3 All-American Roads You Can Drive to This Summer
The 4th of July is far behind us now. Are you still feeling patriotic? Keep celebrating America by exploring what really is America the Beautiful. Load up the Dodge Grand Caravan and go on a summer road trip to an All-American Road.
Certain roads across the United States have been designated All-American Roads and they have been given their titles because they possess two of the six required qualities, scenic, natural, historic, cultural, archeological, and recreational.
Lucky for us, there is one All-American Road located only about an hour away, and a two others in the bordering state of Alabama. Check them out and make a spontaneous road trip to one of these unique roads in America.
Florida Keys Overseas Highway (FL)
Local South Floridians have probably made this trip before, as it is the only way to drive down to Key West. This road became an All-American Road in 2009. So, if you drove on it before that, you may need to make another trip to the Keys to be able to claim you have actually driven on it after its becoming an All-American Road.
The Florida Keys Overseas Highway has been operating as a road since 1938 and some parts of the road have views of the remaining original train tracks built by Henry Flagler in 1912. The road is a 113-mile section of A1A and it is connected by 42 bridges. One side of the road has views of the Gulf of Mexico and the other side has views of the Atlantic Ocean.
If you make the drive, be sure to stop at Robbie’s Marina, located at mile marker 77.5. Feed the huge hungry tarpon at Robbie’s docks, spend the day paddleboarding or kayaking around the mangroves or eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at the restaurant, the Hungry Tarpon.
Selma to Montgomery March Byway (AL)
This particular road is a unique experience because the direction that it is driven is important. The road follows the route of the Civil Rights March led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 that began in Selma and went to Montgomery.By starting in Selma, drivers actually follow the exact path and order of the march. The route is 54 miles and over the 5-days that it took to walk the route, tens of thousands of marchers joined.
Natchez Trace Parkway (MS, TN, AL)
Traveling through three states, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a historical 444-mile road (and designated bicycle route) that has more than 10,000 years of North American history. Commonly referred to as the Old Trace, the road connects Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee and it played an important role in American history as it was a common trail and route to the American Indians, “Kaintucks,” and settlers. The road is a popular destination in summer, spring and fall because the nature around it changes with each season.