3 Epic Road Trips You Need to Take in Your Lifetime

There’s no vacation more iconic than the American road trip. Pack a bag, rent a car, and hit the highways to see the sights of this breathtaking country from sea to shining sea. There’s a road trip for every time of your life – a friends getaway, an anniversary adventure, or family excursion – the experts of Alamo and the travel consultants of Liberty Travel have picked out the perfect road trip for your next pavement adventure.



Friends Trip – Sunshine State

Is this your last big trip before the ring or just getting the college band back together? Then the Sunshine State is the place to get the best of both road trips – excitement and relaxation. Indulge in Miami with its fast-paced glamour, offering the world-famous South Beach. Stroll down Ocean Drive with its eclectic Art Deco architecture and trendy cafes, and start your tan on the warm sands. Make sure to stop by the cultural hotspot Little Havana for delicious Cuban bites and delectable coffee. Then hit the bridges, including Seven Mile Bridge, to beautiful Key West for quaint 19th century buildings, lively nightlife on Duval Street, and six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Finish your playtime in paradise with a dip in the warm gulf waters.


Other must-see stops/activities on this road trip: Wynwoods Arts District and Coconut Grove (Miami area); Everglades National Park; Islamorada and its powdery soft sands; Old Town Trolley tour (Key West).


Anniversary Trip – Sonoma to Sedona


From the Golden Gate to the Red Rocks, this west coast adventure is for your senses and perfect for celebrating your love. Taste iconic chocolate and sourdough in San Francisco. See a feast for the eyes at Muir Woods before toasting to your time together with some of the world’s best wines in Napa and Sonoma. Head southeast to Yosemite National Park for the famous Tunnel View, Half Dome, and El Capitan, and the popular Beer Trail in Livermore and Danville. Mariposa County is full of small towns, reminiscent of the Gold Rush days. Swing through Palm Springs with the surreal landscapes and desert luxury, and finish up your trip in Phoenix and Sedona, named by USA Weekend as one of the Most Beautiful Places in the World.

Other must-see stops on this road trip: Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz (San Francisco); Tri-Valley wineries; Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall (Yosemite National Park); Palm Canyon Drive and Mount San Jacinto (Palm Springs); Joshua Tree National Park; Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock Scenic Byway, and Tuzigoot National Monument (Sedona).

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Family Excursion – Route 66

If you ever plan to motor west

Travel my way, take the highway that is best

Get your kicks on Route Sixty-Six.

- Bobby Troup, Route 66


Named “The Mother Road,” Route 66 may as well be the most significant strip of highway in American history and one to share with everyone in your family. Its 2,400-mile journey crosses two-thirds of the continent – winding from Lake Michigan, through the open plains of the West, and all the way to Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. It is the perfect trip to reconnect with those you love and explore our nation’s history. See the remnants of America’s past that evoke simpler times, including mom-and-pop businesses and those quirky must-see stops, like the Gold Dome, Railroad Addition Historic District, and Mr. D’s Route 66 Diner.

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Other must-see stops along Route 66: the Loop and Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL); Gateway Arch and Anheuser-Busch Brewery (St. Louis, MO); Totem Pole Park and authentic barbeque (Tulsa, OK); Barelas-South Fourth Historic District and New Mexico’s first drive-in shopping center Nob Hill Shopping Center  (Albuquerque, NM); Railroad Addition Historic District and Lowell Observatory (Flagstaff, AZ); “Route 66: End of the Trail” sign at the famous pier (Santa Monica, CA).


Plan your epic road trip now with Liberty Travel and receive exclusive perks and amenities with a Discoveries vacation package. Exclusive to Liberty Travel, Discoveries are extended road trips exploring the US and Canada’s history, culture, and landscapes, equipped with a rental car for driving some of the most famous roads and highways at your pace. Our travel consultants will help you choose the Alamo rental car that best suits your road trip, plot the course, and plan the finer details for a seamless adventure from sea to shining sea. Call, email, or stop into one of our 100-plus locations and start planning your next pavement adventure today.