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5 Bucket-List US Drives

Updated March 27, 2014

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Americans love interstates and straight, long roads, but there are places for drivers who love to drive to go and experience some incredible scenery and road-building. Here are the top 5 bucket-list drives in the country famous for its admiration of the interstate. Grab a truck, hire a van with some buddies, or hitch your way across some of the most beautiful journies the states have to offer.

Route One – Highway One

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From San Francisco to Big Sur, the Route One is probably the second most well-known road in the States – second only to Route 66. It straddles the west-coast and takes you past some incredible scenery and landscape. The most ideal car to tackle this legendary road would be a drop top, because the weather in California is, more often than not, incredible. The wind in your hair, the sun shining and views that can’t be rivalled; it’s what Route One is all about.

If L.A doesn’t seduce you, the road quality and views definitely will. An absolute must for any driver visiting the west-coast of America.

Rodeo Drive

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If you love the high life, then you’ll love Rodeo Drive. A strip of tarmac in the posh part of L.A, Rodeo Drive offers plenty of sights to look at – both natural and fake – while you drive your drop top – again, one would be preferable – in Beverley Hills.

If you can afford a nice car, then please go for it, because you’re likely to feel quite poor compared to the ridiculous amount of rich people in this area of the United States.

If you get bored of the drive, there are plenty of shops like Versace and Louis Vuitton to keep you occupied – and broke.

Route 66

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The most famous road in the world has to be Route 66. It’s a road of biblical proportions and connects the west-coast to most of America. You’ll see sights you’ve never seen before; places you didn’t know existed; and people you will never forget. The views, especially through Nevada, will blow your mind, so make sure your wheels are sorted beforehand. It’ll take you a fair chunk of time to cover the entire route, as it goes for a ridiculous 2,448 miles.

A convertible is a must. And Route 66 is a must. Get it done!

Montana Interstate

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Yes, it’s an interstate, but if all you want to do is drive and bask in America’s fantastic scenery and backdrop, then you can’t go too far wrong with the Montana Interstate. Dubbed as ‘big sky country’, Montana features some breath-taking landscapes with insane wildlife and lovely smooth roads.

Take your car and just drive. You won’t regret it.

 

I-80, Utah

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What can be better than driving while you’re surrounded by huge snow-topped mountains? With Salt Lake City in front of you, you’ll struggle to keep the car on the road with the views all around you. The big lights of the city, the beauty of the natural surroundings and the sheer size of the mountains will stay with you forever.

There aren’t too many places in the US which offer such a combination of beauty and style. A definite must-drive if you’re in the area!

So there you have it; some of the best drives (that us, the speed freaks at Alton Breaks reckon) you can have in the states. Which absolute must-drives have we missed?

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