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Planning a US Road Trip: The Southern Route

A US Road Trip Taking the Southern Route

The I-10, running west of New Orleans, spans the Bonnet Carre Spillway at Lake Pontchartrain.

The I-10, running west of New Orleans, spans the Bonnet Carre Spillway at Lake Pontchartrain.

If you love warmth and sunshine, this is the perfect US road trip for you. You'll get to see eight different states. If you drive at a leisurely but efficient pace, you can make this trip in nine days.

Along this route, you will begin in Los Angeles and end in Jacksonville, Florida, passing through the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.

This route flows through some of the most unique areas in the country. Use the I-10 as your launching pad for side trips to:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns
  • Austin, Texas
  • The Mississippi River
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • So many more beautiful places!

I-10 from Los Angeles to Jacksonville

Interstate 10 runs from coast to coast, covering a total of 3,960 miles.

Interstate 10 runs from coast to coast, covering a total of 3,960 miles.

Interstate 10 Mileage

StateMiles of I-10

California

243

Arizona

392

New Mexico

164

Texas

881

Louisiana

274

Mississippi

77

Alabama

66

Florida

362

What lies off the exit ramps?

Side destinations off I-10 will make or break your trip. Think of I-10 merely as a roadway that you get back on between the really cool stuff, like the national parks and the coastal Florida panhandle. As you travel through this guide, take note of the special side trips that aren't too far off the main route.

Beginning in the West: Beautiful Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles skyline and San Gabriel mountains, picture by Navid Serrano

The Los Angeles skyline and San Gabriel mountains, picture by Navid Serrano

Beginning your I-10 road trip in the west puts you right in the heart of Los Angeles. There aren't many areas of the world where you'll encounter such a diverse culture as Los Angeles (okay, maybe New York). The best of everything can be found right in the city limits of LA, from restaurants to zoos, skyscrapers to mountains, busy roadways to tranquil parks.

If you have time to explore, head to the northern side of LA and visit some of the famous beach communities: Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Malibu. Along the southern side are Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach.

Heading southeast, you will feel the temperature rising. The towns of Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, and Cathedral City comprise the hot desert region of Coachella Valley. It's known for its spectacular golf courses and mountainside homes, but also has some of the best restaurants, nightlife, and relaxation opportunities you can find in the entire state. This is definitely a place you'll want to stay a night, especially after being out on the open road all day.

What's cool: A unique culture all its own, LA is made of many smaller cities that each have their own personality. Beach towns like Huntington Beach and Long Beach differ greatly from the inland parts like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or nearby Anaheim.

Not Too Far: San Diego

southern-route

It's just over 120 miles to San Diego from Los Angeles, an easy drive south along I-5. This drive will take approximately 2-3 hours. On the northern side of San Diego is "Old Town." Also on the northern side is the beautiful shorefront community, La Jolla. Further south, you'll find Sea World and the best zoo in the United States: the San Diego Zoo. To the west of San Diego lies Coronado Beach, connected via the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

Arizona: Desert Serenity in the Grand Canyon state

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Don't let the dry climate and openness of Arizona fool you. There's plenty here to see. Along I-10, you'll pass through Phoenix, where temperatures regularly pass 100 on summer days. Be prepared if you are traveling in the warm months! North of Phoenix, right in the middle of Red Rock Country, lies Sedona. Red rock formations tower into the air, surrounding the upscale desert community. Sedona is home to a large, impressive art community, as well as some of the state's well known spas and state parks.

What's cool: Check out the ghost town of Tombstone, the border towns Nogales and Yuma, and Oak Creek Canyon. There’s also a designated "scenic highway," one of the most breathtaking rides in the state, if not the country, and well worth the drive

An Essential Side Trip: The Grand Canyon

A bighorn ewe at the edge of the Grand Canyon.

A bighorn ewe at the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Not Too Far: San Xavier del Bac

The oldest mission in the Southwest is the spectacular San Xavier del Bac Mission, ten miles south of Tucson on Interstate 10. Adobe brick towers into the open desert sky in this Spanish architectural gem. Amazing patios, domes, altars, chapels, towers, painted ceilings, stonework, and native cacti make this a fun trip.

