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10 Libraries on Wheels: Funky Bookmobiles Around the World

In today’s digital world, finding a book to read can be as easy as a one-click purchase to provide us with instant information — it’s easily at our fingertips. However, this wasn’t exactly the case before we had the internet. Libraries and book shops were readily available for those who lived nearby, but those who lived in remote areas had to find alternative ways to access information. For hundreds of years, libraries on wheels, or bookmobiles, have helped spread literacy and entertainment to people around the globe — and they still exist today!

The tradition of the bookmobile has its roots in 19th century Great Britain. This horse-drawn wagon traveled throughout eight different villages to help spread good literature to the people in these rural areas. This innovative idea gained popularity and took off, sprouting more bookmobiles all around the globe. Some are eye-catching tourist attractions, while others continue to serve those who don’t have easy access to the joy of books and the information they provide.

Whether a journey by car, bike or even donkey, these bookmobiles have a common goal of creating community and sharing the love of books.

If you’re embarking on a cross-country road trip to visit some of these spots or just love all things travel and books, read on to learn more about these 10 funky bookmobiles from around the world.

1. Weapon of Mass Instruction

Known as the Weapon of Mass Instruction, this Argentinian bookmobile has been converted from a green 1979 Ford Falcon war tank and equipped with shelves to hold many books. This vehicle was most used by military members during Argentina’s dictatorship from 1976 to 1982.

But don’t let this fool you — artist Raul Lemesoff designed this bookmobile to protest violence and weapons. Lemesoff drives this bookmobile through the busy streets of Buenos Aires to interact with the public and often distributes books to the children in the rural communities of Argentina where there are very few schools. 

His books are free, as long as you promise to read them. Transporting over 900 books around the city, this mobile library aims to bring the communities of Buenos Aires together through the shared love of reading and promoting peace through literature.

tank bookmobile

2. BiebBus

Have you ever heard of a bookmobile that expands? The BiebBus is a converted truck-container that travels from school to school in the Amsterdam region of the Netherlands. Den Hollander created this modern concept as an alternative to a full-time library, which was hard to finance in the area. 

Since the streets are very narrow and densely populated, the bookmobile was built to expand upwards to be able to maximize as much space as possible. On the lower level, a more traditional “library” holds up to 7,000 books and also has computers. Looking up, a transparent ceiling leads into the expanded room that slides over to reveal a fun nook for kids to hang out and read. This space is decked out with bean bag chairs and a bird’s eye view of the city. 

Up to 45 children at a time can enjoy this unique and entertaining space, and it’s conveniently close to their schools! Hollander successfully shows us how fun reading can be with this clever and interactive mobile library.

blue bookmobile

3. Tell a Story

Culture has no borders — this is an ideology that this innovative and vibrant bookmobile stands for. After realizing how hard it was to find Portuguese-based books in other languages, Francisco Antolin and two of his friends created Tell a Story to introduce classic Portuguese literature to international visitors. Since stories are a great way to understand culture, Tell a Story offers an outlet for foreigners to discover and learn about Portugal. 

Converted from a vintage 1975 Renault Estafatte, Tell a Story houses many books that are translated into five different languages (English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) so people from anywhere can enjoy the experience this bookmobile has to offer. Since 2013, this mobile library has been traveling around the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, aiming to bring foreigners and locals together by sharing the love of books.

portugal bookmobile

4. Library in the Tram

In a more modern take of the bookmobile, this Tram Library based in Brno, Czech Republic, travels 45 miles every day to not only promote the Jiri Mahen Library, but also the benefits of digital reading. While working with an advertising agency, librarian staff converted tram cars into an eye-catching visual statement to spread their idea. 

This bookmobile reaches about 1,000 riders a day and allows its visitors to access thousands of QR codes and other information related to literature, such as book tips. Visitors can scan these codes with their phones to access the library’s website, search the catalog for reading materials and download free ebooks. 

The Tram Library also targets its riders with demographic-specific information based on where they usually sit in the trams; strollers and children usually sit in the back and the elderly and disabled in the front. This modern mobile library has gained a lot of popularity on social media and in the Czech Republic and has in turn gotten its riders excited about reading and exploring what their local library has to offer.

orange bookmobile

5. The Digital Bookmobile

This US-based bookmobile coins itself as the high-tech update of traditional bookmobiles with a database containing at least 100,000 digital books. Started by Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive, the Digital Bookmobile is an outreach program for public libraries and schools to promote their free digital collections of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming videos and magazines. 

Using an app called Libby, users can access these resources with their digital library card. Once a book is downloaded from this bookmobile, it can be read or listened to from any device.

The database contains literature for all ages that ranges from best-sellers to children’s books. This 53-foot renovated toterhome travels across the entire United States and even parts of Canada. Their next 2020 tour is set to have 130 events in 27 states — including cities like San Antonio and Fort Meyers — as well as four Canadian provinces! 

digital bookmobile

6. Biblioburro

This teacher found a way to fight illiteracy and bring books to children in rural Colombia — by donkey! Although this bookmobile is not technically on wheels, it still shares the common goal of spreading the joy of books. Luis Soriano created Biblioburro out of concern that his students had no access to books at their homes. 

The children in these rural communities of Magdalena often would fall behind in school due to the fact that their lack of book access prevented them from finishing their assignments. To even get to school, these kids are faced with traveling very long distances. To help solve this issue, Soriano set out on a mission to bring books to them. 

Since the 1990s, Soriano has spread literature to more than 4,000 kids in these communities with the help of his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto. Holding up to 120 books at a time, this “bookmobile” program not only benefits the children but also helps their parents learn in the process to create more educated homes. 

donkey bookmobile

7. Beep Beep Books

In 2013, the powerful Typhoon Haiyan struck Cebu, a province in the Philippines. Schools and libraries were destroyed including all of the books inside. In response to this massive disaster, Marcie Dunham wanted to help by creating a bookmobile to get children and the schools affected back on their feet. 

This brightly colored refurbished jeepney (the most popular form of transportation in the Philippines) collects new and used books and travels to these communities to provide “starter sets” of 100 books. These books are delivered by storytellers and teachers who have a goal of inspiring creativity and giving hope to the children who have lost everything. 

Beep Beep Books thrives off of donations from local non-profits and other foundations, such as the Pandoo Foundation and It Matters Initiative. These foundations strive to bring new teaching methods, lessons and resources to these kids. 

green and blue bookmobile

8. Mata Aksara

This unique bookmobile has its roots in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia. Bookstore owner Nuradi Indra Wijaya saw success from his one-room library, so he decided to create an extension of the library that could transport books to the more rural areas of the city. 

A motorbike-powered vehicle was donated to Wijaya from the government after the 2010 Mount Merapi eruption and was repainted and turned into the bookmobile known as Mata Aksara. Traveling weekly to six different villages, Mata Aksara’s books help educate the surrounding villages that have limited access to resources. 

One village asked for plant breeding and organic farming books, which taught them to swap out chemical pesticides for organic ones for farming! Mata Aksara has also expanded into a treehouse, and in addition to the library, holds up to 4,000 books and educational games. 

blue bookmobile

9. Words on Wheels 

This bookmobile located in Fort Worth, Texas, thrives on the idea of Read, Relax, Repeat. Because several popular bookstores were closing their doors in the area, founder Tina Stovall wanted to create an alternative and easy way for people to still be able to access books. 

