10 Coastal Drives for a Scenic Summer Road Trip

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A road trip is perhaps the epitome of the American vacation, regardless of the route you take. But a road trip that follows the nation’s most breathtaking and recreation-filled coastlines? That’s the epitome of a summertime American vacation.

The following drives will immerse you in the best views and experiences that the country’s greatest ocean, river and lake shorelines have to offer. Their unique scenic, historical and cultural landscapes have earned them a spot on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s list of “America’s Byways.”

If you’re new to road trips, don’t be intimidated. It’s essentially impossible to screw one up — it’s about the experience and quality time with family and friends, or even just yourself. Remembering to pack road-trip essentials will make for smoother travels, though.

If you’re short on time this summer, don’t let that deter you. The following adventures can be pulled off in a day, or savored for weeks. The shortest drive is 57 miles. The longest is more than 2,000 miles.

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