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James Martin visits Santa Cruz on the Pacific coast, where he cooks snapper with artichokes before learning how to surf with a famous local surfing dog.

James Martin heads to San Francisco, where he visits the Ghiradelli chocolate festival. Next, he goes to historic Chinatown to explore some international delights.

James Martin heads to the heart of California’s wine region, Sonoma County. Before heading to the vineyards, James visits a unique Tibetan art gallery.

James Martin heads to the famous Sonoma Raceway, where he is taken around by racing legend Mario Andretti. Next, he meets Michelin-starred chef Perry Hoffman.

James Martin heads to the City of Angels, where he cooks some Japanese-inspired seafood on Santa Monica beach then has steak cooked by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.



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 Who Do You Think You Loire? … James Martin on his autobiographical road trip through France.

James Martin's French Adventure – bienvenue to boozy, deluxe daytime TV

In his big TV comeback, the king of Saturday Kitchen pootles from chateau to chateau with a grin on his face and a glass of wine never far from his hand. The result is gorgeous, and surprisingly emotional

T he problem with doing the same job for 10 years, especially on TV, is that it can be hard for people to imagine you doing anything else. So when James Martin jumped ship from Saturday Kitchen last year – after a decade refereeing breakneck omelette challenges and assiduously topping everyone’s glass up – it was unclear what his next move might be.

Could he vault from daytime to primetime, fronting some fashionably far-flung cookery travelogue? Or would he pursue something more suited to his unique presenting skillset – an inclusive, inquisitive, fourth-wall-breaking style refined over hundreds of hours of rambunctious live TV?

It took a while, but we finally have an answer. After sporadically filling in on This Morning and doing a brace of festive specials on the Food Network, the affable Yorkshireman has launched his big TV comeback this week. James Martin’s French Adventure might be a daytime ITV show – not the most prestigious slot – but it feels, from top to bottom, like a show custom-built to get the very best out of him.

Pleasingly, it is also a James Martin vehicle in which James Martin literally drives a vehicle. And despite his oft-professed love of performance cars (a gearhead obsession that meant he was linked to Top Gear when the BBC was looking to fill the sudden Clarkson/Hammond/May-shaped presenting sinkhole), it’s a clapped-out Citroen with dinged fenders and a frayed canvas roof.

None of this matters to Martin, who pootles down country roads in his boneshaker with an enormous grin, because this particular Citroen 2CV was previously owned by his hero Keith Floyd – the patron saint of boozy al fresco cookery demonstrations. In fact, the entire premise of Martin’s sunny sojourn is to recreate one of Floyd’s classic series on French cuisine. Piloting this storied 2CV and rocking a white Panama hat all feels like part of a ritual to reincarnate Floyd’s mercurial spirit.

It makes The Wine Show – ITV’s previous high watermark of onscreen plonk consumption – look like Dry January.

The other key ingredient for channelling Floyd, of course, is wine: gallons of the stuff. Martin does not shirk from the task. He glugs. He sips. He quaffs. He winks, then glugs again. It makes The Wine Show – ITV’s previous high watermark of onscreen plonk consumption, co-starring Matthew Rhys as a cava-swilling Captain Caveman – look like Dry January.

And it works. While cooking up a heart-stoppingly rich bordelaise sauce in the garden of a handsome Saint-Emilion chateau, Martin – deliberately or not – began bossing around his cameraman, just as Floyd used to banter with poor, unseen Clive. “Get in there, Rob!” exclaimed Martin, brandishing a pan crammed with mouthwatering steaks.

If the galloping ghost of Floyd loomed large, the opening episode also front-loaded a more autobiographical journey for Martin, a sort of Who Do You Think You Loire? Annual family holidays to Saint-Emilion awakened his passion for food, and as a teen in the 1980s, Martin learned his trade in the kitchens of various nearby chateaux. As well as absent-mindedly snacking on local macarons, his return to the region was clearly like biting into one of Proust’s madeleines.

He revisited the Hostellerie de Plaisance, the place where he had the fundamentals of French cooking drilled into him while dodging the odd flying rolling pin. Despite Martin’s default mode of bearish joshing, these were surprisingly emotional scenes. At one point, he sank to his knees before a timeworn stovetop, reviving a powerful sense memory of the spoddy kid who could barely see over the counter.

The cumulative result is surprisingly deluxe daytime TV, with gorgeous locations, an ambitious roadmap – this first series is comprised of 20 daily episodes, each digging deep into regional dishes and specialities – jaunty French cafe music and periodical reminders that Martin definitely does not get behind the wheel of his beloved Citroen after having a glass or three of ‘47 Cheval. Sit back, watch and enjoy. Just don’t try to match Martin drink for drink.

James Martin’s French Adventure continues weekdays, ITV, 3pm.

