4 Top Road Trips to Cruise Your Classic Car in the USA
You are going to have to wait a few months before these road trips will be ready for your classic car or truck. Winter is in full effect, but now is a great time to make plans for an epic cruise on an iconic American roadway.
These four road cruises are at their most enjoyable during the summer and early fall months. After the spring storms have passed and everything is in full bloom or during the early fall when the leaves start to turn colors, you will find plenty of people enjoying these amazing road trips.
Here are four of our favorite road trips to take in a classic car. (other than Route 66, of course):
Route 6 through Cape Code
There are a few places to start your trip through Cape Cod, but we suggest starting in Buzzards Bay, MA. Buzzards Bay just sounds cool and it also allows you to embark from Main St. to Scenic Hwy along the Cape Cod Canal. A quick right across the Sagamore bridge will put you at the beginning of “The Cod”.
Make sure you take Route 6A rather than continuing on the Mid-Cape Hwy. Route 6A takes you through tree lined roads that mildly meander through 5 villages on your way to Provincetown. Route 6A will take you through Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouthport, Dennis and Brewster. Route 6A on Cape Cod also offers unrivaled ocean, dune and salt marsh views.
The rest of the trip follows the main Route 6 that is picked up at the elbow of the cape just outside of Orleans. From there you’ll head north towards Provincetown, There are plenty of places to stop, shop, rest or just take in the sights. On the way back follow Route 6 towards the mainland. You can stay on Route 6 all the way, but if you have the time, take Route 6A again back to Sagamore.
Bring your appetite and your love for Delta Blues for this trip. You will also likely want to make this an overnight trip as it takes you from Memphis to New Orleans. It is easily 8-9 hours of driving, but totally worth it. You will find tons of great barbecue and historic places to stop as you take a cruise on the Blues Highway. It is a legendary route along the Mississippi River.
This road isn’t just any road however, there is an abundant amount of live music that can be found along the way. You are sure to hear it everywhere along this route. Blues legends such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bessie Smith, and B.B. King frequented this roadway as they traveled and played shows along the way.
Not everyone will want to make the entire trip down to the Gulf and New Orleans. Everyone should certainly make it to Vicksburg however. That is about the half way mark to New Orleans.
The Oregon Trail
This trip could potentially be transcontinental if you were to start in Cape Cod. Most road-cruisers however begin the Oregon Trail in the plains of Missouri. That is where most of the pioneers of the mid 1800s began their journey across the Wild West in search of gold and a better way of life.
While you will have the comfort of asphalt to ride on, you can still imagine how long the trip would take in a covered wagon with wooden wheels across the landscapes that traverse through Kansas and Nebraska. Then imagine trying to cross the rugged and dusty deserts of Wyoming, the Rockies at Wyoming’s gentle South Pass and through southern Idaho on your way to Oregon.
It is basically the path of least resistance across the northwestern part of the country. Once you make it to the coastline of Oregon you will see for yourself what many of those pioneers were after.
Santa Fe Trail
Many of the routes across the untamed wild west were created by pioneers. The Santa Fe trail, however, was established in the 1800s by commercial traders. Merchant wagons used to transport manufactured goods to Santa Fe in exchange for Mexican silver.
Railroads replaced the trail by 1880 and the trail just became a part of history. Today you can travel roads that run parallel to the actual trail itself. There are protected historic areas where you can still see the actual ruts the wooden wagon wheels used to ride in to get to Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe Trail technically originates near the small town of Boonville, Missouri. Boonville really is out in the boondocks so if you don’t have to start at the absolute trail head, you might want to consider starting this journey in nearby Columbia, MO.
There isn’t one exact route to take from Missouri to Santa Fe, but rather a general direction you need to head. In the great plains of Kansas the trail splits into the Bent’s Fort (Mountain) Route or the Cimarron Route. Bent’s Fort route is longer, but in the trail days it was considered safer to travel through the rugged terrain of the mountains than it was to take the shorter Cimarron Route. The shorter route was littered with outlaws and other roaming bandits that often would rob the merchant wagons on their way to Santa Fe.
There are plenty of maps available depending on what route you decide upon. As you drive the National Historic Trail Auto Tour of the Santa Fe Trail, you will notice distinctive signs with the orange and maroon Santa Fe National Historic Trail logo. These signs will guide you and help you to decide which route is best for you. You can also tune your car radio to 15.90 or 16.10 AM stations for an ongoing broadcast about the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail. The auto radio tour is broadcast wherever you see the Santa Fe Trail triangle sign.
Tags: Blues Highway, Classic Car Road Trips, Route 6 Cape Code, Santa Fe Trail, The Oregon Trail
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