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The Best Travel Apps, Period

Yes, there is an app for too many things to count, indeed, just about anything! And since we’ve been talking about travel, decided to dig around in a few easy applications to help you with sleeping over, flying, dining, navigating and safety. We noted which apps require pay, so if we don’t mention it, it’s free and available to iOS or Android users, unless otherwise noted.

Flying
• Dealray
It’s $9.99 per month that will help you find inexpensive flight deals, alerts you to big price decreases, sales and error fares. Sorry, this one is iOS, but no Android.

• Freebird
Once you record your flight on this site, they will alert you if the flight is delayed by four or more hours or canceled. You can also book a new flight on any airline; one-way fees start at $19.

• Skiplagged
This is a fun app that helps you find one-way tickets with a stopover. The fun starts at the stop over location because you aren’t returning to the plane for your original destination. This is an option usually less expensive than a non-stop flight.

Dining
• Grab
Who has these good ideas? This app looks at restaurant menus inside the airport, map them for you and in some cases, even helps you order in advance so you can grab and go on your race to the gate. Today, it lists over 170 restaurants at 17 US airports.

• HappyCow
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and you enjoy travel you must download this app! It will find restaurants for you in over 10,000 world cities. London, New York City, and Moldova and they provide very brief menu descriptions as well as customer reviews. There is a cost of $3.99.

• Velocity
Velocity tells you where all the hot restaurants are located, and you can also pay your bill or share it with your dining partner. They are working on adding the most popular spots for an exciting nightlife in Gstaad and Verbier in Switzerland as well as Aspen, Colorado.

Hotels
• AsYouStay
This app helps ease some of the pressures of making sure you check in by 3 pm and out by noon. The app owners have partnered with over 50 properties in New York City and about a dozen more in South Beach, Miami. Coming soon, Chicago and San Francisco.

• Chatnbook
iOS is available today, and Android is still in testing, but this app lets you load your travel details and once you do the app will deliver properties which meet your specifications. If you tap on the right symbol (green thumbs up), your chosen hotel will contact you directly with their best rates.

• Dayuse.com
If you have an extended layover, this app helps you book a room for just a few hours so you can grab a hot shower, nap or just clean up a tad. Their 3,000 hotels usually offer as much as 75 percent off standard nightly rates.

• Hostelworld
The purpose of this a is to bring single travelers together in either boozy events, private rooms or having fun at communal activities.

• Oasis
Oasis offers a variety of luxury short term apartment rentals in about two dozen locations. Rio, Miami, and Milan to name a few and you will have 24/7 concierge service to help with tour bookings, restaurant and theater tickets.

• Roomer
Substantial discounts on hotel rooms from other travelers who have had to unexpectedly had to cancel their trips. You can expect discounts of about 30 to 80 percent. And if this has happened to you, sell your reservation here as well.

• TripHappy
And happy is what you’ll be when this app finishes dissecting 37 million pieces of data and spits out the best places and hoods for you to stay in during your travels. Then you can sort your results by rating or price.

Navigation
• Cool Cousin
We don’t know about you guys, but none of our cousins are very cool. LOL. But this application sure is cool! Collections of “off-the-beaten-path” recommendations from residents in 14 destinations. A mixologist in London and an artist in Paris are two fun examples. You can expect to see some trendy suggestions here!

• Sidekix
While it may not be the shortest route, this app will give you the best walking instructions that will meet your preferences and interests. It is currently prepared for us in over 100 prime cities, and more are being added every week.

Driving

• Rideways
By entering your trip destinations and times, you can schedule a “rideway,” which is owned by Priceline to book a taxi, train or bus in over 500 worldwide cities. It’s a more cost-effective way to travel.

• Turo
This app lets you rent automobiles from owners. You may have known it as RelayRides; it’s prior name. It’s available for both US and Canadian users. You can search for any desired vehicle and likely find it for a much lower rate than a rental agency. Europe has recently been added to their service area.