Next Stop: New Mexico

A montage of downtown Santa Fe.

A montage of downtown Santa Fe.

Only a small portion of New Mexico is on Interstate 10. However, to the north are several natural wonders like White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns (see below). The Latino and Native American influence in Albuquerque is colorful and vibrant, with a cool style all its own.

Your drive through the rest of New Mexico can be a dramatic ride or a boring one, depending on your outlook. The scenery is much the same throughout the hundreds of miles of highway, and there are no major cities until you reach Tucson. Instead of looking at the dry desert environment as bleak, lifeless, and dead, instead, see the desert for what it really is: A complex environment teeming with life.

During the day, the white sands can be blinding, but as afternoon approaches, the setting sun brings brilliant colors that light up the landscape in pinks, oranges, purples, and browns. The nocturnal desert wildlife comes out to hunt or be hunted, and the stars illuminate the roadway. If you're looking for a true clear nighttime sky, New Mexico is where you'll find it. Those used to the light pollution of populated areas will be amazed at how the sky is truly supposed to look at night.

Note: Before heading into western Texas, fill your gas tank. Western Texas is miles of open highway with few opportunities to fuel up. When you see a chance, take it.

What's cool: Santa Fe defines the southwest. The city offers a unique desert experience, with a great art community, Spanish-style architecture, top-notch dining, and excellent hiking.

Carlsbad Caverns: New Mexico's Underground National Park

Take a trip to New Mexico's amazing, partially underground, national park, Carlsbad Caverns. You won't regret it. Carlsbad is a small town in the middle of New Mexico, near the Guadalupe Mountain Range and the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Inside the massive cavern are stalactites and stalagmites, natural limestone formations that formed over thousands of years. Bring a sweatshirt, the average cave temperature is around 55 degrees F!

The Grand Circle: An Abundance of National Parks

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

This area of the country offers so much natural beauty that the only way to see it all is to make a giant circle. The area is called the Grand Circle, and it lies far off the Interstate. It's really a separate vacation in itself. In about 7-10 days you can see numerous national parks, all of them breathtaking. You may want to plan a separate trip for these parks, but if you have time, the nearest park to Interstate 10 is Petrified Forest National Park, about 260 miles from Phoenix.

  • Petrified Forest National Park A forest of petrified wood and colorful "badlands," the clay-rich landscape of the southwest.
  • Bryce National Park A large amphitheater of rock formations called hoodoos in southern Utah.
  • Capital Reef National Park A large formation nearly 100 miles long called Waterpocket Fold, a plateau in the middle of the southern Utah desert.
  • Canyonlands Spectacular canyon views, biking, hiking, and enormous panoramic vistas of the southwest from high elevations.
  • Zion National Park The challenging terrain of the Narrows section of Zion and the beautiful enclosed canyon are must-see destinations.
  • Mesa Verde National Park A long lost culture of Native Americans can be found again in the ruins of Cliff Palace and Mesa Verde.
  • Monument Valley You may not have been to the Navajo area of Monument Valley, but you've definitely seen it in western movies and television commercials.
  • Arches National Park An incredible view of the majestic and strange arches that millions of years of erosion have left behind.
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison The Gunnison River carved a mighty slice in the earth in Colorado.
  • Great Basin An underground cave is nicely complemented by gigantic Mount Wheeler in this eastern Nevada park.

Next Stop: Texas

The Alamo in historic San Antonio.

The Alamo in historic San Antonio.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the long stretch of roadway between El Paso and Houston—nearly 900 miles. That's comparable to driving the distance from Providence, Rhode Island to Charleston, South Carolina!

Upon entering the mountainous El Paso area, look for stellar views of the Chihuahuan Desert. In between San Antonio and El Paso, you won't find much. However, there are some sights to see off the Interstate if you have the time. Big Bend National Park is on the southwestern portion of the state, along the Rio Grande River. To the north, you'll find the beautiful Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which contains the highest peak in Texas. San Antonio is the unofficial divider between the eastern and western parts of the state (see below.) On the eastern side of the state, the air becomes gradually more humid as you approach the Gulf area of Houston, America's fourth largest city.