Words on Wheels, established in 2011, is the perfect place to grab a book (for free!) and get your reading on. Traveling up and down Magnolia Avenue, you’ll easily be able to spot this reclaimed school bus, as it’s painted white with colorful WOW letters on the outside. 

Step inside and you can experience the cozy environment — complete with hardwood floors, comfy couches and curtains for a homey touch. This bookmobile carries hundreds of books with a selection that’s constantly rotating — with genres ranging from romance to self-help books that you can keep for yourself.

yellow bookmobile

10. Street Books

There always seems to be creative and funky ideas sprouting in Portland, Oregon — and its residents do love their books. This is the case for the small wooden box on a bike that attracts crowds on the city’s streets. 

Laura Moulton, an artist, writer and resident of Portland, created Street Books, a bicycle-powered bookmobile to serve those who do not have a home and live outside. Using traditional library methods, patrons receive a Street Books library card (these don’t require identification) and fill out a form to check out a book for free. 

Since June of 2011, this little blue box on wheels has given out thousands of books and has also seen a high return rate. This bookmobile carries all kinds of reading materials that many will love, such as poetry, history, memoirs and even old copies of The New Yorker. Those who live in tents, cars and on the streets are able to feel like part of the community and are given a chance to be entertained, or reconnect with stories they’ve read in the past.

bike bookmobiles

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Now that we’re living in a digital world, libraries and bookstores may feel like a thing of the past. However, these bookmobiles are able to break that barrier and offer an innovative and unique way to share literature and entertainment with anyone, anywhere. 

If you want a new, out-of-the-box adventure idea, this is it! Check these funky bookmobiles off your bucket list and be sure to rent a car as you plan your trip to one of these destinations. 

 

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10 Women Who Changed the Automotive Industry

Historically, many leaps have been made and glass ceilings shattered by trailblazing women across the globe. From much needed equal rights policies to changing people’s perceptions of women’s capabilities, we’ve come a long way from the days when women weren’t allowed to own property, let alone work. However, women continue to deal with a fair share of gender-based discrimination, especially in male-dominated industries.

One of the industries that grossly underrepresents women is the automotive industry, highly fueled by the misconceptions of women and driving. In a study on the automobile and gender by Martin Wachs, an engineering and planning professor at UCLA, he points out how “the stereotype of the woman driver is one of the most persistent myths of American culture… systematically reinforcing the gender roles that pervade the larger society.”

Even though Wachs’ study was based on a historical perspective, these stereotypes continue to affect women’s relationship with cars and the auto industry. In 2018, only 16 women (eight percent) held executive positions across the globe in automotive Fortune 500 companies. And in the United States, although they dominate clerical work, only about 18 percent obtain mid-level and executive positions.

Although these numbers can be discouraging, there have been plenty of tenacious women in history and today that have not only broken barriers, but opened doors for other women to enter these types of industries.

A History: Women in the Automotive Industry

To commemorate the struggles, fights and successes of some of these women, we created a historical timeline with some of the top boss ladies and their major contributions to the automotive industry. From incredible mathematicians to engineers and fearless racecar drivers, their lives and stories are nothing short of inspiring.

Check out the visual below to learn more about these women’s fantastic contributions to the automotive industry and empowering takeaways from their stories.

timeline of women in motor history.  Whether you’re currently in a male-dominated work environment or dream of entering the automotive industry as these female leaders did, use their lives and accomplishments to feel empowered. If you’re simply an adventure seeker who loves to travel, grab life by the steering wheel and rent a car for your next epic road trip.

SOURCES:

Transportation | Wheels for Wishes | Mercedes-Benz | Inventionland | Lemelson | Geni | Historic Vehicle | Hedy Lamarr | Black Doctor | BBC | MotorWeek | Danica Patrick | Autowise | Parade | Forbes | General Motors

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5 Printable Geography Worksheets for Kids to Learn From Home

Whether you’re hunkered down at home practicing social distancing or getting ready for a long summer with the kids, scheduling in some screen-free time throughout the day is a great way to spend quality time with the family. It can be a challenge to get active kids to sit down for more than five minutes, so parents must get creative with unique activities to keep their kiddos busy and entertained. 

A good way to keep kids’ curious minds going is by encouraging a wanderlust spirit — even when staying at home. This can be done through storytime, games, or even cooking new recipes. Teaching them about the wonders of the world including different cultures, traditions, and cuisines can help develop empathy and even get them excited to learn new things. 

To make things a little easier for you and your family, we put together a fun list of six unique games and geography worksheets. With these geography printables, your kids will get to learn about clever inventors from around the world, place famous landmarks on a map, and learn many fun facts to inspire their travel bucket list.

1. Find the Landmark’s Home

find the landmark printable.

Learning by association is always fun for visual learners! As entire countries are often known by their famous landmarks, your kiddos may have an easy time with this one! If they’re just starting to learn about world geography, associating a cool location or structure will surely get them excited to discover more.

Instructions: 

  1. Color in each landmark and map before cutting. 
  2. Once colored in, have your little one cut each landmark circle.
  3. Glue each landmark in the bubble of the corresponding country.

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2. My Travel Bucket List

travel bucket list printable.

Help your child put together their very own travel bucket list by filling out this printable. In addition to creating a list of countries they’d like to visit, the worksheet asks for places they’d like to visit in each, food they’d like to try and activities they’d like to do.

Follow this worksheet with a fun DIY project like creating a travel pushpin map or putting together a travel journal.

Instructions: 

  1. Before printing, look up fun countries your kids would like to visit. 
  2. Read up on the country’s cuisine, famous landmarks, and culture. 
  3. Help them fill out the printable with the countries they’d most like to visit. 

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3. World Facts Crossword Puzzle

geography crossword puzzle printable.

Knowing important world facts will come in handy when your child starts their first geography class. Help them solve this crossword puzzle by giving them additional clues whenever they get stuck on an answer.

With easy questions (what’s the world’s largest country?) to more difficult ones (what’s the only city that sits on two continents?), this puzzle will help them expand their geographical knowledge.

Instructions: 

  1. Help your kiddo solve the crossword by following the clues. 
  2. If needed, give them additional clues to help them through the puzzle. 
  3. Check their answers with the key on the second page.

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4. Color By Numbers World Flags

color by number printable.

Get your kids to relax and unwind with this color by numbers worksheet. It includes three of some of the world’s most colorful flags to let their creativity flow. Be sure to hand their beautiful creations on the fridge to inspire their future travels. 

Instructions: 

  1. If your little one is still learning their numbers and colors, guide them using the key. 
  2. Have them color each flag to complete the coloring page.

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5. World Capitals Memory Game

matching countries and capitals cards on a table.

To exercise your kid’s brain a little, we created this engaging world capitals memory game. As the cards are not an identical visual match, this game can be an exciting challenge for kids who are starting to learn about political geography. For an added twist, set a time limit and a prize if they match their cards correctly.

