10 Best Road Trips to Take This Summer

 

Start your planning and pick out your perfect car snacks; it’s time to drive and explore! Taking a road trip can be one of the best parts of a real summer. From Philadelphia, you can head to the beach (and not always down the shore), escape to the forest, or cross off exploring a city that’s been on your list for a while. Either way, this type of vacation is all about the journey and destination. If you haven’t planned your summer road trip yet, here are 10 of our favorites.

Destinations a Short Drive from Philly

Cape May, NJ (2 hours, 93 miles)

Be proud to be a beach bum, whether it’s for one day or two weeks. The stunning historic beach town is more of an old-fashioned experience of the Jersey Shore as America’s oldest seaside resort. Accommodations range from modern oceanside resorts to quaint beach houses with more of the historic flair the city is known for. Although the beach is usually packed during the summer, July is their busiest month, and going during the middle of the week will help you have a less crowded experience.

Lewes, DE (2.5 hours, 120 miles)

This beach town has been transformed by brewery Dogfish Head with the Dogfish Inn. In addition to all the adventuring the town has to offer, the inn creates a fantastic experience for nature lovers who also love beer. Plan a day trip to see the sites (or go to the actual brewery just 11 miles away), or a weekend away to get the full experience.

Hershey Park (2 hours, 97 miles)

It can be a quick day trip perfect for families. Stay at the Hotel Hershey for a more luxurious experience. They even have chocolate scented toiletries, and you get passes to enter the park one hour before everyone else! Or, make this a fun and budget-friendly weekend by camping or staying in of the many nearby towns. Although a lot of things are chocolate themed, it isn’t like you stepped straight into Candy Land, although you might want to pick up an exclusive giant chocolate bar while you’re there. Admission to Zoo America is included with every theme park ticket, so you can see more than 200 animals native to North America.

More Than Just A Day Trip

Assateague Island National Seashore (3-4 hours, 152 miles)

The national park and island span from Maryland to Virginia. A four-hour drive leads you to seeing wild horses, kayaking, and exploring the beaches. You can camp on certain areas of the island, stay in nearby small towns, or do a short drive back and forth from Ocean City, MD. Park rangers lead guided tours of the island to take you to all the best spots for wildlife watching and views of the ocean.

Pittsburgh, PA (5-6 hours, 300 miles)

Pittsburgh offers a little bit of everything to the city adventurer. The city is known for its bridges, museums, and the Phipps Conservatory and Gardens. Don’t miss the Andy Warhol Museum and trying the pastrami sandwich at Primanti Bros. There’s a lot to see in a long weekend, so make sure you plan ahead and buy tickets in advance whenever possible. You can stay on I-76 for the entire drive or take a couple of easy detours for fun stops in Lancaster and to minimize the tolls.

Nemacolin Resort (5 hours, 297 miles)

Get a little rugged in Southwestern PA. Nemacolin offers all the outdoorsy things your adventurous friends and family might want to do in one place. Go rock climbing, test your skills on a ropes course, make frenemies in a game of paintball, and explore the wildlife center. The resort is nestled in a forest and offers a range of options for overnight stays, so you aren’t tied to just one hotel. Passes to multiple activities are available, so you can schedule all your activities and save a little money at the same time.

Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest (6 hours, 305 miles)

If you want to go a little more off the grid with your nature experience, head to Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. The national forest is the perfect playground for experienced and amateur hikers alike, and you can reach stunning views in just a few hours on foot. Go camping and fishing by Grout Pond, and miles of trails lead to the Somerset Reservoir for more exploring. If you’re ready to go camping or want to return to hotel accommodations at the end of the day, Green Mountain has a little bit of everything.

Hitting the road

Portland, ME (7 hours, 410 miles)

The coast of New England is a perfect destination during the warmer months. Explore rocky seashores to find tide pools galore, and venture to Casco Bay to see historic lighthouses and go sailing. Palace Playland is a gorgeous beachfront amusement park to keep the kids entertained, and you can eat and shop all around town.

Myrtle Beach, SC (10 hours, 570 miles)

If you want to head south to see a different side of the eastern coastline, Myrtle Beach is the perfect summertime destination. It’s the center of the Grand Strand, which has more than 60 miles of beaches. In addition to beaches, the city is equipped with amusement parks and boardwalks that will keep everyone exploring for days.

Follow the Blue Ridge Mountains (12+ hours)

This trip takes dedication and a vehicle in decent shape but is worth it for the views. You can journey to Chattanooga, TN from Philly in 12 hours, but travelers recommend making many stops along the way to explore the towns along the epic Blue Ridge Mountains. Pick between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive. Skyline runs through Shenandoah National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway takes you a little further south on your way to Tennessee. There are many different spots along the way, but music destinations are essential for country music fans. Don’t miss the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA and partaking in Appalachian soul food along the way.

 

So whatever road trip you decide on, you certainly want to make sure your vehicle is in good enough condition to get you there and back safely and without mechanical breakdowns. If not, this may be the ideal time to trade it in for a more reliable one. At Eden Autos you will always find a large selection of late-model, low mileage cars and SUV’s to choose from. And we have flexible financing options the meet your individual needs. We also offer numerous financial solutions for those with more challenged credit issues. So, no matter what your financial situation, our dedicated staff is here to help you get the right vehicle that best fits your needs, with financing within your budget.