Where should you stay in Texas? From personal experience, you'll want to stay in the major cities. Plan your day to end in Las Cruces, New Mexico, San Antonio, or Houston.

What's cool: Don't miss Austin's music scene. For more of an amusement park experience, visit Sea World in Dallas. Aviation buffs will enjoy Houston's Space Center.

San Antonio

At the midway point between Florida and California (and in the middle of Texas) lies the second largest city in the state, San Antonio. The historic section of town is home to the Alamo, the site of a 13-day siege between Mexican and U.S. forces.

The oak-lined River Walk is beautiful place to visit. Follow the San Antonio River as it winds underneath the city, with towering palm trees and oak trees lining the paved banks. Complete with pedestrian walking, fine restaurants,and lively bars, the River Walk is one of the must-sees of San Antonio.

If you're looking for fun in the form of amusement parks, San Antonio also has its own Sea World, as well as Six Flags Fiesta Texas. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park preserves some of the city's 17th century Spanish missions, while the nearby San Antonio Botanical Garden displays beautiful plants and gardens.

Louisiana: Crossroads of Culture in the Deep South

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Louisiana is a crossroads of cultures. You can see it in the varying built-up cities to the sprawling plantations and swamps. It's one of the warmest states in the country, and the humidity makes it feel even hotter. Louisiana is about as "Deep South" as you can get!

Interstate 10 stays mostly inland, but does pass through Lafayette and Lake Charles—two towns that are the center of Cajun culture. Stop in for some authentic Cajun food, at Nimbeaux's, Julien's, and the Blue Dog Cafe.

The coast of Louisiana is immense and vital to the entire country. The longest river in the United States empties into the Gulf of Mexico right in Louisiana's Mississippi River delta, which is the lifeblood of the entire state. Tributaries fuel the bayous, ponds, and lagoons and wind their way to the Mississippi itself. It all culminates south of New Orleans, one of the most vital ecosystems and migratory bird stops in the country. Paddleboat tours give a great glimpse into the importance of the river delta. By car, you can tour much of the delta (or at least see it close up) by driving Highway 21 south to Venice. This is as close the Delta National Wildlife Refuge as you can get. If you'd like to see it further, you'll have to take a boat.

What's cool: The home of Cajun culture, Louisiana blends many influences from around the globe. There's Native American influence, old French ancestry, and Creole and Southern charm. Visit the Garden District, enjoy the trees, and stop by a restaurant for some authentic Cajun cuisine.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast

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It's hard to talk about the Mississippi coast without talking about Hurricane Katrina. The coast is still rebuilding. The areas of Gulport and Biloxi offer casinos and restaurants with excellent views of the Gulf Coast's amazing beaches.

What's cool: Try taking a river tour, or explore the roads along the Mississippi. It takes about 90 days for Mississippi River water to move more than 2,500 miles from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico!

Alabama: The Short but Sweet Coast

southern-route

Alabama's coastline has many lovely inlets and bays, enlarging the overall distance of shoreline. Lighthouses dot the bays leading to Mobile, making for a scenic drive.

The city of Mobile lies at the head of Mobile Bay, which separates Alabama from Florida. In the center of the bay, you'll find the spectacular Dauphin Island. In Mobile proper, find the Museum of Mobile and the USS Battleship Alabama Memorial Park. This is where Mardi Gras celebrations take place every year.

Mobile's real attraction is the Bay and surrounding beaches. Delta excursions through the massive river delta, over twenty golf courses, and some of the south's best seafood restaurants, are all within the Mobile Bay area.

You Made It!: The Florida Panhandle

Panama City Beach on Florida's Emerald Coast.

Panama City Beach on Florida's Emerald Coast.

Florida has hundreds of destinations on the coast as well as inland Orlando, but some of the best beaches lie on the panhandle. Smaller crowds, pure white sands, and southern flavor make the Florida panhandle a delight. If you have the time, the Emerald Coast has some beautiful beaches worth visiting. Port St. Joe, Panama City Beach, Gulf Breeze, and Pensacola have some of the top-rated beaches in the USA.

