While our fleet fuel card company writes a lot about vehicles, fuels, and fleet management, we sometimes forget about how fun driving can be. Here, we decided to create a two-part series that explores the best road trips in the country.
Texas Hill Country
Discover Texas with a looped road trip that starts in Austin and ends in Lakeway. Spend some time in the hip city and then make your way south to the state’s most popular swimming hole – Jacob’s Well. After that, hang out in San Marcos and then head to the riverwalk in San Antonio. Head north to the unique town of Luckenbach, then Enchanted Rock State Park. Lastly, make your way to Lakeway and stay at the Lakeway Resort and Spa.
Where: Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
This 124-mile route connects two beautiful national parks in Utah and shows you even more beauty along the way. With views of sandstone cliffs, Native American settlements, canyons, rock pillars, pine forests, Boulder Mountain, and more, you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities. Don’t forget to stop at one of the many Mormon communities along the way for a taste of unique heritage.
Where: Maui, Hawaii
Though this road (also known as Highway 36) is only 52 miles, it can take up to three hours to complete because of the twists and turns that take you past steep sea cliffs, over one-lane bridges, past roadside markets, and alongside plenty of breathtaking photo opportunities. Begin in the town of Paia and follow the highway as it winds through the lush landscape of Maui. The road ends in the small town of Hana, but you can easily keep going to discover more of the island.
Where: Providence to Cape Cod
For a road trip with the ultimate charm factor, head up Route 6 in New England. The 117-mile road begins in Providence, Rhode Island and winds through forests, past colonial villages, around land preserves, and ends along the seashore in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Once you’re there, we suggest spending the weekend exploring the sandy landscape, staying at a cozy bed & breakfast, and enjoying plenty of delicious seafood.
This popular path runs along the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains and gives travelers an eyeful of cascading waterfalls, giant glaciers, beautiful valleys, towering mountains, colorful wildflowers, and even a variety of wildlife. Start off of Highway 89 in St. Mary, Montana and follow the road until it ends in Glacier National Park – the perfect place for a getaway.
Anchorage to Valdez
The 300-mile Alaskan journey from Anchorage down to Valdez gives you the opportunity to drive past prehistoric glaciers and mountain ranges with dozens of peaks over 10,000 feet tall. In addition, the final leg to Valdez includes a route through the Keystone Canyon waterfalls and a 25-mile drop from Thompson Pass to sea level (a difference of 2,805 feet in elevation).
Black River Scenic Byway
Michigan’s upper peninsula is riddled with thick forests, waterfalls, and picturesque views of Lake Superior, making it a great place for a road trip. The road follows Black River from the town of Bessemer to the lakeshore and while you can stick to the byway, our fleet fuel card company suggests venturing out on the side roads that can take you deep into the forest.
Santa Fe/Taos Loop
Where: New Mexico
After you’ve explored Santa Fe, follow Route 285 out of the city and into Espanola. You’ll pass through Ojo Caliente and the opportunity to relax at a hot spring spa. After that, continue onto Route 567 and and you’ll enjoy sage-covered flatlands, rugged mountain views, and land at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. From here, Taos is only a few miles to the east and after that, you can follow Route 68 all the way back down towards Santa Fe.
While many other Rocky Mountain roads give you a rollercoaster effect, the Rockefeller Parkway stays much more flat. However, it’s one of the best roads for mile-after-mile of stunning views. After you explore Yellowstone National Park, follow the route south and you’ll enjoy the sights of towering mountains, lush meadows, wildlife, and more. Stop in Grand Teton National Park, then continue south to Jackson Hole.