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The 10 Best Road Trips In America (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/09/10 09:02 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:35 PM ET

The open road beckons with the potential for adventure, and the editors at have presented their favorite American road trips from the West to the East. Some are well-known destinations and others are off the beaten path. Several are steeped in history, while a few pursue remote, wild beauty. Best of all, most of these routes make for splendid drives all year long, so you can get out and explore their bounty whenever the mood strikes. So rev your engines . . . and hit the road. Text and captions courtesy of, adapted from "Top 10 Road Trips."

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Big Sur, California
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Iconic Route 1 extends almost the entire length of California, but the best stretch for road trips is through Big Sur, which comprises 90 or so miles along the central coast from San Simeon to Carmel. Big Sur’s beauty is not overrated: Sandwiched between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific – redwood groves on one side and rocky beaches with sea lions on the other – it’s remarkably unspoiled, partly because the only access is via the two-lane Route 1, or Cabrillo Highway. Devote a long weekend, ideally in May or September for fewer crowds. The road twists along precipitous cliffs and it can be a relief to stop for impromptu hiking, picnicking, or beach-combing (try Jade Cove for its namesake stone).

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