Air travel right now may not be the safest option in light of the coronavirus but, if you and your friends and family have a great sense of adventure, you can still have a fantastic time enjoying some of our country’s most scenic and exciting road trips. Not only can you save a lot of money travelling by car, you can also stop anytime you see something particularly wonderful or, if you simply need a break from sitting for too long (this is especially true if you’re travelling with little ones). As truckers, we’re used to enjoying spectacular views from our cab, but not really being able to stop and take in everything around us. Time to change all that with a road trip to remember.
There are a number of routes that we absolutely love for their amazing coastal views, rugged cliffs, and serene desert landscapes. But, if we had to choose just three to recommend to our truckers, these would be the ones:
California: The Pacific Coast Highway
This route never gets old and is hands down one of the best drives in the United States. In our humble opinion, that is. Treat yourself by renting a convertible and putting the top down so that you can smell the fresh, salty breeze and soak up the California sun with every mile that clicks by. Trust us when we say that it will give new meaning to what it’s like being on the open road.
The road trip puts you on the Pacific Coast Highway stretching from San Diego all the way to San Francisco. This route covers miles and miles of rocky coastline, greenery, and endless ocean. Be sure to give yourself lots of time for pit stops as you make your way through glittering Los Angeles so that you can sightsee and visit all the famous landmarks on your bucket list. Wander through San Luis Obispo and enjoy the city’s refreshing farmer’s markets and amazing food truck offerings while picnicking on the sandy beaches. The seaside town of Monterey is always one of our favourite places to kick back and relax. And, finally end in San Francisco, which always has so much to do whether you’re with your partner or your family. We recommend giving yourself at least two weeks to really enjoy everything this road trip has to offer.
Pennsylvania and Delaware: Brandywine Valley
For those of you that only have a long weekend to enjoy time with the family, we recommend the 19 mile road trip between South Pennsylvania and North Delaware that takes you on a historic jaunt back to Colonial times. The scenery is so fabulous that we’re always in awe over how this East Coast state houses so much rural beauty just minutes from Philadelphia. Enjoy the scenic chateau countryside with plenty of beautiful getaway homes as well as the legacy of mansions and structures from the du Pont family. Head to Longwood Gardens and Winterthur as well as the Delaware Museum of Natural History where kids and adults have been known to spend a full day with the dinosaurs and other kid-friendly exhibits. The Brandywine Valley is spectacular all year round but, if we had to pick a time to go, it would be in the fall or spring. Bring your camera and plenty of snacks. It’s a short trip that will go even more quickly with all the fun things to do along the way.
Nevada: Reno to Lake Tahoe
Regardless of snow or sunshine, this road trip never disappoints. It’s also great with or without the kiddos as there are tons of activities and excursions for everyone to enjoy. Start in Reno and head over to The Reno Riverwalk, which is located along the pretty Truckee River. You’ll find this area filled with diners, shoppers, as well as kayakers in the Truckee River Whitewater Park. Hop onto the Mount Rose Highway (NV-431) and make your way to Lake Tahoe, also known as the jewel of the Sierra Nevada, and for good reason too.
Lake Tahoe straddles the Nevada-California border, which means you’ll be treated to fantastic vistas while hiking, biking, golfing and paddleboarding in the spring and summer or skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in the winter. We love this trip because it’s so easy to personalize depending on what you’re in the mood for. Engage in heart-pumping extreme sports or simply grab a pint and relax at a local brewery.
Plan out your route, pack all your snacks, and bring your favourite people along for the ride. Is there a road trip you love that isn’t in our top 3? Tell us in the comments below!