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Join James Martin as he takes a road trip down memory lane around beautiful Brittany, France, revisiting the villages which first inspired him as a teenager. Along the way James teams up with friends The Hairy Bikers, Martin Blunos, Lawrence Keogh and Michelin-starred Daniel Galmiche, stopping at quaint markets and cooking with the freshest produce From Concarnau to Pornic and St Malo, James travels across Brittany exploring the local markets, cideries and cheese factories, and no French trip is complete without a visit to those famous, waist-threatening patisserie kitchens.

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When I left the BBC TV show Saturday Kitchen after hosting it for 10 years, I was mainly sat at home twiddling my thumbs. One night my friends and I were in the pub, setting the world to rights and talking about what I could do next. One of my mates then said: “You bought that car, why don’t you take it on a road trip to France ?” The car he was referring to was Keith Floyd’s old car, a Citroen 2CV, that I’d bought from his daughter.

We took the idea to a TV company. Usually you would take lots of charts, videos and pitch documents, but on this occasion I just walked in and said that I wanted to drive Keith Floyd’s old car through France. They said yes straightaway.

I had to get the car restored a little bit. It passed its MOT in France, but failed it in the UK by 32 points. However, it was the perfect car to do the journey in as it meant so much. I met Keith Floyd a few times. I first met him when I was 12 years old. He was stood on stage introducing a meal he had helped cook. He was so drunk he fell off the lectern. Legend is a phrase often used, but in this case it was probably deserved.

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When the TV company gave us the green light on our road trip, we then had to quickly work out where we should go. The first port of call, we decided, should be the chateaux in Saint-Emilion, where I used to work during the summer holidays from the age of 12.

It was at Hostellerie De Plaisance I learnt the art of cooking. Within the first five minutes of walking into that kitchen I knew that would be it for the rest of my life. The chef was a complete lunatic. Shouting, swearing, throwing things at everybody… But I loved it. The intensity, the camaraderie… If you’re a footballer, you strive to be the best and play for the best team in the world, otherwise what’s the point? However, when you’re part of the best team, it’s bloody hard work. It’s the difference between walking, running and sprinting. In a three-star Michelin restaurant, you’re sprinting.

So I decided this had to be the first stop on the 18-week road trip that would take me through Provence, Perigord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany.

We also decided that we should cook en route and recreate versions of iconic French dishes. Everything was done on a table that we threw in the back of the van. Over the next three-and-a-half months, we cooked on the side of a road, by a beach, on a boat… We bought our ingredients from local markets. I think that you can really get the feel of a place by walking around a market.

James Martin’s Gourmet Road Trip

We made lots of memorable stops, including at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Vaucluse, the town that Keith Floyd made his home.

It’s one of the most beautiful towns I’ve ever been to. Every Sunday they have this beautiful antiques market as well as an amazing floating market. The market traders paddle up and down the waterways, selling their veg. It looks like something out of Venice. You wouldn’t think that happens in France.

One of the other great stops on the trip, was when we visited Georges Blanc in Vonnas, who is one of the greatest chefs in the world. His great-grandmother opened the restaurant in 1872. He took over the restaurant in 1980 and he’s had three Michelin stars ever since.

When you enter the town you see a sign that says the name of the town, Vonnas and then you see a second sign that says this is the town of his family.

James Martin’s Gourmet Road Trip

He’s the President of Le Bresse Society. The Bresse chicken is the most expensive chicken in the world. It’s the national symbol of France, thanks to its blue legs, bright white feathers and large red comb. It’s only produced in Bresse and it needs to be fed on corn grown in the province. When I was there he showed me how to cook it. You can’t cook it like you would a normal roast chicken. As it’s free range, you need to cook the legs separately. It’s kind of like a guinea fowl. Very unique.

I became a bit of a groupie when I met George Blanc. I got three signed aprons, four signed tea towels, and every single one of his books – all 15 of them. The film crew put a timer on when he started signing my buys, and 15 minutes later he was still going.

Another great day on the road trip was when we were cooking with Michele Roux Sr at his home near St Tropez. I know him quite well, so I phoned him and asked if there was any chance of him joining us at the local market and cooking with us. He said, “I can do better than that, you can cook at my house. We’ve never had a film crew at our home.” It was one of the greatest cooking experiences of my life. Cooking on his balcony with the yachts in the distance and his swimming pool in front of us… I will never forget that for the rest of my life.

James Martin’s Gourmet Road Trip

Like any road trip, there were a few things that went wrong. For example, we went to this famous mustard factory in Dijon. You couldn’t film in there. So we just stood outside and stirred mustard for two hours. I thought this was never, ever, ever going to work. All we were doing was grinding mustard in a pestle and mortar. However, it looked great when it was edited.

