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14 of the most underrated road trips in America
Posted on 19/06/2016

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From Route 66 to California's Pacific Coast Highway, the US is the undisputed home of the road trip. But you don't have to stick to the well-worn routes to find those spectacular vistas...

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  • Colorado Scenic Byway, Colorado
    Colorado Scenic Byway, Colorado

    Cutting directly through the one and only Rocky Mountain National Park, this route is first and foremost for nature lovers. As you drive through excellent scenery - stopping for boating, fishing and hiking - keep an eye out for bears, wolves, birds of prey and other Colorado classics.

  • Big Bend Scenic Loop, Texas
    Big Bend Scenic Loop, Texas

    One of the best ways to get to know the landscapes of Texas, the Big Bend Loop will take you over no less than 250 miles of road along the Mexican border. Rugged and deserted, there are no shortage of places to pull up for everything from rafting and horse riding to 4x4 tours and canoeing.

  • Bourbon Trail, Kentucky
    Bourbon Trail, Kentucky

    Connecting the towns of Louisville, Bardstown and Frankfort, Kentucky's Bourbon Trail takes you right past the front doors of eight distilleries. Learn about the history and flavours of Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Knob Creek, and Buffalo Trace, before taking a break with horse trekking and river cruising.

  • Dalton Highway, Alaska
    Dalton Highway, Alaska

    This is not a road trip to take likely. The 414-mile Dalton Highway, also known as Alaska Highway 11, takes you along a gravel track from just north of Fairbanks all the way to Deadhorse, close to the Arctic Ocean, through the dramatic vistas of the northern state. With few stop-offs and minimal phone signal, trippers are advised to be well prepared.

  • Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, Utah
    Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, Utah

    You'll have to make the most of the summer months along this highway, which becomes completely inaccessible during the winter due to snow. The circular route takes you from the town of Dinosaur, in Colorado, and into Utah's national parks.


In America, you never have to go far to find a long stretch of open road. The iconic road-trip destination is literally criss-crossed by incredible routes, both well known and otherwise, upon which to unleash your inner trail blazer.

You could opt for the well-worn Route 66, the sunny Pacific Coast Highway or routes that lead you to the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore or Niagara Falls. But aside from its main attractions, America is also the home of the Memphis blues and Kentucky bourbon, sweeping Lake Michigan and the majestic Sierra mountains.

Above are just a few of the attractions waiting for you along the road less travelled.


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