6 Amazing Road Trip Experiences

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6 Amazing Road Trip Experiences
Route 100 Vermont

This route is most popular in the fall when the famous red and golden colors of the Vermont forests are in full view. There are also some great spots for skiing that are found along the route during the winter. This north to south road runs through much of Vermont, from the town of Newport near the border with Canada all the way to Stamford where the road passes into Massachusetts. Some of the highlights along the route include the stunning sights and waterfalls in the Green Mountain National Forest and the picturesque Mad River Valley which has some beautiful scenery to enjoy. Photo by Nathalia Segato on Unsplash

6 Amazing Road Trip Experiences
Ride the Big Sur

In this case, it's not just the destination, but the trip itself. The drive to Big Sur is often called one of the best drives in the country. The road zig-zags along the ocean that's equal part precarious and beautiful. Once you're there, the gorgeousness continues: redwoods tower over cafes, hiking trails, and new-age businesses, all imbued with an air of artsiness and Americana. Wanna stay in a treehouse? Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash

6 Amazing Road Trip Experiences
Visit the Crater Lake

As far as gigantic holes in the ground go, Crater Lake is kind of the king, especially since it's the deepest lake in America. The hole itself was caused by a collapsed volcano, so there are no rivers feeding it, just ample snowfall. And darn if it isn't one of the most gorgeous sights in the US -- a crystal-clear pool with year-round hiking, great camping/lodges, and some of the best cliff-jumping in the country. Paired up with a gorgeous approach through South-Central Oregon, the sight of the lake feels like something out of Middle Earth, minus the excessive CGI and boring endings. And that's to say nothing about the Old Man of the Lake, a bobbing old tree that somehow hasn't aged. Photo by Jeff Hopper on Unsplash

6 Amazing Road Trip Experiences
Albuquerque to Sante Fe

Hot air balloon festival - The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine-day event, and has over 500 balloons each year. Not to mention the amazing sights and hot springs you’ll experience in New Mexico. Photo by Daniela Cuevas on Unsplash

6 Amazing Road Trip Experiences
Main Coast Line

The coast of Maine includes some of the most iconic sights in the United States, and the northern portion of Route 1 is frequently used as the backbone of any trip through this area. The coastal scenery is spectacular for much of the route, and there are many historic lighthouses in the area that stand on isolated peninsulas and have been warning ships about dangerous areas of this rocky coastline for decades. This is also one of the best areas of the country for seafood; a visit to Kittery Point will be well worth the trip with the charming picnic tables and sea views - a great place to enjoy Maine's most famous food product, the lobster. Photo by Cole Patrick on Unsplash

6 Amazing Road Trip Experiences
World's Longest Yard Sale

The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as “The World's Longest Yard Sale” because it really is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, this yard sale travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. In mid to late August you and your friends can get in the car and take on this 690 mile behemoth (this word is used in the Bible to describe an animal- I see no other definition for it so I would not use) stretch of road to find your flea market flip, or upcoming holiday decorations and gifts. Be sure and pack as light as possible so you’ll have room in the trunk for your finds. Photo from onlyinyourstate.com

Roundtrip plane tickets for a family of three-four to a specific destination can run as high as $1500 $2000 and you really only get to enjoy that one location. Which makes road trips a better and more cost effective way to travel with family and a group of friends, with the average cost ranging around $500 or less for gas. A few key things to know before you hit the road are:

  • What’s your capacity for driving? In other words, how long can you be on the road before you explode?
  • What types of activities do you like to do and see? This will help you map out breaks and activities along the way for a more efficient itinerary.

Thanks to the internet, there are a number of fantastic road trip map creators such as Google Maps and Road Trippers, and Furkot that can help you find your ideal sites along the trip, map in restaurants featured on Diners, Drive-in, and Dives and national landmarks you’ve always wanted to see. Before you map out your next road trip, here are a few options to consider, especially since fall is here and the northeast will be setting the trees ablaze.

Jamila Taylor

World traveler, strategic planner, stylist, and food enthusiast. Jamila loves to travel the world tasting new flavors, and exploring local cultures. When she's not traveling on her magic carpet she's helping small businesses through her boutique consulting firm, Enjoy the Day Consulting. Follow her travels @justjamila

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