Sunday, July 26, 2015

 By Charles McCoolBig Sur, Blue Ridge Parkway, Route 66, and the Overseas
Highway (Florida Keys) are covered in practically every list of American road
trips.
Instead, I asked my fellow travel writers to surprise us.
The resulting drives cover many states and vary from beaches to mountains to
country roads to deserts.
Which have you taken, and what would you add to this list?Road to Hana,
Maui  Maui’s Hana Highway is one of the country’s most
famous, and most beautiful road trips.
(Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson)Navigating the
canyon switchbacks and one lane curves of Maui’s Hana Highway yields
gorgeous waterfalls and lagoons, swimming pools carved out of old lava flows,
and picturesque swimming bays with aquamarine waters.
The unspoiled beauty and magnificent cliffs epitomizes the best that nature
has to offer in Hawaii, driving on a razors edge between heaven and earth.
— Ann Tran of Ann-Tran.
comAmerica’s Heartland  What’s more American than a
Louisville Slugger? Follow the big bat to the museum and factory.
(Photo: Chris Christensen)We took a road trip last summer through the heart
of America, from Kansas City to Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville,
and Cincinnati.
Along the way, we ate BBQ, visited the Negro League Baseball Museum, stopped
in the Clinton Library, explored the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,
saw the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the National Civil Rights
Museum in Memphis, ate more BBQ, saw a concert in Nashville, visited a
Corvette plant in Kentucky, hiked Mammoth Cave National Park, toured the
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and so much more.
I called it the Great American Road Trip.
— Chris Christensen of AmateurTraveler.
comTalimena National Scenic Byway, Arkansas and Oklahoma  Beginning at
Mena, Arkansas, this scenic byway stretches for 54 miles along crests of the
Ouachita Mountains before terminating at Talihina, Oklahoma.
The route offers some of the best sightseeing in Arkansas, with vistas from
atop the highest peaks between the Rockies and Appalachians.
Stop at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park, which reopened July 1 after a $9.
6 million renovation and expansion.
The park has a lodge, restaurant, camping, picnic areas, miniature railroad,
and hiking trails — and the revamped lodge now offers even better views
of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains.
 Another way to view Arkansas in all its diversity, from cotton fields
to mountains, is to follow Route 7 from El Dorado at the Louisiana border to
its finale at Missouri.
The highway was the first state-designated scenic byway in Arkansas and
visitors will enjoy four geographical regions as they head straight up the
center of the Natural State.
Scenic Byway 7 begins in the state’s coastal plains and continues
through the Ouachita Mountains and hot springs, then up through the Ozarks,
passing through the Buffalo National River area (the first National River to
be designated by the National Park Service).
Along the way are springs, whitewater rafting, historic towns, and authentic
Southern cuisine.
 — Kerry Krauss of Arkansas.
comRelated: The Strangest Tourist Attraction in the World is in
Wisconsin
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Designate a driver and hit the Kentucky
Bourbon Trail.
(Photo: Midlife Road Trip)This is a road trip you will want to savor.
Start the Bourbon Trail in Louisville, Kentucky.
We suggest three days and a designated driver to hit all nine historic
distilleries on the trail—including Jim Beam —which range from 8
and 80 miles apart, and are dotted through quaint country towns and beautiful
landscape.
It’s best to plan ahead to take advantage of the behind-the-scenes
distillery tours and tastings.
 — Sandra McKenna and Rick Griffin of MidlifeRoadTrip.
tvFinger Lakes Region, New YorkMore than thirty vineyards are based around
Seneca Lake alone.
(Photo: Jessica van Dop DeJesus)On a drive around Seneca Lake, in
Western New York’s Finger Lakes region, you will discover beautiful
landscapes, majestic waterfalls, tasty roadside eats, and of course, wine:
More than thirty vineyards are based around Seneca Lake alone.
Download a list and start tasting.
 Don’t miss the Hermann J.
Wiemer winery for a sip of its award-winning Riesling.
For local eats, head to FLX Wienery for locally made sausages and cinnamon
donuts.
 — Jessica van Dop DeJesus of DiningTraveler.
comRelated: Jonathan Adler Tells Us How to Have a Perfectly Chic Road
TripSouth Central TexasCatch some tunes in Luckenbach.
(Photo: TravelAddicts.
net)The cute towns and sights in south central Texas, in the general area of
Austin and San Antonio, are linked by an easy route that makes for a great
long weekend through country studded with wildflowers, wineries, and tons of
character.
Spend as much time as you can in the charming town of Fredericksburg, with
its German heritage, thriving wineries, shopping, and many B&Bs.
Your second stop should be Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a massive pink
granite dome that is about 6 million years old.
After that, catch a performance in Luckenbach, Texas, a music destination
that hosts periodic festival and events, and get your history dose in
Stonewall and Johnson City, historic sites related to Lyndon B.
