Saturday, July 6, 2013

4 more roads to consider (sidebar on USA Weekend article)

U.S. Route 50

Nearly 3,000 miles coast to coast, the quality of this road trip is neck-and-neck with U.S. Highway 2. Start in Ocean City, Md., and head west through Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City and Sacramento. A stretch following the Pony Express trail across Nevada has been called “The Loneliest Road in America.”

Natchez Trace Parkway

It stretches 444 miles from Natchez, Miss., to just south of Nashville. Stop in Tupelo, Miss., and visit Elvis’ birthplace home. A pleasant two- or three-day road trip through beautiful country.

U.S. Route 1 (Connecticut to Maine)

The rugged Maine coast makes this a great road trip. Acadia National Park and Roosevelt Campabello International Park are a short distance off Route 1. Take time to stroll Camden, Maine, a picture-perfect New England village.

U.S. Route 66

OK, “America’s Main Street” is on nearly every traveler’s bucket list, but keep in mind that most of the 2,500-mile “Mother Road” from Chicago to Santa Monica is long gone, ripped up or covered by boring interstates. Some excellent stretches survive — for example, the drive from Kingman, Ariz., to near Needles, Calif. Stay overnight in Holbrook (Ariz.) Wigwam Motel. Don’t miss the restored Harvey House in Barstow, Calif. A good guidebook is a must.

**MY NOTE: This trip is on MY bucket list for sure, so will be done before ever going full-timing.  Besides, it would be a PITA trying to drag a trailer down a road that could end at any time and have to turn around!**

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