Exploring America’s Highways: Essential Tips and Tech for Your Next Road Trip

There’s something uniquely exhilarating about setting out on a road trip—windows down, music up, with the promise of new experiences just over the next horizon.  

According to a recent survey from The Vacationer, an impressive 80.84% of American adults, or 208 million, plan to take a road trip this summer. More than 40% of these intend to travel between 250 and 1000 miles (about the distance from Florida to New York City) away from home.  

Whether it’s the rugged cliffs of the Pacific Coast Highway, the vast expanses of Route 66, or the lush landscapes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s roads offer a tapestry of breathtaking destinations. 

However, the open road also brings unpredictability. From flat tires to unexpected engine alerts, it pays to be prepared. Let’s review some top destinations and how you can be prepared for the road ahead. 

Top Road Trip Destinations Across the Country 

Northwest: The Pacific Coast Highway, Oregon to Washington 

Embark on a breathtaking journey along the Pacific Coast Highway. Stretching from Oregon to Washington, this route offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, lush forests, and rugged cliffs. Key stops include the historical city of Astoria, the scenic Cannon Beach, and the Olympic National Park. 

Southwest: Route 66, Arizona to California 

Experience the quintessential American road trip along the historic Route 66. From Arizona, travel through the painted deserts to the bustling streets of California. Highlights include the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, and the trail’s end at Santa Monica Pier. 

Central: The Great River Road, Minnesota to Louisiana 

Follow the Mississippi River along the Great River Road, which offers a diverse cultural tapestry and rich history from Minnesota to Louisiana. Explore the vibrant cities of St. Louis and New Orleans and enjoy the serene landscapes of the Mississippi Delta. 

North Central: The Black Hills and Badlands, South Dakota 

Discover the majestic Black Hills and the dramatic landscapes of the Badlands in South Dakota. This trip is perfect for nature lovers and history enthusiasts, including visits to Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Badlands National Park. 

Southeast: The Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina 

Travel through the Appalachian Highlands via the Blue Ridge Parkway, known for its stunning floral displays and panoramic views. Key attractions include the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville’s artistic scene, and the historic Shenandoah National Park. 

Northeast: The Adirondack Trail, New York 

Explore the natural beauty of upstate New York on the Adirondack Trail. This route offers a mix of mountains, lakes, and quaint towns, with stops at Lake Placid, Saratoga Springs, and the Adirondack Experience Museum. 

Each destination showcases the unique beauty of its respective regions and promises an adventure that’s as exhilarating as it is serene. Before you hit the road, ensure your vehicle is in top shape with CarRx’s health monitoring to enjoy these stunning drives worry-free. 

Pre-Road Trip: Vehicle Readiness Is Key 

The last thing any traveler wants is a breakdown in unfamiliar territory. CarRx’s vehicle health monitoring system acts as your co-pilot, keeping tabs on your car’s vital signs, and helping you be sure everything is road trip ready. 

Roadside Troubles? No Problem! 

Even well-planned trips can encounter bumps along the way. Here’s how to handle common roadside issues effectively: 

  • Flat Tires: Keep your tires in top shape by tracking your tread depth in the CarRx app to help stay on top of preventative maintenance and reduce your chance of blowouts. Always have a spare tire on hand and practice changing it before your trip for added peace of mind.  
  • Weak or Dead Batteries: With CarRx, you get timely alerts on battery levels, which helps you replace it before it fails, reducing the risk of anything happening on the road. 
  • Overheating Engines: Summer heat can push a vehicle’s cooling system to its limits. Before setting off, ensure proper coolant levels and radiator function. Make road trip planning easy by scheduling a maintenance check at your dealership right from the CarRx app in just a few clicks. 
  • Lockouts: A surprisingly frequent mishap is drivers locking their keys inside their vehicles. Always carry a spare set or have a way to unlock your car remotely. 
  • Engine Issues: Continuous high-speed driving under hot conditions can lead to general engine trouble. CarRx provides real-time monitoring and alerts, helping you catch potential problems early. 

Leveraging CarRx for a Smoother Journey 

CarRx isn’t just about troubleshooting; it enhances your travel experience. Providing real-time updates and explanations for detected issues helps you understand and manage your vehicle’s condition, giving you confidence throughout your journey. Plus, its easy-to-use features ensure you’re never alone on the road, whether checking engine codes or monitoring your driving patterns. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your vehicle is monitored, protected, and as ready as you are to explore the vast, inviting roads of America.