Interstate 10 ends (or begins, depending upon your point of view!) in the city of Jacksonville. There are plenty of things to do and see here.

  • The Jacksonville Zoo
  • Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
  • Amelia Island, about 20 miles away on the Georgia-Florida state border
  • St. Augustine, which is less than an hour south of the city

What's cool: Try visiting one of the many coastal panhandle towns like Pensacola, Tallahassee, or Panama City, for some of the best beaches for miles.

Not Too Far: Georgia and South Carolina

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Georgia and South Carolina have some of the most spectacular coastline in the country. The Cumberland Island National Seashore is in Georgia, just a few miles north of the Florida border. Also in Georgia is the unspoiled Tybee Island and historic Savannah.

In South Carolina, visit Hilton Head Island. Head into historic Charleston. Further north, the beachside town of Myrtle Beach is a favorite for those looking to for a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

What's Your Favorite Site Along I-10?

HuguesR on October 15, 2019:

Don't forget that crossing borders with weed is illegal even if legal in the other state (ex: California & Nevada). I've got a speech from the officer when he saw my invoice from California when I was in Nevada ... I played the tourist thing and it was fine ...

Robb on May 21, 2018:

SeaWorld is in San Antonio not Dallas

Mary on May 09, 2018:

I am not to fond of heights I.e. bridges and mountains without guardrails. How much will I have to endure on I 10 from Fl to California?

NeilOttens on November 13, 2017:

I’m planning this trip backwards from NJ then up the coast road to Oregon , and then back to NJ solo on my Motorcycle .. summer 18 .. Ill be 65 and retired .. living the dream..

mina009 on August 09, 2013:

Your tour looks amazing. Thank your for sharing it!

anonymous on July 30, 2013:

Good looking lens. We have done part of the I-10 route going from AL to TX. ;)

natureadventure on July 13, 2013:

It's my dream to visit United States....Great Lens!!

BarbsSpot on May 31, 2013:

@Lensmaster...When I was younger, I took many a driving trip, but mostly in the Great Lakes and Eastern area of the U.S., closer to where I've lived. This was a beautiful trip in the West! Thank you for sharing it! Congratulations on the Lens' Purple Star award!

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2013:

@jmchaconne: Wow! This is a lens I have to see.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 09, 2013:

@MissMalaprop: My favorite part was west of San Antonio. The scenery gets very dramatic.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 09, 2013:

@eightieschild: Thanks for the inclusion! Hope you get to see it via road trip at some point, there's a lot to see.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 09, 2013:

@BarbRad: We went in late spring - early summer. It was warm, but if you're from New England you'll welcome the heat after six months of blizzards.

WordChipper on May 08, 2013:

We've been to Arizona, Nevada, and Utah twice now. Great part of the world. Beautiful

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on April 30, 2013:

Someday I'd like to take this trip after the snow melts and before the summer heat sets in -- or maybe in autumn.

ian-patrick-716 on April 24, 2013:

Cool lens, this road trip looks fantastic.

RitaAnne on April 15, 2013:

I would love to go for these road trips especially to visit The Grand Canyon :)

Danielle from Australia on April 14, 2013:

I've never been out of Australia but after seeing professional bull riding on TV I'm certain I want to go to Texas :P

'Vikk Simmons from Houston on April 13, 2013:

I've actually traveled the entire length but not on any one trip. When I was a kid we took the lower southern route from Texas to the East Coast and then up to Philadelphia and several times I drove the western route to Arizona and California. I remember Carlsbad Caverns as a kid and how they turned the lights out and scared the bejeebers out of me. I must have been about 4.

Jordan on April 12, 2013:

I can wait to take a trip like this. Except i would be coming from Gettysburg PA. Cool Lens!

geosum on April 10, 2013:

Nice lens. I'd love to see Arizona...

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on April 10, 2013:

@Cynthia Haltom: I'd love to get back to Mississippi someday soon.

