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When we think of the Great American Road Trip how can we not think of Route 66? Whether its Nat King Cole or the Rolling Stones version of the song, the reminder that its over 2000 miles from Chicago, Illinois to California makes this iconic journey one that is hard to accomplish in a traditional holiday time framework. Not to mention that the original Route 66 is not really intact anymore, although there is an alternative "Historic" highway. But America is one mighty big country and there are many other fantastic road trips which will be equally as rewarding as the Mother road. Here are a few to get you reaching for your mix-tapes, phoning up the Chevvy hire company and putting on some trendy sunglasses!

The Going-to-the-Sun road, Montana. This superlatively named thin, snaky road, heads out over the Great Plains and through Glacier National Park in the Rockies. Its only 50 miles or so but the scenery is staggering, there are wonderful old hotels en route and awesome pristine forests.

Blue Ridge Parkway. Yes, time for another song "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia" on this 500 mile adventure winding from the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park of Virginia. This trip will take several days, be sure to stop for fried green tomatoes along the way.

Route 100, Vermont. Running the length of the Green Mountains, this is the perfect way to appreciate the famous Fall colours. Starting out in idyllic rural countryside with all the white-steepled churches and roadside diners you could dream of, it gently winds its way to Massachusetts. Combine with some hiking as it passes toe great trails, the Appalachian and the Long Trail.

The Great River Road. Also known as Highway 61, you start off in Mark Twain country all along the banks of the Mississippi and head downstream all the way to St Louis, where you can get your fill of blues music and Cajun cooking. The trip ends in New Orleans where the music and the food just get jazzier and spicier.

The Old Spanish Trail, Highway 90, Texas. For a real taste of the Wild West this could be the route for you. Head out from San Antonio and right through the empty wilderness of the Big Bend national park and feel like you are starring in your very own movie. The landscape will be harsh and hot the entire trip, so make sure you get an air conditioned car to make this journey. You'll end up in the Apache Indian territory of South Arizona.

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