Instructions: 

  1. Cut out each card. 
  2. Give your kids some time to familiarize themselves with the countries and their capitals. 
  3. Once they feel ready, place them face down. 
  4. Start matching until all the cards have been paired. 
  5. For beginners, start with fewer cards. 

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Bonus: Around The World Through Famous Inventions

Take your kids on a journey through creative and quirky inventions with some very surprising origins — who knew the croissant isn’t French? Let them unleash their culinary, artistic or engineering creativity by having them learn about ingenious inventors including the woman behind the ice cream maker (yum!) or the loving father who made the very first toy car to stop his daughter from carrying spiders in her matchbox. 

Here are some inventions you can start with: 

  • United States: The Ice Cream Maker by Nancy Johnson
  • England: The Toy Car by Jack Odell
  • France: The Aquarium by Jeanne Villepreux-Power
  • Mexico: The Caesar Salad by Caesar Cardini
  • Croatia: The Speedometer by  Josip Belusic
  • Austria: The Croissant credited to August Zang and Viennese cuisine

How to Get Your Kids Interested in World Cultures

Below are some additional things you can do at home to get your kids interested in world cultures. These tips are great to follow if you’re an avid traveler and want to get your kids excited to join you on your adventures, or are looking for ways to increase their curiosity and drive to learn. 

Teaching children about different traditions, perspectives, and cultures early on can help develop empathy and tolerance. In fact, experts often stress the importance of early childhood travels and the impact those travels can have, including easier relationship building, increased independence, and even higher emotional intelligence. 

Here are some quick tips to help your kid become a citizen of the world:  

  • Start at home. Leading by example is the easiest way to start. Read books or recount your personal travel stories to inspire their own. 
  • Teach a second language. Whether it’s through you, grandma and grandpa, or school, knowing a second language can instill a second perspective.
  • Try new things. Make it a tradition with your family to try new things — this can be visiting a historical museum or trying a new restaurant.
  • Make diversity feel natural. Through family, community, and travel, you can make diverse settings feel comfortable and a normal part of life.
  • Teach that differences are okay. It’s important to teach young kids that differences in opinion, religion, appearance, and way of life are okay and should be met with mutual respect.

With these tips and fun printables on hand, you and your little one are ready to embark on a new adventure. Use them at home to inspire your next road trip or bring them with you during your travels to pass the time. Once you’re ready to hit the road, be sure to rent a car that comfortably fits the whole family!

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32 Best Drive-In Movie Theaters in America

During these uncertain times, many are finding it difficult to think of something new and exciting to do while social distancing. However, as many businesses that serve as forms of entertainment are shut down due to COVID-19, those who are sheltering in place are turning to drive-in movie theaters for a new out-of-the-box activity and a way to watch movies from somewhere other than the couch.

Traditional movie theaters all over the world have closed their doors, but these drive-in theaters have reported increased ticket sales during this time as individuals are able to practice social distancing while enjoying a movie from the safety of their own cars.

The History of Drive-In Movie Theaters

The classic American entertainment experience of a drive-in theater first began in the early 1900s. Richard Hollingshead patented this idea in 1933 as a solution for his mother who was unable to comfortably fit in the small traditional movie theater seats.

Hollingshead’s drive-in theater idea later became Park-In Theater, a drive-in that catered to families. His idea sparked many more drive-ins to sprout up all over the country — this concept really took off in the 1950s during the Baby Boomer generation, known for being car-lovers.

Families throughout the years flocked to this form of entertainment since it offered a lot of flexibility as compared to indoor theaters. It also served as a very affordable date night option — only around 25 cents at the time.

However, over time as towns became more developed and land became more expensive, these mom-and-pop businesses struggled as mainstream cinemas and technology became more modernized and dominated the industry.

Although drive-ins experienced a loss of business in the past, many have remained opened and are symbols of nostalgia and American culture. With today’s current pandemic, they have made a comeback and offer a way to support local businesses.

Mix things up with this fun activity idea for your family or even for a romantic date night. Below we’ve highlighted the top ten drive-ins movie theaters, as well as 22 additional locations to check out! Read on to explore these retro drive-ins in America.

1. Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre

mission tiki drive-in

  • Location: Montclair, California
  • Operating Hours: April to October
  • Fun Fact: This drive-in hosts car shows

In 1959, Hawaii became a state which led to the mainland becoming intrigued by Polynesian tiki bars and home decor. Mission Tiki Drive-In is the perfect example of this retro Hawaiian aesthetic. After being closed down for 50 years, it finally got revamped in 2006. This location has four screens that show films seven days a week.

2. 99W Drive-In Theatre 

99w drive-in

  • Location: Newberg, Oregon
  • Operating Hours: April to October
  • Fun Fact: This drive-in is one of only four still operating in Oregon

This old-fashioned movie theater opened up in 1953 with only one screen and has been operated by the same family for three generations. The first films to be played at 99W featured Yvonne De Carlo in “Sea Devils” and “Under the Sahara.” People who visit this drive-in can experience a nostalgic environment as they visit the old-timey snack bar during the film’s intermission.

3. Coyote Drive-In

coyote drive-in

  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Operating Hours: Year-round
  • Fun Fact: Come hungry — this drive-in has an onsite cantina

The Coyote Drive-In theater was founded in 2011 with the goal of creating a family-friendly experience in Fort Worth. This drive-in location offers scenic views of the city. Be sure to arrive before the movie screening to listen to some live music while you enjoy a nice cold beer.

4. Skyview Drive-In

skyview drive-in

  • Location: Skyview, Illinois
  • Operating Hours: April to September
  • Fun Fact: This location’s original playground from the 1950s has been remodeled for kids to enjoy

This location opened up in 1949 and was recognizable for the pink paint job it donned during the ‘60s and ‘70s. While it’s no longer pink, Skyview Drive-In continues to show double features on Fridays and Saturdays to a loyal community of movie buffs.

5. Starlight Drive-In Theater 

starlight drive-in

  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Operating Hours: Year-round
  • Fun Fact: You can bring your own food to this location

The Starlight Drive-In Theater is well-known in Atlanta for its eclectic art-deco style and has been operating for 60 years. With over four screens, you can enjoy the most recent Hollywood movies. You can also check out their flea market as an added bonus to your drive-in experience.

6. Galaxy Drive-In Theatre  

galaxy drive-in

  • Location: Ennis, Texas
  • Operating Hours: Year-round
  • Fun Fact: Two movies only cost seven dollars at this location

Ahead of its old-fashioned counterparts, the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre allows you to purchase your movie tickets ahead of time and beat the crowds. It even features the occasional 3-D movie, so make sure you get your popcorn ready!

7. Highway 21 Drive-In 

highway 21 drive-in

  • Location: Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Operating Hours: Year-round
  • Fun Fact: This drive-in is known for raising money for their community

Visit this roadside favorite to watch your favorite films under the stars. The Highway 21 Drive-In opened up back in the ‘70s and survived the mass closing of these theaters during the ‘80s. Today, they’re known for philanthropic events that help benefit local residents.

