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  • Michelle Bucher | July 14, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    Top 10 Road Trip Destinations for Summer

    Top 10 Road Trip Destinations for Summer

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    This is officially the most wonderful time of the year for me, and many other road trip enthusiasts. The sun is shining, and many excited travelers are getting ready to hit the road for a summer of exploring.

    Whether you’re planning on hitting the road with your bestie or the whole family this summer, be sure to check out my list of top road trip destinations for summer.

    1. New Orleans

    We road tripped to New Orleans for the first time last summer, and quickly fell in love with this city. New Orleans is such a fun place, and there’s lots of unique attractions. It’s a great place for tourists as everything you’d want to see is in walking distance within the downtown core, from Bourbon Street, to Jackson Square, and even Café du Monde.

    My favorite part of New Orleans of course has to be the cuisine. We had such a great time doing a foodie tour along Bourbon Street.

    2. San Francisco

    San Francisco is another one of our favorite destinations. We spent a bit of time touring Alcatraz while in the city. It was a fascinating (and a little eerie) experience. There are stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge on the boat ride over and at Alcatraz itself.

    We also spent a bit of time walking around Chinatown — A must see if you’re going to visit San Francisco. Another must see attraction is just for “Full House” fans: the iconic houses in the style of the one on that TV show. We never successfully found the official “Full House” home, but had fun touring around the city looking for it.

    Road trip tip: if you’re going to visit Alcatraz, make sure to book your tickets in advance. The ferry ride over was sold out for the entire weekend, leaving many disappointed tourists who showed up intending to buy tickets at the dock.

    3. Las Vegas

    There’s nothing more thrilling than road tripping down the Las Vegas strip. It’s such an iconic stretch of street, and it’s an amazing experience to drive down the strip in your own car (a much better experience than in a cab). The first time we rolled through Las Vegas, we drove up and down its length several times just taking in all the lights and attractions.

    There’s also some big advantages of having a car while road tripping in Las Vegas. The strip is huge, and if you want to move from one side to another, or even head over to Freemont Street, it’s handy to have a car — and you can park at any hotel on the strip. You can also do a day road trip over to the Grand Canyon. Which leads me to…

    4. Grand Canyon

    The Grand Canyon is a must see. Pictures truly don’t do it justice. We spent several hours sitting on the edge of the South Rim, just taking in the views. Try to time it so you’re there for sunrise or sunset — It’s magnificent.

    5. Seattle

    Seattle is a fun city. It has a little something for everyone, and it’s a great tourist-oriented city. I highly recommend doing the Seattle Underground Walking Tour. It helps you appreciate the history of Seattle in terms of its layers of development through the years. Its present-day centrally located roads actually have a kind of “basement” that was the former street level.

    We had a great time exploring the Space Needle, Sculpture Park and, of course, enjoying the food. Pike Place and the Gum Wall have to be our favorite attractions in Seattle.

    6. Portland

    We spent St. Patrick’s Day in the downtown area, enjoying their local craft beer, and exploring such tourist places like Voodoo Doughnuts and contemplated the Keep Portland Weird sign.

    For those outdoor enthusiasts, not only is Portland a beautiful city, but you can also venture along the Columbia River Gorge, specifically the Oneonta Gorge and Mammoth Falls.

    7. Memphis

    Memphis is a delicious city for the foodie in all of us. We road tripped to Memphis for a taste of traditional southern BBQ, and went on a quest to round up different kinds of BBQ sauces to bring home and try.

    Beale Street is a highly recommended tourist stop. Not knowing what to expect, we headed down there and were pleasantly surprised with the liveliness of the street. What a great experience.

    8. San Diego

    San Diego is such a beautiful city, and a perfect destination for a summer road trip. We spent quite a bit of time on Coronado Island, relaxing on the beach near Hotel del Coronado.

    I went to my first baseball game while in San Diego, a wonderful, recommended experience.

    For some history, the Gaslamp Quarter along with Old Town are great places to explore, do walking tours, and enjoy some lunch.

    9. Yellowstone National Park

    The truly amazing Yellowstone is a no-brainer addition to this list. It’s a fascinating place to explore, but be warned it’s also a busy place during the summer months. Once you experience the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park, you’ll fully understand why it’s a busy road trip destination for summer.

    10. Glacier National Park

    A beautiful place to explore, and if you’re a fan of road tripping, you’ll enjoy the drive along the Going-to-the-Sun road. Truly take some time to experience all that this place has to offer, and of course, enjoy the glaciers while they last.

    I hope you enjoyed my top 10 road trip destinations for summer. Leave a comment below and let me know which of these destinations is your favorite road trip for summer, or what you would add to this list. 


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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