20 Memorable Memorial Day Road Trips

That same small town in each of us….a line  from the Don Henley song The End of the Innocence, harkens back to simpler times, before many of us had moved from our small town roots to seek out our fortunes in larger urban environs.

With Memorial Day weekend approaching (and infecting millions of Americans with the yearning to hit the road) I thought it might be nice to focus a blog post around journeys that take us back in time by featuring 20  road trips through small towns and rural settings that remind us of our past.

Billy The Kid Scenic Byway Tour, New Mexico

These road trip itineraries are part of a vast collection of trips featured by the National Scenic Byways Program, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.  You can read more about the NSBP and view many more road trip itineraries at www.byways.org.

I’ve tried to represent all regions of the US with the 20 trips featured below, and the lengths vary from 2-hour trips to 5-day itineraries to accommodate different levels of interest and leisure time.  They’ve all been plotted out in Google Maps to make them interactive and easy to view and print.  You can also save the trips using the MyMaps feature of Google Maps and take them with you on the road to view via an iPhone or Android smartphone.  The itineraries look especially captivating in an iPad, a topic on which I’ve covered in a previous post.

Map of Ohio River Scenic Byway Tour

Amongst these small town sojourns are many adventurous trips that include white-knuckle drives along mountain ridges and breathtaking vistas along ocean and lake shore drives.  If you’d like to sample more road  trip itineraries check out National Geographic Travelers Drives of a Lifetime which I’ve featured in an earlier post.

We hope everyone enjoys a safe and glorious holiday weekend.  Perhaps we can find some of that lost innocence while driving along these small-town byways.

Happy Driving!

UPDATE: If you’d like to add suggestions of places to visit or things to do for any of these itineraries you can add them into the ‘Comments’ section of each map.

Pacific Region

Mountain Region

Southwest Region

Great Plans Region

Midwest Region

South Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

New England Region

6 responses to “20 Memorable Memorial Day Road Trips

  1. Excellent post! If you end the White Mountains Tour (NH) by heading to Massachusetts, take a side trip to the Polar Caves in Romney (http://polarcaves.com). Excellent for kids.

  2. @ Julie Great suggestion! It looks awesome and definitely family-friendly. Perfect Memorial Day excursion.

  3. @Julie FYI I’ve added your suggestion to the comments section of the map

  4. Here are 10 Google-based maps created for the Lakes to Locks Passage in Northern New York.


  5. Thanks Drew. These are wonderful Memorial Day itineraries for anyone near the NY region.

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