Road trip recommendations
With temperatures starting to warm up in many locations, people are anxious
to get out and about.
We've collected four of our favorite warmer-weather destinations to give you an idea of where to go on your next road trip. Read on to get an overview of some great cities to visit.
The largest city in the state of Tennessee, Memphis is full of things to see: for live music – especially the blues – Beale Street is the place to be; visit Overton Square in midtown for eating, shopping and entertainment; or take a tour of Graceland. You can also take a road trip south on Highway 61 – the Blues Highway – along the Mississippi river. Memphis is also famous for barbecue: with almost 100 restaurants in the city there is no shortage of great food available. With its rich history and delicious southern-style cooking, you'll always have something to experience.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
One of the most scenic roads in the country, along this family-friendly trip you'll see historic towns, amusement parks and aquariums. There are also opportunities to camp, hike and explore the redwoods if that is more your style. Beaches and the ocean are easily accessible along the way where you'll see everything from surfers to sea lions. Make sure to bring your camera and to take your time, as a road doesn't get the name "America's Most Beautiful Drive" by accident.
While Texas' state capitol is a city known as a creative haven for artists, musicians and writers, many visitors come specifically for the music. Local musicians explore and expand on Texas' country, folk, and blues musical heritage. A great place to witness this is 6th Street: during the day, shops, restaurants and historic buildings are the main attraction. At night, 6th Street comes alive with live music, shows and special events. Other attractions include the beautiful architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, the University of Texas campus or the Zilker Botanical Garden, which provides creative inspiration for artists and writers, and provides some solitude within the city. Austin sports a great park system, with numerous biking/hiking trails and a spring-fed swimming pool. If you want to branch out slightly, Austin is a great location for exploring the green Hill Country to the west of the city.
New Orleans, Louisiana
A great city loaded with food, music, history and culture, New Orleans is best known for Mardi Gras, but it's a fun trip any time of the year. Explore the beautiful French Quarter, with its architecture, galleries, museums and restaurants, visit the Cabildo in historic Jackson Square where the Louisiana Purchase was signed, or even take a nighttime tour through a historic graveyard. Throw in all kinds of great music and festivals year-round, and it's certain you'll run out of time before you run out of fun things to do.
What's your favorite destination?
When you just have to get away, where do you hop in your car and head (or wish you could head)? Stay tuned, as we'll be highlighting a different destination or drive each month. You can check these out on our Facebook page, where you can provide us with some recommendations for future road trip destinations as well as enter for 21st Century contests and giveaways.
Sources: yahootravel.com; Tripadvisor.com; roadtripamerica.com