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Every Day Is a Winding Road

It's the all-American dream vacation: a cross-country road trip. Car top pulled down, wind whipping your hair, Route 66 sliding past and, of course, the perfect road-trip playlist on the stereo. Learn the best road-trip routes, as well as information on iconic sights to see along the way, like where to stop for killer roadside grub.

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Near miss passing lane
Near miss passing lane

Near miss passing lane

Truck driver Al Jones travels the dangerous Route 52 in West Virginia. He has a scare when he almost hits a tractor trailer on Horsepen Mountain. 960 1280

  

Coal truck accident 2

Coal truck accident 2

Other coal truck drivers aren't as lucky as Al and end up jackknifing. 960 1280

  

Jeep at extreme angle

Jeep at extreme angle

On the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, off-road enthusiasts try to take on massive boulders. 960 1280

  

El Dorado County Search and Rescue Team

El Dorado County Search and Rescue Team

El Dorado County Search & Rescue Team is sometimes called in to rescue stuck vehicles. 960 1280

  

stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice

stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice

The rescue team tries to help a stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice. 960 1280

  

the crew near a dam spill way

the crew near a dam spill way

The crew sets up for a scene near a dam spill way. 960 1280

  

a smushed turtle on the side of the road

a smushed turtle on the side of the road

In Florida there is a war on the roads ... wildlife vs. vehicle. Highway 27 near Tallahassee, FL, was not so kind to this turtle. 960 1280

  

Biologist Matt Aresco with a python

Biologist Matt Aresco with a python

Python hunter Edward Mercer is concerned about the safety of those who travel the road ... humans and animals. 960 1280

  

turtles traveling on a eco-passage

turtles traveling on a eco-passage

Thanks to Matt and concerned citizens, an "eco-passage" has been built to help protect the wildlife. Here, a family of turtles, takes advantage of the trail. 960 1280

  

Raccoon roadkill

Raccoon roadkill

South of Tallahassee is the Tamiami Trail which is even wilder. This poor raccoon was not so lucky. 960 1280

  

Stranded jeep in the snow

Stranded jeep in the snow

At Glacier National Park, crews have to rescue stranded vehicles from snow banks. They had more than 80 feet of snow during their last season. 960 1280

  

Snow plows clearing the roads

Snow plows clearing the roads

It takes months for snow plows to clear out all the snow that the park gets during the winter. 960 1280

  

Plows at Glacier National Park

Plows at Glacier National Park

The plows work hard to clear the roads but one avalanche after another brings their progress to a crawl. 960 1280

  

snow-capped mountains in Glacier National Park

snow-capped mountains in Glacier National Park

A cameraman gets a shot of snow-capped mountains from a road overlook. 960 1280

  

Highway One and Big Sur

Highway One and Big Sur

In California, Highway 1 provides scenic views of Big Sur and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

  

seals on the beach

seals on the beach

After a long day of navigating the roads, you sometimes need a rest. These seals have got it right! 960 1280

  

Landslide on Highway One

Landslide on Highway One

Highway 1 has landslides that can close parts of the road for weeks at a time. 960 1280

  

Biker Bill Mannschreck

Biker Bill Mannschreck

Retired pediatrician Bill Mannschreck has climbed the 18-mile Spiral Highway in northwest Idaho more than 100 times. The road has 64 twists and turns. 960 1280

  

Washington Pass, high

Washington Pass, high

Thrill-seekers love Washington Pass, high atop Route 20 in the Cascade Mountains. The pass is only open 6 months out ofd the year due to its hairpin turns and steep climbs. 960 1280

  

wine woody
wine woody

wine woody

The "Wine Woody,” a teardrop camper designed by Silver Teardrops. The camper can be towed by a car and doesn’t need any hookups, but that doesn’t mean you’ll rough it. These custom woody trailers come with a full bar, entertainment system and sleep cabin. 960 1280

  

Malibu Beach RV Park

Malibu Beach RV Park

Spend the night at the scenic Malibu Beach RV Park. 960 1280

  

Airstream

Airstream

A modern Airstream trailer parked in Laguna Beach, CA. The modern Airstreams are still built with the aeronautical touches that made them famous, but they also have modern appliances and electricity. 960 1280

  

modern airstream

modern airstream

The kitchen of a modern Airstream trailer. 960 1280

  

StarLux Boutique Hotel in Wildwood, NJ

StarLux Boutique Hotel in Wildwood, NJ

For guests who want the beach RV experience but don’t feel like driving one, the StarLux Boutique Hotel in Wildwood, NJ, has 2 classic Airstream trailers for rent. Get all the benefits of RV camping by the beach without any of the work! 960 1280

