6 Iconic US Roads Perfect for a Spring Road Trip

There’s nothing better than a road trip – the feeling of freedom and adventure as you set off to discover something new. What better way to kick off the spring season than with an exciting road trip to see the sights. The US is full of exciting and scenic roads where the drive itself is the main attraction. Roll down the windows, turn up the music, and hit the road.

Discover 8 iconic US roads perfect for a spring road trip.

1. Route 66.

Of course, we couldn’t have a ‘best of’ list without including the iconic Route 66 – one of America’s original highways and also one of the most scenic roads in the country. Running from Chicago, Illinois, to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California, there’s an incredible amount of things to see and do along the way. A well loved and well traveled route, Route 66 is an absolute must-see.

2. Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Established in the 1920s as an initiative to get more people out exploring the national parks, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is an incredible 50-mile drive across Montana’s Glacier National Park. The road was intentionally built to show off the best vistas, views, and scenery, making the journey a truly breathtaking experience.

3. Great River Road.

Winding along the Mississippi River, the Great River Road is chock-full of roller-coaster-like hills and steep canyons that will entertain everyone in the car. A collection of state and local roads through Minnesota to Louisiana, you can travel through ten states on this route, making plenty of stops along the way.

4. Overseas Highway.

Also known as the US 1 in the Florida Keys, the Overseas Highway runs from Miami to Key West, encompassing over 150-miles, multiple islands, and a 7-mile long bridge. One of the most scenic drives in Florida, road trippers will enjoy stunning scenery, including lighthouses, coral reefs, ocean views, and plenty of bridges.

5. The Million Dollar Highway.

Stretching from New Mexico to Colorado, the Million Dollar Highway is one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways. One of the highest roads in the country, this route spends most of its time well above the tree line offering plenty of incredible sights. Going between the historic gold-mining camps of Silverton and Ouray, the Million Dollar Highway is at the very center of the incredible San Juan Skyway.

6. Skyline Drive.

Running the length of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Skyline Drive boasts over 100-miles of panoramic views along the mountains and overlooking the stunning Shenandoah Valley. Be sure to stop along the many overlooks throughout the drive, and keep your eyes peeled for plenty of wildlife along the way.

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5 Free Things to Do With Family in Chicago

Among the largest cities in the US, Chicago is a fantastic destination with ample choice for things to see and do. You can experience some of the best aspects of the city for free, so traveling with the family doesn’t have to break the bank.

Looking for a few ways to entertain everyone? Discover our top 5 recommendations for free things to do with the family in Chicago:

1. Take in incredible city views.

Pack up the family and head to a lesser-known city gem: Promontory Point. Take a walk through the park to marvel at beautiful cityscapes, including one of the most incredible views of downtown there is! Don’t forget the camera, and maybe even a picnic.

2. Meander through Lincoln Park Zoo.

One of the oldest zoos in the US, Lincoln Park Zoo offers nearly 40 acres of wildlife, exhibits, events, and more – all for free! Discover plenty of fascinating animals and how they’re cared for, including mammals like monkeys, lions, zebras and more, as well as plenty of birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

3. Ride a bike along the Lakefront.

A popular place for a walk, jog, or bike ride for locals and visitors alike, Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is a fantastic way to see the city and its many incredible views. Boasting a beautiful 18-mile stretch, run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake Michigan to one side and gorgeous, green parks to the other. Along the way, enjoy beaches and gardens, volleyball nets, soccer fields, tennis courts, and so much more.

4. Admire the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Boasting 26 spectacular gardens, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum. There is so much to see, from greenhouses, to meadows, to McDonald Woods, the Model Railroad Garden, Sensory Garden, Aquatic Garden, and more. 

5. Enjoy some quiet time at the Library.

A visit to the Harold Washington Library Center is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the kids. Let them discover books and reading nooks, while you marvel at the grand lobby, marble floors, and elaborate architectural details. Don’t miss the Winter Garden, with a 53-foot glass-paneled dome, as well as the center’s public art collection.

Pair with budget-friendly accommodations.

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