Sometimes you know you want to drive somewhere but lack any specific road trip ideas. We can help you with that. We have many suggestions about where to go and what to do, and we invite you to explore our pages below.
If you have the time and money to take a long road trip but just need specific ideas, you're actually quite fortunate. For many people it's the other way around: they know where they want to go but can't get off work—or haven't saved up the cash they need.
In your case, it's best to start by brainstorming lots of ideas to see which ones appeal to you most. You'll then whittle down the choices in terms of time and expense until you find a destination and travel itinerary that's both fun and feasible.
There's really no trick to coming up with road trip ideas. We suggest you gather at least one of the people you plan on traveling with, grab a notebook, and have a good, old-fashioned brainstorming session. If you're planning on traveling alone, then just grab the notebook.
In the true spirit of a brainstorm, there's no such thing as a bad idea. So in your first pass, you'll want to write down any place you've ever wanted to drive to—even the places that are clear across the country.
At this point, you may want to sleep on it and then come back and review the list tomorrow. This approach is fun because in the time between your first brainstorm and your review, you and your family members will probably keep discussing the most interesting of your ideas, and you'll start to get a feel for which idea is "winning." But if you're really on a roll, you may want to start filtering your ideas right after your initial brainstorm is done.
If you really let it fly during your brainstorm, you probably came up with a number of completely impractical road trip ideas. You can't drive from Florida to Wyoming and back in a week, for example—at least, not if you want to enjoy the trip. And it's likely that you have at least some financial limitations.
The impractical ideas are the easiest ones to eliminate from your list. It's also easy to cut the ones that sounded good yesterday, but don't generate any enthusiasm the following day or week in your review session. (If you're not feeling it, don't waste any time on it.)
So, you're now left with the doable—and you may be facing a tough choice. One way to make it easier on yourself is to ask yourself which of the potential road trips on your list can only be completed during this year's vacation, and which could be taken anytime. For example, Yellowstone will be there for a while, but your grandparents who live 1,500 miles away may be fading a bit with age.
Another way to narrow your choices is to ask your fellow travelers whether they're more interested in the trip or the destination. (We're always more into the drive, but there's no judgment here!) If you're most interested in driving for a day or two and then spending several days in an amazing place, then you'll probably want to eliminate the kinds of trips that involve, say, a seven-day driving loop with nightly stops in quirky, offbeat places.
Now, it's possible that you're so stuck for road trip ideas that you aren't even ready to brainstorm yet. Or maybe you brainstormed but just don't feel like you came up with anything good. In either case, these resources will help you come up with more potential destinations for your next road trip:
Road trip destinations. Here are some suggestions on places it's worth driving a day or two to reach.
United States tourist attractions. These spots are touristy places to drive to on your next road trip.
Road trip across America. Taking a road trip across America is an unforgettable vacation. Here are some ideas on planning your trip.
East coast road trip. The east coast isn't all cities and interstate highways. Check out these ideas for more scenic road trips.
Have we jump-started your creativity? Hope to see you out on the open road soon.