Summer road trip ideas from the experts

With summer just around the bend, it’s a great time to plan a road trip, and low gas prices heading into the season could make it all the more doable. “Gas prices are about $1 a gallon lower for most drivers as the summer vacation season approaches, a better-than 25% discount over last year,” says Bob Sullivan of

So with the savings on fuel prices possibly keeping some extra cash in your pocket, and with the U.S. of A. as your oyster, take a look at these summer road trip ideas, drawn from the experts, for inspiration.


Go All-American – Grand Canyon, AZ to Moab, UT

When it comes to travel, America is synonymous with road trips. Outside Magazine recommends this lengthy 862-mile route taking in six classic national parks and plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and more.

See more outdoorsy, all-American road trips.


Must-dos – Miami to Key West, FL

This 120-mile jaunt along the Overseas Highway is one of ten bucket-list routes that “Road Trip USA” author Jamie Jensen shares with Larry Bleiberg of USA Today. Jensen likens driving along the bridges and causeways connecting the Florida Keys to piloting a hovercraft across the ocean.

See more bucket-list road trips.


Weekenders – New York City to Finger Lakes, NY

Forbes has compiled a list of eight great weekend road trip destinations and recommends city dwellers head to Finger Lakes for “secret swimming holes, hilly woodlands and dramatic gorges” besides the lakes themselves. If you’re visiting the Big Apple, this could be a great addition to your city break. Regional journeys like this one appear to be a growing road trip trend for 2015, along with fly then drive journeys, according to travel industry news site Skift.

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Starting Points – Seattle to San Juan Islands, WA

Travel search engine Kayak has recommended summer road trip destinations near its most popular car rental cities, including a drive from Seattle to the San Juan Islands for whale-watching season.

See more road trips from car rental cities.


With the family – Big Sur to Point Reyes to Eureka, CA

Kristin Luna of Redbook Magazine has put together trips from “experts and genius local moms.” A 261-mile journey along coastal California from Big Sur to Eureka is a winner for families thanks to spectacular scenery, beaches, lighthouses, the Sequoia Park Zoo and ice cream stops. Redbook includes restaurant and accommodation tips for the road too.

See more family road trips.

If that’s given you food for thought, be sure to check out the best and worst states for a summer road trip, as ranked by WalletHub, based on 21 different factors, before you make a final decision.

Take a look at our top picks for road trip snacks, too. Need some music to go with that food? See what you think of these melodic options.

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