Nothing beats a self-paced road trip - you have the total freedom and flexibility to get to places off the beaten track, and then spend as much time as you want there. It's a particularly special experience when it involves an awe-inspiring journey along these spectacular North American routes.
Oregon to California, Coastal Highway 101
From Haystack Rock on Oregon’s Cannon Beach, to the towering redwoods of northern California, these giants in nature form the perfect bookends on this picturesque coastal route.
North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway
With no trucks, and a maximum speed limit of 45mph (72kph), it’s a leisurely drive between mountain-top vistas on the Virginia and North Carolina Appalachian Parkway.
Cape Cod coastal route, Massachusetts
New England’s Cape Cod is filled with history, culture, and scenery. Take Old King’s Highway (Route 6A), from Sandwich, all the way to the Cape Cod National Seashore and festive Provincetown.
Seward to Denali
It’s hard to pass up Alaska. See sheets of ice crashing into the sea at Portage Glacier near Seward. Continue north on Parks Hwy 3 for spectacular views of Denali, North America’s highest mountain.
Vancouver to Whistler
This 155km drive along Route 99 takes in winding ocean roads, craggy cliffs and serene valleys. From Howe Sound outside Vancouver, to the peaks of Whistler, this is the nature lover’s dream route.
Your new favourite destination awaits: Charming Canada
Peaks with personality: Mountains of the Canadian Rockies
Arizona canyons and deserts
Nothing says Arizona like clifftops and cacti. From Phoenix, head north on US Interstate 17. Visit ancient Native American cliff dwellings, relax in artsy Sedona and picnic on the edge of the Grand Canyon.
Canada’s St. Lawrence River route
Quebec brings a touch of France to the New World. Travel Route 138 from historic Quebec City, where you’ll find European architecture and gourmet food along the St. Lawrence River route.
Nova Scotia coast
Travel along the Lighthouse Route on Nova Scotia’s south shore. Enjoy stunning coastal views at Peggy’s Cove as you follow Route 3 to the beaches and charming seaside towns of Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and beyond.
If a self-drive holiday is your preferred way to explore, talk to a Travel Associates advisor about where you want to go and the most flexible options for getting around.