5 Perfect Summer Road Trips You’ve Got to Take
My 5 Favorite Summer Road Trip Ideas This Year
Plane, train, or automobile: what’s the best way to take your family on vacation this summer? For me, a road trip wins every time. Even with rising gas prices, a road trip can still save you money compared to alternative options and gives you the opportunity to explore a new place up close. The best part of a road trip, though, is the fact that you’re in charge. Go where you want, when you want. Here are 5 of summers best adventures, just a ride away.
1. Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California – Portland and San Francisco are both great cities each with their own unique style and the drive in between offers a variety of beauty. Driving through Oregon you’ll pass many small, coastal towns and Crater Lake National Park. In California, take Route 1 to go through the Redwood National Park and Napa Valley. With so much to see, this is definitely a trip you don’t want to rush through.
2. Boston to Coastal Maine – Start out by exploring Boston’s rich cultural and historic attractions from the Museum of Fine Art to Freedom Trail. From Boston it’s only a 2-hour drive to Maine, where you can feast on some of the best, and cheapest, lobster right off the docks. Be sure to hit up Portland, Maine’s biggest city, as well several smaller ones to get a diverse feel of the state.
3. Route 66 – Few roads are as iconic as Route 66, aka Main Street of America, running from LA to Chicago. At nearly 2,500 mile long, traveling the whole length might be a bit ambitious, so try traveling just a portion of it and you’ll still hit many unique and notable eateries, activities, and parks. This is a great trip get in touch with an America many have forgotten.
4. Seattle, Washington to Vancouver, B.C – This is a perfect trip for those who don’t want to spend too much time in the car. The trip itself is under 3 hours, though you’ll want to add plenty of time for stops in-between, especially for Washington’s abundant roadside stands that sell fresh fruit, cheese, and home-made goods. Vancouver offers many museums and restaurants to explore, and make sure you don’t forget to check out Grouse Mountain.
5. Your Home State – Every state possesses its own unique beauty, and chances are you haven’t experienced yours fully. Take the opportunity this summer. For help planning your trip, visit your state’s website, which will provide tons of information, from historic attractions to state parks. Through taking a look at your state from a tourist’s point of view you’ll likely develop a whole new appreciation.