It’s that time of year again; to celebrate the red, white and blue that makes America great. It’s the perfect time of year to hit the road and take a road trip. Your kids have graduated high school or college or are just out for the summer, the weather is grand, and summer will be long gone before you know it.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get up and go without much planning or doing? Sometimes it is a great idea to be spontaneous, glance at your best friend and say “Road trip?” Other times, you need to plan and plan well. Fourth of July is one of those times. Hundreds of thousands of travelers will hit the road wanting to enjoy the scenic side of America. There are some great places to visit this Fourth of July and then there are some you just need to stay away from, at least until fall that is.
1. America’s National Parks are celebrating 100 years this August and what patriotic list of trips would be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon – the granddaddy of them all or Yellowstone – one of the first and most loved. If you really want a sight for sore eyes, though, you might want to consider Acadia National Park. If you’re looking for the blue in your red, white and blue road trip, then you’ll find what you’re looking for on the drive through to Acadia National Park with its blue lupines blanketing the road. Whether you’re pedaling through Park Loop Road or picking blueberries and taking a hike up Cadillac Mountain – not to mention glorious sunrises – you and every member of your family will find ample activities to celebrate America this Fourth of July.
2. Mount Desert Island is like a world of its own with plenty more activities. Visit the Sieur de Monts Springs where the Wild Gardens of Acadia come to life or dive into the brisk and refreshing waters of Sand Beach. This National Park is not only breathtaking but is also refreshing.
3. If you’re in Hawaii for the Fourth of July, first of all – lucky you – secondly, if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare, then why not take a drive on the most hair-raising and exhilarating road trip there is. The road to Hana trip from Kahului will take you a couple of hours to traverse the more than 50 miles of treacherous slope, but the views are oh-so-worth it. Visit the seven sacred pools and breath in the view.
4. Make a key decision and take a road trip down to the Florida Keys. Make your way across 7-mile bridge and meander through more than 100 miles of paradise as you take in the view of aqua blue waters, sights and scenery. It’s hard to remember the stresses of life when you’re traveling through the more than 100-mile chain of islands that make paradise come to life for you.