  

Vantare Featherlite Coach

Vantare Featherlite Coach

The luxurious interior of a Vantare Featherlite Coach. 960 1280

  

Featherlite Coaches

Featherlite Coaches

Featherlite Coaches are not ordinary RVs; they are rolling mansions with automated sliding doors, high-end finishes, full bathrooms, multiple slide-outs and complete touchscreen controls. 960 1280

  

Featherlite Coach

Featherlite Coach

Each Featherlite Coach takes thousands of man-hours to build and is a rolling work of art. 960 1280

  

UNICAT TerraCross 52

UNICAT TerraCross 52

The UNICAT TerraCross 52 crawls over the Oceano Dunes in Pismo Beach, CA. Normally the dunes are meant for dune buggies and ATVs, but they are no problem for this RV. Designed for expeditions, this RV can stay out for 3 months in the wilderness, and travel up to 2,000 miles on a single fill-up. 960 1280

  

UNICAT TerraCross 52

UNICAT TerraCross 52

The comfortable cab of the UNICAT TerraCross 52. 960 1280

  

Heritage Motor Coach Resort

Heritage Motor Coach Resort

At the Heritage Motor Coach Resort in Orange Beach, AL, RV owners can park their multi-million-dollar motor homes and enjoy the resort-style amenities, including an infinity-edge pool, a hut tub and a full boat marina. 960 1280

  

Hawaii Campers

Hawaii Campers

Jill and Brad Robins, the owners of Hawaii Campers, pose in front of "Tiki,” one of their VW camper rentals. This VW popup camper will have you exploring the island in style. 960 1280

  

Hawaii Campers

Hawaii Campers

One of Hawaii Campers’ VW campers on Yokohama Bay on the island of Oahu. 960 1280

  

Beach-n-RVs  13 Photos

Motorcycle riders on The Dragon
Motorcycle riders on The Dragon

Motorcycle riders on The Dragon

In the Smoky Mountains, near the North Carolina-Tennessee border, lies a black-top beast known as The Dragon. It attracts motorcycle riders from all over. 960 1280

  

Motorcycle wipe out on The Dragon

Motorcycle wipe out on The Dragon

The road has so many hairpin turns that it is easy to wipe out with one wrong move. 960 1280

  

Golf cart on the Overseas Highway

Golf cart on the Overseas Highway

The Overseas Highway connects the Florida Keys to the rest of the outside world. While it may be a long journey to get to things like a grocery store, life along the highway is certainly unique. 960 1280

  

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont. Locals, tourists and commercial truckers all travel this thoroughfare. 960 1280

  

Hurricane Irene damage on Route 4

Hurricane Irene damage on Route 4

Hurricane Irene dropped 11 inches of rain in 12 hours, leaving much of Route 4 washed away. Residents had to flee quickly while there was still a road to travel on. 960 1280

  

Jeep off-roading in West Virginia

Jeep off-roading in West Virginia

This off-road trail in West Virginia is one of the toughest in the South to traverse. 960 1280

  

Appalachian road

Appalachian road

This old Appalachian road is muddy and wet. It takes teamwork to make it through. 960 1280

  

US 71 in Southeast Missouri

US 71 in Southeast Missouri

US 71 in southeast Missouri IS Tornado Alley. When a tornado hit Joplin, MO, in May 2011, many truckers faced their worst nightmare of driving into the storm. Many trucks couldn't handle it. 960 1280

  

Accidents on Route 71

Accidents on Route 71

Major accidents occurred along US 71 that drivers were lucky to survive. 960 1280

  

Diamond Creek Road in the Grand Canyon

Diamond Creek Road in the Grand Canyon

In the Grand Canyon, Diamond Creek Road is the only path to drive from rim to river. The rocky terrain sometimes leads to busted car windshields. 960 1280

  

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park trail

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park trail

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's rocky and narrow canyon walls don't allow for vehicles. And did we mention the flash floods that wash out the roads? 960 1280

  

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The views of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are amazing. 960 1280

  

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains, is one of the most famous roads in US history. It is known as Thunder Road. Local David Sosebee loves to relive the glory days of bootleggers transporting moonshine in their Fords. 960 1280

  

Death Valley Highway in Nevada

Death Valley Highway in Nevada

Death Valley Highway in Nevada can be a lonely road. It is famous for hosting inexplicable phenomena. 960 1280

  

The Extraterrestrial Highway

The Extraterrestrial Highway

The Extraterrestrial Highway gets its nickname because of the strange aberrations that occur there. 960 1280

  

Wet and Wild  15 Photos

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