There’s nothing quite like being on the road, seeing incredible landscapes, stumbling upon offbeat spots, and stopping in small towns. Road tripping is a glorious American tradition, one that inspires carefreeness in us. It’s also an unforgettable way to bond with new girlfriends, reconnect with old ones, or simply squeeze in alone time.
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From majestic Alaska to big sky Montana and idyllic Massachusetts, the country is every woman’s oyster for epic adventures on the open road. So pack your RV rental, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime.
Anchorage to Valdez, Alaska
Drive north on AK-1, which meanders along Matanuska River, from Anchorage then south on Highway 4 to Valdez. This 300-mile route is one of Alaska’s most scenic drives, rewarding travelers with panoramas of mighty glaciers, peaks and lakes. As a fitting finale, a series of lovely waterfalls waves you past in Keystone Canyon outside Valdez.
Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon
The 75-mile Colombia River Highway in Oregon is the first ever planned scenic roadway in the US. That fact alone makes this drive a worthy addition to any road trip list. The breathtaking views of the Columbia River and the Cascade Mountains it offers make it a memorable one. Essential stops include the Crown Point and the Bridge of the Gods.
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana
Its harrowing turns may not be for the faint of heart, but they’re worth braving through for the awe-inspiring sights that await you. Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of America’s fabled roads, a 50-mile panoramic heaven of spruce covered slopes, towering peaks, lush valleys, pretty lakes and the occasional band of Bighorn Sheep.
Scenic Byway 12, Utah
It’s no big secret that Southern Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 is as one of the world’s most amazing roads. This drive runs for 124 miles from Bryce Canyon’s surreal, hoodoo-carpeted amphitheaters to Capitol Reef’s absurdly beautiful assortment of geological formations, with many picture perfect spots worth pulling your RV rental for.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
With over 655 miles of spectacular coastal views, it’s no wonder that California’s PCH is on everyone’s bucket list. This highway takes travelers from Dana Point in the South through Big Sur’s magnificent stretch to idyllic Leggett. Get a motorhome rental and take your time; there are many hidden gems and campgrounds along the way.
Los Angeles to Marfa, Texas
A road trip from LA to desert bohemian Marfa fits the bill for a perfect girlfriend getaway. The trip takes you along Interstate 10 past Palm Springs, Coachella and Phoenix with golden desert land and many quirky stops in between. Stay a while in Marfa where you can give your RV rental a break and share a yurt, refuel at food trucks, and star gaze.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina
The Appalachian Mountains is a favorite among women thru-hikers for its amazing 2,190-mile trail. But you can also experience it in the comfort of your motorhome rental. Drive the scenic 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, which takes you from Shenandoah to the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s a road trip best done in the fall season.
Route 6, Massachusetts
Meander on Route 6 from Cape Cod to Provincetown in Massachusetts for an idyllic New England drive. This trip may be short but it definitely has plenty of the sweet as it takes you through quaint colonial villages and lush landscape. Lighthouse detours, seafood (or more importantly, lobster) stops, and relaxing water views are abundant.
Route 66, Illinois to California
There is no truer American road trip than that of Route 66, which takes you from Illinois all the way to California. While the historic highway is defunct, it endures in spirit, and some still roughly trace its original path to follow in the tire tracks of many Americans. It’s a drive full of Americana kitsch, famous landmarks, and glimpses of the Heartland.
Hana Highway, Maui
Brave the zigzagging 64-mile Road to Hana in Maui on your RV rental. It’s an incredible journey, one that boasts not just sea cliff panoramas and almost prehistoric scenes, but also roadside stalls, cool towns, hidden falls, surfing spots, sea caves and beaches. Make no mistake, this here’s a leisurely cruise rather than a race to the destination.
Michelle Rae is a writer, editor, and photographer from Los Angeles. She writes for Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, Travelage West, and Travel Pulse. More importantly, she is a traveler with dreams of exploring the US and world full time, preferably in her own, personalized RV.