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10 All-American Summer Road Trips

Drive, We Said

There'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.

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Eureka, California, to Coos Bay, Oregon

Soak 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.

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(Photo: Chris Burkard)


Southern Colorado Loop

Bomb 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.

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(Photo: Sue Anne Hodges/Tandem)


Grand Canyon, Arizona, to Moab, Utah

Hit six classic national parks in a ten-day, 862-mile epic through the best canyons in the Southwest.

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(Photo: David Moskowitz/Tandem)


Jackson, Wyoming, to Glacier National Park, Montana

See the country's most iconic wildlife and mountains at five stunning national parks along this 600-mile route.

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(Photo: Mark McInnis)


Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Forge 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.

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(Photo: Robert Zaleski)


Olympic Peninsula loop, Washington

Get 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.

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(Photo: Kirkendall-Spring Photographers)


The Big Island loop, Hawaii

Play in the waves and summit a snow-covered volcano in the same day on this 300-mile tour of paradise.

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(Photo: David Moskowitz/Tandem)


Las Cruces, New Mexico, through West Texas

Explore the biggest, starkest landscapes in the country on this 950-mile, ten-day adventure.

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(Photo: Allison V. Smith)


Duluth, Minnesota, to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Get your fill of Lake Superior views on this 550-mile, five-day tour through prime hiking and biking country.

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(Photo: Aaron Peterson)


New Orleans, Louisiana, to Apalachicola, Florida

Gorge 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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(Photo: James Graves)

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