If I had another holiday I would go straight back to where I went to in France. I saw some of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen. I also had the best starter I have had in my life there last year at Le Pre Catelan in Bois de Boulogne, and I need to go back there to have the full meal.

Strangest thing I’ve eaten

Probably baby camel in the Emirates. They put it under bricks and cook it in the sand. It was gross. I wouldn’t have that again.

My favourite three restaurants

Per Se in New York owned by Thomas Keller. His sister restaurant is the French Laundry in the Napa Valley. I ate 17 courses of food when I was there and I couldn’t tell you how he made any of them; Le Bernardin in New York is one of the best fish restaurants in the world; and Le Pre Catelan in Bois de Boulogne.

Most surprising thing someone has said about my food

“Probably it was Jay Rayner for The Observer – the biggest food critic in the UK. He came to the Talbot for a meal and he didn’t realise I was cooking. He wrote a review two weeks later. It said, “I’m going to stick my neck out here, but this is probably the greatest meal I’ve had in 2015.”

The most famous person I’ve cooked for

HM The Queen – you don’t get any bigger than that. I cook for her quite a lot.

The food trend that should disappear

Foam. It’s like someone has just spat on a plate. It’s disgusting. I almost gave one of my chefs a clout for presenting me with foam during a tasting. I think he did it on purpose. It’s had its day. It should now go.

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James Martin's French Adventure: Everything you need to know about James Martin's new show

TV chef James Martin is back on our screens with a brand new show, James Martin's French Adventure, where he explores the best of French recipes...

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Our favourite celeb chef James Martin is back on our screens in brand new TV show James Martin 's French Adventure, bursting with new recipe inspiration and classic French cuisine.

In James Martin's French Adventure, the chef will be journeying through France, visiting the locations that inspired his culinary career.

The 44 year old has been influenced by French cuisine since he was seven, after holidaying and studying in the country. The first episode takes him to Saint-Emilion, where we see him visiting the hotel and kitchen where he first trained as a chef.

His trips around France will also retrace the trips Keith Floyd, his food hero, took 30 years ago. James even drove the car that Floyd owned for 16 years, his red Citroen 2C.

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The delicious French journey starts in Provence, in the south of France, and sees him stopping at Perigord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany. As he stops to sample the best products and culinary creations of each location, he also recreates the most iconic dishes in his own style.

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To mark the launch of the new TV show, fans will also be treated to a new cookbook filled with James Martin French recipes, which was published on 9th February.

What food will James be making on the show?

Over the 20 one-hour episodes, James will be creating his version of the most classic French recipes .

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Fish stew is just one of the dishes James takes on in the show

His French-inspired dishes will include fish stew , pork escalopes with Lyonnaise potatoes, game terrine , crème brûlée , two-sauce chocolate fondant , onion soup and many more mouthwatering recipes.

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The classic crème brûlèe also gets a makeover from James on his French adventure

The chef broke hearts all over the country when he announced he would be stepping down as the host of Saturday kitchen last year, after 10 years on the BBC show.

He's been back in our screens with a holiday special, Christmas With Friends , which aired on the Food Network in December 2016. The two-part series included appearances from other well-known chefs and celebrity guests including Mary Berry, Corrie's Jennie McAlpine, Jimi Mistry and Brian Turner.

When will James Martin's French Adventure air?

The show originally premiered on 30th January but is now airing on ITV every Thursday at 8.30pm.

Are you excited to see James Martin back on your screen? Let us know in the comments!

Jessica is a freelance food writer, stylist and recipe tester. She previously worked as Senior Food Writer at Future. While at Future Jessica wrote food and drink-related news stories and features, curated product pages, reviewed equipment, and developed recipes that she then styled on food shoots. She is an enthusiastic, self-taught cook who adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits. 

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James Martin on his lifelong love affair with France

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James Martin has been a Francophile since he was seven. On his first holiday to the country, he developed a taste for dishes most children would squeal at. “It was stuff I’d never seen before – woodcock stew with the head and beak, and the guy next to you would cut the head in half and pick out the brain,” he recalls. “You had to eat it. There was nothing else. I thought it was fantastic.”

Martin is from farming stock in North Yorkshire, but his dad had a side business importing wine and took his son with him on summer sojourns to Saint-Émilion, a historic village near Bordeaux. While Martin senior was sampling its famous vineyards, young James entertained himself by helping out in the kitchens of the châteaux.

By the age of 13, he was peeling carrots in Saint-Émilion’s two-star Michelin restaurant. “The furthest anyone else from my school went for work experience was Leeds, and I stuck up my hand and said I wanted to go to France. So that’s where I had my first chef’s jacket and knives, and that’s where I really fell in love with food and knew I wanted to do this for a living.” Did he speak much French? “ Un petit peu . I learnt to understand it and dodge flying ladles and pans. The chef was quite abrupt!”


