End-of-Summer Travel: Quick trips, quick tips

Aug 19

Written by: Debbie Coleman
8/19/2013 3:54 PM  RssIcon

It’s the last call for a last hurrah of summer. The unofficial end of summer—otherwise known as Labor Day—is fast approaching. If you’re having a hint of August “antsy-ness” and looking for a special experience to round out the season, there’s still time to plan a remarkable road trip.

Whether a renowned coastal journey is within geographical reach or you need to scale back your aspirations for a quick trip closer to home, you can make the most of the occasion using some time- and traveler-tested road trip themes:

Take a trip through history. From re-creating sections of Lewis and Clark’s expedition to following the Underground Railroad for a stretch, physically following a historic trail is a great way to expand your knowledge as well as your horizons.

Forage for locally grown food. Wannabe gourmands and master gardeners have it made these days, with so many destination bed-and-breakfasts serving locally grown cuisine, and in-season u-pick farms working in full swing. The promise of perfect produce to pop into your mouth is a great motivator as the mileposts tick by.

Which way’s the beach? Nothing is more summery than a splash in the waves and time spent soaking up the sun. Seek a shore you’ve never been to—river, ocean, lake, or otherwise—and test the waters. You may discover a new favorite spot for boating, fishing, swimming, or simply picnicking.

No matter which direction you choose to head on the highway, always travel safely. Check the weather; check your tires and oil; check your safety kit. With a little planning for an interesting itinerary (along with any unexpected incidents), you can pull off a splendidly spontaneous summer road trip before summer is over.

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