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US Road Trips

Ideas and Itineraries for the Best US Road Trips

Updated 08.12.2018: Since August 2014, we’ve been sharing the best US road trips for baby boomer travelers. 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.

There are so many incredible landscapes, historic sights and of course, amazingly diverse active travel adventures to experience on a road trip in the USA. Check out some of our favorites, including US scenic drives. 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!

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Caribou standing in fireweed on an Alaska road trip.

Tips for an Alaska Highway Road Trip

An Alaska Highway road trip is the ultimate boomer travel driving adventure. It takes a bit of planning to reach Alaska by car, truck or RV. But the reward is exploring a beautiful part of the U.S. filled with history, natural beauty, lots of bears and not many tourists! Click on Tips for an Alaska Highway Road Trip to read first-person travel articles based upon our unique Alaska road trip itinerary. There are so many roads to explore in Alaska and neighboring British Columbia and the Yukon. Itchy travel feet guaranteed!

Trinkets for sale in Key West.

Florida Keys Road Trip

On a Florida Keys road trip itinerary we discovered plenty of funky fun stretching from Key Largo until we finally arrived in Key West. From kayaking in mangroves to deep sea fishing to admiring a Key West sunset, you’ll enjoy plenty of boomer travel adventure. If you’re thinking about a Florida Keys Road Trip read about our experiences first so that you’ll know the best things to do in the Florida Keys (and where to find delicious Key Lime Pie!).

How do we plan our US road trips? Check out our USA Road Trip Planner for the online sites, travel guides and products that we use when planning road trips in the U.S.

Monument Valley is a beautiful scenic drive and one of our favorite US road trips.

The Best US Scenic Drives

Sometimes, all you want to do is take a scenic drive rather than an entire road trip. The U.S. is filled with an incredible landscape that’s best explored by motorized vehicle. And a day spent on a scenic road or byway is a great way to see it. Explore some of the USA’s amazing natural beauty by clicking on Scenic Drives to read about our favorites. You’ll discover off-the-beaten-path adventure as well as well-known scenic roads when you follow the dots on the map. We’ll show you how.

The lake in Branson, Missouri, on a Midwest road trip.

Off the Beaten Path Options for Midwest Road Trips

When it comes to great US road trips, the Midwest might not be on your radar. We’ll show you why it should be. On a Midwest road trip, we discovered a host of boomer-friendly travel destinations with endless opportunities for road trip adventures. And did we mention some of the cutest bed and breakfasts for slowing down and taking in the countryside? Click on Off the Beaten Path Options for Midwest Road Trips to read more.

Looking for a place to stay on your road trip in the USA? Start your hotel search with us.

Cars standing on end at a quirky road stop in Amarillo, Texas.

Road Trip through the Curious Sites of Amarillo

Are you looking for a quirky places to visit in the U.S.? You’ll find them on a Southwestern road trip to Amaraillo, Texas. If you think roadtripping in the southwest is all about cactus and wide open landscapes, take a closer look. From giant legs to cars buried in the sand, there’s so much more to see and do on the way to Amarillo. And then there’s the rodeo. Discover some of Amarillo’s wild sights and roadside attractions by clicking on The Curious Sites of Amarillo.

Colorful flowers in a garden on the California coast.

Coastal California Road Trip

Driving the California coast is one of the ultimate US road trips, especially if you’re zipping around in a sports car. Our itinerary begins a bit inland in Paso Robles, then hits the coast to see the sea lions at Piedras Blancas before continuing north along the coast through Big Sur, Half Moon Bay and Mendocino. The journey ends after turning inland to explore Sonoma. Of course now we want to drive it again. Click on Coastal California Road Trip to read more.

On road trips in the western US, we don’t leave home without our Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlas.

The sun turns the sky a hazy orange as it sets on the central Oregon coast.

Fall Road Trip on the Central Oregon Coast

Fall is a gorgeous time for boomers to road trip along Oregon’s central coast. Most of the crowds have gone, the weather offers crisp, sunny days and oh those views! We’ll show you the best things to see and do, places to stay and where to eat on this fall boomer travel adventure in Oregon. Bring your cameras and hiking shoes! Click through to read about our: Oregon Fall Trip.

Limestone cliffs of El Morro National Monument rise from the high desert in New Mexico.

New Mexico Backroads Adventure

Follow this New Mexico road trip itinerary from Tucson, AZ, to Grants, NM, to discover lava fields, ancient graffitti written on stone and backroads beauty. This southwestern road trip is a must for boomer travelers who enjoy going off-the-beaten-path. We’ve included a detailed itinerary to get you there. To read more, click here: New Mexico road trip.

Beach on the California Coast with people enjoying the water.

Southern California Road Trip

On a Southern California road trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and back, you’ll follow Highway 1 for scenic views, great seafood and active boomer adventures. Yes, there’s glamping, sea kayaking and a winery tour included, too. This is a perfect itinerary for a 3-day weekend in California. To read more, click on: Southern California Road Trip.

Children play on a sandbar off the coast of Georgia.

Riding to Georgia’s Beautiful Golden Isles

If you’re looking for a coastal southern road trip, get yourself to Georgia’s gorgeous Golden Isles. We’ll show you where to stay, what to do, and most importantly, the best places for true, Southern cuisine. Ya’ll ready? Then read more at Riding to Georgia’s Beautiful Golden Isles.

Need to gear up for your road trip? Check out Donna’s Road Trip Gear for Boomers page on Amazon.

Woman motorcyclist wearing rain gear.

Harley Adventures through the Four Corners

Looking to hit the road Harley-style? Take a look at Diane White’s article detailing the best way to explore the four corners region on two wheels. If you’re dreaming of a Harley road trip in the Southwest, you’ll want to read this one! To read more, click on Harley Adventures through the Four Corners.

Boomer couple standing in front of Mt Rushmore.

Riding South Dakota’s Badlands

Hitting the road in a Harley gives you all kinds of travel options. In our Boomers on Bikes series, Diane White shows us how to road trip on a Harley to South Dakota’s Badlands. Not a motorcycle fan? You’ll still discover ideas for exploring this corner of the U.S. To read more, click on Riding South Dakota’s Badlands.

Boomer couple standing in front of Mt Rushmore.

A Pacific Northwest Road Trip Itinerary for Boomer Travelers

A road trip through the Pacific Northwest offers stunning coastal routes mixed with cultural road stops. Come along for the ride as we share Tips for a Pacific Northwest Road Trip Itinerary for Boomer Travelers.

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