More than 30 years later, he returns to Saint-Émilion for his new daytime cookery show, James Martin’s French Adventure, but this time he arrives in style: at the wheel of his old hero and mentor Keith Floyd’s Citroën 2CV. “His daughter called me up and asked if I’d like to buy his car and within 72 hours it was in my garage – all battered and smelling like Oddbins. My mechanic did the brakes and the engine and put a new exhaust on it, and then it drove faultlessly all over France.”

As well as Saint-Émilion, Martin cooks and eats his way round Périgord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany. “I go back as often as I can, but I’ve never seen France like I’ve seen it on this road trip. Hopefully that comes across on camera because the places we went to are just incredible, like the red salt flats of the Camargue. Then you travel five miles and you’ve got cowboys who herd wild white horses and black bulls for bull running. Who would have thought you’d get cowboys in France?”

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Perhaps it was being at the helm of Keith Floyd’s car all summer, but Martin also discovered a taste for France’s fine wines. “When you’re younger, you don’t really appreciate it. When I went back to Saint-Émilion this time, they gave me a bottle of Château Pavie and I thought, ‘Actually, this is quite nice. I’ll have another glass, please!’ But you still won’t find me going on about how it smells of redcurrants and sweaty socks. I either like it or I don’t.”

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“It’s a beautiful medieval village with cobbled streets and a big square perched above some of the most famous vineyards in the world. We cooked in the grounds of Cheval Blanc, which to my mind is the greatest vineyard of all. Saint-Émilion’s full-bodied red wines are served with rump steak or duck, and it’s also famous for its hand-made almond macaroons.” LAKE ANNECY

“This is a magical place – you have the lake, the mountains, a stunning two-star Michelin restaurant and an amazing market, where all the ingredients are local and seasonal. Wine-wise you’re looking at rosé and nice whites.”

“Lyon is the food capital of the world. Bouchons are little brasseries that once served the workers of the silk mills and still dish up traditional Lyonnaise cuisine: beef tongue, pork offal sausage, chicken liver. Then you’ve got some of the greatest restaurants in the world, like Paul Bocuse’s three-star Michelin restaurant. Visit his indoor market and you’ll see food like you’ve never seen before, from the best chickens and foie gras to the finest chocolate. It’s unbelievable.”

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James Martin goes on a culinary road trip around the UK, beginning in the Orkneys, in a new daytime series for ITV

After cooking his way around France and America, chef James Martin is off on another culinary tour.

This time he’s behind the wheel of a little red Mini, to sample the incredible food we have right here at home in the UK.

Tonight, James is in seafood heaven in the stunning Orkney Islands, where he serves up barbecued hand-dived scallops with a black pudding, apple and hazelnut butter at the picturesque Stromness Harbour.

If that isn’t enough to get your mouth watering, he also catches world- famous Orkney brown crab. He turns into a delicious pasta dish shared with his friend, top Scottish chef Nick Nairn .

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Here, in an exclusive interview, James reveals what’s on the menu…

What inspired you to film a new series here in Britain?

We looked at Italy but Gino [D’Acampo] is there a lot! So I thought, well, I grew up as a farmer’s kid and I’ve been a qualified pilot for the past 15 years… when you see Britain from the air, it’s spectacular!

We spend a week each in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, and the whole series is not just celebrating the great food we have in this country, and the great people that produce it, but also just how beautiful the area is.

It shows the UK at its best.

You start off in the Orkneys, which is famous for its seafood…

If you’ve never been to the Orkneys, they’ll just blow you away, they’re unbelievable.

The food scene, the countryside, the views, the sea. I mean, the sea’s turquoise – you don’t see a colour like that unless you go to the Indian Ocean!

The Orkney crab is the best I’ve ever tasted, as is the lamb from [Orkney island] North Ronaldsay .

What other foodie highlights should we look out for?

We visit Strangford Lough, near Belfast, which has the best langoustines you’ll ever taste in your life.

Then, in the Isle of Wight, there’s one farm with a 140-year-old Guernsey cow herd that produces the most amazing butter.

And the best vinegar I’ve ever tried is made by a young lad in the Orkneys in his dad’s garage! It’s all unbelievable!

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James’ adventure begins in the Orkney islands, a place he’s never been and is excited to explore. He’s joined by top Scottish chef and good friend Nick Nairn!


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James’ culinary tour of Britain continues in Scotland with a trip to Blair Castle in the Highlands. He’s joined by top Scottish Michelin starred chef Tom Kitchen. James gets a masterclass in Highland gaming!


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James continues his British adventure in Lancashire with top local chef Lisa Allen in the passenger seat Their first stop is Lisa’s home town of Clitheroe.