8. Swan Drive-In Theatre 

swan drive-in

  • Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia
  • Operating Hours: Year-round
  • Fun Fact: This drive-in theater was founded by a World War II veteran

One of four remaining drive-in movie theaters in Georgia, the Swan offers blockbuster movie showings year-round. During World War 11, Mr. Tilley, the owner, was stationed in England. While in England, he admired the swans swimming in the lakes and ponds and decided that “Swan” would be the name of this drive-in. Visit this location to embrace a little slice of history!

9. Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater 

stars and stripes drive-in

  • Location: Lubbock, Texas
  • Operating Hours: Year-round
  • Fun Fact: This drive-in has a second location in New Braunfels, Texas

Get a taste of what life was like back in the 1950s at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In. In addition to showing movies on three different screens, this Texas theater’s most interesting quirk might be its 1950s-themed cafe, complete with classic soda parlor-style milkshakes.

10. Boulevard Drive-In Theatre 

Boulevard drive-in

  • Location: Kansas City, Kansas
  • Operating Hours: April to September
  • Fun Fact: Their box office has been untouched since the 1950s

The Boulevard Drive-In Theatre in Kansas City is a family-friendly location that has been open since 1950. Children under 11 can enter for free, and you can even bring your own snacks and drinks. A Swap & Shop flea market has been hosted there since 1975.

22 Additional Drive-ins to Visit Around the U.S. 

  1. Capri Drive-In Theater, Coldwater, Michigan
  2. Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In Movie Theater, Gibson City, Illinois
  3. Bangor Drive-In, Herman, Maine
  4. Midway Drive-In Theater, Minetto, New York
  5. Santee Drive-In Theatre, Santee, San Diego
  6. 66 Drive-In, Carthage, Missouri
  7. Swap Shop Drive-In, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  8. Bengies Drive-In, Baltimore, Maryland
  9. Admiral Twin Drive-In, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  10. Route 66 Drive-In, Springfield, Illinois
  11. Becky’s Drive-In Theatre, Walnutport, Pennsylvania
  12. Four Brothers Drive-In, Amenia, New York
  13. Greenville Drive-In, Greenville, New York
  14. Warwick Drive-In, Warwick, New York
  15. Saco Drive-In, Saco, Maine
  16. Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  17. Hull’s Drive-In, Lexington, Virginia
  18. Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In, Memphis, Tennessee
  19. Ford-Wyoming Theatre, Dearborn, Michigan
  20. Delsea Drive-In, Vineland, New Jersey
  21. Mesa Drive-In, Pueblo, Colorado
  22. Mendon Twin Drive-In, Mendon, Massachusetts

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Although drive-ins may seem like an American relic, these 32 drive-in movie theaters still serve as a form of entertainment for many communities, and also offer a great social distancing activity during this uncertain time. To check out these locations, be sure to rent a car to experience them yourself on a nostalgia-filled adventure! Before your visit, double-check hours of operation as they may vary due to COVID-19. Please be sure to follow current social distancing guidelines during your visit.

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53% of Americans Say They’d Feel Comfortable Traveling When COVID-19 Bans Lift [Survey]

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the daily lives of many, some Americans have mixed feelings and uncertainties about when things will return to normal — especially when it comes to travel.

But when things eventually start to get back to normal and travel bans are lifted, will going on holiday be the same? Will people still be willing to travel?

To gauge American attitudes towards travel post-COVID-19 and find out what possible travel trends may have risen from the pandemic, we surveyed 1,500 Americans about the destinations they will feel most comfortable visiting once the bans are lifted. The results might surprise you.

Contrary to what you might have thought, the majority of those we surveyed are ready to pack their bags — 53 percent said they’d feel comfortable traveling when travel bans have lifted.

53 percent of asked americans feel comfortable to return to traveling

So, where exactly do these eager travelers plan to visit? We asked respondents how comfortable they’d feel traveling outside the U.S. as well as domestically and as it turns out, roughly one in four say they plan to take an international trip when travel bans are lifted

1 in 4 of the asked americans plan an international trip

We’ve seen a positive reaction to domestic travel within the US. When asked 55 percent of respondents said they’d be willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. — compared to 23 percent who said they’d only travel within their home state. 

where asked americans would travel to

Although the results show our respondents are willing to travel anywhere in the U.S., there was still some uncertainty around when.  

A Timeframe For Travel 

A significant portion of these Americans are itching to travel when travel restrictions start to lift, but what does this timeline look like? Turns out that like many things, there’s split opinions on when they’ll be hitting the road or jumping on a plane.

Thirty-one percent said they’d be looking to travel within one to three months of restrictions lifting, whereas 49 percent of respondents prefer to wait six months or longer. 

travel timeframe

The Type of Travel Transportation Matters

The airline industry is not the only travel industry hurt by this pandemic — It could also take Americans some time to start embracing other travel activities.

Once the curve starts to flatten, according to the Harris Poll, 20 percent of the respondents would be willing to stay in a hotel within six months and 15 percent would take public transportation (e.g. subway, busses and trains) again.

Where Should I Travel Next?

After travel bans are lifted and you’re comfortable taking a trip again, you might have a hard time choosing where you want to go for your next adventure. That’s why we put together this flowchart to find the perfect virtual destination for you with tips for you to enjoy at-home activities while you wait. Then once travel has resumed, you can get booking!

Staycation tips

It’s clear that there’s a huge appetite for travel to resume and this survey provides a sneak-peek into what the trends might look like as some Americans begin to go back to normal life and plan for trips.

With many looking to embrace domestic travel in the short-term, road trips may rise in popularity this coming summer to cure Americans’ wanderlust. Be sure to rent a car once the bans have been lifted and plan your next adventure!

Methodology

This study consisted of three survey questions conducted using Google Surveys. The sample consisted of no less than 1,500 completed responses. Post-stratification weighting has been applied to ensure an accurate and reliable representation of the total population. The survey ran during April 2020.

 

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25 Unique Road Trips from Denver, Colorado

It’s easy to jump in the car and get on your way to some of the nation’s most famous landmarks from Denver, Colorado. The capital city of Colorado is known for its close proximity to awe-inspiring nature stops such as Rocky Mountain National Forest and Great Sand Dunes National Park. In addition to national parks you can easily travel to world-class ski destinations, quirky art towns and more on various road trips from Denver.

Whether you’re embarking on a romantic road trip with your significant other or looking for some family fun, keep reading to discover 25 road trips you can take from Denver in under 14 hours. You can also jump to a specific section below:

1. Boulder, Colorado

Distance: 29.6 miles
Duration: 36 minutes

city view of Boulder, CO

Just outside of Denver you’ll find an eclectic college town nestled in the foothills of Rocky Mountain National Forest. If you love music, craft beer and small-town vibes, you’ll feel right at home in Boulder.

Take an easy and scenic 2.1-mile hike along the Flatiron Loop Trail. Once you’ve got your outdoor fix in, get a taste of Boulder’s culinary scene at one of the farm-fresh staples in downtown. For shopping, stroll the shops along Pearl Street — or if breweries are more your style, ride or walk the Boulder Beer Trail.

2. Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Distance: 67.6 miles
Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes

Landscape of Garden of the Gods

Take in awe-inspiring views of red rock formations at this free public park located in Colorado Springs. This national natural landmark is just a short trip from Denver. You’ll find miles of trails, horseback riding, jeep, trolley, and segway tours, disability access and much more.

