When you ask people abroad what they think of when they think of America, most will probably give you a cheeky answer like “hamburgers”. And yes, we eat hamburgers here. But really one of the things that is unmistakenly linked with the US is the “Great American Highway”. There are few places on this earth – if any – that can combine a vast landscape with an equally vast system of perfectly drivable roads. That notion of space and movement really is ingrained in the American character, the feeling that not only can you go on for miles, but you actually should.
When we were visiting the area around Palm Springs, our concierge told us to drive up Highway 74 to get views of the entire Coachella Valley. While we were driving up this seemingly deserted two lane highway, I asked diplo-husband “Who would ever come up this way?” It turns out, we would come up that way again – Highway 74 was the road we took to get to San Diego. It’s quite a contrast to the drive that we did on Highway 1 in Northern California, but for those that are drawn to desert landscapes, this is definitely something to take in.
All photos by The New Diplomat’s Wife.