The neon lit front of the retro Blue Swallow Motel along Route 66.

Exploring the Spirit of Route 66 in New Mexico

Though officially decommissioned, Route 66 (now traced by I-40) is still alive in New Mexico in the form of neon signs and cruising culture. Hit the road, preferably in a convertible, and check out these retro sights.

The Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway provides dazzling views of fall foliage.

Find the Best Fall Foliage in Maine

Don’t tell too many people, but Maine gets fewer leaf peepers checking out fall foliage than other New England states, so roads are less congested and getting lodging and dining reservations is easier.

Monument Valley in Arizona.

Arizona Road Trips: Driving the Scenic Byways

Gas up the car, grab some road food and sodas, make that perfect highway mix for the stereo (pick songs that go well with long, empty views), and hit the road on one of these scenic drives around Arizona.

Looking up at the wooden Goddard covered bridge in Kentucky.

Take a Kentucky Covered Bridges Road Trip

If covered bridges are your passion, northern Kentucky is a great destination. Though we recommend a multiday trip to enjoy the surrounding towns and communities, here’s how to visit all eight of the region’s bridges in a looping day’s drive.

View of a lake from the High Road to Taos.

Plan a Two Week New Mexico Road Trip

You could conceivably explore New Mexico for a month or so, seeking out ever more obscure towns, but two weeks gives just enough time to appreciate the distinct character of the cities and enjoy a few bumpy back roads.