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05.30.17

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  • Chimney Rock Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Kehoe Beach, south.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Golden autumn light along the Kortum Trail.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Battery Point Lighthouse is one of California's oldest lighthouses.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Lake Cushman, the Big Rock cliff-jumping spot.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Mount Olympus from Hurricane Hill.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Tongue Point and Crescent Bay.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Simpson Beach, Shore Acres State Park.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Cleetwood Cove Trail.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Frenchglen Hotel State Heritage Site.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Sunrise over City of Rocks.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • The tunnel effect in Lower Subway Canyon.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Sunset on the Scenic Drive, Capitol Reef.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • View of the Flatirons from the Chautauqua Trailhead in Boulder, Colorado.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • View of The Brothers (6,842 ft) in the Olympic Mountains from Lincoln Park.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Perched in the hills outside of Tucson, Saguaro National Park is very accessible.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Want to explore the desert? Just step out from your campsite at Gilbert Ray Campground!-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • The Sundance end of the loop.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Driving the Alpine Loop Scenic Drive.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • The drive has several marked stops along the route that mark points of interest.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Incredible formations invite exploration along Capitol Reef National Park's Scenic Drive.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Hell's Backbone road amazes the entire way.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Hell's Backbone bridge and the snowy Henry Mountains beyond.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • Camping at Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree National Park.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • No better place for after-dinner drinks or morning coffee than the Grand Canyon Lodge.-  The West's Best Road Trips
  • The trail junction. Chasm Lake Trail follows southeast, the Boulders Trail up to Longs Peak spurs west. Rocky Mountain National Park.-  The West's Best Road Trips
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Is there anything more American than a road trip to see our country’s wildest and most remote places? The experience is right up there with cornbread, apple pie, and fireworks on the 4th of July.

Long gone are the endless hours on the road crammed between your siblings in the backseat, however. You’re a grown up, and so are your road trips. More and more people are relishing life on the road. Whether you are a long term #vanlife fanatic or a weekend warrior looking to find undiscovered gems in your neck of the woods, road trips of all lengths and distances can satisfy that desire to pick up and go.

We’ve all heard the cliché that traveling is about the journey not the destination. The truth is that a great road trips are about both. Enjoy cruising down that open road with the windows down and the music blasting, but make sure that at the end of the line is an incredible adventure. The drive there will make you stoked, the excursion itself will be well worth the long hours behind the wheel, and the return journey will allow plenty of time to think and absorb the whole experience.

The best thing about living on the road? You don’t have to conform to anyone else’s schedule. Just fill up the tank and grab your favorite road trip snacks for fuel. Pack the camping gear and your traveling companions in, and you’ll be ready to hop in the car and put the pedal to the metal.

Now all you need to is to pick a destination. Here’s a few scenic and interesting places to drive to—just make sure you budget enough time to get out of the car and explore them while you are there.  

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