Road trips are a staple summer activity and a tradition that is uniquely American. Since the construction of interstate highways, American families have been piling into cars and hitting the road, hoping to discover a peaceful glimpse of nature and explore the vast open terrain of America’s heartland. While times have changed and most of us now see a road trip as a means to reach our end location, America’s highways are just as scenic and still the most beautiful way to travel. This summer, consider taking a road trip with your friends and family; it is a classic bonding experience and should provide you memories that will last a lifetime.
To get you started, here are some tips to selecting your perfect road trip location. Check back every week as we start our Summer Road trip series, with tips on how to plan a successful, safe road trip.
Before Selecting a Locaton:
- Think about how far you want to drive, how much time you have and your budgetWhile driving 3,200 miles from Oregon to Massachusetts along the Oregon Trail may sound enticing, it may not be the most economical or practical trip, especially if you are not an experienced road tripper or are on a limited budget. Consider taking a shorter trip, one less than 1,000 miles. This way, you can enjoy scenery without spending all your money on gas.
- What is the purpose of your road trip? Scenery or getting to a destination?Depending on whether you are driving to reach another destination, or simply driving for the pure pleasure of the scenery, you’re plans can change drastically. If your road trip is just a means to an end, taking the more scenic or historical route may not be the best idea, especially if you already have reservations at your destination. If you are driving for the majestic beauty of America’s rolling hills, the scenic route is the way to go.
- Who will be going on the road trip?Depending on the ages of the people traveling, you may want to alter your end destination. Refer to the Road Trip America Travel Guide for recommendations on locations for all ages!