American road trips are a time honoured tradition and many holidaymakers are keen to get into the spirit of hitting the highways on a visit to the US.
If you've been inspired by films such as Thelma and Louise, Easy Rider, Road Trip and Little Miss Sunshine, why not take to the open road and discover the best America has to offer?
Bon Voyage can help you map out your perfect USA road trip, whether you need itinerary advice, destination suggestions, or just a friendly hand with planning.
We can advise you about the most suitable itineraries based on your interests and time restraints, allowing you to drive to your heart's content and see some of America's most beautiful and exciting places.
Classic American road trips
If you ask people to name the most famous road in the US, chances are they'll come up with Route 66. This highway has come to symbolise the American road trip – and with good reason.
Booking Route 66 holidays is a great way to explore a host of different parts of this diverse country. If you want an all-American break, then taking this iconic highway is the ideal choice.
Start out in Chicago, where you can enjoy a day or two in the Windy City before taking to the road. Your journey from Illinois to California will take you through eight states and see you cover 2,448 miles in two weeks.
Along the way, you can stop off and see iconic landmarks like the Grand Canyon, striking natural features such as the Petrified Forest in Arizona and vibrant cities, including Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
You'll drive through cowboy country in New Mexico and can even have a taste of the south in Texas.
In addition to the well-known sights, there are plenty of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Among them is the Cadillac Ranch in New Mexico, where you will find ten tail-finned Cadillacs buried in the sand.
In terms of food, a Route 66 road trip wouldn't be complete without at least one stop at a traditional American diner.
One eatery that you shouldn't miss is Ted Drew's Frozen Custard, near the Illinois-Missouri border, which has been providing refreshment to travellers on the road for more than 80 years.
Get back to nature on US road trips
America really is a country of contrasts – and while it may be known for its big cities and extravagant attractions, there is more than enough to keep any nature lovers happy.
Visiting at least one of the USA's national parks is a must on a trip to the States and you can easily take in several on a road trip if you pick the right route.
In total, America is home to almost 400 national parks, spanning 84 million acres of land and home to thousands of historic structures and hundreds of natural landmarks. With so much to offer, taking a road trip to any of these protected areas is sure to make for a memorable holiday.
From the breathtaking geysers of Yellowstone National Park to the Rockies, whose mountains are known the world over, there are a variety of spectacular landscapes to explore and exciting activities to try.
If you want to get out and about when not driving during your road trip, you'll find plenty of activities on offer in these parks. You can opt for hiking and horse riding or take to the water in a kayak or canoe – either way, you are sure to see some beautiful views and find some interesting wildlife.
Driving through Utah will allow you to visit three national parks – Bryce Canyon, Zion and Arches.
For anyone who enjoys interesting rock formations and landscapes, Arches National Park is a must as it is home to the largest collection of natural stone arches anywhere in the world.
If you want to see some wildlife, then heading to Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park could be in order. Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the United States, with wolves, bears, moose, osprey, buffalo and a host of other creatures calling it home.
Booking US road trips with Bon Voyage
If you are considering booking holidays to America and are sold on the idea of a road trip then you should contact Bon Voyage.
We've got more than 30 years of experience organising breaks to the US and can offer you a range of advice about the best places to go and the most suitable way to travel.
Best of all, we can tailor any of our itineraries to suit you, which means you'll be able to jet off to the States and let the open road take you wherever you want to go.