Road Trip


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flickr/TimOve

Before there were iPads, tablets, and DVD systems built into cars, people had to rely on brain games to stay amused during a long road trip. While there’s nothing wrong with zoning out to a movie while the miles slip by, there’s something fun and nostalgic about playing verbal games in... Read More

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Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California
Bixby Creek Bridge/Flickr/torroid

From Washington to California, the west coast of the United States is chock full of road trip opportunities, including journeys that cross state and country borders, meander up and down the coastline, bypass mountains and lakes, and offer endless opportunities to stop the car and enjoy. Here are five... Read More

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Graceland/iStock

Sometimes there is a tourist attraction so over the top, so unabashedly existing solely to clear out your wallet, and so unapologetic about herding the throngs that you just have to submit and go. To wit: Graceland. For the true Elvis lovers, it’s a no-brainer; for the rest, it’s a... Read More

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Bisti Wilderness/Creative Commons/John Fowler

Northwestern New Mexico deserves more credit. Overshadowed by more well-known wonders — like Chaco Canyon, artistic Santa Fe, and spiritually-inclined Taos — the region is one that most people drive through rather than drive to. We’re asking that you reconsider. Sure, it’s remote — it’s some 200 miles from Santa Fe, and the closest significant town is Durango, Colorado —... Read More

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LimoLiner

There are about as many ways to get from New York to Boston as there are Patriots vs. Giants rivalries. There’s the Peter Pan Bus of collective memory, endearing and puritanically plain; the suit- and Harvard undergrad-frequented Amtrak; the super affordable Bolt and Megabus; and of course, the notoriously... Read More

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Campground at Signal Mountain Lodge in Wyoming
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Taking a late summer or fall road trip? Smart move. Gas is cheap and the countryside is free. Unfortunately, lodging is not, which is why budget road trippers often choose to pitch a tent. Organized campgrounds can be found all across the country, and in most cases, sites can be... Read More

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Garrett Popcorn
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Snacks are one of the best parts of a road trip. But why limit yourself to treats you can find at any convenience store along the nation’s highway? The next time you get the munchies on an epic road trip, skip the Cheetos and Doritos and sample these regional favorites instead. 1. Zapp’s... Read More

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Glenwood Springs/Tyra Sutak

Glenwood Springs has as much small-town charm and outdoor recreation as its neighbor, Aspen, but at a fraction of the cost. The city is known for its rust-colored facade, brushed with an abundance of greenery, and well-maintained historical buildings, and its location near the Colorado River lends itself to water sports... Read More

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International Folk Art Market - Santa Fe
International Folk Art Market

There’s a reason Santa Fe is a favorite destination among art-obsessed travelers. After all, where else can you find not just a handful but ten art markets and festivals in one summer? But what makes these events special isn’t the sheer number of them. It’s the fact that they all provide... Read More

Fireworks over New York City on the Fourth of July
Fireworks/Flickr/Joseph Bylund

Nearly 43 million Americans are expected to travel this Fourth of July weekend (a record high!), so it’s safe to say that plenty of people already have their holiday plans locked down. If you’re still at a loss over what to do, here are a few ideas. 1. Go traditional.... Read More

Piedras Blancas in California
Piedras Blancas/Flickr/Anita Ritenour

Highway 1 is arguably America’s most scenic road trip. Many people fly into Los Angeles, rent a car, and cruise up the coast to San Francisco. While the 450-mile trip could be driven in a couple days, we highly recommend a week. San Luis Obispo County, which many people breeze... Read More

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Courtesy Bryan Rupp

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is home to nearly 300 vineyards; and this May, for Oregon Wine Month, The Vintages Trailer Resort — a collection of trendy, mid-century-inspired trailers in the heart of Oregon’s wine country — is offering well-priced accommodations and a wine package, to boot. The You Had Me at Pinot package, $75, includes two sets... Read More

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Peekskill New York train station
Peekskill New York train station/Flickr/Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Fifty miles north of New York City, in the picturesque Hudson Valley, the small city of Peekskill is waiting to charm your socks off. The town’s population of 24,000 is growing quickly, as it continues to woo recovering workaholics looking to leave the Big Apple. But, lucky for city... Read More

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Flickr Rian Castillo
Flickr/Rian Castillo

A road trip is the ideal all-American vacation, and summer’s the time to get behind the wheel. Bonus: Gas prices are still exceptionally low, so fuel up the tank and hit the road. Here are five trips to add to your itinerary. 1. Pacific Coast Highway State Route 1, known for its... Read More

Annecy, France
Annecy/Flickr/Navin75

Set on the edge of a bright blue lake, surrounded by mountains and with a view of the French Alps, Annecy is a charming little medieval town known as “the Venice of the Alps” for its many canals. It’s a romantic and idyllic spot for a day trip, with... Read More