America’s Best Road Trips

The country's best ribbons of highway are more than just means to the end. Highways threading the Florida Keys, California valleys, and Hawaiian isles are destinations in and of themselves.

U.S. 1, Florida Keys

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Leaving the mainland for the 120-mile-long island chain of Florida’s Keys, travelers enter a paradise of beach bars, water sports, and Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffett fans). From Key Largo to Key West, the overseas highway strings the islands together like beads, running past lighthouses, underwater coral-reef parks, and across 7 Mile Bridge—one of the longest bridges in the world.

Where to Stop: On the island of Islamorada, travelers can swim with dolphins at the historic Theater of the Sea. theaterofthesea.com

America’s Best Road Trips

U.S. 1, Florida Keys

Leaving the mainland for the 120-mile-long island chain of Florida’s Keys, travelers enter a paradise of beach bars, water sports, and Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffett fans). From Key Largo to Key West, the overseas highway strings the islands together like beads, running past lighthouses, underwater coral-reef parks, and across 7 Mile Bridge—one of the longest bridges in the world.

Where to Stop: On the island of Islamorada, travelers can swim with dolphins at the historic Theater of the Sea. theaterofthesea.com

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