Back before airplane travel became a popular mode of travel, the drive to a destination was considered as much a part of the vacation experience as the destination itself. Those who drive motor homes cross-country are embracing the traditions of yesterday as they seek adventure on the open road. Below are the top 10 American road trips that are simply perfect for motor homes
Shipwreck Coast (Michigan): The Shipwreck Coast runs along the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This road trip reaches from Grand Marais to Whitefish Point. The Whitefish Point area of Lake Superior is the location of more lost ships than any other spot in the lake. RVers can explore the history of the region and enjoy the route's amazing views.
Route 66 (Arizona to Chicago): Although the traditional Route 66 is no longer open to travel, you can still enjoy a piece of history as you travel west from Chicago into Santa Fe. This is a traditional travel route of the past and makes a great lead-up to the Grand Canyon.
Columbia River Highway (Oregon): This 70-mile drive holds the distinction of being the first highway in America labeled a National Historic Landmark. You will be besieged by spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge, rushing waterfalls and verdant vistas.
Massachusetts, (Cape Cod): This 40-mile length of the Old King's Highway is a straight drive sprinkled with museums and beaches. Cap Cod's eastern shore going from Bourne to Orleans is the most impressive drive.
Hermann Wine Trail (Missouri): This road trip is one of Missouri's exciting culinary adventures. The route follows the Missouri River for 20 miles, from Hermann to New Haven. As RVers follow this route they have the opportunity to visit the seven wonderful family-owned wineries.
Seas Islands (Georgia): This Georgia coastal highway allows you to island hop along the coastal barrier islands. Bridges and causeways connect several islands and make a scenic drive. Beginning at Savannah, take coastal Route 17 to Brunswick. From Brunswick, you can reach St. Simons and the four Golden Isles, Sea Island and Jekyll Island.
Finger Lakes (New York): New York's Finger Lakes region provides a great road trip experience for RVers. The lakes are long and slender (thus the finger reference), giving the region it's name. Lakes include: Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco. All of the lakes are very deep, but Seneca and Cayuga are the two largest lakes. During this road trip, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities and destinations to suit all interests.
Aleutian Islands and the Marine Highway (Alaska): Start the RV road trip at Kodiak Island within the Aleutian Islands. This island is famous for its bears and is also a great destination for bird watching (bald eagles, etc.) RVers can also experience the Alaska Renaissance Festival, the Solstice Celebration, and the Annual Silver Salmon Fishing Derby (in August). Next RV travelers can take a ferry to Unalaska and Dutch Harbor (or drive across the bridge). The Aleutians are a chain of islands 1,000 miles off the coast of Alaska. The coastline of the Aleutians are rugged and rocky, and there are even active volcanoes. After exploring Unalaska, visitors can visit Sitka Spruce Park for excellent hiking and bird watching.
Patchwork Parkway (Utah): This drive along Highway 89 takes you past several state parks, historic towns, wildlife habitats and breathtaking geologic formations. The Patchwork Parkway follows a winding 55-mile route going from 6,000 to 10,000 feet up onto a majestic plateau. It is truly an adventurous journey not for the faint of heart.
Florida Keys Scenic Highway (Florida):This stretch of US 1 is a stunning view of tropical beauty. It goes from north Key Largo to Marker 0 in Key West ending at the southernmost point in the continental United States. You will view the location where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean and experience the bright emerald and aquamarine waters stretching as far as the eye can see.
The 10 aforementioned trips are some of the best RV road trips America has to offer.
Choosing any one of them for your next motorhome get-away is a wise idea.