• Wingz
Book your travel methods here in over a dozen metropolitan US cities. You know in advance the cost, the name of your driver and if you have a favorite, you can request him or her. All drivers have been checked out via their DMV records.

Health and safety
• Binaural
Who knew there was an app to help us fight jet lag? This app uses binaural beats, which are sounds that many cultures have relied upon for hundreds of years to relax. These repeated “beats” can improve learning and focus, reduce anxiety and relax your mind.

• Geosure
For whatever area you are in, the app can report a personal safety score, environmental threats, health risks, political threats and information about thefts and assaults in the area via crowdsourcing. It is a location-sensitive app.

• My Panda
This app tells you the level of security via GPS. It was founded shortly after the Paris terror attacks in 2015. In some locations, it will also direct you to the nearest police station and a one click option to call them.

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Best Small Towns For Big Vacations *Finish

While we know the some of the bigger cities to visit, sometimes we want a bit of down-home culture. Take a look at some small town spots in the country.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Here’s a spot located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg. It’s a nice family getaway that has shops with taffy, moonshine, and you can even see a 360-degree view from the Gatlinburg Space Needle (40 stories above town) . You can also zip-line from the highest point of a mountain in the new Anakeesta theme park.

Taos, New Mexico

Taos is home to Taos Pueblo, an UNESCO site that is among the most seasoned ceaselessly occupied networks in the United States. Visitors can ski at Ski Taos, get some culture by  acquiring some legitimate Native American arts and crafts, and take a look at the museum.

Fredericksburg, Texas

If you’re looking to be here on the fall, take a stop to go to the Oktoberfest. The scenery is beautiful with the bluebonnets blooming in the spring. Imagine this is as you go to the local winery. Also, you can learn about the United States’ 36th president at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

Chatham, Massachusetts

Chatham is a nice ocean side town to help you relax and get some adventure. Go kayaking or swimming on the lakes. Get a bit of nightlife with the shops, cafes, and Chatham Bandstand on your Friday summer evenings.

Tallahassee, Florida

Get some delicious food, such as Ernestine Fryson’s famous catfish and hushpuppies. Take a listen of some quality music at the Bradfordville Blues Club. If you enjoy crisp water, take a swim at the beautiful Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

Durango, Colorado

Not only does this place make for a nice family getaway, but it’s definitely a spot to be physically active. Enjoy some street biking, kayaking and even climbing at the San Juan Mountains. Enjoy Purgatory Resort with your special spouse.

Cody, Wyoming

Here’s a famous town named after Buffalo Bill Cody for his Wild West history. Also, take in some of the history, Western guns and workmanship.

 

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Colleges in the United States

When picking a university one should go for a good mixture of setting and study. Consider the layout of the buildings and the aesthetic of the quad. Can yourself studying here for the next four years? Do you want to go somewhere with ornamented footpaths? Or architecture that will make your heart melt? It’s important to consider these things and to know where to find them so we’ve completed a list just of the 10 most beautiful colleges in the country.

10. Pepperdine University in California
You wouldn’t be alone if you confused this Malibu campus for indulgent resort on the coast. This specific campus was built in 1972 so students could catch a glimpse of the layered landscape that meets the Pacific Ocean on their way to class. Definitely a place to consider applying.

9. University of Hawaii at M?noa
What’s not to love about a college in Hawaii? Hawaii is easily one of the most beautiful states in the country so it should be no surprise that it is home to one of the most beautiful colleges as well. The statue university in M?noa stands out for it’s beachside campus and its views of nearby volcanoes (something you won’t see at any other college in the states).

8. University of Chicago in Illinois
There are many lovable colleges in the prairie state, but none stood out as much as the University of Chicago. In Hyde Park rests this architectural salute to the Gothic era. This stand out university even played home to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

7. Tulane University in Louisiana
This college offers a beautiful mix of palm trees and evergreens. At Tulane you will get an unwavering New Orleans vibe which makes it a college worth considering.