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James travels to Nottingham, where he sets up his mobile kitchen in the middle of Sherwood Forest and cooks a Forest Feast for long-time pal and Michelin award winning restaurateur Sat Bains.


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23 Incredible Road Trips in the U.S.

Whether you’re looking for sweeping views of the pacific ocean or a multiday adventure through national parks, these road trips provide plenty of opportunities to explore the united states..

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Glacier National Park is one of many scenic places you can visit on an American road trip.

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In a country as large as the United States, there’s no shortage of destinations and detours to explore by car . Whether your idea of the perfect American road trip entails an epic, cross-country journey or a shorter jaunt through a few of its most iconic national parks , your options are as large and varied as the country itself.

Even if you don’t have the time to drive cross-country, there are plenty of road trip routes (ranging from three days to a week or longer): classic California itineraries , New England routes that shine especially well in the fall, scenic East Coast adventures, and a variety of Midwest journeys for folks farther from the coasts.

No matter your mode of transportation—be it van, RV, motorcycle, or four-door sedan—these are 21 of the best road trips in the nation to consider.

Put a New Twist on Route 66—Make It an American Whiskey Road Trip

Plan your next Route 66 trip around thirst-quenching stops.

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There are many ways to do a cross-country road trip in the USA, but these two itineraries will take you through some truly iconic American places.

1. Chicago to Los Angeles: A Whiskey Road Trip on Route 66

It doesn’t get more American than a 2,000-mile drive along the entirety of Route 66. There are endless ways to take this legendary trip (including an EV version —but to take your cross-country road trip to the next level, we recommend exploring another American pastime: whiskey.

Starting in Chicago and ending in L.A., you’ll stop by some of the leading craft distilleries in the United States, like Few Spirits in Chicago, Still 630 in St. Louis, and Red Fork Distillery in Tulsa. In between tastings, make time for detours to natural attractions, like the Grand Canyon, and quirky roadside curiosities, like Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Just remember to drink responsibly—this is a road trip after all.

Plan your trip

The full itinerary: Put a New Twist on Route 66—Make It an American Whiskey Road Trip

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2. Bangor, Maine, to Seattle, Washington: The Great Northern on U.S. Route 2

Covering both the U.S. and Canada, a cross-country trip along U.S. 2 is ideal for anyone who wants to experience the vast diversity and expansiveness of North America. This drive runs the entire top border of the U.S. and showcases otherworldly natural wonders like Acadia National Park in Maine, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and Mackinac Island in Michigan. The route also passes through Canada, taking road-trippers through Ontario into Quebec—this route may focus on nature, but you won’t want to miss a stop in Montreal or Ottawa.

You’ll also get to explore Montana and Glacier National Park ( reservations may be required ) before passing the Columbia Plateau and ending in the Pacific Northwest’s largest city, Seattle. Don’t miss spending time in the Olympic Peninsula (home to Olympic National Park) for a peek at one of the most scenic places on the West Coast.

3. Dana Point to San Francisco: Driving California’s Pacific Coast Highway

The seemingly endless views of the Pacific Ocean along Highway 1 (also known as the Pacific Coast Highway) are what road trip dreams are made of, and exactly what makes this California road trip so popular. However, with so many stops along the 655-mile stretch, we pulled together a list of the ones well worth pulling over to view. Don’t miss the perfect surfing waves in Santa Cruz, seasonal cuisine in Malibu, an afternoon a the boardwalk in Santa Monica, or a night in Big Sur as you drive between Dana Point (just south of Los Angeles) and San Francisco.

  • The full itinerary: The Best Stops for a Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway
  • The AFAR Guide to San Francisco

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The seaside town of Monterey was the setting for John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row .

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4. Big Sur to Mono County: A Literary Road Trip Through Northern California

Yes, this itinerary requires you actually put down your book to drive, but seeing some of the pivotal places that shaped American authors will be so worth it. Follow in the footsteps of writers like Jack Kerouac, Maya Angelou, and Amy Tan on this road trip that takes you through literary landmarks in Northern California, such as Caffe Trieste, a meeting place for Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Watts, and other bohemian writers and thinkers. This 12-stop itinerary is perfect if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area because you’ll be able to stay make these trips in one or two days.

The full itinerary: The California Road Trip All Book Lovers Should Take

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Arizona may take its nickname from the Grand Canyon, but the state has far more natural wonders than just that one.

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5. Phoenix to the Grand Canyon: An Iconic Arizona Road Trip

This 240-mile Arizona road trip takes travelers along some of the state’s most iconic highlights, including its most famous one, the Grand Canyon. A great itinerary for first-time visitors and returning travelers alike, it offers plenty of opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, and biking—as well as tasty food along the way. Hike the 2,704-foot-tall Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale or take in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona on a hike to Cathedral Rock while exploring the Grand Canyon State.

