You could road trip across any country, but for drastic variety—from barbeque in South Carolina to jazz in Louisiana to surfing in California—keep it close to home. Driving across America, the age-old rite of passage, works best when you have a couple of months to spare and can take your leisurely little time. Our advice? Don’t plan too much—just sketch out a general loop on a big map and go with the flow. For starters, check out Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen, who suggests 11 different cross-country routes.