Johnson, the 36th U.
S.
President.
— Lance and Laura Longwell of TravelAddicts.
netBrandywine River Valley, Delaware and Pennsylvania The Brandywine River Art
Museum is one of many cultural stops in the valley from which it takes its
name.
(Photo: Brandywine River Art Museum)
The multi-hued hillsides of the
Brandywine River Valley — outside Wilmington, DE — wind through
pastoral country roads rich with history dating from the Battle of Brandywine
in 1777.
Wyeth artwork is showcased at the Brandywine River Museum of Art (pictured)
and there’s a wine trail.
The incredible Du Pont legacy of art, architecture, gardens, and parklands
dominates the drive, as seen in the riverfront Hagley Museum, the
18th-century-style Nemours Mansion and Gardens, the bountiful Longwood
Gardens, and the collection-rich Winterthur Museum.
The Inn at Montchanin Village — the 19th-century hamlet where
Winterthur workers once lived — has been restored for guest lodging.
— Irvina Lew of IrvinaLew.
comRelated: The Best Parks Around the World (From Pro Travelers!)The
Great River Road,&#xA0;Wisconsin</b>&#xA0; Stop for a tasting at Elmaro
Vineyard in&#xA0;Trempealeau, Wisconsin (Photo: Elmaro Vineyard)Nestled in an
area nicknamed God&#x2019;s Country, the Great River Road traces the banks of
the Mississippi winding through the lush valleys, fertile farmland, and
limestone bluffs of rural western Wisconsin.
It passes through 33 quaint townships, like Trempealeau, the small village
where you&#x2019;ll find Perrot State Park and boutique vineyard Elmaro.
Countless lookouts for bald eagles pepper the route, along with plenty of
local gems such as Nelson&#x2019;s Cheese Factory (where you can sample
Wisconsin&#x2019;s finest cheeses).
&#x2014; Heidi Siefkas of HeidiSiefkas.
comCounty Road C002,&#xA0;New Mexico&#xA0;You won&#x2019;t see may people,
houses, or other cars on County Road C002.
And that&#x2019;s the beauty of it.
(Photo: Charles McCool)Am I wrong to think that the loneliest road in America
should not have places to eat, sleep, and shop? Geronimo Trail, between
Douglas, Arizona and the New Mexico border, is more lonely than roads listed
in lonely road articles.
In an hour and a half, I saw only a handful of vehicles.
That, my friends, was the road I drove to get to the loneliest
road&#x2014;County Road C002 in the extreme southwestern corner of New Mexico.
How lonely? I did not see another vehicle, person, or sign of a person
(house, farm, etc.
) for 90 minutes of driving.
No people &#x2014; but fun unpaved roads, incredible scenery, and the best
kind of solitude.
&#xA0;&#x2014; Charles McCool of McCoolTravel.
comPioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, Montana One of the houses in the ghost town
of Coolidge, Montana.
(Photo: Donna L.
Hull)&#xA0;For a Montana scenic drive that escapes the crowds of Glacier or
Yellowstone national parks, explore Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway in the
southwestern portion of the state.
The 49-mile paved road travels through the heart of the Pioneer Mountains in
the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest from the town of Wise River to
Dillon.
To the east, 10,000-foot granite peaks stand guard over a lodgepole pine
forest that stretches to the west.
The ghost town of Coolidge makes a fun side trip, or try your luck looking
for quartz at Crystal Park.
To soothe your road-weary bones, take a soak in the Elkhorn Hot Springs.
Nine campgrounds are scattered along the drive or bunk for the night in the
small ranching community of Polaris.
&#x2014;&#xA0;Donna L.
Hull of MyItchyTravelFeet.
comUS Route 12, Idaho&#xA0; Route 12 runs through Idaho&#x2019;s Clearwater
National Forest.
(Photo: Teresa Bergen)US Route 12 runs 2,500 miles from Aberdeen, Washington
to Detroit, Michigan.
But if you love forest, hot springs, rivers and streams, the stretch through
Idaho&#x2019;s Clearwater National Forest can&#x2019;t be missed.
History buffs will enjoy the Nez Perce Indian and Lewis and Clark sites.
Hikers tramp through fir and spruce forests, likelier to spot a moose or an
elk than another human.
This stretch of Route 12 is one of America&#x2019;s top motorcycle roads, and
also popular with cross-country cyclists.
Campsites abound.
If you like electricity, hot showers, and other amenities, stay at Lochsa
Lodge.
&#x2014;&#xA0;Teresa Bergen of TeresaBergen.
comRelated:&#xA0;14 Amazing Road Trips Around the WorldAvenue of the Giants,
California The Avenue of Giants passes through Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
(Photo: Visit California/Facebook)The Avenue of Giants is a road like no
other.
