Road Trips

From Route 66 to California's Highway 1, discover the best road trips in the West. Get road trip ideas, plan your route, and learn about road trip essentials to make your journey as epic as the destinations along the way.

McWay Falls against a turquoise ocean on a sunny day.

7 Scenic Waterfall Road Trips

The ultimate road trip prize? A stunning cascade. Here’s where to find them.
A family kayaks on Flathead Lake in Montana.

8 Hidden Gem Road Trips in the West

It’s all about the journey on these scenic drives.
A dirt road winds through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona.

Four Corners Road Trip

From ancient ruins to legendary red-rock terrain, this scenic loop is the essence of the desert Southwest.
Open highway near Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Road Trip: Vegas to Mt. Charleston

This desert road trip brims with life.
ruins at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Road Trip Itinerary

The Arizona stretch of the Anza Trail is the ideal 3-day road trip for history buffs.
Sun hides behind the trunk of an oak tree alongside a Paso Robles winery road

California Central Coast Road Trip

Experience a fun-filled road trip around Paso Robles, California.
El Santuario de Chimayo along the High Road to Taos in northern New Mexico.

Take the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos

Connecting Santa Fe to Taos, the High Road reveals northern New Mexico’s subcultural diversity.
Large field of poppies at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, California at sunset.

Where to Stop on I-5, from Sacramento to Los Angeles

Stretch your legs, grab a snack, and take a break at these spots along Interstate 5 in California.
Exterior view of the Taliesin West World Heritage building.

Midcentury Modern Road Trip

Cruise through Arizona, California, and Nevada to see some of the West’s best-known architecture.
Lake Como in Montana's Bitterroot Valley on a winter's day.

Road-Trip Through Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

In-the-know locals treasure the valley as a place to relax, explore, and refresh any season of the year.
The sun sets behind a shade structure at Dark Sky RV Park and Campground in Kanab, Utah.

Beautiful Places to Park an RV or Van in the West

Spend the night at these cool spots, from wineries to golf courses and all types of venues in between.
Nanci and Skip Williams outside of their 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia along a river in California.

What’s Van Life Really Like?

AAA Members reveal the perks and potential pitfalls of going mobile.
Lost Lake Trail in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming.

7 Best Day Trips for Fall Fun

Skip the summer traffic and crowds with these activity-filled road trips.
Two road-trippers pose under the Extraterrestrial Highway sign in Nevada.

Road Trip on Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway

The truth is out there, possibly on this quiet stretch of State Route 375.
California Highway 99 interchange in the Central Valley.

Great Stops Along California's Quirky Highway 99

Known for its Dust Bowl history, Highway 99 offers travelers a quirky drive down an important road.