You can drive through the whole park in about 20 minutes. If you do decide on a self-guided cruise, make sure to stop at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post on your way in the park to get a map and road guide. Sunrises and sunsets are especially spectacular times to take in the park’s expansive views.

Even your pet can come along for the adventure: dogs are allowed in the park, as long as they remain on a leash at all times. Check out our guide on road tripping with your pet.

3. White River National Forest, Colorado

Distance: 70.6 miles
Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes from Denver

Mountains and River in National Forest

If you are itching to hit the slopes, take a short road trip to the most visited National Forest in the U.S. Here you’ll find plenty of adventure: White River National Forest encompasses twelve ski areas, including notable destinations such as Vail and Breckenridge. You can enjoy winter sports, world-class resorts and much more during your trip.

Even if you skip the snow, you’ll find plenty of activities across the 2.3 million acres of protected land. There are over 2,500 miles of trails and 10 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet to enjoy year-round.

4. Vail, Colorado

Distance: 97.1 miles
Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes

Snow covered Vail, CO

One of the more famous stops in the White River National Forest is the Bavarian-style ski village of Vail, Colorado. Vail Ski Resort boasts 5,289 skiable acres, and while winter reigns supreme in this resort town, there’s plenty of activities to do in the summer as well such as fly fishing, hiking, and hot air balloon rides.

Outside of powder and resort activities, check out the nearby Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and the Holy Cross Wilderness Area during your trip.

5. Estes Park, Colorado

Distance: 64 miles
Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes

White hotel in Estes Park

If you are heading to Rocky Mountain National Park, consider stopping and/or lodging in Estes Park along the way. This quaint Colorado town is home to the hotel that inspired “The Shining,” so there’s plenty of paranormal activity to keep you entertained.

Estes Park is known as the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. If you want to make your trip to the national park an overnight road trip, we recommend lodging here.

6. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Distance: 66 miles
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Person standing at creek in Rock Mountain Park

This Northern Colorado playground is full of waterfall hikes, backcountry activities and tons of wildlife. Join more than 3 million annual visitors to enjoy activities such as scenic drives, hiking, camping, fishing and more.

You’ll want to check out Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake and Emerald Lake Trail while you’re in the park. And don’t forget to pack your camera: you’ll want to capture all of the epic wildlife and wilderness views along the way.

7. Pueblo, Colorado

Distance: 112.3 miles
Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes

Street view of Pueblo, CO

If you are looking for a nearby urban experience, head to “Steel City” Colorado. Check out the Pueblo Riverwalk for some of the area’s best eateries and events. We recommend this road trip in the summertime when the Riverwalk comes alive thanks to the Farmer’s Market, Movie Nights on the River and other seasonal highlights.

You’ll also find outdoor recreation, including hiking, golfing and more. This road trip destination is an easy and affordable trip from Denver.

8. Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Distance: 157 miles
Duration: 2 hours 39 minutes

Gleenwood Hangin Lake

You can enjoy world-famous hot springs and an epic hike less than 3 hours from Denver. Glenwood Springs is home to the world’s largest hot spring pool and is also just 7 miles from waterfall-fed Hanging Lake.

You can make this trip in one day, or stay overnight at the renowned Glenwood Hot Springs Resort. The areas surrounding terrain is home to caves and the neighboring Colorado River.

9. Aspen, Colorado

Distance: 197.9 miles
Duration: 3 hours 31 minutes

Snow covered cabin in Aspen, CO

If you are looking for a luxurious trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Aspen is your spot. There are tons of high-end restaurants and boutiques, and you may even spot some celebrities enjoying the slopes during your visit.

Winter is the most active time to visit, but you’ll find more affordable prices and plenty of gorgeous hikes and outdoor activities to enjoy in the summertime as well.

10. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Distance: 237 miles
Duration: 3 hours 49 minutes

Great Sand Dunes

The Great Sand Dunes National Park might be the biggest sandbox you’ve ever seen. The sand dunes are the biggest in North America, with “Star Dune” reaching a peak of 750 feet! If you like to camp, you can stay overnight at the Pinyon Flats Campground.

Don’t miss High Dune, the most popular hike in the park. You can also try your hand at sandboarding and sand sledding, two unique activities offered by private companies nearby.

11. Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Distance: 262.6 miles
Duration: 4 hours and 55 minutes

View of Black Canyon Gunnison

You’ll find fewer crowds and a lower-key experience at this western Colorado park, but plenty of natural wonders. Black Canyon is best known for its steep black cliffs of volcanic rock that plunge 2,000 feet to the river below.

Enjoy rock climbing, backpacking and kayaking in the warmer months and cross-country skiing during the winter.

12. Moab, Utah

Distance: 354.5 miles
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

Arches at Moab, UT

Experience Arches National Park and the awe-inspiring red rock formations in Moab, Utah. In addition to epic views, you can see ancient dinosaur tracks as paleontologists have found dinosaur fossils and other ancient animals in the rock formations here.

Adrenaline junkies will feel right at home in this desert landscape outfitted with biking trails, four-wheel driving, watersports and more. Don’t miss famous scenic spots such as Delicate Arch and the Canyonlands while you’re in town.

13. Sante Fe, New Mexico

Distance: 390.3 miles
Duration: 5 hours 55 minutes

City view at sunset of Santa Fe

Take a road trip down to New Mexico’s capital city for a vacation in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. Sante Fe is known for its thriving art market, Pueblo-style architecture and scenic views.

The city is over 400 years old and boasts a rich Hispanic culture. You can stay in a scenic resort or boutique hotel, or if you’re looking for an outdoor adventure you’ll find numerous campgrounds and RV parks.

14. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Distance: 370.8 miles
Duration: 6 hours 44 minutes

rocks at Mesa Verde

This UNESCO World Heritage site and national park is home to beautiful mountains and panoramic views, cliff dwellings and Ancestral Puebloans structures. History and culture enthusiasts will love learning about ancient Native American culture while also enjoying epic canyon views.

Located less than 7 hours from Denver, we recommend staying overnight for this road trip to enjoy all that the area has to offer. There is a lodge and campground inside the park, or you can stay at neighboring hotels.

15. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Distance: 367.4 miles
Duration: 6 hours 3 minutes

Mount Rushmore

Explore the Black Hills of South Dakota while taking in views of our forefathers at Mount Rushmore. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed this sculpture to feature the heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

More than two million visitors make the trip every year, with summer months being the busiest time to visit. In addition to taking in views of the monument, you can also stroll the Presidential Trail, enjoy a guided tour, and walk along the Avenue of Flags. This is the perfect trip for history enthusiasts, art lovers, and outdoor adventurers.

16. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Distance: 374.3 miles
Duration: 6 hours 7 minutes

Bandlands National Park

Another South Dakota stop is Badlands National Park, located in the southwestern corner of the state. The national park was once a sea, and this salty sediment is what helped form the park’s plateaus. You can explore this desert landscape’s rock formations and prairies.

