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Advanced tips for US road trips

As I've candidly admitted in the past, my enthusiasm for road trips is dismal. I'd rather go to a cat fashion show hosted by golf commentators than sit in a car for more than 45 minutes. However, being an avid traveller and professional travel writer means that I have little choice but to submit to …

Lonely Planet's top 10 USA fall trips

Roadtripping in Autumn can be an especially photogenic time, and the US affords some lush landscape to motor through. Here are 10 trips for fall across the USA from Lonely Planet's <i>USA's Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America</i>:<p><b>1. Weird Vermont</b><p>If the Department of Tourism has convinced you …

Top 5 day trips from Miami

Just a short hop away from Miami are some of Florida's most alluring, charismatic and well-known attractions. So, if you're tired of clubbing and celebrity-watching, take a break and head for the some of the most exciting sights that lie around the city.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Everglades National Park</b><p>An easy day trip …

Easy riding: exploring the USA by motorcycle

Maybe the best decision I’ve ever made in my life was to go along with a bunch of friends on a two-week, 3000-mile motorcycle trip from Portland, Oregon, to Knoxville, Tennessee, on tiny vintage bikes and shoestring budgets. We took the smallest roads through the smallest towns, camping most of the …

Top 10 scenic drives

They don't call it America the Beautiful for nothing. Roll down that car window and feast your eyes.<p>A road trip is nothing without roads. Here are some doozies, although any mere Top 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best. See the Itineraries chapter in our new <i>USA</i> guide for more, and …

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Strap yourself in: the world's most extreme road trips

Travelling these routes inspires wonder and awe in those willing to shrug off the discomforts and heart-in-mouth moments they entail.<p>Whether you're gazing through a dirt-smudged window on a clapped-out bus, its engine revving desperately to clear a narrow pass, or grinding through an endless …

The USA's 10 best motorcycle roads

A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an …

Colorado's best scenic drives

Colorado has 25 nationally designated Scenic & Historic Byways, and a number of mind-blowing drives that didn’t make the list, but should definitely make yours. Some will take all day and have you discussing the blows of history and time; others are short hops to lonely mountain passes that are …

America's best North-South roads

Go west, young man! This historic cliché still resonates when it comes to road trips. But whether it's bombing to the Bay Area along the often dull-as-dirt I-80 or trying to find traces of iconic Route 66 amid a tangle of bland Interstates, the old paradigm of thinking horizontal when planning a …