The best way to see the wonderfully diverse United States is by renting a car and taking a drive. Only then can you find the beautiful scenic highways, discover cultural gems and quirky little rest stops on your drive between mainstay attractions. Whilst many of you will know the historic Route 66 and the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, there are many more to discover. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known driving routes that can provide adventure and insight into the rich history of this iconic nation.

Skyline Drive, Virginia

For those of you who love a scenic drive, they don’t get much better than the Skyline Drive, coursing through the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  As you wind your way through the park, you will find yourself surrounded by the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. Continuing your drive, you will witness even more stunning, panoramic views, so why not have a picnic at one of the many spots overlooking these beautiful sights! There are also walking trails to explore and cascading waterfalls to visit, providing many opportunities to park up and take a hike to see more spectacular sights on foot. The Skyline Drive is sure to take your breath away, leaving you with unforgettable memories of this remarkable landscape.

U.S. Route 61, ‘The Blues Highway’

U.S. Route 61 aka ‘The Blues Highway’ runs from Wyoming, Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana. Heading south will take you on a journey into music and cultural history, where you can gorge on sumptuous Southern BBQ and rock on down to the home of jazz and the delta blues. So for those looking to experience the true blues and southern culture, then taking a trip down the highway on which Bob Dylan based his world renowned album ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ is a great place to start. For you music fans, take the Blues Highway into Memphis and stop at the unmistakable Beale Street. The world famous street heralded as the home of blues is ‘jam’ packed with great bars and music clubs that will have you grooving into the night!

U.S. Route 550, ‘Million Dollar Highway’

A host to some truly sublime natural scenery, pleasant driving experiences and captivating history, the ‘Million Dollar Highway’ really lives up to its name. Yes, this picturesque trip through the twisting Colorado mountain passes provides great views and fascinating towns, such as Ouray. This quaint, charming town in the heart of the mountain highway is often referred to as the Switzerland of America, in homage to its picturesque mountain surroundings. This hidden treasure has a rich mining tradition still evident today, and the town also provided the setting for the 1968 film True Grit, starring perennial Western superstar, John Wayne. When arriving after a long drive, why not check in to the comfortable, friendly-yet-affordable Hot Springs Inn and enjoy your stunning surroundings.

With such a wide range of natural beauty spots, cultural landmarks, things to do and truly unique experiences, the USA has it all!

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