There's nothing quite like taking to the open highway in the summer in America. After all, the U.S. was built on epic cross-country treks.

Get steeped in history, see some of the country's most stunning scenery, visit some of America's most interesting towns and cosmopolitan cities; we've put together a dozen road trips to inspire you.

So check your oil and tire pressure, and your air conditioning. Here are 12 of the best, most scenic road trips in the U.S.

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.