What began as a stagecoach road to Oregon is now a national treasure, a
31-mile portion of California&#x2019;s old Highway 101 (now State Route 254),
which passes through Humboldt Redwoods State Park and shows off the tallest,
most massive redwoods on Earth.
&#xA0;narrow ribbon of blacktop winds through the trees with enormous trunks
standing only inches from the pavement.
There are several interesting stops along the way: Founder&#x2019;s Grove,
the Immortal Tree, and the touristy Shrine Tree (of
cars-driving-through-a-tree postcard fame) are all just off the road.
One thing we can promise, you will never look at trees the same way again.
&#x2014; David and Veronica James of GypsyNesters.
com&#xA0;What&#x2019;s your favorite road trip in the USA?Watch: Mexican
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Drives covering many states, from beaches to mountains to country roads to
deserts.
.
Another way to view Arkansas in all its diversity, from cotton fields to
mountains, is to follow Route 7 from El Dorado at the Louisiana border to its
finale at Missouri.
The highway was the first state-designated scenic byway in Arkansas and
visitors will enjoy four geographical regions as they head straight up the
center of the Natural State.
Scenic Byway 7 begins in the state&#x2019;s coastal plains and continues
through the Ouachita Mountains and hot springs, then up through the Ozarks,
passing through the Buffalo National River area (the first National River to
be designated by the National Park Service).
Along the way are springs, whitewater rafting, historic towns, and authentic
Southern cuisine.
&#xA0;&#x2014; Kerry Krauss of Arkansas.
comRelated: The Strangest Tourist Attraction in the World is in
Wisconsin
Kentucky Bourbon Trail&#xA0;Designate a driver and hit the Kentucky
Bourbon Trail.
(Photo: Midlife Road Trip)This is a road trip you will want to savor.
Start the Bourbon Trail in Louisville, Kentucky.
We suggest three days and a designated driver to hit all nine historic
distilleries on the trail&#x2014;including Jim Beam &#x2014;which range from 8
and 80 miles apart, and are dotted through quaint country towns and beautiful
landscape.
It&#x2019;s best to plan ahead to take advantage of the behind-the-scenes
distillery tours and tastings.
&#xA0;&#x2014; Sandra McKenna and Rick Griffin of MidlifeRoadTrip.
tvFinger Lakes Region, New YorkMore than thirty vineyards are based around
Seneca Lake alone.
(Photo:&#xA0;Jessica van Dop DeJesus)On a drive around Seneca Lake, in
Western New York&#x2019;s Finger Lakes region, you will discover beautiful
landscapes, majestic waterfalls, tasty roadside eats, and of course, wine:
More than thirty vineyards are based around Seneca Lake alone.
Download a list&#xA0;and start tasting.
&#xA0;Don&#x2019;t miss the&#xA0;Hermann J.
Wiemer winery for a sip of its award-winning Riesling.
For local eats, head to FLX Wienery for locally made sausages and cinnamon
donuts.
&#xA0;&#x2014; Jessica van Dop DeJesus of DiningTraveler.
comRelated: Jonathan Adler Tells Us How to Have a Perfectly Chic Road
TripSouth Central TexasCatch some tunes in Luckenbach.
(Photo: TravelAddicts.
net)The cute towns and sights in south central Texas, in the general area of
Austin and San Antonio, are linked by an easy route that makes for a great
long weekend through country studded with wildflowers, wineries, and tons of
character.
Spend as much time as you can in the charming town of Fredericksburg, with
its German heritage, thriving wineries, shopping, and many B&amp;Bs.
Your second stop should be Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a massive pink
granite dome that is about 6 million years old.
After that, catch a performance in Luckenbach, Texas, a music destination
that hosts periodic festival and events, and get your history dose in
Stonewall and Johnson City, historic sites related to Lyndon B.
Johnson, the 36th U.
S.
President.
&#x2014;&#xA0;Lance and Laura Longwell of TravelAddicts.
netBrandywine River Valley, Delaware and Pennsylvania The Brandywine River Art
Museum is one of many cultural stops in the valley from which it takes its
name.
(Photo: Brandywine River Art Museum)
The multi-hued hillsides of the
Brandywine River Valley &#x2014; outside Wilmington, DE &#x2014; wind through
pastoral country roads rich with history dating from the Battle of Brandywine
in 1777.
Wyeth artwork is showcased at the Brandywine River Museum of Art (pictured)
and there&#x2019;s a wine trail.
The incredible Du Pont legacy of art, architecture, gardens, and parklands
dominates the drive, as seen in the riverfront Hagley Museum, the
18th-century-style Nemours Mansion and Gardens, the bountiful Longwood
Gardens, and the collection-rich Winterthur Museum.
