Drive, We SaidThere's nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat (you know, for later). Sure, the game has changed a little—smartphones have all but rendered guidebooks and crumpled maps obsolete—but one essential question remains: where to go? Look no further. We hand-picked the ten best, most adventure-packed road trips in the country.
Eureka, California, to Coos Bay, OregonSoak in the Pacific on this 250-mile trip from Eureka to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area—it’s every bit as stunning as California’s iconic Highway 1, but without the crowds.
Southern Colorado LoopBomb down epic singletrack, play in Class IV whitewater, and take in Colorado's famous 14,000-foot vistas on this 500-mile multisport tour of a lifetime.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, to Moab, UtahHit six classic national parks in a ten-day, 862-mile epic through the best canyons in the Southwest.
Jackson, Wyoming, to Glacier National Park, MontanaSee the country's most iconic wildlife and mountains at five stunning national parks along this 600-mile route.
Kenai Peninsula, AlaskaForge your way through 495,000-acre Chugach State Park and the 1.9-million-acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on a 500-mile pilgrimage through the Last Frontier.
Olympic Peninsula loop, WashingtonGet soaked on this 550-mile journey past 73 miles of Pacific coastline, dozens of whitewater rivers, and a temperate rainforest in a million-acre national park.
The Big Island loop, HawaiiPlay in the waves and summit a snow-covered volcano in the same day on this 300-mile tour of paradise.
Las Cruces, New Mexico, through West TexasExplore the biggest, starkest landscapes in the country on this 950-mile, ten-day adventure.
Duluth, Minnesota, to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MichiganGet your fill of Lake Superior views on this 550-mile, five-day tour through prime hiking and biking country.
New Orleans, Louisiana, to Apalachicola, FloridaGorge yourself on this 425-mile seafood tasting menu, with plenty of opportunities to surf, kayak, or hang out on the beach along the way.
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