5 Best Road Trip Destinations in the USA on a Budget

 Route 66 in Middle America

The romance of Route 66 continues to captivate people around the world. Running between Chicago and Los Angeles, “over two thousand miles all the way” in the words of the popular R&B anthem, this legendary old road passes through the heart of the United States on a diagonal trip that takes in some of the country’s most archetypal roadside scenes. If you’re looking for great displays of neon signs, rusty middle-of-nowhere truck stops, or kitschy Americana, do as the song says and “get your kicks on Route 66.”

Before it was called Route 66, and long before it was even paved in 1926, this corridor was traversed by the National Old Trails Highway, one of the country’s first transcontinental highways. For three decades before and after World War II, Route 66 earned the title “Main Street of America”because it wound through small towns across the Midwest and Southwest, lined by hundreds of cafés, motels, gas stations, and tourist attractions.

Source: roadtripusa.com

Route 100 in Vermont

Running along the eastern edge of the Green Mountains, the Scenic Route 100 Byway is located in south-central Vermont. The route is recognized by Yankee Magazine as one of “the most scenic drives in New England.” Also known as “Vermont’s Main Street” and “The Skier’s Highway” it connects some of the best Northeastern winter skiing and riding. During the rest of the year there’s great hiking, biking and golf.

For entertaining and educational commentary along the way, download the Gypsy Guide before hitting the road. Explore the Vermont Scenic Route 100& Byway as though a personal tour guide were leading the way

Source: vermontvacation.com

 

Black River National Forest Scenic Byway in Michigan

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, cut off from the Lower Peninsula by Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, is covered in huge swaths of undeveloped land, national forests and dense wilderness lands. Even though it features a national seashore, a dozen state parks and a long list of waterfalls, this section of the country is often overlooked by sightseers and vactioners. Connected to Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Superior, this entire region is carved up by fast flowing rivers and streams which head northward to America’s largest Great Lake.

Joining the byway ranks in 1992, the 15 mile scenic highway begins in Bessemer, traces the Black River and ends with views of Lake Superior.

Source: scenicusa.net

 

Hana Highway in Hawaii

The Road to Hana is more than just a great drive through a beautiful area of Maui. Most visitors tend to zip to and from Hana with a checklist of sights to photograph. This is the wrong way to do it. Do your due diligence beforehand, decide on a few locations that look the most intriguing, and take your time at each location.

In order to truly experience Hana, it helps to know more about the history and legends of the area. You may find out that there are legendary stories associated with each spot where Gods have left their mark and historic battles have been fought.

Transport yourself not only to Hana, but back in time to the historic moments and legendary tales that shape the islands.

Source: roadtohana.com

 

Columbia River Highway in Oregon

The Columbia River Highway, now known as the Historic Columbia River Highway, was a technical and civic achievement of its time, successfully mixing ambitious engineering with a sensitivity to the magnificent landscape of the Columbia River Gorge. Entrepreneur and Good Roads promoter Samuel Hill teamed up with engineer and landscape architect Samuel C. Lancaster to create a highway that would make the idyllic natural setting accessible to tourists without unduly marring its beauty. When the first section of road opened in 1915, the Columbia River Highway became the first paved highway in the Pacific Northwest.

Source: oregonencyclopedia.org