Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they’re on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they’re the next big thing — even though they’re actually a longstanding American tradition steeped in nostalgia and pop culture, from the 1950s Beat Generation literary classic “On the Road” to the 1983 comedy movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” On Instagram, the hashtag #roadtrip shows up 37 million times. In some ways, the comeback of this 20th century-style vacation is surprising in an era when “time has become more far more precious than money, a priceless commodity not to be squandered lumbering along down endless miles of highway,” writes Richard Ratay in his upcoming book, “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip.” In other words, why spend 18 hours driving 1,200 miles when you could get there in two … [Read more...] about Are old-fashioned road trips trendy again?
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Mother Nature probably missed the memo that spring should be in full swing in some parts of the country — namely Cars.com's home city of Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest — but summer is just a few short weeks away. And with summer's unofficial kickoff coming up this Memorial Day weekend, what better way to celebrate its arrival than by planning an all-American road trip? Related: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Hitting the Road for Memorial Day People still prefer getting behind the wheel over waiting at the baggage claim, despite projections from gas analysts that show it could be the most expensive summer for driving in about four years. As of Tuesday, gas prices were already 57 cents higher than this time last year, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Parks Popular Road trips have a special appeal to families, who tend to hit the road toward cities with theme parks or national parks. With its multiple theme parks, it's no wonder why Orlando, … [Read more...] about Taking a Memorial Day Road Trip? Here Are the Top Driving Destinations
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Regardless of which version you drive, there's something mystical about crossing the country in America's sports car. With the C7 Corvette, Chevrolet has created what might be the perfect road trip vehicle. As always, you get a powerful engine and great handling, but you also get a quality interior, spacious trunk, and nearly 30 mpg on the highway. … [Read more...] about The Best Road Trip Cars Ever Made
Hitting the open road is a distinctly American pastime, and no season calls for it more than summer. But might we suggest a little twist on the idea? We call it the off-road trip, for the folks with four-wheel-drive and a taste for adventure—not to mention dust. So, with the hope to inspire you to break away from the pavement, we've compiled some of the greatest trips you can make, all (or mostly) on dirt and gravel. Here they are, in no particular order. Mojave Road, Arizona & California There are few better ways to spend two to three days behind the wheel of a 4x4 than traversing the Mojave Road. Running from Bullhead City, Arizona to Newberry Springs, California, this 140-mile trail is chock full of historical landmarks…and snakes. Don't forget the snakes. Originally blazed by Native Americans, the road has been travelled by Spanish explorers, European colonizers, and the U.S. Army over the last several hundred years. And there's good reason; it's home to some … [Read more...] about America’s 10 Best Off-Road Trips To Take This Summer
1 of 50 Alabama: Fried Catfish Wherever you go, you'll find fried anything: chicken, steak, apple pie, green tomatoes. But if you're driving along the Coastal Connection Scenic Byway, catfish holds a special place in the heart. And so do the noodlers who can grab a catfish by their bare hands, throw it into a fryer, and serve it with a side of fried dill pickles. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2 of 50 Alaska: Reindeer Sausage Reindeer sausage may not engender any favors with Santa Claus, especially when he lives down the street. But despite the magic of the season, reindeer is just another tasty meat to turn into sausage—knowledge shared by the residents of Norway, Finland, and Anchorage. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 3 of 50 Arizona: Chimichanga Founded in 1922, El Charro Cafe in Tucson is the oldest Mexican restaurant in the country, and "home of the chimichanga," when founder Tia Monica Flin accidentally dropped a burrito into a deep … [Read more...] about The 50 Most Delicious Things to Eat On an American Road Trip