6. College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts
This university is in one of the smallest states in the United States but it is one of the most vied for. Massachusetts is home to some of the most beautiful colleges around like Harvard and Williams. But it’s the College of Holy Cross that stands out above the rest. This breathtaking campus is suspended on a hill overlooking Worcester and is known as one of the best landscaped schools in the country.

5. St. John’s Santa Fe in New Mexico
This Southwestern campus is a satellite campus of Maryland’s St John’s College. It resides near the base of Monte Luna and serves up students a mountain view that is unmatched.

4. Kenyon College in Ohio
Ohio is known for it’s small liberal arts schools. But Kenyon is known for being beautiful. Regal masonry populates the dorms and administration buildings next to a sprawling rural setting at this university.

3. Lewis & Clark in Oregon
This university is named for the famous explores that cross the country on foot, Lewis and Clark. It resides in a quaint Portland neighborhood that encases it with plunging hills and Douglas Firs.

2. Southern Methodist University in Texas
The splendid entrance of Southern Methodist University is lined with greenery and trees. It offers visitors a hint of what’s inside without giving away what lies ahead–fresh cut lawns, stone buildings, and Wes Anderson-like symmetry.

1. Colgate University in New York
There are so many universities in New York that it’s hard to decide which exemplifies the state the most. From the buzzing and urban Columbia University to the sprawling landscapes of Cornell, it offers a bit of everything. But Colgate offers a bit more than all the rest with it’s rustic look. The campus rests in the middle of untouched forests, hill, and lakes.

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Tips For Group Trips

Wrangling up all of your best companions for an outing may seem like an outlandish idea, however we’re here to help. We’ve assembled ten of our best thoughts for an enjoyable and life-changing trip for you and your crew.

Ship Your Luggage

This concept may sound loopy at the start, however give us a minute. Imagine travelling together with your besties on a dream trip and no longer having to fear about your bags at ALL. No more schlepping your stuff around and no getting caught on the bags carousel. All you’ll need to fear about is your neck pillow, your mags and your plane snacks. Use a carrier like LugLess to send all your bags (or skis, golf golf equipment, and so on) beforehand of time, where it will be waiting for you when you land.

Track It All

At the point when you’re going with a major gathering there are such a large number of subtleties to track. Travefy can assist you with figuring out each and every one of them. Utilize the application to design every day’s agenda, inquire about the day’s events, vote on choices and visit with everybody to work it hard and fast. Likewise, you can effectively import travel records, share maps and gather cash for any common costs for your group’s experiences.

Return to Summer Camp

On the off chance that you’ve been feeling the loss of your day camp days, it may be a great opportunity to recover your childhood at the Summer Camp Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard. There’s a lot of wistfulness like the inn’s “flask” where you can go for a bite or huge ping-pong tables to keep everybody occupied. But at the same time it’s route cozier than the twin beds back in your old camp bunk. The best part is that you’ll be on Martha’s Vineyard with every one of your companions, so you can appreciate the sea shore just as the best cafés and exercises on the island.

Take On a Unique (Airbnb) Experience

We’ve all known about Airbnb, however, you probably don’t know about their most current creation: Experiences. This is a great way to stay in shape while you’re traveling. You can participate in exercises like housetop disco yoga in Los Angeles, surf school in Bali, taxidermy class in London or glassblowing in Chicago. Any place you and your companions are going, search through the site and attempt to locate some great experiences to add to your trip.

Track Money

CashApp is another must-have application in the event that you plan on taking off with your friends. The application permits you to keep a running tab of all the cash you owe each other all throughout the trip. In the event that you spring for film tickets on night one and purchase everybody tacos on day three, CashApp will monitor everything. Every individual can monitor the totality of the costs they’re responsible for, and at the end of the outing, you can all effectively pay each other without a pile of receipts and IOUs.

