Tag archives for Road Trips

When summer arrives, I think of road trips. This is partly because the summer road trip is one of those life-defining rites of passage, at least for Americans, and partly because it’s the season in which my most memorable road trips have taken place. But the journey that comes back to me most poignantly each time the weather turns warm is a road trip I made though France the summer after I graduated from college.

Steinbeck had Charley. Dorothy had Toto. Heck, even Waldo had Woof for company as he ventured into the Land of Waldos. Real and fictional, canine traveling companions have a long and celebrated history. Here’s how to road trip with fido like a pro.

Recreational vehicles sit somewhere between hotels and tents. The upside: RV life is autonomous—your quarters travel with you—and allows for spontaneous stops. But then again, RVs need loads of gas and can be tricky to park. In any case, they represent a truly unique mode of transport that’s tailor-made for road tripping. Here’s your guide to getting started.

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Kristian Leven, My Shot.

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You don’t have to be a hard-core foodie to enjoy our list of 20 free food and drink events in the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then visit us online for the full lineup:

Free to See in the U.S.

Across the U.S., hundreds of free events and activities mean you can celebrate the crowning of Louisiana’s Crawfish Queen, get an insider’s look at NASA’s famed Jet Propulsion Lab, take your basset hound to the beach, and participate in a mad shopping cart race through New York—all without spending a dime. Browse our lists of…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Morocco is a destination rich with history, art, and culture. Where do you start? Here are five things you must see on your next trip. [The Planet D] When NASA’s final Space Shuttle mission launched last Friday, it marked the beginning of the end of another chapter in space travel’s history. But that doesn’t mean…

Next vacation, head West! Offering 188 road trip suggestions from Mount Hood to Big Bend and everywhere in-between, this bucket list of breathtaking journeys also offers the destination’s distance from Los Angeles and a handy fuel- cost calculator. Why not head to Arizona for a walk on The Wave? [LA Times] Celebrate the summer season…

Hello summer! Time to fire up the barbecue, apply gobs of sunscreen, and give the car a tune-up before heading out on that great American road trip. And what auto adventure would be complete without a stop at bizarre roadside attractions? Our friends over at BootsnAll have put together a list of “15 of the…

By Frank DiCesare Rising gas prices may cause many to curtail their road trips this year. But one group of car enthusiasts is putting petrol costs aside for an adventure more than 100 years in the making. On the morning of April 14, six racing teams met in Times Square to begin the World Race…

Plan My Trip: Charleston

Ok gang, it’s time again for another round of Plan My Trip. I’m doing the drive down to Charleston, South Carolina this weekend to see family, and it’s my first time visiting the fine city. Now, I have to admit I’ve been briefed by Andrew Nelson, our contributing writer, who wrote the Insider’s Charleston piece…

Rainer Jenss and his family are in the seventh week of their year-long around-the-world trip, and they’re blogging about their journey here at Intelligent Travel. You can follow all of their posts by bookmarking the link here. I actually found myself quite sentimental handing over the keys to the car that had just taken us…