For many, summer means road trip. Around Memorial Day, I posted this survival guide for keeping your sanity on long road trips. We love road trips. Armed with snacks, coffee or tea and a good play list, we can go for days.
If you're one of those folks, like us, who loves the open road, here are some theme ideas for your summer travels that may take you someplace unexpected.
1. State park tour.
Make a goal to visit your state parks. Start here, at America's State Parks or google your own state's parks. Use apps and gps tours to access the best that your state has to offer.
2. Museum tour
If you're a Bank of America card holder, you can get into more than 150 museums in 92 cities in 31 states for FREE on the 1st weekend of every month through the Museums on Us program. This is a great way to see touring exhibits, as well as permanent collections that your favorite museums have curated.
If you're not a Bank of America card holder, check with your local library for museum passes. This is a lower-cost option and you may discover someplace new. A win-win.
3. Foodie tour...here are some ideas for seeking out samples of the best in your area and crown your own personal champion.
- lobster rolls
- ice cream
4. Get your kicks on route 66
Or any other route that works for you. Pick a starting point of any in-state route and follow it from end to end. Or, if you have more time, pick an interstate. Stay off the beaten path and discover main streets and back roads, country stores and roadside attractions. You can always get on the freeway, but you may discover a way from here to there worth revisiting. And if you have a lot of time, consider US-1, from Maine to Key West, Florida.
5. Flagship pilgrimage
Many beloved companies have flagship stores that are well worth the visit. They may offer tours and outlets where you can find bargains on your favorite products.
Here in New England, we have
- Ben and Jerry's in Waterbury, Vermont
- Yankee Candle Company in Deerfield, Massachusetts
- Sam Adams Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts
- Cabot Cheese in Cabot, Vermont
And I have always wanted to visit Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan to add to our ornament collection and tradition.
And here are ten more ideas for road trip fun.
- Mini-golf courses
- Botanical gardens
- Historical cemeteries or landmarks
- Major league parks
- Halls of Fame tour
- Around-the-world in ethnic restaurants
- Rail trails of your state or region
- Waterfalls of your state or region
- Amusement/theme parks of the United States
- 4000+ foot mountain peaks of your region or of the United States
- Microbrew or regional wine tour
Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the ride.
What was your best road trip? What is something wonderful that your state has to offer road trippers?