Need for Speed: 4 Epic Road Trips You Need to Take this Summer

silhouette road trip with friends while sunsets across highway

Want to know something ironic? I’m a traveler, but I HAAAATE traveling. Like the entire process of getting somewhere is just not for me. If it was up to me I wouldn’t have to fly, or drive places, I would just blink and I would be there.

But anywayyyy,

I’ve been getting lots of questions about affordable summer getaways for couples or groups of friends, so I compiled a list of the most beautiful roadways, highways, byways, and scenic routes in the States. There’s a million posts about couples beach getaways and beach weekend trips, so I thought this road trip guide would be a little more unique and fun! So put your seatbelt on, turn on some tunes, and get your snacks ready as we take this road trip through these highways you should be driving down this summer. Ready?

Route 66

route 66 road trip view of mountains and scenery

Probably one of the most popular and well known routes in the country, so what’s a list without Route 66?! *cue music* “It winds from Chicago to LA, More than two thousand miles all the way. Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.” 

While road tripping along this beauty you can make stops in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico, before ending in California at the Santa Monica Pier.

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Route 66 also grants access to some of the best restauraunts (did ya’ll really think I would get through a post without talking about food?! I mean even Guy Fieri had an entire episode dedicated to the good eats on Route 66, so that says a lot!)

Be sure to try:

1.Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner in Kingman, Arizona – This is exactly what you think of when you picture food on route 66. A cute, classic diner! They opened in the 1930’s as a gas station, but now they are a diner and they also make homemade rootbeer (which Oprah lovessss about this place)

2. Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Cafe in Victorville, California- Cute restaurant that opened in 1947 that serves American favorites. They’ve also been featured on many tv shows and movies.  (The food looks delicious!!!!!)

3. Route 66 Railway Cafe in Gallup, New Mexico- If you love biscuits and gravy this is a must visit!

4. Sweetie Pie’s in St. Louis, Missouri- Soul food, Need I say more?!

5. Dell Rhea Chicken Basket in Illinois- They’ve been around since the 1930’s and are well known for their famous fried chicken.

Pacific Coast Highway (a.k.a California State Route 1)

pacific coast highway. California state route 1 view of mountains and ocean

The Pacific Coast Highway is easily one of the most well known and most beautiful scenic drives in the world. It starts from northern California and goes all the way down to San Diego. While driving the Pacific Coast Highway you can make stops in San Francisco, Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Malibu, and Los Angeles just to name a few.  If you drive straight through, which I don’t recommend, get out take some pics and soak in the beautiful views of the coast and seaside towns,  it’ll take around 10 hours non stop.

Foodie tips:

If you stop in 1. San Francisco be sure to try ice cream from AFTERS.

2. Los Angeles be sure to try ice cream at the Baked Bear

3. San Diego be sure to stop at Square Bar Cafe

Great River Road

beautiful scenic view of drive through great river road
By David Herholz via flickr.com

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway is one of the longest in the country, which makes it perfect for a road trip. It follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from Minnesota all the way down to Louisiana at the Gulf of Mexico. While driving through the 10 states it passes through you can make stops in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee,  Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Blue Ridge Parkway

route through blue ridge parkway view through Virgina and North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway runs through Virginia and North Carolina and it is actually the longest linear parkway in the country! Be sure to stop at Mabry Mill on your road trip, it’s a live mill that is most known for delicious buckwheat pancakes. Many travelers also like to stop at the Biltmore Estate, which is a tour of the former mansion of George Washington Vanderbilt. This parkway also boasts some of the best sunsets in the country.

Did this post make you hungry or want to take a road trip? If so, share it with your friends!

Do you plan on taking any road trips this summer? Comment below!

4 EPIC road trips you and your friends need to take this summer

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Hi! I'm Diam, a 24 year old Ohio native who lives in Florida and is obsessed with all things travel! I've explored 30 states, 10 countries and many many islands all while knocking big adventures off of my bucket list! I hope to inspire you to travel far enough to meet yourself! & remember, you don't have to be rich to travel!

26 thoughts on “Need for Speed: 4 Epic Road Trips You Need to Take this Summer

  1. Every time I start dating someone new, I think of fun road trip ideas. Why? Because road trips – travel, in general – are the ultimate compatibility test! Loving these ideas. 😀

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  2. I did a solo road trip from New York to California with my 2 dogs and what fit in my Prius. It was awesome, but the next time I decide to take a road trip, I am going to do it with someone. It’s less fun doing it solo, in my opinion. 🙂

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      1. I’d love to!!! I’ve been to Washington and visited the White House…. with college… tried my hand(and feet) at line dancing… Eaten at Spankys!!! But there’s a huge amazing country to explore!
        Mind you, the UK us tiny in comparison and I’ve hardly seen any of the sights here either!!!

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  3. Rt. 66 and the Pacific Coast were both trips that are in my bucket list. Now I have two more to add to it. My bucket list also includes Rt. 1 from Maine to Key West in Florida.

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  4. Blue ridge parkway looks amazing! I’ve designated next year as my year of road trips so I’ll definitely be checking it out.

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  5. Thanks for the reminder about Blue Ridge Parkway. I live in NC so that trip is the easiest and the most cost-effective to make. Nice post.

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  6. We’re fortunate to live close enough to the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy day trips there. From what little I’ve seen of the PCH I know it is amazing. Would love to take a long leisurely drive there. Someday.

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