Ten of the best: American road trips

Who's ready for a road trip of a lifetime? The most exciting way to explore the USA is with a set of cool wheels - but where to start? From Highway 1 to Route 66, we're here to ignite your wanderlust so all you need to do is hit the road.

Ten of the best: US roadtrips
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Ten of the best: American road trips

Rev up a cool car and hit Route 66. The original and ultimate American roadtrip traverses eight diverse American states, during which you can expect to see wide open roads, flat plains, towering mountains and breathtaking National Parks. grandamericanadventures.com

Cruise along California's coastline on a six-day self-drive adventure from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The Coastal Cruiser, which costs from £535 per person (based on two sharing) including accommodation, allows you to enjoy California's scenic lookouts and coastal towns at your own pace. intrepidtravel.com

Eight miles off Interstate 80, Lake Erie Shores is a scenic two-hour drive from Detroit, Michigan. Follow the Lake Erie Circle Tour to the Maumee bridge, then catch a glimpse of Maggie Marsh, Turtle Creek Bay and Toussaint river on the way to your destination. Lake Erie Shores boasts a variety of activities including fishing, boating, and waterparks.  shoresandislands.com

Recognised as the highest continuous paved road in the US, Trail Ridge Road winds through Rocky Mountain National Park and the mountain village of Estes Park. The trip takes in beautiful mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. visitestpark.com

Maui's famous Road to Hana meanders through 52 miles of scenic views - it's considered one of the top ten most beautiful drives in the US. At the end of the road you'll find Travaasa Hana, a hotel in a picturesque oceanfront and unspoiled setting in Hana. travaasa.com/hana

Head to New England for a romantic 14-day roadtrip. The journey starts at whale-watching spot Cape Cod, heads through Vermont (named after its green mountains) and then finishes in Maine. The scenic route boasts national parks and dramatic seascapes and costs from £1,875 per person. vacationstoamerica.com

Travel along the scenic Hwy. 98, and you'll find yourself driving under canopies of oak trees and lapping up the views. Finish your trip  at the small town of Fairhope, home to the number one rated Marriott Spa in the world just. alabamatravel.com

Fancy yourself as a bit of a wine connoisseur? Then take a drive along State Route 9 toward the East Coast's best wine producing region. Travel from NY to Albany through the Catskill Mountain, taking in views of vineyards, crystal lakes, and more than sixty wineries for your dining and tasting pit stops. fingerlakeswinecountry.com

For baseball, beer, art and culture, take the scenic 3.5 hour drive from New York to Cooperstown. This town is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum which is showing a new American Impressionism exhibit, Ommegang Brewery (Cooperstown was once the hops capital of the U.S.) and the Otesaga Resort Hotel. Visit baseballhall.org and otesaga.com

For both an adventure and a relaxing drive, head toward the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway where the Mighty Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers converge. During your trip you can hike, bike and visit museums. You'll also be able to visit fine restaurants, pubs and even the riverboat casino. visitalton.com

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