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 10, 2013:

Hurricane Katrina may have taken away things, but the spirit of the people here in Mississippi should be your main attraction. We have over 20 miles of white sand beach, NASA, and a varied culture from city to city. Come visit.

eightieschild on March 22, 2013:

I've visted the USA three times, but have never yet done a road trip. It's one of my dream holidays though, and hope to one day visit some of these amazing sites.

Love this lens so much, I've included it on my Coolest Squidoo Lenses lens. :)

pillarcandles on March 21, 2013:

I have always wanted to go to Santa Barbara. Perhaps one day!

MissMalaprop on March 19, 2013:

I grew up near I-10 in south Mississippi, and now live in New Orleans. So I've traveled a lot of I-10, going to Florida and Texas and elsewhere, but I've never driven past San Antonio or so going west, and haven't been all the way to the far eastern part of Florida on it either!

anonymous on March 18, 2013:

Stop at almost any seafood restaurant in east texas and louisiana along 1-10 and try some boiled crawfish! A staple of the creole diet in the spring!

uneasywriter lm on March 15, 2013:

I have traveled the I-10 corridor a lot but always hit and miss places. There is some gorgeous scenery along the I-10. Very informative lens! Kudos

EmergencyPrepar on March 11, 2013:

Can't wait until we buy our RV so we can get out on the wide open road. I love to travel and would love to see so many things. Great lens.

Netlexis LM on March 10, 2013:

I have to agree with others. After reading this lens, I'm feeling like it's time for a road trip. Thanks for sharing.

myoyster1957 on March 03, 2013:

Spectacular photos and a great lens.

Gardener Don on March 02, 2013:

Actually just drove a portion of this highway (I10) from Phoenix to Tucson. A great side trip was taking "8" to Yuma, then crossing over to Los Algadones in Mexico - 4 blocks and 400 dentists, plus as many drug stores & optical shops. I've never seen so many US retirees sporting such good teeth & snazzy new glasses!

AustraliaMove on February 28, 2013:

wow! There are so many beautiful pictures. Wish I could make it to this road trip one of these days!

air ambulance s on February 22, 2013:

Super nice lens! I love the photos and all. Great job!

ruspi99 on February 20, 2013:

I look forward to the grand canyon someday, these is amazing place. Thank you for your amazing lens, very helpful!

steveironpump on January 01, 2013:

Yeehaw! I'm ready for a southern road trip lol

MikeRobbers LM on December 29, 2012:

Best lens i've read for a while! America here I come...

Gail47 on December 28, 2012:

I had to come back and visit you again - I absolutely love this lens. I've traveled much of the southwestern route from Texas to California and would someday like to try the whole length of I-10.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on December 20, 2012:

@Countryluthier: Thanks for the blessing!

E L Seaton from Virginia on December 18, 2012:

This lens made me want to jump in the COUNTRYLUTHIER mobile and hit the road right now. Blessed!

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on December 18, 2012:

@Glenda Motsavage: It's a great trip. There's so much to see within the vicinity of I-10, I can't wait to plan another trip myself. It was 7 years ago for me.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on December 18, 2012:

@VspaBotanicals: Let us know how the trip goes! Have fun.

VspaBotanicals on December 12, 2012:

My son just moved to Texas to start his intern job. I've always had a plan to start from Louisiana and work my way through to the desert. This lens just helped with those plans I want to do in the future. Wonderful lens!

Glenda Motsavage from The Sunshine State on December 08, 2012:

Think I'd like to do the entire I-10 trip in 2013 for our 26th Anniversary! Thanks for a great lens...well deserving of the Purple Star!

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on November 30, 2012:

@dismantlerepair: Wow, I'm glad this lens helped plan your trip! The southwest is incredible, I can't wait to get back there someday. Of all parts of the USA, the Southwest left the biggest impact on me. Off to visit your lens..

Giovanna from UK on November 23, 2012:

A FABULOUS LENS! I wanna go there NOW! We've added this lens to our Featured Lenses - it's brilliant. Thanks. Come over and visit us when you can :0)

dismantlerepair on November 15, 2012:

Hey Kiwisoutback!