  • The full itinerary: The Classic 5-Day Arizona Road Trip
  • Grand Canyon guide: The First-Timer’s Guide to the Grand Canyon
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The Delicate Arch living up to its name in Utah's Arches National Park

The Delicate Arch living up to its name in Utah’s Arches National Park

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6. Zion to Grand Canyon: A National Parks Road Trip in the Southwest

If you’re looking to visit as many national parks as possible in one road trip, this southwestern itinerary is for you. This journey through Utah and Arizona lets you hike Angel’s Landing in Zion, feel tiny under Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, explore Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon, and, of course, raft down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Most visitors to the Grand Canyon remain on the rim, but take at least four days to venture within the canyon and take advantage of the trails and river rafting.

  • The full itinerary: The Ideal Road Trip Through U.S. National Parks
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  • The First-Timer’s Guide to the Grand Canyon

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Stop and admire the winding roads of the San Juan Skyway.

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7. San Juan Scenic Skyway Road Trip: An Adventure Through Southwestern Colorado

This Colorado trip takes you along the 232-mile loop of the San Juan Scenic Skyway, where you will see plenty of alpine forests, mining towns, and craggy peaks. And for anyone looking to enjoy refreshments after a long day of driving, this route features many opportunities to stop at some of the best breweries in Colorado , such as Ska Brewing Co. in Durango.

  • The full itinerary: The Ultimate Southwestern Colorado Road Trip
  • Five Classic Colorado Road Trips To Take This Year

In small-town Buena Vista, the riverfront Surf Hotel offers front-row seats to Colorado-style adventure seekers.

In small-town Buena Vista, the riverfront Surf Hotel offers front-row seats to Colorado-style adventure seekers.

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8. Denver to Montrose: A 420-Mile Road Trip Through Colorado

Want to explore even more of the Centennial State? Head out on this weeklong road trip where you can fish for salmon in Colorado’s largest reservoir, visit numerous small towns, like Paonia and Crawford, with thriving art scenes along the Colorado Creative Corridor , and explore Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, one of the least visited national parks in the nation.

  • The full itinerary: Art Stars, High-Altitude Wines, and a Remote National Park: The Ultimate Colorado Road Trip
  • Where to stay: The Best Hotels in Colorado
  • The AFAR Guide to Denver

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Portland may be Oregon’s largest city, but with a population of some 652,000 (or 2.5 million in the larger metropolitan area), it isn’t intimidatingly large.

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9. Portland to Astoria: An Oregon Coast Road Trip for Outdoor Lovers

If you love the outdoors, then this six-day road trip along the coast of Oregon is for you. After driving to Coos Bay from Portland, travelers will meander along Oregon’s dramatic, rocky coastline, discovering some quintessentially Pacific Northwest vistas along the way: evergreen forests, seaside dunes, and marine ecosystems. Between stops, there are ample opportunities to stretch your legs hiking, kayaking, or strolling around the region’s small towns—like the historic old town in Florence.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Oregon road trip without a stop (or three) at a craft brewery, such as Fort George Brewery in Astoria, or cozy coffee shop, like Bread & Roses in Yachats.

  • The full itinerary: An Outdoor Lover’s Road Trip on the Oregon Coast
  • The AFAR Guide to Portland

The State Capitol Building in Nashville marks the end of this road (trip).

The State Capitol Building in Nashville marks the end of this road (trip).

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10. Seneca Falls, New York, to Nashville, Tennessee: Follow the Path of the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Starting in New York’s Finger Lakes region and ending at the State Capitol Building in Nashville, this road trip traces the route of the national women’s suffrage movement. Highlights include stops at the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House ; Union Square in New York City, which was the site of the first suffrage march; and the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C.

  • The full itinerary: Celebrate Women’s Suffrage on an Epic, Self-Guided Road Trip
  • Where to stay: The Best Hotels in Nashville
  • The AFAR Guide to Nashville
  • The AFAR Guide to Washington, D.C.

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Asheville is one must-stop on a North Carolina road trip.

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11. Charlottesville to Asheville: A Scenic Road Trip Through Virginia and North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the country. Beginning in the soft hilly meadows of the Appalachian Mountains from Shenandoah National Park down into the Blue Ridge Mountains, then into the Great Smoky Mountains, this five-day road trip is best done at a slower pace, which is perfect for admiring the dramatic outlooks and green plateaus. This eclectic itinerary features stops at an art museum, a dairy farm, and plenty of hiking trails.

