Just can’t wait to get on the road again? These five road trip ideas will get you and your family out of the house and touring the country this summer.
About 100 million Americans are planning on taking a family vacation this year, according to a new survey by AAA Travel. And over half of those families plan on loading up the car and driving somewhere across the country.
“The great American road trip is still one of the best ways for families to relax and reconnect with one another,” said Stacey Barber, executive director, AAA Travel Information & Content. “This is quickly shaping up to be another busy year for family travelers.”
Pro tips from AAA: Plan ahead and research your destination(s). Bring snacks for kids and carry emergency equipment like a flashlight, first-aid kit and extra water. And one thing you should definitely remember to pack during busy summer travel periods: your patience.
Here are the top five road trip routes for 2019, per AAA member routing data:
1. Las Vegas to National Parks
Trade casinos and bright lights for canyons and starlight on this tour through the desert Southwest. Trip highlights include the Hoover Dam, Historic Route 66 Museum, Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
“Long the destination for gold prospectors and other dreamers, the mountains and valleys of the Arizona, Nevada and Utah deserts today provide a glimpse of mankind’s historical interaction with the area’s fantastic natural landscapes,” AAA writes.
2. Northern California and Southern Oregon Coast
From Redding, California, to Reedsport, Oregon, the winding, narrow roads make for excellent views of gorgeous water and enormous redwood trees. Your Instagram followers will thank you.
AAA says: “As you make your way past beach towns and shifting sand dunes, you’ll find stops are necessary to photograph the stunning terrain.”
3. Northern New England
This can be a fairly quick trip: In just a few hours, it’s possible to hit all the highlights, from the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts to Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest. “Country inns, steepled churches and weathered barns” round off a quaint back-road New England tour.
4. Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
The winding Blue Ridge Parkway’s speed limit is a welcome reminder that road trips are made to be scenic: Driving under 45 mph means more time to take in the gorgeous mountain sights.
AAA recommends beginning in Cherokee, North Carolina, and checking out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park before making your way up toward the Virginia state line.
5. Black Hills, South Dakota
Kick off the tour in the Black Hills with a stop at Mount Rushmore, before heading out onto winding roads through historic mining towns.
“The area packs so much scenery into a small area that it’s become a mecca for motorcyclists and anyone else who loves the outdoors,” AAA says.
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