Answering the call of the open road is practically an American rite of passage. These 10 distinctive all-American road trips, inclusive of both roads less traveled and tried-and-true, pave the way through the country's finest landscapes, from California coastline to Rocky Mountain ranges to Florida beaches—and beyond. So put the pedal to the metal, crank up those tunes, and roll down those windows to gaze upon America the beautiful as it rolls by.
Make way from metropolitan Anchorage into the Alaskan wild via the 127-mile, sea-and-mountain-skirting Seward Highway. Winding down in the Kenai Peninsula's port town of Seward, this easily navigable cross section of America's largely untamed Last Frontier makes a fantastic jumping-off point for wilderness adventure. Expect a scenically shifting backdrop of foraging wildlife (Dall sheep, moose, eagles), mountain peaks, thick forests, pristine fjords, and hanging glaciers, inviting camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking just off the highway's edge. Plus, look to the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet for two extra-special treats: Beluga whale-watching (in summer and fall), and a twice-daily bore-tide phenomenon (that can get as high as six feet).