The Inn at Montchanin Village &#x2014; the 19th-century hamlet where
Winterthur workers once lived &#x2014; has been restored for guest lodging.
&#x2014;&#xA0;Irvina Lew of IrvinaLew.
comRelated:&#xA0;The Best Parks Around the World (From Pro Travelers!)The
Great River Road,&#xA0;Wisconsin</b>&#xA0; Stop for a tasting at Elmaro
Vineyard in&#xA0;Trempealeau, Wisconsin (Photo: Elmaro Vineyard)Nestled in an
area nicknamed God&#x2019;s Country, the Great River Road traces the banks of
the Mississippi winding through the lush valleys, fertile farmland, and
limestone bluffs of rural western Wisconsin.
It passes through 33 quaint townships, like Trempealeau, the small village
where you&#x2019;ll find Perrot State Park and boutique vineyard Elmaro.
Countless lookouts for bald eagles pepper the route, along with plenty of
local gems such as Nelson&#x2019;s Cheese Factory (where you can sample
Wisconsin&#x2019;s finest cheeses).
&#x2014; Heidi Siefkas of HeidiSiefkas.
comCounty Road C002,&#xA0;New Mexico&#xA0;You won&#x2019;t see may people,
houses, or other cars on County Road C002.
And that&#x2019;s the beauty of it.
(Photo: Charles McCool)Am I wrong to think that the loneliest road in America
should not have places to eat, sleep, and shop? Geronimo Trail, between
Douglas, Arizona and the New Mexico border, is more lonely than roads listed
in lonely road articles.
In an hour and a half, I saw only a handful of vehicles.
That, my friends, was the road I drove to get to the loneliest
road&#x2014;County Road C002 in the extreme southwestern corner of New Mexico.
How lonely? I did not see another vehicle, person, or sign of a person
(house, farm, etc.
) for 90 minutes of driving.
No people &#x2014; but fun unpaved roads, incredible scenery, and the best
kind of solitude.
&#xA0;&#x2014; Charles McCool of McCoolTravel.
comPioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, Montana One of the houses in the ghost town
of Coolidge, Montana.
(Photo: Donna L.
Hull)&#xA0;For a Montana scenic drive that escapes the crowds of Glacier or
Yellowstone national parks, explore Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway in the
southwestern portion of the state.
The 49-mile paved road travels through the heart of the Pioneer Mountains in
the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest from the town of Wise River to
Dillon.
To the east, 10,000-foot granite peaks stand guard over a lodgepole pine
forest that stretches to the west.
The ghost town of Coolidge makes a fun side trip, or try your luck looking
for quartz at Crystal Park.
To soothe your road-weary bones, take a soak in the Elkhorn Hot Springs.
Nine campgrounds are scattered along the drive or bunk for the night in the
small ranching community of Polaris.
&#x2014;&#xA0;Donna L.
Hull of MyItchyTravelFeet.
comUS Route 12, Idaho&#xA0; Route 12 runs through Idaho&#x2019;s Clearwater
National Forest.
(Photo: Teresa Bergen)US Route 12 runs 2,500 miles from Aberdeen, Washington
to Detroit, Michigan.
But if you love forest, hot springs, rivers and streams, the stretch through
Idaho&#x2019;s Clearwater National Forest can&#x2019;t be missed.
History buffs will enjoy the Nez Perce Indian and Lewis and Clark sites.
Hikers tramp through fir and spruce forests, likelier to spot a moose or an
elk than another human.
This stretch of Route 12 is one of America&#x2019;s top motorcycle roads, and
also popular with cross-country cyclists.
Campsites abound.
If you like electricity, hot showers, and other amenities, stay at Lochsa
Lodge.
&#x2014;&#xA0;Teresa Bergen of TeresaBergen.
comRelated:&#xA0;14 Amazing Road Trips Around the WorldAvenue of the Giants,
California The Avenue of Giants passes through Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
(Photo: Visit California/Facebook)The Avenue of Giants is a road like no
other.
What began as a stagecoach road to Oregon is now a national treasure, a
31-mile portion of California&#x2019;s old Highway 101 (now State Route 254),
which passes through Humboldt Redwoods State Park and shows off the tallest,
most massive redwoods on Earth.
&#xA0;narrow ribbon of blacktop winds through the trees with enormous trunks
standing only inches from the pavement.
There are several interesting stops along the way: Founder&#x2019;s Grove,
the Immortal Tree, and the touristy Shrine Tree (of
cars-driving-through-a-tree postcard fame) are all just off the road.
One thing we can promise, you will never look at trees the same way again.
&#x2014; David and Veronica James of GypsyNesters.
com&#xA0;What&#x2019;s your favorite road trip in the USA?Watch: Mexican
Wrestling Is the Most Fun You&#x2019;ll Ever Have in Tights
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and&#xA0;Pinterest.
&#xA0;
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