Top 5 Road Trips for Summer 2017
Nothing compares to the freedom of the wide, open road: endless options and a timeline of your own. This summer, pack your travel gears and get ready for a renewed version of America’s favorite pastime with these amazing road trip destinations.
Cruise Through Creole Country
Sample culture-rich cuisine, jam out to live jazz music, and tour the swamps by airboat as you navigate through the otherworldly roads of the Bayou. Before heading East from Houston, Texas, stop by Hugo’s for a proper Tex-Mex meal.
As trees get denser, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife off the road, but don’t forget to make an obligatory stop in Vacherie, Louisiana to tour Oak Alley Plantation. Your destination in New Orleans will be a trip on its own. Go on spooky cemetery tours, try your hand at a cooking class, or spend your nights boogie-ing down to live jazz music.
Go Yonder to Yellowstone
Start your journey in the friendly and clean Salt Lake City, Utah, then make a pit stop at Temple Square for some photos before heading towards Idaho Falls, but not before stopping by Rigby and Driggs for a taste of old pioneer culture.
Go through Jackson, Wyoming to get to Grand Teton National Park. You can camp, hike or simply enjoy the spectacular view of the Jackson Hole. After that, make your way to the famous Yellowstone National Park to witness the magnificent geyser. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot buffalos in their natural habitat. Do not pass up a chance to test-taste anything and everything Huckleberry before leaving the area. Lastly, head South to your last stop – the Dinosaur National Monument.
Bop Around the Florida Keys
If you are craving for turquoise waters, tropical eats and bikini weather, take the long but breathtaking drive from mainland Florida to Key West. The road itself is a marvel as you’ll be crossing large stretches of water dotted with faraway islands on this Overseas Highway. Begin your trip in Key Largo – the dive capital of the world – and parking at John Pennecamp State Park for some beach activities.
Then, head south and catch your own dinner in the sportfishing capital of Islamorada. After that, visit the ten-mile long town of Marathon, where you can buy yourself an ice-cold coconut before traveling across the picturesque Seven Mile Bridge that leads to Key West. Once you’ve arrived, indulge in everything key lime. There are lots of kitschy shops around to be explored, but perhaps one the most iconic landmarks to visit in Key West is Ernest Hemingway’s abode.
The Colorado River Route
Begin driving at Denver, Colorado and head west on I-70 through a snake-like Rocky Mountain before reaching Glenwood Springs – a hot-spring destination with a cute town to match. Follow the Colorado River south towards the red-rock playground of Moab, Utah and Arches National Park resides.
From here, head to where the Colorado River becomes Lake Powell and rent a houseboat to navigate through the coves and vastness of the lake. The mighty river will then lead you to the Grand Canyon where you can ogle at one of the biggest holes on the Earth before heading to the man-made marvel of the Hoover Dam. End your trip in Las Vegas, or try an alternative option by staying in the hipster-haven of Downtown Vegas on Fremont Street.
Live on the Edge on The Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is perhaps one of the most famous roads in the world. It’s best to start this epic road trip in Seattle – the city of aromatic coffee and the grand Mount Rainier. Starting your journey in the North means you’ll be driving on the ocean-side lane with the most magnificent view.
Then, wind your way through the windy and wooded Oregon coast. Don’t forget to look upwards and marvel at the giant Redwood forests as you drive by. Once you’ve arrived at San Francisco, fill up your tummy on those scrumptious clam chowder and oysters before heading down the coast to some of the most charming towns in America. Stop by Carmel by the Sea, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara before you reach your final destination, Los Angeles.
By Bree and Trevor
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