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Road Trip Ideas – Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Routes

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Many destinations in the USA are seasonal. Some places are better suited for summer, while others thrive in the fall and wintertime. If you want to go skiing or snowboarding, then taking a road trip to a destination that turns into a magical winter wonderland in winter may be the best trip for you. 

For those seeking adventure and crave hiking destinations, then a road trip to the mountains or valleys during the fall or spring is a good road trip idea. If you want to visit a destination that’s only warm during the summer, then it’s time to hit the road in June- August. These road trip ideas will help you plan your year-round adventure to some of the most remarkable spots in the USA.

How To Plan Your Road Trip?

The season, duration of vacation time you have, and the purpose of your trip are all important things to consider before you hit the road. If you have several weeks of vacation time, you could add multiple stops along your road trip when compared to a shorter vacation time requiring a quicker road trip. If you’re traveling during the winter months, you might want to spend a longer time skiing or snowboarding in one spot than another. 

In the summer, you might want to spend a few nights on a lake house in the mountains, or a sunny beach spot on the coast. Additionally, a leisurely road trip is going to need a different game plan than a road trip to see family or friends. 

Summer Road Trip – Route 100 in Vermont

Burlington, VermontFlights starting at $111Car rental
from 67* a day
Hotels in
Vermont

This 200 mile stretch of mainly mountain road offers striking views, secret swimming spots, glistening lakes, and tiny towns with local delicacies. This is an ideal road trip idea in the summertime since it’s chilly during the other seasons. In the summer, you can stop along multiple destinations to swim in lakes, go camping, ride a kayak, shop, and wander through historic towns. You’ll get to explore places like Wilmington, Waitsfield, Morrisville, and Newport.

Get a good night’s rest in Waitsfield at The Hyde Away Inn. The rooms are comfortable and will give you a secluded cabin feeling. Come hungry to the Eatside Restaurant & Pub, a great local spot in Newport that serves delicious Sunday brunch, chicken and biscuits, and mouthwatering cocktails. You can dock your rental boat right at the restaurant and head inside. Be sure to eat dinner here during sunset for some spectacular views.

Spring Road Trip – Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton
National Park
Yellowstone
National Park
Flights to
Jackson Hole
starting at $97
Car rental from
Jackson Hole
Hotels
near the
national
parks

The best time to visit these national parks and the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana is during the spring. The colorful flowers are in full bloom, the air is cool and crisp, and you’ll get to see the springtime wildlife migration in Grand Teton of elk, deer, moose, and bison.

Wander around Yellowstone and traverse through the unparalleled beauty of the lakes, geysers, and hot springs in this national park. Since the days are sunny but not as hot as they are during the summer, this is the perfect time to tackle this part of the USA. 

Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone is a historic inn made of timber. It’s located inside of the park and offers incredible views of Old Faithful which you can see erupt just about every hour or so, hence the name Old Faithful. The cabins are cozy and you can watch the steam from the geysers that surround the inn swirl into the air.

Make sure you enjoy a filling pizza or pasta at Dornan’s Pizza Pasta Company in Grand Teton National Park, where you can sit on the deck with beautiful views of the mountains and relax in the spring weather.

Fall Road Trip – Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge ParkwayFlights to
Richmond, VA
Car rental from
Richmond
Hotels on the
Blue Ridge Parkway

With over 400 miles of curvy roads through sweeping vistas of trees that burst with vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds in the fall, the Blue Ridge Parkway is an ideal road trip idea for this time of the year. By starting your road trip in Richmond, VA you’ll also get to see the Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains, both places that explode with an array of spectacular colors during the fall months.

Stop in Asheville at The Omni Grove Park Inn and take advantage of the spa, impressive views, stone fireplaces, and luxurious rooms. To get a taste of some Southern classics, head to Tupelo Honey in Asheville. Make sure you try the homemade biscuits with honey, sweet potato pancakes, and craft beers.

Winter Road Trip – Alaska and Denali National Park

AlaskaFlights to Anchorage
starting at $117
Car rental from
Anchorage
Hotels in Anchorage

Bundle up for this breathtaking 228-mile road trip starting in Anchorage to Denali National Park. You’ll see North America’s highest peak, Denali, as well as have the chance to see the northern lights, only visible during the coldest and darkest months of the year. If you’re looking for a winter wonderland adventure of skiing, snowboarding, and a once in a lifetime chance to see the Aurora Borealis, then hit the Glenn Highway.

Stay in one of the oldest hotels in Anchorage, The Hotel Captain Cook. You can enjoy views of both the mountains and the city. The hotel is decorated with an Alaskan touch, with dark wood paneling, cozy couches, and even an electronic clock stating the daylight hours. Rooms are warm and inviting, the hotel has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Definitely grab a bite to eat at Snow City Café for the egg benedict, French toast, and omelets.

Time to Hit the Road Year Round!

Taking a road trip in each of the four seasons offers something different. Drive during the spring to see incredible views of colorful blooming flowers. Take a wintery Alaskan vacation on winding roads with views of snow-capped mountains. Travel during the fall to cruise roads surrounded by vibrant fiery colors orange leaves. Taking any of these road trip ideas during the year will leave you speechless.

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