Here we are in the midst of summer, the prime family vacation time. With hot dogs sizzling on the grill and the smell of Coppertone in the air, I couldn’t help but hark back to those summers three and four decades ago when my family and millions of families like ours took to the highways for a summer vacation. It was impossible to resist the temptation to measure up to those long ago days with the family vacations of today. Perhaps looking back can help make your upcoming summer vacation just a little better for your whole family. Read more . . .
Summer is upon us, the time when millions pack up the car, strap in the whole family, and excitedly hit the road. Although some make a National Lampoon vacation of the process, it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. With a small bit of planning and, most importantly, the right route, a summer drive with the family, a loved one, or even just by yourself, can be a very pleasant experience. You might not have an epiphany, but then again you might. Who knows?
Because the direction is so all-important, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to choose some of the best panoramic routes in the USA. In our combined decades of pleasure driving for some of the country’s most popular automotive magazines, we’ve seen a gaggle of pretty roads. But we’re here to tell you that the four we feature are surely among America’s best. And, so that it doesn’t seem that we’re playing favorites with localities, we have chosen roads in the Southeast, the Midwest, the Northeast, and the Pacific Coast. Given the limited space we have, that’s about as ecumenical as we can get. And so, without further ado, here are 4 Hot Summer Drives. Read more . . .
Travel one of the ten best roads to drive in the U.S., and enjoy bucolic rural scenery, hiking, art, ice cream factory, rafting, and an 1800s village store, church, and inn.
Billboards are not permitted along roadways in Vermont and, in some places, paving of certain roads is prohibited to safeguar the state’s bucolic, rural environment. As a result, many of the major routes that traverse Vermont are exceptionally picturesque. Ranked by many as one of the 10 best roads in America to drive, Route 100 extends from the southern edge of Vermont to its northern border. And the question, “what’s not to like?” On this tour, you can take your pick–do some hiking, eat ice cream, look at art, or just enjoy the scenery. This drive will take you north on Route 100 starting just north of Stamford, a small city nestled between the Taconic and Read more . . .
Learn about Revolutionary War history, see a silk-covered bridge from 1889, hiking trails, camping, antique shops, museums, and Rudyard Kipling’s residence.
What is now Vermont Route Nine was the direction taken by General Stark as he lead his troops across Vermont to defeat the British, August 1777. To confuse the opponents, General Stark referred to the route they were taking as, “The Molly Stark Trail.” Molly was both a doctor and a nurse to her husband’s troops during a smallpox epidemic, using their house as a hospital. You may see some of what Molly Stark may have seen when her husband John fought the Battle of Bennington, but we guarantee that your passage along the Molly Stark Trail will be a lot easier than a trek along this path would have been at the time of the Revolutionary War. Read more . . .
Enjoy sandy beaches and beautiful coastline, quaint beachfront homes, charming villages, butterflies and hawks in a wildlife refuge.
Although Rhode Island is the smallest state, its sandy beaches and coastline top the list for beauty. And even though the coastal drive is brief, you will find it’s long on charm and beautiful sceneries. Start your drive on Route A1A in Misquamicut and trace the coast all the way to Wickford, which is a panoramic 48-mile drive. The drive will consume additional time because you’ll find yourself stopping most of the times.
At the start of your drive is the state’s most expansive beach, the Misquamicut State Beach. Driving through the small city of Weekapaug will make you imagine you’re in a movie. The town forms a captivating backdrop for Read more . . .