Lonely Planet 3 of The USA’s Best Road Trips

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Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of open road with Lonely Planet’s full-colour Road Trips series. With over 164,000 miles of highway to explore, the road trip just might be America’s true national pastime. Visit spots others zoom right by: the hidden viewpoint, the local coffee shop, the secret beach. To kick-start your perfect Americana adventure, our FREE SAMPLER ‘3 of the USA’s Best Road Trips’ features three of our all-time favourite US excursions. Excerpted from Route 66 Road Trips, Pacific Coast Highway Road Trips, and San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Road Trips, this is your passport to uniquely encountering the US by car.

Inside ‘3 of the USA’s Best Road Trips’ (A Sampler):

  • Get inspired – regional highlights, expert recommendations, gorgeous photography
  • Planning advice – illustrated itineraries to help you design your ideal road trip
  • Discover even more – detours, local secrets, walking routes, ways to link trips
  • Get around easily – full-colour maps of featured routes, detailed directions, up-to-date advice
  • Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices


  • Western Route 66 (From Route 66 Road Trips) – Needles, CA to Santa Monica, CA.  Search for your own American dream along promised-land California’s stretch of the Mother Road – Mojave Desert ghost towns, railway whistle-stops, the Cajon Summit, historic Los Angeles, the sparkling Pacific
  • Big Sur (From Pacific Coast Highway Road Trips) – Bixby Bridge to Gorda.  Get to know the secretive, rocky, raw and unspoiled Big Sur coast like locals do, visiting wild beaches, waterfalls and hot springs – redwood forests, breathtaking views, mystical atmosphere, crashing Pacific waves
  • Sonoma Valley (From San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Road Trips) – Cornerstone to Kenwood.  Take a slow ride through the sunny, laid-back, food-and-wine filled Sonoma Valley – one historic town square, sundrenched, bucolic hills, bountiful, folksy roadside farms and unassuming, top-notch wineries

There’s more in Store for You:

  • Ready to hit the road, or inspired to read more? Check out the featured Lonely Planet Road Trips guides for additional itineraries. Each guide features all of a region’s best routes, from 2-day escapes to week-long adventures, helping you to get out of the major cities and into picturesque landscapes and unforgettable experiences.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s California’s Best Trips or USA’s Best Trips.
  • Don’t stop there. Check out our FREE SAMPLER ‘3 of France’s Best Trips’ and Chateaux of the Loire Valley Road Trips, Normandy & D-Day Beaches Road Trips, and Provence & Southeast France Road Trips for some European road trip inspiration.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

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