Top 5 Road Trips You Can Make in 5 Days or Less
In a year filled with fear, isolation, and canceled trips, the travel bug is itching many of us more than ever. While the global pandemic has cast a major shadow over our lives and initiated travel restrictions all over the world, safe travel is still very much a possibility. Road trips are a fantastic way to enjoy some time away while maintaining the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.
There are a ton of routes that allow you to explore some of the most incredible places in the United States. While a cross-country road trip can often take weeks, many of us don’t have weeks to spare. Luckily, there are several unforgettable road trips you can make in under a week. From rugged coastlines to breathtaking mountainscapes, these are the 5 best road trips you can make in 5 days or less, just don’t forget your Camera Caper Cards :
San Diego to Seattle
For the ultimate west coast journey, hop on the Pacific Coast Highway and drive from San Diego to Seattle. In just under 20 hours, you can take in breathtaking views of the coastline, mountains, and redwood forests.
Start your journey with a beach day in sunny San Diego and end it in the beautiful Olympic National Park, with stops like the Hollywood sign and Hearst Castle that make this one of the best road trips imaginable.
Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park
If you’re looking for the most impressive natural beauty (or the most impressive travel photos!) that the United States has to offer, this is the road trip of your dreams.
Start at the enchanting Zion National Park and work your way up to the dramatic Yellowstone National Park, making sure to stop in Salt Lake City for a break along the way and visit the salt flats. Go early morning and late evening for the best photo op.
The drive clocks in at 10 and a half hours, but with the jaw-dropping scenery surrounding you, you won’t want the journey to end.
Jacksonville to Miami
Beach lovers, this one’s for you! For the best road trip to experience some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, make the drive from Jacksonville to Miami.
This drive can easily be done in one day, as it’s only 5 hours, but you should definitely make a few stops to get the full experience. St. Augustine, Daytona Beach (see the race track and take a ride in a NASCAR), Cocoa Beach, and West Palm Beach are among the many amazing beach towns along the way.
Red Rock Scenic Byway
The natural rock formations found along the Red Rock Scenic Byway are nothing short of magical. This captivating drive starts at the famous National Forest of Sedona and passes through the Coconino National Forest.
With red rock banks, canyons, and incredible hiking trails, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular drive.
The bewitching red rocks are especially popular with photographers seeking the best travel photos, so make sure to bring a camera!
Vermont’s Route 100
To experience one of the best road trips for lovers of the outdoors, Vermont’s Route 100 is a must. With an abundance of crystal blue lakes, dazzling mountains, and lush greenery, it’s no wonder this drive is a local favorite.
Go sailing on Lake Whitingham, stroll through the picturesque village of Weston, and take killer travel photos from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain.
This scenic road trip wouldn’t be complete without a snack break in Waterbury, the birthplace of Ben & Jerry’s.
Dan has been working in the photography industry for over 20 years mostly in the commercial space. He re-focused in travel and travel content 5 years ago after a long career in commercial studio, interior and advertising content for industry leaders in many genres.
Published many times in print with Professional Photographer, Sony, Culture Trip, Countryside Magazine, NY Tourism Guide, New York Times, many real estate marketing magazines throughout the USA and many online publications. Dan has also co-authored “Creative Photography : The Professional Edge”.
Dan also runs yearly photography tours in Alaska at alaskabearcruise.com where he is the guide and company co-owner. He also runs a successful nationwide photography business.
Current principal sponsors include Think Tank Photo and Lumix, also a previous British Photography Awards Ambassador.