Did you know there are over 4 million miles of road in the United States? While not all of those miles are ideal for summer road trips, enough of them are that it can be difficult to narrow down the best routes.

Traveling by highway and country roads gives you a chance to see scenery and history that you can't spot flying overhead in a plane. Road trips are also budget-friendly, allow more flexibility, and you don't have to worry about TSA packing restrictions.

Before heading anywhere, it's important to carefully prepare by planning your route, ensuring your car's maintenance is up to date, and enabling roadside assistance. If you're ready to map out your summer road trip, here are some of the best routes.

With over 650 miles of its primary segment from Orange County in Southern California to Mendocino County, Highway 1 in California (aka PCH) is renowned as one of the world's most thrilling, scenic drives. Along the PCH are local favorites like Neptune's Net in Malibu or Nepenthe in Big Sur, a cliff-top restaurant offering some of the most beautiful sunset and coastal views in the world. Enjoy white sand beaches and whale watching at many points along the coast and don't miss landmarks like Hearst Castle and the Golden Gate Bridge.


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