I remember stumbling upon this lens ages ago when I was just starting out on Squidoo and it stuck with me as I was in the midst of planning a trip of my own based on some of the things you mentioned. Well last Oct it all finally came to fruition (rather quickly!) and it was ace! By far the best holiday/trip I've ever been on, and I got to do it on the back of a motorbike! The Grand Canyon was mind-blowing as was the vastness of some of the deserts!

Anyway I am just in the process of writing it all up (it may or may not interest you: http://www.squidoo.com/motorbiking-around-south-we... and I decided to revisit your lens I discovered all that time ago. It brings back such good memories of the trip, and this is all just a round-about-way of saying Great Lens!! I'm sure it won't be the last time I visit it as it evokes such great memories!

montanatravel52 on October 29, 2012:

I love your US road trip lenses - they bring back great memories, and give great ideas for more places to see and visit, thanks!

jimmyboy88 on October 26, 2012:

great! planning to do that. thanks for the info

anonymous on October 24, 2012:

Los Angeles! Beautiful places and cool pictures!

VeronicaHaynes on October 23, 2012:

Fantastic lens. I've driven this trip several times and each time, it was incredible. Love those amazing Saguaros. Best

myspace9 on October 22, 2012:

Very detailed and interesting lens. All pictures are beautiful.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on October 21, 2012:

Great travel lens! And yes, I've actually traveled I-10 from California to Florida. *blessed

anonymous on October 12, 2012:

Just returning to see what's new, love all the new updates. :)

morris4minors on October 10, 2012:

Was lucky enough to live in the USA and one of our final holidays was a coast-to-coast round trip from Virginia, going outbound north to New York state, then west to NE, then down the west coast, heading back east from LA. From there, we wanted to concentrate on Route-66, so the I-10 didn't really come into our itinerary. It was a trip of a lifetime and too many highlights to mention! Hope to head that way again in the future, so will keep in mind if our journey takes us in that direction.

NibsyNell on September 26, 2012:

Oh how I'd love to do this! One day... :)

MarkJustice on September 25, 2012:

I've traveled several sections of this, but we now travel in a motor home and I would like to do the whole trip in it.

bwet on September 22, 2012:

I don't know much about road trips but what you've done is certainly a long one and inspiring. great lens!

KonaGirl from New York on September 20, 2012:

Fabulous lens. I will be in Arizona next week and plan to take this journey after Christmas. You present it beautifully. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Travel & Places » United States »" neighborhood.

Jillynn on September 10, 2012:

I've traveled along some of I-10. The parts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico were spectacular!

anonymous on September 02, 2012:

Amazing pictures!

Sounds really good

Thnx for the tip

MimayManalo on August 29, 2012:

wow.. so glad i visited your lens, it was awesome :) you did a fancy tips and it was cool .. i like to go t Beachside paradise in Southern California :)

realovealreiko on August 20, 2012:

Dreaming of this! Not until I get a passport. And a VISA! :)

sentanta lm on August 17, 2012:

i wish i had the time to take this trip!

Prescriptiondrugrehab on July 31, 2012:

Great pictures and tips!

OrlandoTipster on July 25, 2012:

Grand Canyon and Hoover dam were quite impressive.

Also meeting native Americans along the way.

latiptop on July 25, 2012:

I love Tucson. Used to spend the summers there at Trails West right off of I-10 with my grandparents.:)

Canvas-Art-Shop on July 19, 2012:

What a great guide, I've been looking into sorting a trip for America and this has kicked started me!

Im Horse Crazy on July 15, 2012:

Wow this looks really pretty! I'm begging my parents to take me on a cross-country trip!

mouse1996 lm on July 05, 2012:

I have not traveled this route, haven't done much traveling at all, but just the other day a friend and I were talking about doing a year long cross country tour. I think this route, however from east to west, would be fun to try.

jmchaconne on June 28, 2012:

In 1998, I rode a bicycle across America, from Santa Barbara CA to Boston, taking a southern route to Dallas; then back up trough Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Amish country, Virginia, Washington, Maryland, PA, upper State N,Y, and Boston. The Southern part of the route, especially through Arizona, and New Mexico, was one of the most beautiful, and exotic part of the ride. You have inspired me to do a lens about it! Thanks for a great lens!

