Immense open spaces. Due to its vast proportions, America deserves a place apart from any other destination in the world. I think, Panoramic roads for travelling starting from New York, Los Angeles or Miami, you can drive for days before reaching the borders with the nearest state.
When you travel to the United States, immerse yourself in the culture of this country by exploring its roads by car, camper, bus or even by motorbike. The numerous scenic routes that cross the USA combine mountains and grasslands, oceans and forests, deep canyons and cliffs overlooking the sea, offering some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Built during the Great Depression, the Blue Ridge Parkway extends from Shenandoah National Park in northern Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the southern part of North Carolina. This 469-mile (755-kilometer) route passes through natural attractions such as the Crabtree Falls, the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, and the Linville Caverns, caves used by soldiers as hiding places during the Civil War.
Soak your feet in the waters of the Atlantic while strolling on the white sands of the beaches you meet along Florida’s A1A, the Scenic, and Historic Coastal Byway. Or simply enjoy the view offered by this road that runs along the ocean for 72 miles (about 116 kilometers) and observes the birds, turtles, and dolphins while sitting comfortably in the car.
The Pacific Coast Highway connects San Francisco to Los Angeles running all along the California coast. This highway, flanked by picturesque cliffs and majestic redwood forests, passes from Monterey and Carmel in northern California to reach San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara in the south. Tourists who visit America consider this route one of the most beautiful in the world, comparable only perhaps to the Grande Corniche between Nice and Monaco.
When you are in Kentucky, driving through the Country Music Highway will feel the spirit of the mountain that has inspired many famous singers all over the world, from Loretta Lynn to Naomi and Wynonna Judd. This road also offers glimpses of life and culture of the Appalachian mountains, such as the Hartfield-McCoy feud, a rivalry between two peasant families of the nineteenth century that recalls the hostility between Montecchi and Capuleti.
On the “American Main Street”, the historic Route 66, you will retrace the path traced by millions of Americans heading west in the 40s and 50s. This legendary road connects Chicago to Los Angeles running for over 2,000 miles (over 3,200 kilometers) across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. In his book Furore, the writer John Steinbeck renamed it “Mother Road,” mind Nat King Cole and many other pop singers after he filled the airwaves with the cry of “Get Your Kicks on Route66”.
On the edge of the road, many attractions dating back to the most thriving period of Route 66, from reptile farms and ice cream kiosks to Tepee-style motels (the typical Indian tent), are still in service today. Although over the years-long sections have been replaced by an interstate highway, there are still some original sections of Route 66 that, combined with their modern equivalents, allow us to rebuild the original route.
And as a tribute to the wonders of nature, a few hours drive along the Outback Scenic Byway in the state of Oregon will allow you to appreciate curious geological phenomena such as the volcanic ruins of the Fort Rock State Monument, the alkaline waters of Lake Albert and the only state geyser, called “Old Perpetual”.