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Summer Road Trips

It’s a topic that has inspired America for the past two centuries. Even our country’s greatest poets are eloquent on the subject.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

Walt Whitman agreed, “I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”

And of course, the quintessential American road tripper Jack Kerouac had plenty to say on the subject. His most simple observation: “The road is life.”

The American road trip is the stuff of legends, and though it’s been taken by just about every family in every generation at some time or another, it never seems to fade into cliché. There is something in the American psyche that longs to get out on the highway and explore.

Naturally, summertime is the optimal moment to undertake these epic highway journeys.

Here is our guide to help you get started planning your own:

Safety Preparation

Packing

Depending on where you’re headed and who is traveling with you, you’ll need to be strategic about what you pack.

Other general necessities, no matter where you’re going:

Classic Itineraries

The best road trips follow a general itinerary. Whether it’s traveling the length of a legendary highway or just getting to grandmother’s house and back, having a general direction or region in mind will enhance the experience by putting your travels in context. VisitTheUsa.com is a great place to get itineraries and tips for regionally focused road trips.

Another idea is to have a theme to guide your travels. National parks or historic sites are a perennial favorite, but other ideas are to plan your itinerary around musical performances, sports events, county fairs or local holidays.

Other intriguing American road trip itineraries include:

The Skyline Drive: An undulating journey through misty gaps and over cresting overlooks, this drive takes you through the heart of the Shenandoah National Park.

The Pacific Coast Highway: A two-lane ribbon of road that follows California’s craggy coast for 147 miles, this drive is breathtaking both for its ocean views and its hairpin turns.

Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway: Follow the footprints of prehistoric monsters through the unearthly landscape of western Utah and Colorado.

The Vermont Cheese Trail: The state best known for its maple syrup boasts an impressive number of award-winning cheesemakers, many of whom practice their trade (and offer tours of their operations) along Route 100.

The Florida Keys: Prepare for sensory overload as you explore the hidden lagoons and lush vegetation that rim the Overseas Highway from the mainland to Key West.

Wherever the road takes you this year, make sure you are well-prepared for any roadblocks. Fried Rogers Goldberg has been handling motor vehicle accidents for decades. When you need an attorney, you can rely on our firm for help.