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Top Destinations for Driving in the US

The US is a country made for road trips. It’s somewhat of a local tradition to take a long road trip in your formative years and experience the country in this unique fashion. The roads go through long stretches of emptiness, especially in the Midwest and South and that’s part of the fun on its own.

Foreigners that want to visit the US in this fashion need to obtain the proper documents so that they can rent a car and drive legally. It’s easy enough to do by clicking on this link and following the instructions.

Montana, Going to the Sun

Glacier National Park in Montana is one of the most beautiful places in the US and it’s perfect for a road trip since you can follow along a narrow road that hugs the beautiful mountain. The roads can be quite narrow so make sure you’ve rented a car that suits this drive.

The road around the mountain itself is about 50 miles long and it’s best to go slowly and enjoy the mountains and the occasional goat that may cross your path as you get higher atop the climb.

Virginia, Blue Ridge Parkway

This is a much longer drive but one that’s made for a different kind of tourist. It goes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Instead of an awe-inspiring mountain, it offers a calm and scenic view all along the 449-mile drive. The area also bans billboards and commercial traffic so the drive is put front and center.

There’s also a speed limit of 45 miles per hour which is quite low given the average speed limit and the length of the trip so make sure you don’t go over it.

Olympic Peninsula – Washington

Since this road trip requires you to get to the top of quite an impressive mountain and the terrain is rather rough, it’s best to rent an SUV to accommodate your needs. If you decide to stop and go for a hike you can also use the SUV to pack and haul all the equipment with you.

The view features a mountain top, a waterfall, and a shoreline and there’s not much more you could get from a 330 miles trip. Most decide to make a detour and hike through the Quinault rainforest.  Keep in mind that the road is steep and there are some sharp rocks along the way.

Oregon Historic Columbia River Highway

This road trip is one of the oldest in the country since the road through the region was built in 1917. It was a short 23-mile road but it had a great view ever since. The Vista House that sits atop the mountain is the landmark of the trip and it provides an amazing view of the river as you stand 700 feet above it.

The trip also features a series of waterfalls and beautiful cliffs covered with foliage for a beautiful and scenic view that you’ll never forget. Check other locations that are close because the trip won’t last long.


There are countless destinations and roads you can choose from. At the end of the day, what counts is that you’re well equipped, have your documents, and enjoy the road ahead of you. It will be a long but pleasant ride!

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