Planning to go for a weekend road trip soon? If “yes”, then you are on track to having an adventure of your lifetime, while learning from historical sites and viewing stunning scenery.
Due to its vastness, the United States is a beautiful country to behold, especially when driving off-road. The following are the best 7-weekend off-road trips to different destinations within the country:
1. Alaska Highway
The 1,459 miles long Alaska Highway begins in British Columbia, passes through Yukon Territory, and goes all the way to Fairbanks.
Originally, the highway was meant to end in Delta Junction. Also known as ALCAN, the Alaskan Highway is paved right from Dawson Creek, British Columbia with some sections still under construction.
Given that it mainly passed through the wilderness, there is a lot of wildlife and beautiful scenery to behold. Along this highway, popular stops include the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, Liard River Hot Springs, and Yukon’s signpost lake.
You can move on from Fairbanks to Anchorage, home to Denali National Park and behold the highest peak in North America.
2. Blue Ridge Parkway
This 469-mile road is the link between Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. Along this road, you will behold the region’s agricultural history, Cherokee traditions, as well as Appalachian music and crafts.
In addition to lots of historic sites, you will behold an abundance of wildlife and scenery. That includes the world’s oldest mountains, Linville Gorge, and Whitewater Falls.
3. Canada to Mexico
Why fly to Mexico from Canada when you can drive? Due to its cross-country nature, the road-trip begins in the Canadian rookies, passes through Montana, Nevada, Idaho, and Arizona, all the way to the Sonora Desert. The best place to start is Jasper National Park in Canada, where you will behold the glacial lakes.
The first stop is in the Montana resort town of Whitefish. You may opt to enter the Glacier National Park if you so wish.
You will pass through Flathead National Forest and Flathead Indian Reservation. Once you cross Idaho’s Salmon River, you may diverge to the Moon National Park and behold the craters.
From there, you will pass through Nevada’s high desert, the Great Basin National Park onto Las Vegas as you head off to Arizona.
Things to see in Arizona include Biosphere II, Titan Missile Museum, and Hoover Dam.
Just make sure you get the best roof racks installed on your car for a comfortable journey.
4. Denver to Glacier
This epic road trip takes you from the Mile-High City to Yellowstone National Park. From Yellowstone, you may continue on to southeast Montana’s boomtowns and Glacier National Park.
Some of the notable places along the way include Rocky Mountain National Park, Continental Divide, Colorado’s Estes Park, Laramie, Wind River County, and Jackson Wyoming.
From Jackson, you can head on to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. You will pass through Virginia City and Montana’s Missoula before heading off to Fairmont Hot Springs and Glacier National Park.
5. Charleston to New Orleans
This trip, which is full of lessons on culture and history of the Deep South begins in Charleston, South Carolina and takes you all the way to New Orleans.
You will pass through Savannah, Georgia, a top tourist destination on to Atlanta, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Selma. From Selma, visit Old Cahawba, a ghost town on the banks of Alabama River.
Learn about what happened to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other marchers, when they were violently disrupted in 1965 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge as they marched between Salma and Montgomery.
When you reach New Orleans, pay a visit to the cemeteries of old, French Quarter, riverboats, and later enjoy fine food and music.
6. Colorado to Lake Tahoe
If you like viewing great scenery, this 1,066-mile road trip is highly recommended. It begins in Pueblo, Colorado and goes on to Lake Tahoe. You will pass through the Rockies, Crested Butte, and Black Canyon in Colorado.
Behold wildflower alpine meadows, blue lakes, and snow-covered peaks as you move on. In Utah, you will encounter canyonlands, arches, and national parks.
Known as the “loneliest road in America”, Highway 50 in Nevada passes through the mainly uninhabited territory. If you are a motorcyclist, you will greatly enjoy this section.
Make sure you have each and every necessary dirt bike parts. From Nevada’s Virginia City, you will head to Sierra before making your way to Lake Tahoe.
7. The Oregon Trail
This trail starts in Independence, Missouri and goes on for 2,000 miles to Oregon City. Witness how pioneers risked their lives on wagons on the hunt for the west’s lush farmland.
Behold Wyoming’s Fort Laramie and Register Cliff in Guernsey, Wyoming. Use Glenns Ferry to cross the Snake River.
At the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, learn about the history of the earth in a comprehensive fossil record.
In Portland, there are galleries, restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, and museums. At the National Park Service, the 2,000-mile trail will be described to you in detail.
As you can see, there is a lot of fun to be had on any of these trips. Once you have packed the necessities on your vehicle’s roof rack, head off on the trail. You may opt to go in the opposite direction if you will.