Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Road Trip Resources off the Highway

If you’re someone who can just hit the road and find cool things to do along the way, congratulations. But for the rest of us, it’s helpful to have a rough itinerary ahead of time. Most of us don’t have a lot of time to waste, and no one wants to end up road tripping through America’s strip malls and outlet shops.

Exit the Highway is a new initiative with itineraries starting from major cities that connect you with state parks, Audubon centers, nature preserves, and protected wetlands. Bottom line? You’re guaranteed to spend time in the great outdoors on these trips.

Another great resource is America’s Byways, which actually designates certain routes that are especially scenic or historic. Some are no-brainers, like the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

But then there are the lesser-known routes, like the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, which connects protected forests, springs and other natural spots. And yes, chances are you’ll see some Florida black bears close to the road.

And one of the best resources out there is Roadtrip America. This planning tool can help you figure out not just how to get from Point A to B to C, but how to do it on America’s two-lane roads and historic roads.

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