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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 13 drives up, down and across the U.S. will immerse you in the best sites and experiences that the country’s greatest ocean, river and lake shorelines 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.”
Road trips are also ideal for this summer because you stand to save money traveling by car. The national average gas price recently dropped for 17 days straight, according to AAA. As of June 22, the national average was down to $2.28.
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 an afternoon, or savored for weeks. The shortest drive is 25 miles. The longest is more than 2,000 miles.