Now For Something Completely Different – My Backroads Bucket List

Banff, Alberta, Canada
Banff, Alberta, Canada

So often on this blog I write of where I have been and what I have seen, but, I also have dreams of some huge road trips.  Perhaps my biggest dream is to go to Alaska via Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon Territory.  I have even gotten my free booklet from NorthtoAlaska.com entitled “The Ultimate North American Road Trip“.  If I were to do this trip, the following would be my mapped route:


My Ultimate Dream Trip

Some of the sights I would want to see (all photos taken from the North to Alaska website — since I have not been to these places yet…)

Spirit Island, Jasper NP, Alberta
Spirit Island, Jasper NP, Alberta
Kinuseo Falls, Monkman BC
Kinuseo Falls, Monkman BC
Spectrum Tange in Mt Edziza BC
Denali Highway, Alaska
Denali Highway, Alaska
Seward Highway, Alaska
Seward Highway, Alaska

On the way back, I would also want to go to Yellowstone and on to the Beartooth Highway in northwest Wyoming.  This would be a long and likely expensive trip.  But, it is truly my ultimate dream trip.

US Highway 20
US Highway 20

My second bucket list trip would be to drive the entire length of US Highway 20.  It goes coast to coast across the US and spans a whopping 3,365 miles, beginning in Boston, MA and ending in Newport, OR.  Along the way on my many trips, I have touched on this highway.

US Route 20 Map - from Wikipedia
US Route 20 Map – from Wikipedia

The wonder of a roadtrip like this is that it touches so many small communities along the way and much of it is not freeway.  It would be an awesome trip to document.

US Highway 6
US Highway 6

Another dream trip would be to take old U.S. Route 6, The Grand Army of the Republic Highway, across the country.  After U.S. Route 20, it is the second-longest U.S. highway in the United States and the longest continuous highway.  There is actually a group whose goal it is to preserve the Heritage of Highway 6.  The site, called the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is chock full of information about this great road.  It stretches 3,652 miles from Provincetown, MA to Long Beach, CA.

US Highway 6 map - from Wikipedia
US Highway 6 map – from Wikipedia

Like Highway 20, I have touched on parts of this highway in my many travels.  But to drive these roads would be a great adventure.

California Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway
California Highway 1 – Pacific Coast Highway

This route is my fourth bucket list trip – following California SR 1 along the Pacific Coast. The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road.

California State Route 1 map - from Wikipedia
California State Route 1 map – from Wikipedia

As with the two highways above, this road goes thru numerous communities and eventually meets up with Oregon Highway 101. This is also called the Oregon Coast Highway and I have traveled some of this already.

Oregon Highway 101
Oregon Highway 101

Also known as the Oregon Coast Highway No. 9, this highway goes over the high mountain ranges along the coast of Oregon and offers some breathtaking views.

Oregon US Highway 101 - from Wikipedia
Oregon US Highway 101 – from Wikipedia

There is a great Mile by Mile site that points out all of the locations one can see on this trip.

Living the Dream - Enjoying the Ride
Living the Dream – Enjoying the Ride

For now, I can only dream of taking these trips, but, without the dreams, the reality may never happen.

 

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Sumoflam

Travelographer Extraordinaire. I Enjoy the Ride by traveling and seeing the world around me. We are so busy speeding down the freeways of life that we miss out on the back roads and all the wonderful little stories that every place offers. So, I try to take the less beaten paths and see the real world. I have visited all 50 United States and many provinces in Canada, nearly all prefectures in Japan as well as Seaul, Korea, Shanghai and Suzhou, China and Cenu, Philippines. Also been to Mexico. Father of five, grandfather of 10 and happily married to my sweetheart for nearly 38 years. Fluent in Japanese. Happy and well traveled. See details at http://www.sumoflam.biz/SumoflamBio.htm

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