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RV Road Trip: America's Best Highways

Heading out on a road trip doesn’t mean miles of boredom! Plan your trip on a path that offers excitement and attractions along the way! Take one of America’s best highways on your next RV road trip and stop at some of the amazing locations along the way! Here’s our top picks for the best U.S. highways for your next road trip:

Highway 1/US 101 | California - Washington

Highway 1 starts at the southern end of California and runs up the coast of the Pacific to Leggett which is mid state, where it merges with US 101. US 101 then continues all the way up through Washington state. This is one of the most scenic routes and a great way to see the western coast of the U.S.!

Nature Areas

You’ll find tons of national and state forests and parks along the way, as well as other nature areas. Clear your camera and make sure you have plenty of batteries before you leave! You’re in for a treat with natural wonders like:

  • Topanga State Park

  • Santa Monica Mountains

  • Lost Padres National Forest

  • Tassajara Hot Springs

  • The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park

  • Rancho Corral de Tierra

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

  • Greyhound Rock Beach

  • Point Reyes National Seashore

  • Glass Beach

  • Redwood National & State Park

  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest

  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

  • Sea Lion Caves

  • Siuslaw National Forest

  • Tillamook State Forest

  • Olympic Peninsula Forests & National Park

Big Cities/Towns

These big cities and towns are great for shopping and eating! Along Highway 1/US 101 you’ll come across:

  • Santa Monica

  • Malibu

  • Santa Barbara

  • Santa Maria

  • Big Sur

  • Santa Cruz

  • San Francisco

  • Newport

  • Olympia

Other Attractions

If you’re looking for more than just nature, you’ll find plenty of other great stops along this route that will offer you a unique and interesting experience! Some of these are big tourist attractions while others are neat roadside stops. Either way you won’t want to miss them!

  • Madonna Inn

  • Hearst Castle

  • Monterey Aquarium

  • Golden Gate Bridge

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

  • Tillamook Cheese Factory

  • Northwest Carriage Museum

  • Kurt Cobain Tributes

  • Valley of the Rainforest Giants

  • Bandy Farms Troll Haven

I-75 | Michigan to Florida

Go from beautiful snowfall to warm sunny beaches in this trip from Michigan to Florida! This is a popular snowbird route, and for good reason! Not only can you stay on the same highway the entire trip, but there’s plenty to see along the way!

Nature Areas

There’s plenty that nature has to offer along I-75! Starting in Michigan you’ll find many forests, parks, and beautiful recreational areas which continue as you head down through Florida. Along this route you’ll find:

  • Sault Ste. Marie State Forest

  • Gaylord State Forest

  • Hartwick Pines State Park

  • Daniel Boone National Forest

  • Nantahala National Forest

  • John’s Mountain Wildlife Management Area

  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

  • High Falls State Park

  • Amerson River Park

  • Suwannee Valley Conservation Area

  • O’Leno State Park & River Rise

  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

  • Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

  • Myakka River State Park

  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

  • Fakahatchee Strand Preserve

  • Big Cypress National Preserve

  • Everglades Wildlife Management Area

Big Cities/Towns

Good eats and great shops are what these stops are all about! Put it in park at any of these places to indulge in a pasty, browse mega-malls, or peruse antique shop and boutiques! Big cities and towns to keep an eye out for on I-75 are:

  • Sault Ste. Marie

  • Mackinaw

  • Saginaw

  • Detroit

  • Toledo

  • Dayton

  • Cincinnati

  • Lexington

  • Knoxville

  • Atlanta

  • Tampa

  • Fort Meyers

  • Miami

Other Attractions

That's right, there’s even more to do along I-75! If you make this trip long enough you’ll be able to see some great historic sites, animals, and interesting places. Along the way you'll find:

  • The Soo Locks

  • Castle Rock

  • Mackinac bridge

  • Call of the Wild Museum

  • Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort

  • Detroit Chimera Graffiti Mural

  • General George Custer Memorial

  • Luna Pier

  • Toledo Zoo

  • Armstrong Air & Space Museum

  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

  • Norris Dam

  • Museum of Appalachia

  • The Lost Sea Adventure

  • Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

  • Western Atlantic Railroad Tunnel & Museum

  • Gone with the Wind Museum

  • Millennium Gate Museum

  • Georgia Aquarium

  • MLK National Historic Site

  • Magnolia Plantation

  • Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

  • Manatee Viewing Center

  • Braden Castle Ruins

  • Military Heritage Museum

  • Manatee Park

  • Everglades Wonder Gardens

  • Swamp Buggy Races

Don’t let your time behind the wheel bore you! Whether you’re headed up the West Coast or headed down south to escape the winter, your road trip should be just as exciting as the destination! So put some miles on your tires and make some memories along the way by taking one of America’s best highways during your next RV adventure!

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