5 Exciting and Affordable Road Trips to Experience

Summer is the perfect time to get away from your day-to-day routine with family or friends, but vacations can also be very pricey. Luckily, there are many incredible sights to see in the U.S., and if you decide to drive, you can save on costly plane tickets and many other travel expenses.

Want an exciting summer adventure but also want to save some money? Consider loading up the car for one of these unforgettable road trip adventures. Before heading off on your excursion, however, be sure to use online resources like to familiarize yourself with driving laws in other states so you can follow the rules of the road and drive without worries.

Soak Up the Sun on Coastal Highways

If you love driving along the coast with a surreal ocean backdrop on one side and majestic mountain peaks on the other, there is no better place than California’s Pacific Coast Highway. While you can take this historic highway all the way from Southern California to Washington, Travel and Leisure Magazine notes the best sites are in the Big Sur area.

While you drive through the oceanside cliffs, you’ll likely never get enough of the breathtaking views. There are plenty of places to stop along the PCH to soak up some California culture and natural beauty, such as Redwood National Forest, the Victorian charm of Mendocino and Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur.

Embrace Your Inner Mountain Man

Instead of staying indoors all summer to escape the scorching heat and bustling city life, get away from civilization for a while in the mountains of Colorado. According to Yahoo, the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway is an 80-mile stretch from State Bridge to Grand Lake that takes you right through the Rocky Mountain National Park.

If you ever wanted to see wildlife, like bears, rare birds and wolves, this is the place to go. There are many places to stop along the route — hot springs to soak in, lakes for boating and fishing, and breathtaking hiking and biking trails — that will make you never want to return to city life.

Take a Cross-Country Drive

If you are feeling a little more ambitious and want to span as much of the country as possible, the summer is a great time to take on the I-90 stretch between Boston and Seattle. From one tip of the country to the other, spanning more than 3,000 miles, the I-90 is the longest interstate in the U.S. On your way, you will visit 13 states. Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls and Mount Rushmore are just a few of the incredible sights you can stop to see along the way.

Taste Your Way Through the South

What better way to spend the summer than river kayaking, laying on the beach, seeing beautiful historic towns, and eating delicious seafood to your heart’s content? Well, the South has all of this to offer and more when you take the route around the Gulf of Mexico, starting in New Orleans and ending in northern Florida.

Outside Magazine mapped out a great route, with plenty of hidden gems along the way, including renting a beach house and birdwatching on Dauphin Island, taking surfing lessons and fishing for flounder in Destin, Florida, and experiencing unique 4-star dining in the New Orleans French Quarter.

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

The mother of all road trip routes, experiencing the historic and iconic Route 66, is a must-drive for any king of the road. Much of the original road has been replaced by newer interstates, but some of the most historic and recognizable parts have been preserved for nostalgic travelers. According to USA Today, the route officially starts in Illinois and ends in California, although the most iconic sights you’ll recognize from movies are in the Southwest portion of the trip.