The U.S. is a land of opportunity, for those who live there and those just visiting. Florida, New York and California are popular destinations for international holidaymakers, but savvy travellers know that the best way to get a feel for the country is to buckle up and get out on the open road.
Fly-drive holidays are already a popular way to experience the U.S., in particular a road trip that travels the iconic ‘Route 66’ from Chicago to L.A. While this sits high on many bucket lists, there are endless combinations of cities, towns, sights, restaurants, diners, shops, museums, natural wonders and wildlife across the U.S. that could form your own, personalised road trip.
To inspire your ideal American road trip, Hayes and Jarvis have created the USA Road Trip Recommender. that brings together:
45 tried-and-tested routes
Over 240 unique places of interest
Road trips covering 47 states
You might already have a few stops in mind, so use the USA Road Trip Recommender to fill in the gaps. You’ll find landmarks you’d never thought of visiting. Why not marvel at the world’s largest catsup bottle (ketchup, to us Brits), boggle at the quirky Carhenge or drive New Jersey’s Haunted Highway after dark?
The Recommender has routes ranging from a gentle 245 mile coastal jaunt to an epic 2,700 mile voyage of discovery. So whether you want to stick to one state or take in the entire Midwest, there’s a route for you. Of course, no road trip would be complete without transport, so let’s take a look at some of our favourite routes and which vehicle would be best for the job.
Route 66: At over 1,900 miles and with 10 stops, this is one of the longer routes featured. An 8-seater Minivan like the Toyota Sienna would be the ideal choice; it’s air conditioning system makes passing through New Mexico and Arizona during the summer months a breeze.
Mountaineer: Although not particularly long in distance, this route encompasses some of the eastern state’s trickiest mountain passes, including the Appalachian and Great Smoky Mountains. Your average 4-door family Sedan won’t cut it in this rough terrain, so consider hiring a Full SUV like the Chevrolet Tahoe.
California Dreamin’: Botox and liposuction might be commonplace, but what many of Cali’s residents really can’t live without is a Hybrid vehicle. Forget Ferrari or Porsche, a Toyota Prius helps anyone integrate seamlessly in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles.
Luxury Florida: Would you want to cruise around the Sunshine State in anything other than a convertible? Obviously not. The Ford Mustang is an American design classic and built for posing in. Work on your tan while seeing the sights.
All American Sports: If you enjoy high-octane American sports, then you’re what’s known locally as a ‘speed freak’. There’s nothing that’ll get from Fenway Park, MA to Lambeau Field, WI quicker than a Dodge Challenger. Would you want to turn up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in anything else?
Whether you’re the adventurous sort or just want to cruise the highways and interstates, there’s a trip and a vehicle to suit you. Start planning your perfect U.S. road trip with Alamo and Hayes and Jarvis today.