Let Disney Plan Your Trip

Disney may appear as only an option if you’re traveling with kids, but it’s actually a great choice if you’re simply with older friends. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is the greater of the two U.S. stops and can offer long periods of fun  past the Magic Kingdom. Additionally have Epcot (eat your way around the globe!), Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

A fun way to spend time for you and your companions is a scavenger hunt. Keep in mind that you probably won’t be in the mood for arranging one yourselves, but there’s an application you can utilize instead. Goose Chase can assist you with arranging your whole scavenger chase. It permits you to create your own game by giving your hunt a name, picking various kinds of missions and keeping tabs on everybody’s development continuously.

 

 

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Top Travel Apps for Your Next Trip

Forget the fold-up maps that refuse to re-fold, and the printed currency “cheat sheets” for your pocket. There’s an app for almost everything when it comes to travel. Here’s a sampler of the best to download for your next trip.

Hipmunk
Not to be confused with the small, furry critters that dig in your yard, Hipmunk searches thousands of travel sites to locate the best prices on hotels and other rental properties, including Airbnb and Homeaway. It also finds the best deals on airline flights, Amtrak trains and charter flights. Want to hit the beach for the weekend, or spend a few days shopping in the Big Apple? Don’t go “nuts,” as Hipmunk likes to say, searching for a great rate. Hipmunk can find it for you, starting from your home city or other location.
Airbnb

When you want to really experience a destination, use Airbnb to rent a home from someone who lives there. This app connects you with hosts in over 191 countries and 34,000 cities, whether you’re traveling on business or for pleasure. Accommodations can range from an apartment to a villa, and there are even more than 1400 castles that will open their gates – er, doors – to guests. Want to make some extra money? You can list your own home on Airbnb and rent your space to visitors.
BringFido

Some travelers don’t leave home without a certain credit card. Others won’t budge without Spot. BringFido lets you “spot” pet-friendly destinations around the world, along with accomodations, attractions and restaurants that won’t make your pup sit and stay….outside. It also locates services like veterinary clinics, boarding kennels and training classes. A handy events calendar tracks dog shows, costume parades, festivals, agility competitions, “yappy” hours, dog washes and more. And “paws” to consider this: about 70% of the listed events benefit humane societies.

Hopper
Hopper, which is an accredited travel agency, was named the best travel app of 2015 by Apple, and it’s easy to see why. When you search for a trip, Hopper taps into historical data to see when flight prices are typically at their lowest. Then it will either recommend that you go ahead and book, or wait to see if the fare goes down. If you opt to wait, just tap the binoculars icon in the app, and Hopper will alert you as soon as the ticket price drops. Then you can “hop” right on it.

Hotel Tonight
Not sure where to stay when you’re traveling on the spur of the moment? Or are you worried that you’ll blow your budget on a hotel because you couldn’t book in advance? Hotel Tonight can help. This app partners with properties in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America and the Asia Pacific region to locate deals on rooms that hotels haven’t been able to book ahead of time. You can reserve a room for the current night, the next day or beyond. Look for room descriptions like “hip,” “basic,” “charming,” “luxe” or “solid” to get a feel for what to expect.

XE Currency
Whether you’re bargaining for a silk scarf at a market stall in Thailand or shopping for luxury teas in a London department store, you’ll have to convert your money to whatever the locals are using. XE Currency is a free app that tracks live exchange rates as well as historical data. For just $1.99, an ad-free “pro” version offers almost all the same features as the freebie, and lets you follow up to 20 currencies at once (the free version is capped at 10). XE Currency is available for Windows, BlackBerry, Firefox OS, Apple and Android devices.

CityMaps2Go

You don’t need an Internet connection to use the free, offline maps on CityMaps2Go, which relies on GPS to find street addresses and attractions. (If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll need to turn off your data roaming setting, or your phone will keep trying to connect to the Internet.) You can search for a restaurant, shop, hotel or other place by name, or simply browse by categories. This app, from Ulmon, also lets you book hotels, customize maps, and save and share your information with others. Need ideas on what to do and where to go? Explore destinations in-depth with the app’s curated or partner-provided content.

