Cross-country Road Trip: 11 Classic Routes 2022

Make your dreams come true.. want to see the cliffs overlooking the Pacific? Or travel the Oregon Trail? Explore our eleven cross-country road trip routes across the U.S. 

Choose your route:

golden gate bridge with overlaid text reading the Pacific Coast Road Trip

Pacific Coast Highway

Start in the Northwest of the United States at Washington’s Olympic National Park and take it all the way to San Diego, on a 1,600-mile, double yellow line road trip from the temperate rainforest to the desert.

Highlights of the Pacific Coast Route: Olympic National Park (WA), Three Capes Loop (OR), Redwood National Park (CA)

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mountain landscape with overlaid text reading Route 66 Road Trip

Historic Route 66

Have you wanted to travel the historic Route 66 from its roots in Chicago and end in Los Angeles - you have to see the route in 2022. You'll see neon signs, run down rust dinosaur statues, middle-of-nowhere truck stops, and historic Americana... “get your kicks on Route 66.”

Highlights of the Route 66 Route: Chicago (IL), Meramec Caverns (MO), Tucumcari (NM), Painted Desert (AZ), Santa Monica (CA)

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big sky and water adjacent to a road with overlaid text reading the loneliest road trip

The Loneliest Road

Want a different coast-to-coast trip from San Francisco to Ocean City, Maryland, “The Loneliest Road in America” is a 3,000-mile cross country road trip as the song goes "from sea to shining sea". US-50 drives through 12 different states, four state capitals, and Washington, D.C.

Highlights of the Loneliest Road: South Lake Tahoe (CA), Moab (UT), The Million Dollar Highway (CO), Washington D.C.

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suspension bridge backed by forest with overlaid text reading The Oregon Trail Road Trip

The Oregon Trail

Who hasn't played the game?  Like the pilgrims and pioneers, take US‑20 a double yellow line road from Oregon’s pacific coast to the New England oceans and sands of Cape Cod.

Highlights of the Oregon Trail: Cannon Beach (OR), Fort Boise (ID), Yellowstone National Park (WY), Mt Rushmore & Carhenge (NE)

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trees with vivid fall color with overlaid text reading The Great Northern US-2 Road Trip

The Great Northern

Named the Great Northern in memory of the railroad that tracks the western half of the route, US‑2 is the most beautiful route in the country, and the longest, of all the class cross country road trips.

Highlights of the Great Northern: Tumwater Canyon (WA), Glacier National Park (MT), Lake Michigan (MI), Acadia National Park (ME)

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bright pink-hued flowers on a mountainside with overlaid text reading the Appalachian Trail Road Trip

The Appalachian Trail

If you've ever wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail, here's the road trip for you. Start at the top of New England through to the South Dixie, 100% nature and natural beauty —without the heat, bugs, or dangers of hiking.

Highlights of the Appalachian Trail: Mt. Washington (NH), The Poconos (PA), Shenandoah National Park (VA), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC)

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lakes and green landscape with overlaid text reading the Great River Road Trip

Mississippi River

Ol' Man River, The Big Muddy, Old Blue, The Gathering of Waters and other nicknames, the name “Mississippi” comes from the meaning Great River.  Mississippi River cuts across the entire US - drive from the top in Minnesota to the sea in Louisiana.

Highlights along the Mississippi River Route: Main Street USA (WI), St. Louis (MO), Natchez Trace Parkway (MS), New Orleans (LA)

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dense city on a peninsula with overlaid text reading the Atlantic Coast Road Trip

Atlantic Coast

Start in NYC at the Statue of Liberty and end in Key West by crossing over the Overseas Highway, drive 2,000 miles down the Atlantic Ocean.

Highlights of the Atlantic Coast Route: The Statue of Liberty (NJ), Assateague Island National Seashore (MD), Savannah (GA), Cocoa Beach (FL)

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old Spanish-style church with overlaid text reading the Border to Border Road Trip

Border to Border

Travel from Canada’s Jasper National Park, and end in the Sonora Desert of Arizona, you'll see the rawest parts of nature in the country: mountains, glaciar valleys, rivers, and two deserts.

Highlights along the Border to Border Route: Columbia Icefield (AB), Bitterroot Mountains (MT), The Extraterrestrial Highway (NV), Joshua Forest Parkway (AZ)

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dunes with overlaid text reading tThe Road to Nowhere US-83 Road Trip


From the Canada Border to “Old Mexico,” US‑83 cuts across America’s heartland— drive across the country without seeing one traditional tourist destination.

Highlights of the US-83 Route: Sitting Bull Memorial (SD), Nebraska Sand Hills (NE), Monument Rocks (KS), Paint Rock Pictographs (TX)

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trees draped with moss with overlaid text reading the Southern Pacific US-80 Road Trip

Southern Pacific - Atlantic

Following old US-80 and its contemporary equivalents takes you through more varied cultural and physical landscapes than you’ll find along any other cross-country route. From deserts to bayou swamps and Tex-Mex to barbecue, this route offers a full-flavored taste of America.

Highlights of the Southern Pacific Route: The Desert View Tower (CA), Tombstone (AZ), Roswell (NM), Civil Rights Movement National Historic Trail (AL)

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