You’ve heard of Historic Route 66. But, have you heard of Route 50? It spans all the way from Sacramento, California to Ocean City, Maryland. And it makes for one of most epic road trips. In this post, learn all about the stops you won’t want to miss!  


Distant view of the city of Grand Junction in Colorado with a dead tree in front and the Grand Mesa in the back.

Before you get going in California, check out the State Capitol, the California State Railroad Museum, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Then, grab a friend for your drive through Nevada. The stretch of road that runs through the state is known as “The Loneliest Road in America.” Route 50’s passage through Utah offers much of the same: rural areas and desolate—yet beautiful—landscapes. Once you hit Grand Junction, Colorado, head to the world’s largest flattop mountain, Grand Mesa. Or, explore the shops and restaurants in the downtown area.


Distant view of the city of Grand Junction in Colorado with a dead tree in front and the Grand Mesa in the back.

In the Midwest, you’ll first pass through Kansas City, Missouri. There you can peek into the past at one of the living history museums like Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm and Missouri Town 1855. You will also find the National World War I Museum and Memorial. It is considered one of the city’s most recognizable structures. St. Louis, of course, is home to its famous Gateway Arch, as well as the Missouri Botanical Garden. Press on to Cincinnati, Ohio. You will find the American Sign Museum and the Great American Ball Park. After, enjoy some of the most picturesque views you’ll ever want to see in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia.


The famous public BOARDWALK sign located at the main entrance of the boardwalk in Ocean City Maryland.

Toward the end of the trip, Washington, D.C. combines history, culture, and politics into one unique city. Not only is it home to the White House and U.S. Capitol Building, but it also boasts incredible museums. The Smithsonian Institution, Newseum, National Law Enforcement Museum, are only a few. In addition, there are astounding monuments, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Finish the journey in Ocean City, Maryland. It is known for beautiful beaches, a bustling boardwalk, fishing, and water sports. Sun, sand, and sea? Not a bad place to end up.