There are campgrounds and lodging in the park for an easy overnight stay: don’t forget to pack these free summer camping games for kid’s printables. Make sure to soak in the epic sunset views and look for the park’s black-footed ferrets during your trip.

17. Telluride, Colorado

Distance: 361.9 miles
Duration: 6 hours 12 minutes

Street view of town of Telluride

This cozy mountain town sits in a box canyon, surrounded by mountains and cliffs. Telluride was once a gold-mining town, and these old-timey influences are still felt in the town’s attitude and architecture today.

In the winter you can partake in snow sports along the slopes, and during summer you’ll also find a bustling activity calendar and plenty of outdoor activities to partake in. If you enjoy hikes, we recommend stops at Bridal Veil Falls, Ajax Peak and Ingram Falls.

18. Omaha, Nebraska

Distance: 541 miles
Duration: 7 hours 46 minutes

Ariel view of lake in Omaha

If you love music, craft beer and baseball, consider a road trip to Omaha. This city is also the headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway and the place where billionaire founder Warren Buffet calls home.

Take in a concert at one of the many live music venues throughout the city. Independent record label Saddle Creek Records has Omaha on the map as a thriving destination for indie rock culture. You can also stroll the murals and other public art installations throughout the city and don’t forget to grab BBQ from a local joint.

19. Salt Lake City, Utah

Distance: 517.6 miles
Duration: 8 hours 17 minutes

Ariel view of Salt Lake City

The capital city of Utah is also the state’s most populous. Nestled near the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City is well known for its religious influences just as much as its ski slopes.

Winter sports enthusiasts will love road-tripping to this unique metropolis and the nearby Park City ski slopes. The 2002 Winter Olympics were held in and around Salt Lake City, and you can check out some of the sites during a visit to Utah Olympic Park.

20. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Distance: 508.6 miles
Duration: 8 hours and 39 minutes

Bison eating grass in yellowstone

Calling all adventurers. Yellowstone National Park is the ultimate American road trip. Here you’ll find epic nature experiences you can’t get anywhere else in the world — more than half of the world’s geysers can be found within the park.

There are also more than 290 waterfalls and the largest concentration of mammals in the continental U.S. During your visit, enjoy wildlife spotting, fishing, and boating, and don’t forget to stop by Old Faithful to witness the world-famous geyser eruption.

21. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Distance: 539.7 miles
Duration: 8 hours and 45 minutes

Bryce Canyon National Park

Past Moab you’ll find Bryce Canyon National Park, an area of crimson-colored rock formations. The Bryce Amphitheater is the most popular area of the park, full of cliff trails and picturesque views.

In summertime the park can become easily overcrowded, so arrive early to take full advantage of your day.

22. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Distance: 562.1 miles
Duration: 8 hours 46 minutes

White Sands National Monument

The glistening white sands of this national monument make up the world’s largest gypsum dune field. What looks like white beaches in the Tularosa Basin is actually a unique desert oasis.

Despite its harsh conditions, the monument is home to many interesting and unusual creatures and plant species. In addition to the dunes, don’t miss a visit to Lake Lucero and Alkali Flat Trailhead during your trip.

23. Zion National Park, Utah

Distance: 605.7 miles
Duration: 9 hours 33 minutes

River in Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a 229-mile national park nestled in southern Utah. The park consists of canyons and other interesting rock formations, and lots of unusual plants and animal diversity call this unique geographical site home.

Zion Canyon is made of reddish rocks and sediment that have been forming for over 150 million years. During your trip, don’t miss famous scenic sites such as The Narrows, Angels Landing and Emerald Pools Trail.

24. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Distance: 621.2 miles
Duration: 10 hours 12 minutes

Antelope Canyon

This slot canyon is picturesque and unique. You can only enter with a guided tour and reservations are required so you’ll want to plan ahead for this trip. Magical views await you in both the Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon that make up this dreamy and otherworldly destination.

If you are heading out to the Grand Canyon for a summer road trip, we recommend stopping here along the way. You can lodge in the nearby town of Page, Arizona.

25. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Distance: 677.8 miles
Duration: 11 hours 8 minutes

Grand Canyon National Park

The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon is nearly 678 miles away from Denver’s city center, but its epic views make it worth the road trip. The canyon was carved out by the Colorado River and has been forming for nearly two billion years. There is so much to see at this massive park, from the North Rim to the Grand Canyon Village. In addition to hiking and nature views, you can go river rafting and take in gorgeous views of the Havasu Falls.

The guide above will help you find the perfect destination for your Denver Road trip. Whether your adventure is for scenic summer views or to the slopes, there’s plenty of drives worth stopping at near Colorado’s capital.

Exploring these exciting sites and natural wonders have never been easier. Rent a car to get the most out of your Denver road trip.

 

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23 Best Driving Roads in America For Car Lovers

There’s nothing quite like taking your car out for an exhilarating spin. That’s where your hunt for the best driving roads in America begins. Luckily, from California to New Hampshire, there are plenty of winding roads sprinkled throughout the country.

Take a break from driving on your ordinary freeway and test drive your car on exciting bends, steep elevations and scenic routes. With must-see views of the ocean, mountains or desert, there’s a road out there for every car lover who craves adventure.

These stops highlight the wide spectrum of landscapes in the country — there’s no better way to see America than from the road! If you find yourself driving cross country or on the interstate, make sure to rent a car as you plan your next adventure to these 23 best driving roads in America.

1. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia & North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia & North Carolina

  • Route: Rockfish Gap to Smoky Mountains Park
  • Length: 469 miles

Blue Ridge Parkway is a major road that connects two national parks — Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains. Drive along this multi-day trip and check out the small towns and plentiful wildlife along the way. There are great hiking trails nearby, so take advantage of this great opportunity to breathe in the crisp mountain air.

Pro tip: Check the forecast — thick fog can blanket parts of the road.

2. White Bird Grade, Idaho

White Bird Grade, Idaho

Photo credit: Paul de Anguera, Wikimedia Creative Commons

  • Route: White Bird to Grangeville
  • Length: 7 miles

Take the road less traveled on White Bird Grade, a section of the Old Highway 95 in northern Idaho. This route takes you through the American Rockies and the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest.

Also known as the Spiral Highway, drivers get to experience its switchback design and 64 curves. This old road climbs 2,900 feet in only 14 miles, making it an exciting ride and one of the best driving roads in America.

Pro tip: Stop at the White Bird Hill Summit along the way.

3. The Million Dollar Highway, Colorado

The Million Dollar Highway, Colorado

  • Route: Silverton to Ouray
  • Length: 25 miles

The Million Dollar Highway is a portion of the road within the San Juan Skyway that highlights the beauty of Southwest Colorado. Drivers that take this route are able to take in the snowy mountain views as the road snakes around exposed cliff walls of the Red Mountain Pass summit.

Use caution while enjoying the scenery — there are no shoulders or guardrails on these sharp hairpin turns that lead to steep drop-offs. Legend has it that the dirt to build the road contains a million dollars in gold.

Pro tip: This road does not have any guardrails, so be careful on turns.

4. Route 100, Vermont

Route 100, Vermont

  • Route: Stamford to Newport
  • Length: 216 miles

Route 100 in Vermont travels almost the entire length of the state and is also the longest numbered highway in the state. This route serves as the main thoroughfare for Vermont’s best ski resorts and passes through charming New England villages — it’s known as one of the most scenic drives in the region.

