My husband and I just returned from an amazing vacation. We didn’t climb K2 or zip line the Amazon. We just took a good old-fashioned road trip.
We are both road trip romantics, adhering to a circa 1940s definition of “vacation”: point the car toward a destination and hit every natural, cultural, and historical spot along the way. There are two rules that we follow while on the road: Rule #1 is to avoid the major highways at all costs; Rule #2 is don’t stay in any national chains.
This summer we explored the Mid-Atlantic. Some highlights of our trip were the Chesapeake Bay: BLUE CRAB!, Charlottesville, Virginia, MONTECELLO!!, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and SCENERY!!! The hours I spent researching so we wouldn’t get stuck in a Marriott paid off in a big way. A few times we found ourselves staying in the coolest places and being the only ones there. The highlight of our trip was being the only souls staying on a 1500-acre farm in Virginia (the inn-keeper went home for the night). I’ll admit it was a little spooky at first, but it was so fun sitting on the porch at night imagining what it was like for the family who settled that wilderness in the 1800s.
The more road trips we take, the more I realize that so much that we have seen will never be the same again. We often take the same drives in our home state to find that the little town we strolled ten years ago has been overrun with Targets, Home Depots, and developments. It’s great to be the only people staying in a tiny inn out in the middle of nowhere, but it’s also a sign of the times. Most people don’t travel that way anymore, and it’s everyone’s loss.
Get out there and discover America! Grab your best pal and take a road trip anywhere (it could be in your own state). Get off the main highway and you’ll be amazed at the things you’ll find. Oh, and we added a third road trip rule this summer: If you have a choice between a road or a ferry, take the ferry!
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