There’s nothing quite like a roadtrip. A fast car, the perfect soundtrack and an open road; that’s the recipe to a great travel experience. And the best part? As long as you have a car and some gas money that’s all you need. No booking flights, no following anyone else’s schedule – it’s so freeing. This year Thelma & Louise, the ultimate road trip movie, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Legendary highway Route 66 also turns 90 this year. To celebrate these momentous roadtrip related occasions, the smart cookies at The Travel Corporation rounded up the top five American road trips to take in 2016.
- Trafalgar’s Route 66
Nicknamed the nation’s ‘mother road’, Route 66 is the place to start when it comes to all-American road trips. Not just a highway, this road running from Illinois to California is an icon in itself and this year it will be turning 90. Trafalgar offers a 15-day Route 66 guided vacation where a different aspect of American culture is revealed around every turn as you journey from Chicago to Los Angeles. Highlights along the way include a barbecue contest with a team of master BBQ chefs in St. Louis followed by a Be My Guest dinner hot off the grill, the chance to see the amazing Grand Canyon and a visit to the traditional land of the Navajo people.
- Contiki’s Southern Adventure
You can cover eleven of the USA’s stunning southern states on this 13-day adventure ride. Starting in New Orleans and ending in Los Angeles, the adventures are never-ending from heli-rides across the vistas of the Grand Canyon, to letting the good times roll on Bourbon Street, to getting on down with cowboys at a rodeo, the stories and memories are ones you’ll share forever.
- Insight Vacations Elegance of the East Coast
America’s east coast has all the ingredients for the perfect road trip. From the mega cities of New York and Washington to the beautiful dune backed beaches of Connecticut and the historic hub of Boston, America’s heritage and natural splendour is distinctly visible. Insight Vacation’s 8-day escorted vacation is a road trip with a luxurious twist where you’ll see the sights of the Big Apple, explore Harvard with a University scholar, take a VIP food tour of Philadelphia and marvel at the mansions of Ocean Drive in Newport.
- Trafalgar’s Trans American Grand Adventure
A road trip of truly epic proportions, Trafalgar’s 27-day cross country exploration is a journey of history, culture and beauty. Road tripping from the west to east coast and exploring virtually everything in-between, this is a comprehensive journey of the US with the chance to meet local characters along the way. From a Chuckwagon dinner in Jackson, getting up close to Mt Rushmore, hearing tales of the famous Buffalo Bill to touring the nation’s capital with a Local Specialist, Trafalgar captures the heart and soul of America.
- Insight Vacations The Sumptuous Soul of America
The senses are guaranteed to be delighted on this 14-day luxurious road trip where the rhythms and flavours of America are brought to life. Starting off on Route 66 from Chicago, this journey continues south through the American Heartland and explores the musical history of Nashville, the birthplace of the King of rock and roll in Memphis, the colonial charm of Natchez and the effervescent city of New Orleans. There are plenty of highlights to enjoy along the way including the chance to make the perfect mint julep, taking part in a Creole cookery class and visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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