Periscope
Periscope, from Twitter, invites you to “see the world through someone else’s eyes” as you watch videos created by other users around the globe. You might see surfers catching the waves in California, observe a political protest unfolding in Cairo, or opt to make your own video of the sun setting at the Eiffel Tower. Followers can see videos in the app or on the Web and write comments or post hearts to show their approval. Show your video live or save it to replay up to 24 hours later; you can also choose whether to make it public or private.

Postagram
Send postcards from the road with Postagram, by Sincerely, Inc. This app lets your turn images from your iPhone, Instagram or Facebook accounts into printed cards. Mail them anywhere in the U.S. for $.99 or outside the U.S. for $1.99; if the card gets lost or damaged in the mail, or you’re just not happy with it, the developers say they’ll re-send it or refund your money. Personalize your cards with a message, if you like; they have space for up to 140 characters. Even if you don’t send the postcards to friends and family back home, they’re fun additions to a photo album or scrapbook of your travels.

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Must-Visit Vineyards in Shenandoah Valley

Everyone knows about California’s wine, but have you heard of Virginia’s? The Shenandoah Valley is ripe—pun intended—with incredible wine, thanks to hilly fields in the Blue Ridge Mountains ideal for growing a wide variety of grapes.

 

Purple WOLF Vineyard

Bluestone Vineyard

The Winery at Kindred Pointe

Cross Key Vineyards

Cave Ridge Vineyards

Muse Vineyards

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The Top 10 Safari Outfitters

When it comes to planning an African safari, the stakes can seem pretty high. It’s not a trip one does every day — in fact, this type of vacation may well fall into “trip of a lifetime” territory. Expectations tend to be lofty, as do budgets. There might be multiple generations traveling, or perhaps it’s a honeymoon; either way, the experience needs to be seamless.

Faultless planning and organization were at the top of a long list of things our readers loved about Rothschild Safaris, the World’s Best winner in the Safari Outfitter category in 2017. Respondents also raved about their expert, on-the-ground knowledge of Africa (all of their staffers either live or have lived on the continent) and their dedicated personal service.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, we ask readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated safari outfitters on their staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and overall value.

For respondent Rachel Lindvall, it was Rothschild’s skill in crafting her itinerary that really set the outfitter apart. “Leora Rothschild and her staff worked very hard to personalize our safari, giving input while listening closely to what we were interested in,” she wrote. “We ended up with a trip that worked so well for us. We were constantly amazed how each aspect of it was just exactly what we wanted.”

It’s not the first time Rothschild has appeared on our list of top safari outfitters — in fact, it also won top honors in 2014. Micato Safaris, which came in second, is a Hall of Fame honoree, having been on the list every year since World’s Best began in 1996. Deeper Africa and Extraordinary Journeys also placed for the second year in a row. “Their tours are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said one reader of Deeper Africa. “They’ve taken the time to form relationships in the Kenyan and Tanzanian communities, and it shows. It’s so important to get to know the context of where you’re going — that’s what makes them truly stand out from the pack.”

10. Travel Beyond

9. Mango African Safaris

8. Africa Adventure Consultants

7. Lion World Travel

6. Thomson Safaris

5. Deeper Africa

4. Extraordinary Journeys

3. Alluring Africa

2. Micato Safaris

1. Rothschild Safaris

Native South African Leora Rothschild channeled a lifelong love of the continent’s wildlife when she founded Rothschild Safaris back in 1998. Since then, the tour operator has become one of the most trusted names in the safari industry — and a firm favorite of our readers, who named it Safari Outfitter of the year in 2017.

Rothschild puts her company’s success down to in-depth knowledge of the countries and communities she sends her guests to, whether it’s a popular destination such as Botswana, Tanzania, or South Africa, or a more off-the-beaten-track country such as Namibia, Rwanda, or Mozambique.

“You need to know the right people, because when you need something to happen quickly, you better know who to call.”

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Top 5 Places in Mexico to Visit *DONE*

Mexico is a big place, and it’s sometimes challenging to figure out where to go and what to see. If you’re having trouble deciding, it’s sometimes a good call to assess each major location based on its best features. Some towns may be more appealing to others based on your personality.

