us on an exotic, off-the-beaten-path trip through Southern Louisiana’s Acadiana region. Exploring Cajun Country on a boomer road […]

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Louisiana Plantation Tours on a Boomer Road Trip in the South

From Virginia to Louisiana and beyond, there is plenty to explore in the southern United States. But, if you’re looking to get into the fascinating and often heartbreaking history of the South, a boomer road trip through Plantation Country is a good way to go. Regular contributor Debi Lander, from ByLanderSea, is here to share […]

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Exploring Northeast Alabama on a Boomer Road Trip

Updated 03.14.2020:  Although Alabama may not be at the top of many travel bucket lists, like the South in general, there are many things to do and see in  the Heart of Dixie. Vera Marie Badertscher from A Traveler’s Library shares her experience exploring this little-known area on a northeast Alabama itinerary for boomer roadtrippers. […]

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Harley Adventures through North Carolina’s Gorgeous Outer Banks

Are you ready for another amazing boomer road trip adventure? Well, get your Harley helmet ready because Diane White is back with the latest addition to our ongoing boomers-on-bikes series. This time, Diane is taking us to one of the country’s most beautiful, yet relatively under-the-radar locations: North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The drive travels from […]

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Laid Back in Savannah

Although the USA has an infinite amount of travel options, the beautiful south remains one of the most intriguing regions to explore. Especially charming are the many quaint cities along the Atlantic coast like Savannah, a historic city with an unmistakeable mix of southern sophistication and vibrant energy. Today’s guest poster, Sam Lowe, explains the […]

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Midwest Road Trips

Don’t over look traveling in the Midwest. Flyover country includes some wonderful driving experiences like visiting the Badlands of South Dakota.

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Riding South Dakota’s Badlands on a Motorcycle Road Trip

Updated 05.11.2020:  Are your travel feet itching for a boomer road trip, but can’t make up your mind about the destination? What about riding South Dakot’s Badlands? Get your motor running because Diane White is back with the latest addition to our ongoing boomers-on-bikes series. Previously, Diane has taken us on motorcycle road trips to […]

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Exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on a Trip to Michigan

Updated 04.24.2020: As you already know, we jump at any chance to explore our National Park System. But … as beautiful as they are, we also love to find scenic places that don’t necessarily attract hundreds of thousands of people. Guest writer Jim Tobalski, from Wandering Rose Travels, is here to tell us about a […]

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Unexpected Boomer Adventures in Door County, Wisconsin

Are you looking for incredible, but off-the-beaten-path travel ideas for the upcoming year? Well, we’ve got a destination that may be a bit of a surprise for you: Door County, Wisconsin. Maybe there’s not an abundance of travel articles highlighting this beautiful area of Wisconsin, but there should be! My Itchy Travel Feet featured contributor […]

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Northeast Road Trips

Road trips in the northeast U.S. offer the opportunity for fall foliage drives or scenic coastal adventures.

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Road Tripping through the Delaware Valley on a Boomer Getaway

Updated 05.02.2020:  If road tripping through the Delaware Valley isn’t on your boomer travel list, it definitely should be. Today, Cheryl Rodewig is here to tell us all about the beautiful things you can see and fun things do while exploring this vibrant east coast destination that travels through Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Delaware Valley […]

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Motorcycle Leaf Peeping in the Gorgeous Adirondacks

Fall is a great time to rev up your motorcycle for some fun leaf-peeping adventures. And there’s no better place to see fall foliage than in the Northeastern U.S. Guest writer and motorcycle enthusiast, Laura Knight from Motor Manner, is here with a detailed itinerary for a fall motorcycle leaf peeping trip in the Adirondacks.  […]

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Exploring Hildene on a New England Road Trip

Updated 05.07.2020:  Add exploring Hildene mansion and farm to your New England road trip. Vermont has long been known as a charming area to visit, and it is a very popular tourist destination on the East Coast. With stunning scenery and a seemingly infinite number of charming towns, the state is definitely a welcoming oasis […]

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