You’ve worked hard and you’ve reached retirement. You may not want to deal with crowds and you definitely want to be able to take your time to really enjoy all that America has to offer. RV trips are a great way to see a lot of country all from the comfort of your “home away from home.” Read on for our top five picks of retirement road trips.
While it may not be known for breathtaking views, Route 66 has all the history and great experiences you could ask for. Also referred to as the “Mother Road” and “Main Street of America” this route covers 2,451 miles from Los Angeles to Chicago. On your trip you will see everything from old gas stations and neon signs to eccentric rest stops and motels.
Plan your trip between the end of April and very early July or the end of August to late October. You’ll want to avoid the months of July and August if you can because school is generally out at this time and rates will be much higher and of course things will be busier. You’ll want to avoid the winter as certain stretches of the road are impassable or unsafe. The only downside to this time frame is that certain attractions close down for the off-season – call ahead and plan accordingly.
Route 1 in Maine
This 527 mile journey along the coast of Maine will take you through charming towns and seaports packed with antique shops, and past countless lighthouses and natural wonders. A must-see on this trip is the Million Dollar View, a 12 mile stretch showcasing the view of Grand Lake and Peakaboo Mountain. You’ll also want to check out Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth; this is Maine’s oldest lighthouse.
The best time for this trip is in fall. Not only will you beat the crowds, but this is prime lobster season when prices are lower. Spring is also a good time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds – don’t worry fresh lobster is available all year round it just might be a bit more expensive.
A beautiful route packed with postcard quality views, Seward Highway starts in Anchorage and ends at Resurrection Bay with several stops in between. You will see everything from beluga whales, eagles and mountain sheep to waterfalls and glaciers.
The best time to take this trip is in the height of summer when the days are longer and the weather permits. While this route is only 127 miles long, you’ll want at least a few days to enjoy all the beauty it has to offer.
Route 1 in California
A classic road trip along the coast of California, Route 1 will not leave you disappointed. It starts in Monterey and travels through Carmel, Big Sur, San Simeon and much more. Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, Pebble Beach in Carmel, and Nepenthe restaurant are among the must-see stops. Nepenthe is perched 800 feet over the sea and is widely known for its fantastic views.
This route is gorgeous all year long, but September and October are best if you want to avoid the fog that you’ll find along the central coast. Generally, the fog will burn off pretty early in the day and can be quite beautiful at times, so no matter what time of year you choose the scenery from Route 1 will keep you reaching for your camera.
Why not hit Napa during your adventure? If you’ve got the time these two trips can be combined and add yet another check mark on your bucket list.
Known as “America’s Favorite Drive” Blue Ridge Parkway is widely known for its scenic beauty. This 469 mile route along the Blue Ridge portion of the Appalachian Mountains holds a myriad of hiking trails ranging from short and easy treks to long more strenuous paths. You’ll want to make sure you bring a picnic basket and blanket because this route is packed with gorgeous picnic areas where you can relax and grab a bite to eat while taking in the view.
While fall is the busiest time of year at Blue Ridge, it offers some of the most spectacular fall colors in the nation. During the spring you’ll see fields of wild flowers like rhododendrons, while in the summer you’re more likely to see daisies.
We’ve selected these routes as great trips for retirees, but they are unforgettable road trips anyone would enjoy. Our only recommendation is to make sure you leave plenty of time because you won’t want to rush and risk missing something amazing!