Dreaming up a summer road trip? Need some inspiration to get you started? I’ve got you! Here are tried and tested summer road trip ideas covering various regions of the US and a broad range of interests from a music-lovers route through Tennessee and Alabama, to the natural wonders of Wyoming. These summer road trip ideas cover each US region’s best sights and experiences.
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4-Day Olympic Peninsula summer road trip
Olympic National Park will take you from mountain peaks to driftwood-scattered beaches. This Pacific Northwest gem is consistently one of the United States’ most visited National Parks and for good reason. Take 4-days (or more) to explore this great Park and the surrounding Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with this highlights itinerary. While there are things to do in Olympic National Park at all times of the year, the warm summer months will give you access to the furthest corners, highest trails and best beach weather.
6-Day Memphis to Nashville music-lovin’ road trip itinerary
Audiophiles will love this 6-day route from Memphis to Nashville which covers highlights of the region with a strong focus on its musical history. From Sun Studios, Beale St and Graceland, to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum and RCA Studio B – we’ve got you covered. Plus this Memphis to Nashville takes a slight detour down to Muscle Shoals where you can tour Muscle Shoals Sound, Fame Studios and birthplace of blues legend W.C. Handy. Non-musical highlights include the National Civil Rights Museum, historic Jack Daniels Distillery and Helen Keller’s Home. Whew! That’s a whole lot packed into a week-long wander – find the full itinerary here.
8-Day Lobster rollin’ around New England road trip
Covering 5 States in 8 days, this is the express route to seeing the highlights of New England. Beginning in Boston we track this gorgeous coastline up through Massachusetts and New Hampshire to tag the very bottom of Maine clocking up many lobster rolls along the way. Then turn back southwards to cover Rhode Island and Connecticut. There is an additional add on to continue to New York for those interested in visiting the site of Woodstock music festival (which was not held in the town of Woodstock FYI). See the detailed New England itinerary here.
8-Day Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park road trip itinerary
Take 8 days to meander your way through two of America’s most iconic National Parks. This road trip guide will help you construct a custom itinerary that includes the bucket list-worthy sights such as Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Hayden Valley. There is also a bonus add-on to explore Golden Spike National Historic Site and Spiral Jetty, for those travelling via Salt Lake City.
14-Day Florida sun-shining highlights road trip
This road trip itinerary will take you on a 2-week excursion around the best the Sunshine State has to offer. If you are planning to do this trip in the summer, you can skip the first destination (Crystal River) as there won’t be any manatees that time of year. Instead, spend the time in Orlando’s theme parks or go straight to St Petersburg and take a more leisurely pace around the rest of the route. The itinerary includes the little known Dali Museum in St Petes, air boating in the Everglades, Hemingway’s home in Key West, the South Beach art deco district, Miami’s fantastic street art district, visiting NASA at Cape Canaveral and exploring St Augustine’s historic sights.
10-Day iconic Californian National Parks summer road trip itinerary
This 10-day itinerary packages the best of California’s extreme landscapes and most famous cities into a wanderlust-worthy road trip. Beginning in LA, the route takes will lead you to the Modernist’s favourite resort town, Palm Springs and through the sizzling Mojave Desert to Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley. Then we gain some altitude in the Sierra Nevada, to seek out Giant Sequoias and hiking bliss in Yosemite. The itinerary finishes up in San Francisco for a fun historic and cultural sights and experiences.
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