Once you've sorted out the basics for your cross-country road trip — the best vehicle to take, the best time of year to go, the best items to pack, the list goes on and on — you probably want to make another important decision: which route to take. Driving across the country can be as simple as typing two destinations into your GPS, but you're more likely to get the most out of the journey (which, when driving coast-to-coast, can take between 4 and 6 days if you drive 8-10 hours a day), you may want to pick an established route. But which one?
US-50, dubbed "The Loneliest Road in America," takes you through 12 states and 4 state capitols (plus Washington, D.C.) and covers farmland, mountains, and desert. Taking Pacific Coast Highway, which travels from south to north, offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and convenient stops at a number of historic sites dating back to frontier days. The Appalachian Trail lets drivers enjoy many of the sites hikers enjoy, but without dragging a heavy pack on your back.
But if you can only pick one cross-country road trip, there's one that might be one you should put at the top of your list.
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