For travel-savvy couples, there’s nothing better than the excitement of the open road. Log some quality time together and achieve all your adventurous #relationshipgoals with a couple road trip for.
We’ve made this list of the best couple road trip ideas in the US to help you pick the perfect route. The USA is the classic country for an epic drive. It boasts marvelous landscapes, wide open roads, and, very importantly, cheap gasoline. Here are 10 routes to get you started.
1. Pacific Coast Highway
Some particularly noteworthy stops include Big Sur, Monterey Bay and Morro Bay State Park. When you get to Big Sur, relax and soak up the scenery. Then check out, outdoor activities tailor made for couples in Monterey, including sailing, biking, exploring beaches and discovering lookout points.
In Morro Bay State Park, explore trails and look out for the local butterflies and hummingbirds.
2. San Francisco to Yosemite National Park
Make a stop in Livermore to pick a bottle of wine to drink at your favorite lookout point. Enjoy a tour of Hetch Hetchy, a secret spot in the national park’s northwest corner.
3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Lifts designed for two take you to Mount Crockett, where you can take in the marvelous vistas. If you don’t mind going even higher, hot air ballooning is another great activity to share with your partner.
4. Beartooth Highway
Expect many switchbacks and steep ascents as you take in the majestic scenery of “the most beautiful US drive.” For a different perspective on the rugged countryside, take a raft in Red Lodge. The highway ends at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, where a new stage of your road trip begins.
5. Glacier National Park
Traverse tundra, prairies and meadows brimming with flowers in spring. Take trails leading to waterfalls, which are the most impressive in spring and early summer.
Be sure to take a photo together with emerald lakes and mountains covered with snow in the background, and then take in the spectacular vistas while the sun sets.
6. Classic New England Drive
Once you reach Portland, turn inland to reach White Mountain National Forest. There, you will feel like the only people the world as you hike past forests, mountains, lakes and streams.
7. Phoenix to Grand Canyon
On your way to the Grand Canyon, make a stop in the shadows of the red rocks of Sedona. Once you arrive at the Grand Canyon, head to the North Rim to spend some time on your own.
8. Alaska Adventure
In summer, fairy-tale views of snow-capped mountain peaks tower behind lush greenery. In Denali National Park, take a bike ride to connect with your partner in a spectacular natural environment.
9. The Maui Experience
The black-sand beaches and caves of Waianapanana State Park are also along this route.
10. Overseas Highway
The scenic ride takes you near pristine forests and an underwater reserve with beautiful marine life. While wandering the idyllic countryside, you may even spot wild orchids, scarlet ibises and pelicans.