Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and, of course, you want to pull out all the stops for your true love. But this year, instead of candy or flowers, treat your Valentine to a romantic road trip. Road trips have all the ingredients for memories that last a lifetime — a new shared adventure, the possibility of spontaneous pit-stops and best of all, quality time together.
Whether you have just a few days or all the time in the world to spend with your sweetheart, here are three impossibly romantic road trips sure to make this Valentine’s Day the one to beat.
If you seek the highest peaks, and you’re in the United States, you’ll find yourself on the move often. A great way to see the country you love is with road trips to each of your mountaineering destinations. Plan far in advance, make sure you are equipped with the right gear, then hit the road; the mountains await. But what are the best peaks in the U.S.? Here’s a look at the best peaks to visit on this epic road trip and what you’ll need.
Begin in Albuquerque, a city dating back to 1706, founded as the Spanish colonial outpost. There are so many wonderful places to visit.
New Mexico is the land of enchantment, and to see it best, you will want to drive to its most compelling locations. Begin in the north center of the state and make your way southward, to see these wonderful places that are sure to become your personal favorites.
This Montana road trip connects some of the finest features of the Big Sky Country, including a great national park, and evocative historic sites.
For a driving trip that lets you see some of the best volcanoes anywhere, try this “Volcanoes of the Cascades” driving tour. This drive lets you see four volcanoes up close and personal (Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, and Lassen Peak), and offers views of at least three more, at a distance. You will love being in the Pacific Northwest, and seeing these impressive examples of nature’s wonders.
South Carolina’s Low Country is known for it’s calm marshes, coastal islands and rich history. This road trip will take you through coastal South Carolina from Georgetown to Savannah, passing through areas of great natural and historic interest. To drive it in the other direction try our Low Country Scenic Drive article, which includes the southern Georgia coast as well.
For many people, there’s nothing like escaping the city and driving through the open countryside. However, going off-road also requires some very specific vehicle requirements. This is something to keep in mind when considering taking your own car, or even renting a car when you arrive at your destination.
Most rentals are designed for city use, so you should make the rental agency aware of your needs and plans. In addition to weather maintenance, for instance, you also need to consider the direct effects of driving away from typical roads and city environments.
‘Tis the season to hit the road, Jack. So why aren’t you packing up already? Don’t miss out on on your next vacay: if you experience driving anxiety, read on for techniques that can help you feel more comfortable behind the wheel. These techniques include:
The Mighty Mississippi stretches for 2,552 miles in length, from its source at Lake Itasca to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. This route focuses on the urban highlights, allowing you to experience nine of America’s great riverfront cities if you drive the entire route. This is also an road trip route that would be easy to split in half, driving some of it now and saving the rest for another drive.