Its proximity to the Green Mountains makes it a perfect foliage drive in the fall and is also great during the summer as there are many recreational sites nearby.

Pro tip: Make a stop at the original Ben & Jerry’s for some ice cream.

5. Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee

Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee

  • Route: Deals Gap to Chilhowee Lake
  • Length: 11 miles

This driving road is sure to leave you a little sweaty. Packed with 318 turns in only 11 miles, Tail of the Dragon is not for the faint of heart or those who get dizzy. This route is considered one of the most exciting drives in America as it cuts through the mountains in Deals Gap and borders the Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest.

Twists, blind turns and thick forest make sightseeing a challenge while driving, however, there are many areas to pull out and enjoy the scenery. Car lovers appreciate this road for its exhilarating nature, but it’s important to proceed with caution.

Pro tip: Avoid this road during the rainy spring season.

6. Route 9W, New York

Route 9W, New York

  • Route: Fort Lee, New Jersey, to Albany, New York
  • Length: 141 miles

Take a break from the busy scene of New York and take a drive on Route 9W. Just an hour north of Manhattan, this road travels parallel to the Hudson River. This route takes you through the Bear Mountain State Park where there are many exciting curves and scenic views. Steer off onto Route 218 to get a scenic glimpse of Storm King Mountain.

Pro tip: Take a walk at the Tallman Mountain State Park.

7. Chuckanut Drive, Washington

Chuckanut Drive, Washington

  • Route: Burlington to Bellingham
  • Length: 21 miles

Chuckanut Drive is a scenic byway that’s often referred to as the Big Sur of Washington, easily adding itself to the list of best driving roads in America. This curvy road travels along sandstone cliffs of the Chuckanut Mountains towards Bellingham, Washington. This byway is so popular that it has been used as a location for Ferrari and Porsche commercials!

Take in views of the San Juan Islands and the rural fields of the Skagit County farmlands. Be sure to also stop at one of the many small towns along the way, like Fairhaven.

Pro tip: Share the road — this is a popular path for bicyclists.

8. Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

  • Route: St. Mary to West Glacier
  • Length: 50 miles

Going-to-the-Sun Road is a two-lane road that divides Glacier National Park and travels through the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Originally designed for 1920s cars, this winding route sits at about 7,000 feet and offers scenic views of the park’s terrain. Due to its freezing potential, drivers can only visit this route during summer and fall.

Pro tip: This road is only open from May to October.

9. Hells Canyon Road, Oregon

Hells Canyon Road, Oregon

  • Route: Oxbow to Hells Canyon Dam
  • Length: 44 miles

Enjoy panoramic views of the Oregon mountains on Hells Canyon Road. This scenic drive takes you along the Snake River for 22 miles all the way to Hells Canyon Dam. Your car will hug jagged walls as you take in the views of Hells Canyon which is the deepest river gorge in the country! This road is roughly a three-hour trip complete with two winding lanes and steep grades. It’s also okay to drive on year-round.

Pro tip: Plan ahead — there aren’t many gas stations nearby.

10. M119, Michigan

M119, Michigan

  • Route: Harbor Springs to Cross Village
  • Length: 27 miles

Also known as the Tunnel of Trees, the narrow road of M119 is named for the evergreen and hardwood trees that serve as a green ceiling for drivers passing through. This road offers some of the best forest views while you travel peacefully on the curvy two-lane path.

Drive over its hills as you pass by the high bluffs of Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Be sure to stop by during the fall to see the vibrant colors of the leaves!

Pro tip: Stretch your legs and hike around the forest.

11. Saddle Road, Hawaii

Saddle Road, Hawaii

  • Route: Hilo to Waimea
  • Length: 24 miles

Buckle up for this bumpy ride. Saddle Road, also known as Route 200, traverses across the Big Island of Hawaii from east to west and lies between the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This road used to be considered one of the most dangerous due to its one-lane bridges and poorly maintained spots — however, it still makes the list as one of the best driving roads in America.

Be sure to pay attention to the dried lava flows from the volcanic formations and lush rainforests as you drive through. Heavy mist is also reported in some parts of the road, so check the forecast before you hit the road!

Pro tip: This road is very remote with few facilities nearby.

12. Mulholland Highway, California

Mulholland Highway, California

  • Route: Hollywood to Malibu
  • Length: 50 miles

Not to be mistaken with Mulholland Drive, Mulholland Highway is a scenic and rural road located in Los Angeles County and is considered one of the riskiest roads to drive in California.

A playground for gearheads, this road is complete with plenty of switchbacks and packed with challenging curves. Beware of the portion of the road called “The Snake” — it’s notorious for its sharp hairpin turns that have caused many accidents.

Pro tip: Racing is prohibited on this road.

13. Independence Pass, Colorado

Independence Pass, Colorado

  • Route: Twin Lakes to Aspen
  • Length: 37 miles

Also known as Route 82, Independence Pass takes you on a breathtaking drive through the Colorado Rockies. Since this road is shut down in the winter because of heavy snowfall, it makes for a perfect summertime cruise.

Take in the ocean of evergreen trees as you climb the elevation next to the Roaring Fork River. This road is very steep, narrow and twisty — you’ll most likely be white-knuckling the whole way through!

Pro tip: This road is closed October through May.

14. Twisted Sisters, Texas

Twisted Sisters, Texas

  • Route: Medina to Vanderpool
  • Length: 100 miles

There’s a reason why they call these roads twisted. Car lovers come from all over to visit the Twisted Sisters roads west of Austin and northeast of San Antonio. This twisty route is a combination of three Hill Country Ranch roads (Ranch Road 335, 336, 337).

With over 200 turns, this road is coined the “windiest road in Texas” — in fact, there are over 65 turns in just the first 15 miles. Keep your eyes peeled for river views as you scale the steep hills.

Pro tip: Stop by the Devil’s Sinkhole before you embark on your trip.

15. Hocking Hills Loop, Ohio

Hocking Hills Loop, Ohio

  • Route: State Route 374 to US 33.
  • Length: 26 miles

Hocking Hills is Ohio’s most scenic road and is considered to not only be one of the best driving roads in America, but also a top contender in the world. Located in the lush hills of the state’s southeast region, this rollercoaster of a road has so many challenging twists and turns that auto manufacturers come here to test drive cars, like the 2014 Aston Martin.

This road is also home to many events that draw in many car lovers from the Midwest, such as the 2nd Annual Cruise Hocking Car Show & Street Party.

Pro tip: Be sure to visit this road during the fall for postcard-worthy photos.

16. Overseas Highway, Florida

Overseas Highway, Florida

  • Route: Miami to Key West
  • Length: 113 miles

Take a break from the mountains on this road. The Overseas Highway, also known as US-1, was originally used as a railway in the 1930s and is possibly one of the most scenic roads you will have the pleasure of driving on.

Although there are no twists or turns, this road connects Miami and Key West with a series of 42 bridges over the Atlantic ocean. This four-hour trip is perfect for car lovers who love a good ocean view.