  • The full itinerary: The Ultimate Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip
  • Where to stay: 12 Dreamy Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins You Can Rent on Airbnb and Vrbo
  • 8 U.S. National Park Road Trips to Take in Your Lifetime

Dowa:kwe dance group from Zuni Pueblo in 2019

Dowa:kwe dance group from Zuni Pueblo in 2019

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12. Albuquerque to Las Cruces: Discover New Mexico on This Three-Day Road Trip

This route steers you away from New Mexican tourist hot spots like Taos and Santa Fe and instead takes you on a three-day adventure with places that teach you about Pueblo history. You’ll stop at Indian Pueblo Kitchen (formerly known as Pueblo Harvest), a restaurant inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center that features Indigenous cuisine ; pick up peppers at Three Brothers in Hatch; and slide down the dunes in White Sands National Park.

  • The full itinerary: This New Mexico Road Trip Is the Perfect Introduction to the Land of Enchantment

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Historic Fort Martin Scott is one of the places travelers can visit to learn about Fredericksburg’s history.

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13. A Five-Day Scenic Road Trip Through Texas Hill Country

This Texas road trip starts and ends in San Antonio with stops in small towns like Bandera, Boerne, and consider a stop in Fredericksburg, which is one of AFAR’s best places to go in 2024 ). Over five days, you’ll find opportunities to stroll in a Japanese tea garden in San Antonio, relax along the Sabinal and Frio Rivers by inner tube, and eat as many tacos as you want. Seriously: You could eat tacos for every meal on this road trip and not get tired of them.

  • The full itinerary: Tree Houses, Tubing, and Tacos: The Ultimate Texas Hill Country Road Trip

Mount McKinley looms large on a drive through Denali National Park.

Mount McKinley looms large on a drive through Denali National Park.

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14. A Weeklong Road Trip Through Alaska’s Most Majestic Sights

This weeklong drive in Alaska starts and ends in Anchorage. You travel along four scenic byways; explore Wrangell–St. Elias wilderness, the largest U.S. national park; catch sight of Denali, the tallest peak in North America; and enjoy the surprisingly stellar food scene of McCarthy, a one-road town with only a couple dozen residents.

  • The full itinerary: Glaciers, Mountain Peaks, and Organic Farms: The Ultimate Alaska Road Trip
  • Which Alaska National Parks Should You Visit?

More than geothermal pools, Kirkham Hot Springs features a piping-hot waterfall.

More than geothermal pools, Kirkham Hot Springs features a piping-hot waterfall.

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15. Boise to Sun Valley: Explore Idaho’s Scenic Byways

Even a short road trip can be packed with adventure, good food, and scenery, which is exactly what this trip from Boise to Sun Valley along Idaho’s Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway offers. Although the drive only takes six hours, we recommend taking a few days to explore all the stops and detours along the way. One can’t-miss spot is the Kirkham Hot Springs , where you can stand under a waterfall that will splash you with 135-degree mineral water year-round.

  • The full itinerary: The Little-Known Idaho Road Trip You Need to Drive
  • Things to do: The Best Outdoorsy Things to Do in Idaho

Grand Portage State Park is the only state park jointly managed by a state and a Native American band.

Grand Portage State Park is the only state park jointly managed by a state and a Native American band.

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16. Duluth to Grand Portage State Park: A Scenic Minnesota Sampler

Although there are many appealing road trips throughout the Midwest, this 143-mile, three-hour circuit, which starts and ends in Duluth, Minnesota, is worth keeping in mind. Meandering north on MN-61 with this itinerary, you will enjoy prime views of Lake Superior and towns like Grand Marais, as well as Grand Portage State Park, home to waterfalls, hiking trails, and opportunities to learn about the Ojibwe community who occupy the land today. Once back in Duluth, enjoy a beer at Canal Park Brewing Company before checking into the waterfront Canal Park Lodge nearby.

  • The AFAR Guide to Minnesota

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Wind your way through colorful foliage in New Hampshire.

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17. Kancamagus Highway: A Quintessential New England Drive

Yes, you can take a road trip in New England at any time of the year , but this region shows off its best colors in the fall, when locals and tourists alike head out into the country to view the changing colors of the trees. Join other admirers of fall foliage on this popular, 34.5-mile road trip along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway, colloquially known as the “Kanc,” for picturesque ponds, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks.

  • Plan Your Fall Getaway With This Peak Foliage Prediction Map

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Ogunquit is home to the small, postcard-perfect harbor of Perkins Cove.

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18. Maine’s “Lobster Trail”: Travel Route 1 Along the Coast

Traveling Route 1, affectionately known as “the lobster trail,” along Maine’s jagged coastline is an exercise in indulgence. Sample lobster dishes in all forms—buttered, steamed, on a roll, or even in a decadent mac-and-cheese.

