The Driving Force: Highway 1

"Hitting the highway on a classic American road trip is simply one of those must-do experiences." With a favourable currency exchange rate, inexpensive rental-car deals, low petrol costs and an incurable case of wanderlust, my ‘one day’ arrived sooner rather than later. Although there are many great road journeys to choose from, the Californian charisma of Highway 1 beckoned me with a siren song I couldn’t refuse.

In a journey bookended by the powerhouse cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, this well-worn trail allows free- spirited travellers to bathe in the untamed beauty of...

Route 66

Location: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois

Distance: 3,945 kilometres

After more than 80 years, the 'Mother Road' continues to lure road-trippers keen on chasing down some good old-fashioned freewheelin’ fun. While the updated interstate system, known as the Will Rogers Highway, may have fundamentally changed the way people drive in these parts, there’s still enough rundown gas stations, homely diners, rib joints, dive bars and snap-worthy roadside oddities to keep the inimitable spirit of Route 66...

Atlantic Coast Drive

Location: New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida

Distance: 3,992 kilometres

Explore America’s east coast top to tail on this 3,900-kilometre coastal drive, which starts in the birthplace of American liberty, Boston. From sleepy Cape Cod bay and through Plymouth, site of the 1620 pilgrim colony to working-class New Jersey, gritty Philly and showy Miami, this drive reveals the multifaceted nature of modern America like no other.

Perfect timing: East-coast...

Great River Road

Location: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana

Distance: 3,329 kilometres

Follow the mighty Mississippi River all the way from Minnesota to Louisiana, passing through 10 states on this long-haul road trip of 3,330 kilometres. The route begins at Lake Itasca Park, Minnesota – once you arrive at the Grand Rapids the Mississippi changes from a small brook to a massive river. From here on out its farms, barns and cornfields in the North, while plantations and grand mansions...

Hana Highway

Location: Hawaii State Routes 36 and 360 (connects Kahului with Hāna in east Maui)

Distance: 109 kilometres

Hawaii might not seem like traditional road trip territory, but this six-hour drive delivers more heart- stopping vistas per minute than most other road trips. Pump up the ukuele music on the radio, let your hair down and enjoy the 600 slinky curves and some 59 narrow bridges along the way. Nature enthusiasts will revel in traversing through Maui’s rainforest terrain, over one-lane bridges and past roadside fruit stalls selling fresh...

Blues Highway

Location: Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota

Distance: 2,264, kilometres

Since the early 1920s, Route 61 – or Blues Highway – has acted as a musical artery, delivering hard-living, straight-talking blues players out of the plantations of rural Mississippi into Memphis and beyond, where their honest brand of Delta blues spread throughout the rest of America and the world. As the birthplace of recording greats like Sam Cooke and John Lee Hooker, the blues-infused town of Clarksdale, Mississippi is a...

Oregon Trail

Location: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon

Distance: 3,500 kilometres

This marathon journey allows you to dig deep into the roots of early America. Since the 1800s, everyone from hopeful gold prospectors to God-fearing missionaries and stoic pioneers took to their wagons and endured hardship on this tough-as-nails trail. Thankfully today it won’t take you six months to make the journey. Start in the aptly named Independence, Missouri and head west towards the blustery yet beautiful wild coast of Oregon. On the way, watch an...

Top 10 Best Of The USA 2015

When you step onto the shores of the United States of America, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of possibilities available. The country is like no other, with numerous states, cities and even small roadside communities capable of delivering memorable moments. If you're seeking inspiration for you upcoming USA trip, these Best Of The USA experiences can help guide you. 

1. Show In The Sky

One of life's most spectacular natural light shows, the Northern Lights, make for an experience you'll never forget. Book in for a Northern Lights tour with...

Half Day Itinerary

Do you have half a day – 12 measly hours – to spend in New York City? That is a mammoth task in a microscopic amount of time! Chances are you've flown in and have a connecting flight later in the day, or are possibly just stopping by on an East Coast tour en route to Boston or Washington DC.

When you're in the Big Apple, even if you've only got a tiny window through which to glimpse this great city, you don't want to be wasting time cooped up in a hotel room or wandering around JFK. Grab a coffee and get ready to make your half day in NYC count!

The best things in life are...

Three Day Itinerary

There’s so much to do and eat in NYC, it’s enough to make your head spin and your top button pop! Here’s our suggested itinerary for three days in the Big Apple, focusing from Friday right the way through to Sunday. We’ve traded the Empire State Building for tacos by the beach, and Fifth Avenue for a brewery tour in Brooklyn. We’ve even squeezed in cheapskate tips for big discounts on museum entry. If you’re after a NYC experience with a difference, it’s time to cross over the...

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