5. Guadalajara

If you’re interested in witnessing some of the physical beauty of Mexico, we recommend that you check out Guadalajara. This amazing, historic city is colorful and charming. You’ll find plenty of amazing architecture and lots of incredible places to eat.

The Travesi Cuatro is a stunning art museum that you should check out if you’re in the area. It displays Latin American and European works of art.

If you’re looking for modern art, check out the Paramo Galeria. This establishment exhibits the works of newer artists.

Ceramica Suro is another excellent art museum to stop by. Here, you can find amazing ceramic arts made by some of the best artists in the world.

4. San Miguel de Allende

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in San Miguel, check out the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada or Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. They have excellent, comfortable rooms.

You can go on a thrilling wine tour, starting in Cuna de Tierra. You can ride a wagon through the various vineyards on this amazing tour.

If you’re still not satisfied, you can take a horseback ride through the area. You’ll see ruined villages and castles along the way.

3. Gourmand, Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the best places to visit if you’re all about experiencing the tastes that Mexico has to offer. Check out the Four Seasons Hotel for unparalleled luxury.

Wander downtown, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find a rooftop bar.

Searching for food isn’t difficult either, and some of the best street vendors in the world sell everything from corn on the cob to tacos.

If you’re looking for dessert, check out Temporal. This dessert place’s specialty is chocolate and mezcal.

2. Beach Bum, Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox is basically a quieter, more subdued version of Cancun. The beaches are just as nice, and you can relax without feeling too crowded.

If you want to check out the local wildlife, head to Yum Balam. You’ll find plenty of flamingos and pelicans in this ecological reserve. You can also snorkel with the fish.

If you’re getting hungry, head to Casa Sandra. This restaurant serves fresh fruit, hibiscus-lemon tea, and banana bread.

1. Historian, Merida

Merida is one of the best places to visit if you’re interested in history. It was built on the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tho.

For a full run-down on the city’s origins, head to the Museo Regional Antropologia. This museum has stunning exhibits that help you learn all about Mayan culture and history.

If you’re more interested in the history of music, head to the Museo de la Cancion Yucateca.

El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya is where you’ll find tons of interesting relics and treasures from the ancient Mayan times.

The Palacio de Gobierno is home to various works of art, including murals that depict what happened when the Spanish arrived in the Yucutan.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, consider the Casa Lecanda. There are only seven rooms in this cozy little hotel, and it’s perfect for any traveler.

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France’s Sexiest Beaches

France’s beach towns spoil visitors with endless days of sunshine, welcoming stretches of beach and stunning women in teeny bikinis along the Côte D’Azur.

 

 

St. Tropez

St. Tropez was always on the radar of France’s creative class, but it was Brigitte Bardot who put it on the map as the sexiest spot on the French Riviera. Wearing little more than bikinis — and sometimes even less — the rich, famous and exceptionally good-looking come to St. Trop to flaunt their stuff.

Cannes

The luxurious Côte D’Azur continues at Cannes, the site of the annual film festival that beckons the Hollywood crowd. During the summer months, the same beautiful crowd comes to enjoy the town’s picture-perfect beaches and chic resorts.

Nice

Nice helps make the Côte d’Azur accessible to the rest of the travelers who aren’t carrying an American Express Black Card or traveling with an entourage.

Porquerolles

The 3 islands of Provence’s Iles d’Hyeres, aka the Golden Isles, are a natural escape that’s a far cry from the busy beach scene of the nearby French Riviera.

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10 Most Popular Road Trip Routes in the US

From “On the Road” to “Thelma and Louise” to “Easy Rider,” is there any endeavor more American than the road trip? On these popular drives, getting there is more than half the fun.

