Here Are The Road Trips You'd Take Again

Here Are The Road Trips You'd Take Again

A good road trip can do wonders for the mind and body. Sometimes

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I’d been turned off of road trips for years after a road trip from hell (That I’ll get into another time.) left me and my family snowed in at a random gas station in the country near the Texas/Arkansas border. I started to come around though just recently and decided to stick to in-state road trips here in California.

One of the best road trips I’ve been on is the drive from Southern California to San Fransisco. California is a big state and from where I am to San Fransisco it’s about 450 miles and takes nearly eight hours. But it’s a beautiful drive, especially if you take the coastal route. I could do it again and again.

We asked readers what road trips they’d take again. These were their answers.

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Ireland

Ireland

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Anywhere, really. But to single out one area: Ireland.

Most roads are 1.5 lanes wide; lots of twists & dips, lots of concentration & politeness, and 100% beauty.

Suggested by: Cityman

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Indianapolis to the Pacific Northwest And Back

Indianapolis to the Pacific Northwest And Back

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
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Indy to glacier national park, then to Spokane and along the Columbia River to the coast, down the pacific coast Highway back inland through Lake Tahoe and Nevada to Tonopah and back to Indy via I-15 to I-70, just did it this spring.

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Washington D.C., Georgia, Florida, And Back Home

Washington D.C., Georgia, Florida, And Back Home

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When my kids were in grade school, during Easter vacation, we’d drive to their grandparents place in Florida. Pick the kids up from school on Friday afternoon and drive to DC that night. the next morning, we’d take in one of tourist site in Washington. Cherry blossoms, Lincoln Memorial, etc. Then, we’d drive on to Savannah GA and stay there Saturday night. The hotel we stayed in there had a nice pool. Sunday, it would be about another eight hours driving to grandma’s.

The kids looked forward to getting there, and what I really liked about it is we drove into springtime. Heading north at the end of the trip wasn’t as nice. We drove back into the cold weather of very early spring, and the kids knew they weren’t going to have their grandparents at the end. So, sometimes we’d make the trip home in two days instead of three.

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A European Tour In A Ford GT

A European Tour In A Ford GT

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Back in 2005 I was invited to drive a Ford GT and Dodge Viper around Europe with my good friend and automotive journalist Rich Truesdell. The goal of the trip was reunite the Ford GT with it’s European past. Highlights were hitting 180+ on the autobahn, laps around the Nurburgring, visit to Ferrari with the Ford GT, and laps around Le Mans. Oh, and the time we got stuck in a hotel parking lot at 1am because the GT was too low to get out and scraping the nose. Luckily it was trash day and we found a trash barrel full on old phone books that we used to get the car out. Yeah, I’d do that trip again in a heartbeat. #Merica! https://www.theautochannel.com/news/2020/08/14/846467-great-drives-fantastic-cars-from-london-to-folkestone-to-nurburgring.html

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Seattle To San Francisco And Back

Seattle To San Francisco And Back

Seattle to SF Bay area and back. I did this one in my Prizm GSi for Radwood in 2019 and it was amazing. Did the I-5 hustle on the way down, and took all blue highways on the way back up to Portland. Saw amazing scenery along the California coast; the glass beach, redwoods, curves and ocean. Oregon is similar but more familiar to me. The GSi was the perfect car for that road in my mind - a more powerful vehicle would be significantly limited in my mind. I could wind that 4AGE out to my heart’s content and not be super concerned about being thrown in some lost coast small town hoosegow.

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All Across The UK

All Across The UK

My last trip to the UK included a road trip staring in London and heading down to Dover. From Dover across the southern coast of England through Hastings and Brighton and then up to Salisbury. From Salisbury to Bath. Bath to the Castle Combe and then to Evesham and the Cotswolds. A couple of day trips from Evasham to Brecon Beacons in Wales and Stratford upon Avon. Finally returning to London via Oxford. Even in a 3-cylinder Vauxhall Corsa this was an absolutely amazing trip.

Other great UK trips were Glasgow to the Isle of Skye including Eilean Donan Castle, and Glasgow to Oban via Glencoe, Castle Stalker (as appeared at the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and Inveraray Castle.

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One Lap Of America

One Lap Of America

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One year I was part of a media team that followed One Lap of America, taking photos and video and doing some interviews at every track. This was before digital video was really available, so we slapped suction-mount bullet cameras to cars and recorded on an 8mm camcorder we’d throw in the floorboard. We were all just volunteers, doing it for the fun of it. It was something like 3500 miles over 10 days. Unlike the competitors, we pretty much had to be the last to leave and first to arrive at each track. The real killer was Omaha to New Orleans between 5pm and 8am. There is not a good way to get from Omaha to New Orleans! We actually didn’t make that one, and got to No Problem Raceway about an hour after the first group ran. It was in the low 90s there that day, and 3 days later at Road America in Wisconsin, it started snowing! I’d kind of like to do something like that again, but I’m getting to an age where I’m not sure I could manage it.

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A Southern BBQ Tour

A Southern BBQ Tour

The Barbeque Tour: Kansas City -> St. Louis -> Memphis -> Nashville -> Atlanta.

You can drive a Uhaul from point-to-point in 16 hours...or you can spend a week dining on the best hole-in-the-wall smoked goodness, soaking in an ear-melting amount of quality live music, and seeing some of the best historical and musical museums in the country.

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Switzerland To Rome

Switzerland To Rome

The road trip I would do again would be the three-day trip I took with my brother in 2006 from Basel, Switzerland to Milan, to San Gimignano (Via the coast), to Rome. Best food, people, and scenery I’ve ever experienced in my life. The 5-speed diesel Opel Astra wasn’t the best road trip car, but it was comfortable enough.

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Atlanta To Denver On A Motorcycle

Atlanta To Denver On A Motorcycle

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Motorcycle trips count? Sure they do. Atlanta to Denver as the first leg, mostly interstates because I had a date I needed to be there.

But the return trip was 0% interstates, all secondary or gravel/forest roads. Left Denver, went down to Arizona, then across New Mexico and into Texas. Spent 3 nights in Big Bend National Park, then back across the southeast to Atlanta. So tired at the end of it, but an experience I’ll never forget. Did it on a BMW 1200GS, and did absolutely nothing except gas and air in the tires for the entire trip.

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