Road trips, to me, are the ultimate way to travel. You get to see every inch of the country in between point A and point B, and stop at points along the way you never would have been able to if you had flown. These road trip photos definitely attest to that.

Oftentimes, a road trip isn’t as much about the destination as it is about the journey, and there is something seriously poetic and beautiful about that.

My recent road trip down part of the Pacific Coast Highway and up Route 66 was absolutely amazing. We saw the landscape change from beautiful ocean views, to sprawling deserts, to the great plains of the American midwest. Oh, and we visited the Grand Canyon. That was pretty life-changing.  

So without further ado, here are 10 road trip photos that will hopefully inspire you to get in your car and hit the road 🙂

National Parks Road Trip Photos

By far one of the best parts of a road trip is getting to stop at some amazing national parks and other natural attractions along the way. Here are a few road trip photos from national parks!

  We were totally blown away by the amount of life in the desert…

And the lack of life in other parts…

And of course, the Grand Canyon takes your breath away every. single. time.

red cliffs of the grand canyon at Mather Point

The Open Road

Of course, in addition to the gorgeous National Parks, there’s nothing quite like the open road…

the open road on Sandia Crest, New Mexico - road trip photos
Sandia Crest – Albuquerque, New Mexico
road trip photos always feature the open road. here's the road next to a mountain
A mountain on the side of the road

Quirky road trip photos

And what’s a road trip without a few quirky roadside attractions? These were some of our favorites.

From diners with deliciously disgusting food…

the neon sign of the Galaxy Diner
Galaxy Diner – Flagstaff, Arizona
A Bacon Mac & Cheese Hot Dog with fries - classic road trip food
Bacon Mac & Cheese Hot Dog

To spray painted Cadillacs on the side of the highway…

spray painted cadillacs stood on end at Caddilac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas

And a random spot in Oklahoma with 500 different flavors of soda and a giant soda bottle statue…

glass shelves filled with old fashioned soda bottles
500 Different Soda Flavors

There really is nothing like a road trip.

So what are you waiting for? Jump into your car and get driving!

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Addie Gray is a recent college grad and a passionate solo female traveler. Having traveled to more than 20 countries, she now shares her knowledge on budget travel, solo female travel, and travel photography.


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