3 Best Summer Roadtrips
Do you have nostalgic memories about childhood summer roadtrips with your family? Sandwiches picked up from roadside cafés? Gas station candy bars? Mountains of blankets in the backseat, counting state license plates, and doing sing-alongs? If you’re looking to re-live those memories, we have just the list for you!
1. Big Bend National Park
Sample Roadmap Route: Austin -> Marfa -> Big Bend National Park
Texas during the summer might not sound like the most appealing thing ever, but hear me out! Big Bend National Park is located in southwest Texas and includes the entire Chisos mountain range and a large part of the Chihuahuan Desert. Though it’s true that the weather during the summer is quite hot (and requires you to be familiar with heat safety), May through August is the rainy season in Big Bend and the afternoon and evening rains are beautiful and cool the desert. The temperature varies between the desert floor and the mountains, so pack a variety of clothes and get ready for a West Texas Adventure!
If you start your roadtrip in Austin, be sure to check out the vibrant live music scene, eat as much guacamole and chips as you can stomach, and check out the new Austin Public Library in the downtown area—it’s an architectural masterpiece and a beautiful community space! Once you’ve had your fill of Austin, make the 6.5 hour drive to Marfa to check out the art scene, and maybe take a photo of the Prada building if you want to be a typical tourist. Sleep in a yurt, a tent, or a cute hotel before driving the last 1.5 hours to Big Bend National Park the next day where you can hike and explore a new terrain!
2. A Canada Adventure!
Sample Roadmap Route: Seattle -> Vancouver -> Whistler
This roadtrip will be the shortest international roadtrip you’ll ever take! This summer roadtrip is short and sweet, starting in the dynamic city of Seattle, you can check out the Pike Place Market, explore Mt. Rainier, and admire the Space Needle. If you’re a U.S. citizen with a passport, you don’t need a visa to cross over the border from the U.S. to Canada.
From Seattle, the drive is just a short 2.5 hours to Vancouver, and the road couldn’t be more scenic! Once you’re in Vancouver, you can take a leisurely stroll through Stanley Park, enjoy an evening in Yaletown, and explore Kitsilano Beach.
After you’ve had your fill of Vancouver (which might not be for a while), you can make the short 1.5 hour drive to Whistler. Whistler was the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games and it’s easy to see why it was chosen. In Whistler, hike around Garibaldi Provincial Park, which boasts stunning views year-round. If you’re into waterfalls, check out the magnificent waterfall in Shannon Falls Provincial Park!
3. A Rocky Mountain Summer Roadtrip
Sample Roadmap Route: Yellowstone National Park –> Jackson Hole –> Rock Springs –> Denver –> Boulder
Though there are many exciting stops on this roadmap route, but the total trip time is just about 12 hours! If you’ve never been to Yellowstone National Park, get ready to experience an otherworldly, whimsical land! Yellowstone was the first national park in America and is famous for its geothermal features, especially the Old Faithful geyser which is a highly predictable cone geyser that spouts at regular intervals throughout the day!
Next up is Jackson Hole, a beautiful valley that is surrounded by mountains and covered in rivers and streams. Don’t forget to bring your camping gear because it has been rated the best campsite in Wyoming!
In Rock Springs, check out the Fossil Butte National Monument and White Mountain before making your way to a much larger city: Denver! Denver is the capital of Colorado and features things-to-do including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Denver Art Museum.
After Denver, head on over to Boulder, a college town that is home to the bustling Pearl Street Mall. With a falafel or ice cream in hand, check out performances on the streets and the flowers blooming in every corner. Then, check out the Fiske Planetarium, a university venue for astronomy shows, and go to Chautauqua Park for idyllic mountain scenery!
We hope you enjoy these summer roadtrip ideas! Don’t forget to pack your Lucid Audio Hearbands so you can amplify the sounds of nature while you explore! And, bring along some Kids Hearmuffs to protect your children’s ears from the loud automobile sounds while you drive!