The trip starts in the quaint small town of Ogunquit , with its rare (for the area) 3.5 miles of white-sand beach. Make your first lobster of the journey count, steamed with a side of drawn butter at Barnacle Billy’s in picturesque Perkins Cove harbor. Stop at Big Daddy’s for a cone on your way to the shipbuilding center—and summer home of George H. W. Bush—Kennebunkport. Stay at the recently redesigned 150-year-old classic White Barn Inn , and consider a sailing trip for an afternoon. With lobsters cooked in ocean water, the legendary lobster roll at the Clam Shack is a must.

  • 8 Scenic East Coast Road Trips to Take This Year

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Throughout North Carolina’s Piedmont region, innovative restaurants, shops, and restaurants like Leah & Louise in Charlotte, above, are creating a buzz.

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19. Raleigh to Charlotte: A 4-Day Trip Through North Carolina’s Reinvented Core

North Carolina’s Piedmont region extends from the coastal plain to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and includes farmland and rolling wooded hills, especially on the 1-40 stretch near Hillsborough. Starting in Raleigh, drive the short distances to Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte to see how these cities are innovating through art, food, and a celebration of the past. Take your time—four days should do—to experience downtown arts districts, James Beard Award–winning restaurants, and civil rights museums that speak truths. Plan your trip

  • A Road Trip Through North Carolina’s Reinvented Core

The Florida Road Trip You’ve Been Missing

Scenic South Walton is part of the Emerald Coast of Florida.

20. Scenic Highway 30A: A Sunday Drive Through South Walton, Florida

Florida is full of places to cruise with the top down, but it’s hard to beat a Sunday (or any day) drive along Scenic Highway 30A through northwest Florida, home to a postcard-perfect stretch of seaside towns known as South Walton.

The roughly 28-mile route through South Walton County kisses the coast for nearly all its length, taking you through gorgeous residential Gulf-front communities like Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, and Blue Mountain Beach . Roll down the windows and let the emerald-hued views in.

Pull over to explore, too—maybe to admire the New Urbanism architecture in Alys Beach or to swim in the clear waters at Grayton Beach State Park . (The beach here has been lauded among the best in the world.)

  • The full itinerary: The Florida Road Trip You’ve Been Missing

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Stand-up paddleboarding is just one way to enjoy a Florida Keys sunset.


21. The Florida Keys: An Island-Hopping Getaway

For a sunny road trip itinerary in Florida, skip Miami and head farther south. Beginning in Key Largo and ending in Key West, the Florida Keys Scenic Highway is often overlooked for more well-known routes up north, but it is well worth going out of your way to experience.

As the name suggests, this route is very scenic, so plan to spend at least a few days exploring it and numerous stops along the way. Some highlights include driving across the impressive Overseas Highway, stopping to admire art in the town of Islamorada, and enjoying the historic sites, food, and (of course) beaches in the city of Key West.

  • The full itinerary: How to Road Trip in the Lesser-Known Florida Keys

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Sun Studio in Memphis was the site of the famous Million Dollar recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.

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22. Memphis to Bristol, Tennessee: A Music-Driven Adventure

If you have about a week to spare and a deep appreciation for music, take a road trip from one side of Tennessee to the other, starting in Memphis and ending in Bristol. The eastbound trip spans genres, including rock ( Graceland ), blues ( Beale Street) and, of course, country (did you really go to Tennessee if you didn’t go to Dollywood ?). Nashville serves as the halfway point on your journey—so consider penciling in an extra 48 hours to fully explore the state capital’s greatest hits.

  • The full itinerary: 5 Great American Road Trips For Music Fans

The stunning coastline near Cueva del Indio has been the backdrop of star-studded films.

The stunning coastline near Cueva del Indio has been the backdrop of star-studded films.

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23. Arecibo to Condado, Puerto Rico: A Lesser-Known Side of a Well-Loved Island

In the minds of many, trips to Puerto Rico bring images of stunning beaches , delicious foods , and maybe a bioluminescent bay or two . But there’s plenty of history to be found here, too, as Puerto Rico was home to an Indigenous population known as the Taino, a heritage many Puerto Ricans embrace. That history can be explored via a road trip. Starting in the northern town of Arecibo, travel south to Ponce, then back north to Condado—along the way you’ll encounter petroglyphs, Indigenous sites, and breathtaking natural spots.

  • The full itinerary: A Puerto Rico Road Trip That Puts Indigenous Culture First

Additional road trip planning resources Picking the route for your road trip is only one part of your planning. From what snacks to pack to which podcasts to listen to, these additional resources will help you prepare for your next adventure:

  • Best road trip snacks
  • Road trip planning apps
  • Podcasts and audiobooks to download
  • What to pack for a road trip

This article originally appeared online in August 2020. It was most recently updated on April 4, 2024, to include current information. Additional reporting by Jessie Beck, Erika Owen, Ray Rogers, Terry Ward, and Sheryl Nance-Nash.

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