A road trip is such a fun way to explore. When you’re in the car, it feels as though you are in a little metal bubble of your own, with snacks, music and (at least a digital) map to get you through. With a road trip, the journey is as important as the destination, and you can go at your own pace, stopping off at crazy roadside attractions as and when the mood takes you. So where are the best road trip destinations for couples?
The Pacific Coast Highway
Travel the iconic PCH from San Francisco to San Diego, and enjoy one of the most scenic drives you will ever experience. There are so many fantastic stops on the way, including Malibu, Santa Cruz, and San Jose, so although the route is around 10 hours long, it’s best to spread it out over a few days (at least!) to really make the most of it.
One of the most famous road trips in the world, to do all of Route 66 properly, you will want to spend around a month stopping off at all the incredible places along the way. You’ll travel across eight different states from Chicago to Santa Monica, California but it’s the roadside attractions that are really fun. The sheer variation of terrain and environments you’ll see along the way too is pretty special. Make sure you really plan out where you want to see along the way to make sure you get to do it all!
The Oregon Coast
From Portland to Newport, there is plenty to see and do in the state of Oregon, and so it’s ideal for a road trip. Be sure to stop off at the viewing spots between Cannon Beach to Tillamook to really appreciate the sights and enjoy an ice cream at sunset on Netarts Bay for a sweet moment. Crabbing is a must-do activity while you are on the coast and be sure to avoid chain restaurants as the local food is exceptional.
Head from Florida to Atlanta, Nashville to Memphis, and finally on to New Orleans. In each place there is something different to experience, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time between them all. Kick off with some theme parks in Florida, before checking out the music scenes in Nashville and Memphis. There is a lot to enjoy in the way of art and culture while you are in New Orleans so this really is a varied road trip, with plenty of different activities and experiences to squeeze in – not to mention the adventure of the drive itself!
A road trip will undoubtedly test your relationship – does one of you drive badly? Does one of you hide the best snacks? Perhaps the passenger puts rubbish songs on the aux? There’s something about being confined to a car as you travel that can make or break a relationship – let’s hope it’s the former! However, if your relationship can handle it, it really is an amazing experience!