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Summer Road Trip Ideas – Get in the Car and Go!

Summer and road trips go hand in hand. Start yours with a cool rental and some road trip ideas. Keep reading for our routes and the best deals on car rental, hotels, and flights.

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Summer is an ideal time for a road trip. The weather is sunny and warm, and there’s a lively energy in the air that only shows itself during the summer months. People are outdoors more; they’re exploring, hiking, swimming, drinking, and eating outside. This friendly atmosphere is seen in nearly every city, town, and village across the USA, and especially so in places that are only warm during the summer months. If you’ve wanted to explore the USA, summer is the best time to do so. These are some of the best summer road trip ideas to explore beaches, mountains, national parks, and cities.

How To Plan Your Road Trip?

To plan the best summer road trip, you’ll first need to decide how long you want to spend on the road and what the purpose of your trip is. A road trip that’s solely for fun is going to need a bit more planning than a road trip that’s going to visit family or a friend in college. If your road trip is for fun, you can add two or three stops along the way that includes visiting family members or friends across the states. That way, you can have a multipurpose road trip that’s tons of fun!

Alaska Highway Road Trip

Dawson Creek,
British Colombia
Flights to Fort St. John
starting at $414
(50 miles from
Dawson Creek)
Car Rental from
Fort St. John
Hotels in
Dawson Creek

There’s no better time to visit Alaska than during the summer. Long days, warm weather, and beautiful hikes all make for an incredible time during the months of June, July, and August. You’ll see unparalleled natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and communities unique only to Alaska on your road trip. 

Alaska Highway Road Trip
Alaska is picture-perfect in the summer.

The 1,400 mile stretch of the Alaska Highway starts in Dawson Creek,
British Colombia, Canada and takes you through Yukon Territory and then brings you into Alaska to places like Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, Mukluk Land, and Delta Junction. Once you’re in Delta Junction, drive one more hour to explore the city of Fairbanks.

Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks is the perfect place to relax after spending so many hours on the road. You can soak your sore muscles in the world-famous Chena Hot Springs, and then get a good night’s rest in your comfortable room. Grab some delicious Thai food at Thai House Restaurant in Fairbanks. They serve up tasty curries, pad Thai, and rice dishes.

The Big Island of Hawaii Road Trip

The Big IslandFlights to
Hilo, Hawaii
starting at
$435
Car rental
in Hilo
Flights to
Kona, Hawaii
starting at $293
Car rental
in Kona

Driving on the Big Island of Hawaii in the summertime is the perfect beach getaway. Not only will you be able to explore one of the most unique islands in the USA, but you’ll drive along coastal roads, secluded beaches, rocky lava fields, and striped, wooden lighthouses. 

Hawaii road trip
The Big Island features of the most diverse landscape compared to the other Hawaiin islands

There are different routes you can take, so you can choose a couple of routes or do them all! There’s the Kapoho Kalapana Road Scenic Drive, Chain of Craters Road, which is in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the Coffee Country Scenic Drive. Your options are endless! While Hawaii is a year-round destination, during the summer months there are tons of festivals, longer days, and fewer chances of rain.

The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island is a relaxing, secluded hotel that has a rejuvenating spa and a few restaurants with delicious food. It’s right on the bay, so you can swim, snorkel, and try and spot whales and sea turtles. Da Poke Shack is both a hole in the wall and local’s favorite, where you can munch on fresh and flavorful poke bowls.

Utah’s National Parks Road Trip

Salt Lake City, UtahFlights to
Salt Lake City
starting at $56
Car rental from
$24* a day
Hotels in Utah

This summer road trip idea will take you through the best and most diverse national parks in all of Utah. You’ll see the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands.

Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

Watch sunsets amongst the hoodoos of Zion National Park, incomparable to anything else. Explore the red and orange spires and steeples in Bryce Canyon. Traverse through the peculiar formations and study the Native American petroglyphs of Capitol Reef. Ride a donkey down into the depths of the Grand Canyon, gaze at the deep craters in Canyonlands, Utah’s largest national park, and ride a 4WD to the hidden corners of Arches. The best time to visit Utah is during the summer months between June and September.

The beautiful lobby at The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon is captivating, the rooms are modern and comfortable, and it’s close to many points of interest in the area. The El Tovar Dining Room and Lounge is a great place to dine, especially if you love meat! It’s located in a historic building with beautiful views of the canyon.

Time to Chase that Summer Sun!

Summertime is one of the best times to take a road trip. Many places that are closed during the winter months come to life, and you’ll get to see a completely different atmosphere than you would any other time of the year. These are some of the best summer road trip ideas to fuel your adventurous persona. Buy a plane ticket to an exotic place in the USA you’ve never explored before, rent a car, and hit the road!