There’s something incredibly romantic and exciting about an American road trip. Yet in spite of having so many classic Road Trip options, people tend to stick to just a few tried and tested routes. America is so much more than just the Grand Canyon and Pacific Coast Highway; its high time you get over your fears and explore the wonders that the country has to offer. Lucky for you, we have listed five underrated road trip destinations in the USA that every traveler must visit at least once.

The Texas BBQ Trail

In between miles of green rolling hills, scenic historic towns, and meandering hills, you can discover some of the best barbeque grill eateries here.

The route stretches from Austin to San Antonio, Texas, and the stretch is roughly 245 miles taking over 4 hours on road. Start your trip with a scrumptious meal at the Iron Works BBQ in Austin. You can also stop at Elgin, a small town located on Highway 290; it’s known for serving the best sausages in Texas. Do this road trip before hyperloop becomes the preferred mode of travel for Texas.

The Highway 61 Blue Trail

The Highway 61 Blue Trail is named so for a reason. The eerie, ghostly route was frequented by some of the legendary artists such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Bessie Smith, B.B. King, and Elvis. The Blue Trail starts from Vicksburg and ends at Memphis, stretching for about 246 miles and takes a little more than three hours to cover.

The entire trail is peppered with small, picturesque, ancient towns of Indianola, Leland, Cleveland, and Clarksdale. Remember to stop for the quintessential Highway 61 Blues Museum.

Black Hills, South Dakota

Black Hills of South Dakota is a relatively unheard road trip trail that runs along the Byland Scenic Byway. Start your trip by driving down to I-90 and then take the exit 131 for the Black Hills.

Along the way, you can stop at Wall Drug, Custer State Park, and the iconic Mount Rushmore.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The 500-mile highway connects two national parks, namely, Shenandoah in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. The route begins at Front Royal in Virginia and stretches along the Skyline Drive to Luray Caverns along the south of the Natural Bridge.

The highway is controlled by the US National Parks System and hence opens only during particular seasons. While on the route, you can also pay a visit to Asheville in the Smoky Mountains.

The Hana Coastline

The Hana Coastline runs along the eastern side of Maui and stretches along the black sand beaches, numerous waterfalls, and about 59 bridges. The 59-mile highway is surrounded by lush green vegetation on one side and azure waters on the other. On your way, you can stop and visit some other tourist attractions such as the 'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), the Pipiwai Trail, and Waimoku Falls at Haleakala National Park. Other than that you can also check out the Hana Lava Tube, and the Ho'okipa lookout where you can view Maui’s famed surfers taking the waves.

Concluding remarks

All these road trips are destined to be memorable. So which one are you planning on next?