Black Hills of South Dakota
For history, scenery and a distinctly American taste of culture, begin your road trip on I-90 and take exit 131 for the Badlands Scenic Byway. As you travel through the Black Hills, make sure to stop at Wall Drug, Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. And keep your eyes peeled for bison – they’re notoriously bad at following traffic rules, as seen here on the road to Wind Cave National Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway
The 469-mile drive that connects two national parks – Shenandoah in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina – is the most visited road controlled by the U.S. National Parks System. Starting at Front Royal in Virginia, travel along Skyline Drive to Luray Caverns and on south to the Natural Bridge and into North Carolina, where you can stop in Asheville before seeing the attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Downeast Maine
You won’t be traveling north – at least not according to Mainers – if you head out on Coastal Route 1, also known as the Lobster Trail. Starting in Kittery –where you might drop by Bob’s Clam Hut for a bit of sustenance — the road hugs the rocky coastline “down east” through quaint New England fishing villages like Belfast and Rockland.

Pacific Coast Highway
You can opt to drive California’s longest highway north to south or south to north along the often -dramatic Pacific coastline. Either way, it’s 653 miles from Dana Point in Orange County to Leggett in Mendocino County. Key attractions as you wind your way along the coast include Malibu, San Simeon, San Luis Obisbo, Big Sur, Monterey, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Mendocino Headlands. Hardcore road trippers will extend the coastal drive beyond the PCH from San Diego all the way to the Redwood Forest on Route 101 past Mendocino.

Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier, Montana
You could make the drive from Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier National Park inMontana in a single day, but why would you? Take a week and make as many stops as possible in Big Sky Country where you’ll enjoy some of the most stunning and diverse landscape features anywhere in America – from the steep cliffs and racing rivers of the Grand Tetons to the geysers and wildlife of Yellowstone and the dramatic falls and glacial formations of Glacier.

Outer Banks
Take this drive while you still can. North Carolina’s Route 12, also known as the Outer Banks Scenic Highway, has suffered a beating during the past decade of extreme weather, with hurricanes washing away swaths of roadway. The route starts at Bodie Lighthouse in the north and passes the narrow spits of land that make up the barrier islands protecting North Carolina’s mainland from the Atlantic Ocean. Sights along the way include the Oregon Inlet, Pea Island Wildlife Refuge and the historic Hatteras Lighthouse, where the highway continues as a boat -the Hatteras Ferry is part of Route 12 and crosses Pamlico Sound to join up with the road again on Ocracoke Island.

Hana Coastline
The 59-mile highway around the eastern side of Maui between Kahului crosses black sand beaches, waterfalls and 59 bridges. Some stops you may want to make include ‘Ohe’o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), the Pipiwai Trail, and Waimoku Falls at Haleakala National Park, Hana Lava Tube, and the Ho’okipa lookout where you can view Maui’s famed surfers taking the waves.

Olympic Peninsula
Set out from Seattle for a 300-plus-mile road trip west across the Olympic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy gorgeous scenery and many stopping points for hikes. Within the Olympic National Park itself, you can drive through the lush Hoh Rainforest, one of the largest temperate rainforests in the U.S.

Route 66
At over 2,500 miles, Route 66 is the quintessential cross-country road trip. Though travel on the Mother Road peaked in the 1940s and 1950s before the Interstate Highway system was established, you can still follow the tire treads of so many who came before. While there are countless sights as you journey between Chicago and Los Angeles, ending on the Santa Monica Pier, Route 66 may be most famous for its quirky roadside attractions like the Cadillac Ranch in Texas, the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle in Oklahoma, and this giant sculpture of Abe Lincoln on a wagon in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

Overseas Highway
This 150-mile drive from Miami through the Florida Keys on an the iconic Route 1 is famous from countless car commercials and movie chases. The Overseas Highway, as it’s often called, crosses 42 bridges, including the Seven-Mile bridge over Pigeon Key, shown here. Though you could complete the entire ride in under four hours, the fun of this trip is taking in the life of the Keys themselves – from the Pennekamp Coral Reef Park to Key Largo’s Dolphin Research Center to the many delicious foods the area has made famous, like fried conch and Key lime pie.