HtCares on June 27, 2012:

I haven't traveled it, but it looks like a really awesome trip!

TK2012 LM on June 27, 2012:

Florida State University is a great place to stop off on i10 if you are looking for a good party!

ccsonian on June 27, 2012:

Coming from Colorado we miss being close to the ocean. My favorite part was seeing the Gulf of Mexico for many, many miles.

NC Shepherd on June 22, 2012:

The Thing near Dragoon, AZ!

chas65 on June 20, 2012:

Being a native Texan, it would have to be the Alamo. For those that haven't seen it, you might be surrised that it is located in the middle of the city.

rallo-smith on June 20, 2012:

Amazing road trip! It's the only one I have yet to travel. I will soon!

rt8ca on June 19, 2012:

Great info and pics here, thanks for sharing!

We've enjoyed many of the States and attractions you've mentioned here and return often in our RV from Canada. We especially enjoy the coastal route from Texas to Florida!

anonymous on June 15, 2012:

This lens brings back a lot of great memories. Need to hit the road again someday soon.

HarleyJay on June 14, 2012:

I'm from Australia and I've always wanted to do a roadtrip in the US, this is great info, will help me plan it better haha :)

Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on June 11, 2012:

My favorite site is Corona Del Mar (beach) next door to Newport Beach California. Gorgeous! I would love to plan a road trip!

markadamdouglass on June 06, 2012:

This looks like a great road trip. I think I need to do some road tripping next time I am in the USA

stuartneaca291 on June 04, 2012:

I flew to the east coast from LAX quite a bit. One of these days, I'll drive across.

VeseliDan on May 29, 2012:

I would love to visit USA some day. *blessed*

BlueBonnetBlossom on May 28, 2012:

I'm in Austin and my kids are in San Diego...I've made that trip several times but not the whole route! I would love to do that!

ChenB on May 28, 2012:

Great lens! I find I-10 to be the modern day equivalent to Route 66. It's packed with interesting sites that make a road trip well worth the time.

coolmon2009 lm on May 26, 2012:

I have driven I-10 from Texas to California, good lens

eccles1 on May 26, 2012:

Wow I feel as if I just took a road trip !

CyberTech LM on May 26, 2012:

Too too many to name!!! I lived in Arizona for a few years and miss seeing the area. All the pictures are fantastic, but nothing like standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon! I do miss US I10!

puppyprints on May 25, 2012:

There is lots of fun hiking in "red-rock" areas in Sedona AZ.

WebGenova on May 18, 2012:

The travel of my dreams! Awesome.

CameronPoe on May 17, 2012:

I've always liked driving through Arizona.

tomazg on May 11, 2012:

I would love to go to a roadtrip too.

jlchong1999 on May 01, 2012:

I have a picture from my Georgia, Savannah trip that looks almost like your main Louisiana picture. Savannah's historical district is beautifully dotted with amazing buildings.

Hypersapien2 from U.S. on April 30, 2012:

Great lens! I'd love to see some of these sites and landmarks in person.

MargaretJeffreys on April 20, 2012:

I really want to visit the US now, thanks!

fish-oil-expert on April 14, 2012:

I live in Northern CA. I've never driven to South CA, but I would love to.

siobhanryan on April 03, 2012:

What I would give to be able to do a road trip like this-I can dream or read lens like this.

allenwebstarme on April 02, 2012:

Here what I'm looking for, whenever i'll plan for US trip, will go through this lens. bookmark it in my favorites. Thank you so much.

MindPowerProofs1 on March 31, 2012:

Another great lens. I didn't have a chance to travel this route before. I love the idea Going the Road Less Traveled. It is full of adventure. Good or bad, you have stories to tell after this adventure.

ottoblotto on March 30, 2012:

Well done! The travel through Arizona and New Mexico is beautiful!