Summer is coming! Weekend road trips here we come!
Isn’t that what you’re saying?
Well, whatever you’re saying, there’s no better time than to prepare for the 2021 summer season aka hot girl summer aka I’m-in-need-of-a-real-vacation season.
And, if you need some extra motivation to plan a road trip, then May 28th is National Road Trip Day, a kickoff to the summer season. Let’s celebrate this Friday with a few ideas for weekend road trips.
Tennessee: Johnson City to Gatlinburg
Such a gorgeous journey! The 90 miles of rural Tennessee might inspire you to grab an instrument like a banjo and play an Appalachian love song.
You can visit:
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
- The majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Gatlinburg’s Space Needle
- Dollywood, which is approximately 23 minutes from Gatlinburg’s city center.
Florida: Overseas Highway
Who would link a 105-mile long chain of islands — from Key Largo, just south of Miami, west to Key West — with a highway, U.S. Route 1? Florida would.
“You’re on either a bridge or a causeway, surrounded by shimmering water,” says Janet Groene, author of Great Eastern RV Trips. “It’s a lovely, lovely drive.”
Here are several tips visiting the Keys:
- Crowds are typically smaller during spring and early summer
- Catch the sunset at Key West’s Mallory Square Dock.
- Sign up for a ghost or vampire tour
- Visit the Hemingway Home & Museum and browse all of the…(haha I won’t tell you what you’ll find there.)
South Dakota: Pierre to Mount Rushmore
Drive over 200 miles viewing jaw-dropping scenery as you make your way to Mount Rushmore.
From Pierre, follow U.S. Route 83 across the Missouri River to Interstate 90, going west. The good stuff isn’t visible from the interstate, so be sure to turn off at Murdo for buffalo burgers, Badlands National Park for dusty canyons and Rapid City for deceased presidents carved into the Black Hills.
California: Monterey to Morro Bay
Route 1 along California’s central coast ranks as one of America’s best road trips. It can be dangerous, however.
Despite its danger, Route 1 can be a fun and dreamy adventure, especially if prepared.
South of Monterey begins 125 miles of windy highway within incredible scenery. You’ll get to witness the Hearst Castle’s architectural wonders and the beauty of Mother Nature.
Some Weekend Road Trip Final Tips
Accordingly, “Two-thirds of American drivers (54 percent)* report an increase in the number of trips they plan to take this summer and more than half (53%) of people plan to take a road trip. And we may see a new trend on the rise, with 52% of respondents reporting that the pandemic has made them more likely to take an outdoors-focused trip.” (National Day Calendar)
As you discuss taking weekend road trips with friends and/or family, we urge you to
- Pack a map! In addition to having a map on your phone, take a backup just in case you lose your connection or get lost. For the best maps available, go to https://www.drivingdirectionsandmaps.com/
- Plan your routes in advance Many great weekend trips have been ruined by poor planning.
This summer will be quite different than we’re used to, but nevertheless, it will be one much-appreciated after a tough year.
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