10 iconic US road trips you should take right now
Instead of suffering through another round of apple picking in an orchard that's been plucked dry, check out these essential American road trips, where you can see the fall foliage in all its glory.
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia
While beautiful year-round, this is a fall foliage fave (for its epic dogwood, sourwood, sassafras and poplar), and might even get packed during the autumn months. The 470-mile parkway goes from North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountain National Park to Shenandoah National Park and Virginia's Skyline Drive, passing through dozens of beautiful hardwood forests, Appalachian mountain towns, pristine lakes, pastoral highlands and hot spots like Asheville. It's also an All-American Road, and America's longest linear park.
Blues Highway (US Route 61), Tennessee and Mississippi
Blues, and more specifically the Delta Blues, is a part of American history, as well as culture, originating in the so-called Deep South. Starting in Memphis, it's the perfect trip for soaking up blues - from the clubs on Memphis' famous Beale Street to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where guitarist Robert Johnson allegedly made a deal with the devil - with a side of legendary barbecue. While US Route 61 spans 1,400 miles from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Wyoming, Minnesota, it can be broken up into Bluesy bites.
The Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1), California
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Route 66, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California
Green Mountain Highway (Route 100), Vermont
Million Dollar Highway (US Route 550), Colorado
High Peaks Scenic Highway (Route 73), New York
The Adirondacks have one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country, and Adirondack Park, which is criss-crossed by various New York State Scenic Byways, including the High Peaks Scenic Highway, even covers six million acres, making it the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi. In fact, it's bigger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined, and boasts 3,000 lakes and ponds, 2,000 miles of hiking trails, and 1,500 miles of waterways. The 30-mile High Peaks Scenic Highway is often considered the park's gateway, and meanders through the High Peaks, which includes 46 mountains that are taller than 4,000 feet, most notably Mount Marcy, which is 5,344 feet.
Overseas Highway (US Route 1), Florida
Lake Superior Circle Tour, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada
The greatest Great Lake, Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake (by surface area), and you can circumnavigate it via its 1,200-mile shoreline, which features a series of highways (like Highway 61, Highway 28, and the Trans-Canada Highway to name a few) that will have you crisscrossing three states (Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin) as well as Canada. You'll feel oceanside thanks to near constant water views due to the lake's size, and will come across waterfalls and wildlife, lighthouses and cliffs, shipwrecks and 200-foot sand dunes.
Olympic Peninsula (Route 101), Washington
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