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    U.S. Road Trips

    With summer around the corner, the open road beckons. In that spirit, we present our favorite American road trips from the West to the East.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Big Sur, California

    Sandwiched between the Santa Lucia mountains and the Pacific, California's Big Sur is remarkably unspoiled, partly because the only access is via the two-lane Route 1, or Cabrillo Highway.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia

    The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles along the southern Appalachian Mountains and links two national parks – Virginia's Shenandoah and North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

    Montana's Going-to-the-Sun Road crosses the Continental Divide at a breathtaking elevation of 6,646 feet and passes by Jackson Glacier Overlook, which is a good place to spot glaciers.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Hana Highway, Hawaii

    Driving Maui's serpentine Hana Highway on the rural east side of the island provides a feel for Hawaii's early days, when wild beauty and sleepy surf towns ruled.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Million Dollar Highway, Colorado

    In the tiny towns of Silverton (a National Historic Landmark) and Ouray along Colorado's Million Dollar Highway, Victorian buildings from the 1870s evoke the frontier era.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona

    While the Arizona city of Sedona's growth may have resulted in a bit of a commercial sprawl, its captivating rock formations still stand guard right outside town on the Red Rock Scenic Byway.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Sea Islands, Georgia

    Jekyll Island in Georgia's Sea Islands is the stomping ground of leisure travelers who frequent its pristine beaches and golf courses, as well as marshes and maritime forests.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Seward Highway, Alaska

    Starting in Anchorage, Alaska's Seward Highway leads south across the Kenai Peninsula, overlooking the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet as it winds past waterfalls and wildlife.

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    U.S. Road Trips - Sonoma and Napa Valleys, California

    In Napa Valley, California, head to the Silverado Trail, a lovely meander south past some of the area's most notable wineries including Phelps, Mumm, Stags' Leap, and Clos Du Val.

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    U.S. Road Trips - U.S. Route 1, Maine

    When driving U.S. Route 1 in Maine, start in the town of Kittery. Head north through laid-back, gay-friendly Ogunquit before reaching posh Kennebunkport and its seaside mansions.

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