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The road trip, as a ritual, has been romanticized and immortalized in popular culture through classic novels, essential movies and countless songs. It’s as much a rite of passage as it is an ultimate bucket-list adventure, and it's somehow distinctly American. Plan your next pedal-to-the-metal getaway by perusing our list of the very best US road trips, which boast incredible views, whether they're of one of the country's top national parks, those amazing attractions you’ve been meaning to check out or America's prettiest sandy beaches. Consider this your primer for hitting the road like a pro. As always, stay safe out there.

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Best US road trips
Going-to-the-Sun Road
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1. Going-to-the-Sun Road

Originally constructed to promote tourism and encourage people to visit America’s national parks, this remarkable road has been achieving its purpose since its completion in 1932. The 50-mile artery carves through Montana’s Glacier National Park, shooting through the Rockies up and over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Be sure to watch out for website blind curves and dramatic drop-offs, and avoid this one in the winter months, when snowbanks can reach 80 feet in depth.

Can’t-miss pit stop: In the summertime, plan to pause at Logan Pass. Soaring to an elevation of 6,646 feet, it has expansive overlooks, grazing mountain goats and blankets of rainbow-hued wildflower meadows.