Pro tip: Take a detour to Bahia Hona State Park to snorkel.

17. Angeles Crest, California

Angeles Crest, California

  • Route: La Cañada – Flintridge to State Highway 138
  • Length: 66 miles

Angeles Crest is a two-lane highway located in Los Angeles and takes you through the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest. Drivers get to experience being above the clouds on this rainbow road as it rises to 7,000 feet of elevation in some areas. Angeles Crest requires some extra caution — be mindful of the very tight turns, rugged terrain and landslides that can make your drive dangerous.

Pro tip: Grab a bite to eat at a food truck in nearby Los Angeles

18. Cherohala Skyway, Tennessee

Cherohala Skyway, Tennessee

  • Route: Tellico Plains, Tennessee to Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • Length: 43 miles

Drivers taking Cherohala Skyway enjoy the road’s hundred-million-dollar views (North Carolina’s most expensive scenic highway) and big sweeping turns. This road, also known as the Mile High Legend, takes you from Tennessee to North Carolina with vast mountain and forest views. Take the time to soak up the views as you cross the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests — this is how Cherohala got its name!

Pro tip: This road is extremely dangerous in the winter.

19. Byway 12, Utah

Byway 12, Utah

  • Route: Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef National Park
  • Length: 124 miles

Talk about a road that’s underestimated — connect with the land on a road that takes you through three hours of gorgeous scenery. Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 makes the list as one of the best driving roads in America. Constructed in 1914, this route highlights the beauty of the state’s red rock deserts and rocky flats topography. This All-American Road is perfect for drivers that want to take the opportunity to drive a whirlwind road through state parks and national monuments.

Pro tip: Take a detour to the Escalante Petrified Forest

20. Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

  • Route: Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee
  • Length: 444 miles

At 444 miles, Natchez Trace Parkway, also known as Old Natchez Trace, is a drive-through 10,000 years of history. This route follows a historic travel corridor that was once used by the Kaintuck Native American tribe, slave traders, soldiers, European settlers and US presidents.

Car lovers can drive through traditional southern scenery under patches of Oak trees covered with Spanish moss and see waterfalls and swamps. Take the opportunity to also stop by a scenic trail and walk around the site.

Pro tip: Watch the speed limit — it’s only 50 mph on this road.

21. Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

  • Route: Conway to North Woodstock
  • Length: 27 miles

Watch out for the moose! Kancamagus Highway, a portion of Route 112, is a quick and beautiful drive that winds through the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Sitting at an elevation of three thousand feet, this route does not fall short of scenic sights and is complete with many turn-offs so you can appreciate the views. Be sure to take this drive during the fall seasons to check out the colorful foliage.

Pro tip: Avoid summer crowds if you want a peaceful driving experience.

22. Farm Road 170, Texas

Farm Road 170, Texas

  • Route: Presidio to Terlingua
  • Length: 114 miles

Take a drive through the wild wild west on the lonesome Farm Road 170, or FM 170 — this route has the steepest paved grade in all of Texas. Locally known as the River Road, this magical journey takes you along the Rio Grande and sits very close to the border of Mexico.

Take in the scenery of the blue skies and desert mountains as you zip around its curves. This area gets very hot — so make sure your A/C is working!

Pro tip: Make a stop at Big Bend Ranch State Park.

23. Highway 1, California

Highway 1, California

  • Route: Northern to Southern California
  • Length: 656 miles

Stretching from north to south, Highway 1 in California is the longest state route in all of California and is no stranger to beautiful views. More specifically, the 90-mile part of the route passing through Big Sur takes the cake as a top driving road for car lovers. This part of the road snakes along the coast of Big Sur and connects Monterey and San Luis Obispo. Offering scenic seascapes, this route lets drivers soak in its dreamlike beauty.

Pro tip: Plan to drive early or late in the day to avoid traffic.

These roads are perfect for any car lover who’s looking for a thrilling ride. If you’re looking to test drive the best driving roads in America, renting a car will make it easier to explore destinations like these.

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Should You Consider Renting a Car for a Road Trip?

The benefits of renting a car versus using your own on a road trip depends on many factors including the duration and length of your trip, your destination and the current conditions of your car, among others. Renting a car for a road trip can ensure you and your family are comfortable, ease the wear and tear of your car and provide you with convenient pick-up and drop-off locations. This comes in handy when different modes of transportation during your trip such as a train or a plane. 

To help you decide whether you should rent a car for your next road trip, we put together this easy car rental guide with some of the benefits or renting and things to keep in mind when choosing your rental. We also include a quick breakdown of car sizes and types typically available for rent to make sure you choose the vehicle that fits your needs based on the nature of your trip and the size of your travel party.

6 Benefits of Renting a Car vs. Driving Your Own

Depending on the car you own and the type of road trip you’ll be taking, renting a car might be a better option than using your personal vehicle. Below are six benefits you can expect from leaving your car at home during your travels. 

rental car perks.

1. Reduce Wear and Tear On Your Personal Vehicle

Opting for a car rental will help avoid wear and tear on your personal car — this is especially beneficial if you’re currently leasing your car. For a lessee, going over the allotted mileage can cost around 15 to 20 cents per mile which can quickly add up by the time the car is returned. If your car is not in the best condition for a long road trip or if you won’t have time to take it in for any needed maintenance, a car rental can help avoid any damage or breakdowns on the road.

2. Lessen Depreciation Costs

A new car depreciates in value the moment you drive away from the dealership. In fact, a car depreciates around 15 to 20 percent each year. This percentage may increase with added miles, dings and dents and overall condition of the car. If you’re planning on selling your car in the future, limit day-to-day use and consider renting a car for longer trips to maintain its value.

3. Save Money

If you’re planning a budget-friendly road trip, renting a car with better gas mileage could save you a lot of money. Rental companies also give you the option to buy additional protection and insurance which can partially or fully cover any damage caused by a car accident. 

4. Increase Comfort and Safety

Traveling with the whole family can be fun, but not when you’re tight on space for long periods of time. Rent a spacious SUV or crossover to ensure everyone is comfortable during your trip. Most rental companies have fleets of newer and premium rentals that feature more amenities and perks, making your time on the road more enjoyable for you and your family. These features could include anything from TV screens to heated seats, roof racks for luggage and lane departure warnings. 

5. Drive Eco-Friendly

Renting a more eco-friendly vehicle for your travels is good for the environment and could save you money. If you’ll be heading to an off-the-grid destination where gas stations are scarce, opting for an electric or hybrid vehicle will keep you from having to make frequent stops for gas. 

6. Test Drive Another Car

A long road trip is the perfect time to test drive a car you’ve been thinking about purchasing. Whether you’re considering buying an electric car or want an all-wheel drive to make your dirt road driving much more enjoyable, renting a car and taking it for a weekend-long trip will help you determine if it’s the right choice for you.

Things to Consider Before Renting a Car

Although rentals can be very convenient, things like your destination and length of your trip will help you determine whether the benefits outweigh the costs. Before renting a car for a road trip, keep the below factors in mind.

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Pick-Up and Drop-Off Sites

Make sure the pick-up and drop-off sites for your car rental are in convenient locations based on your trip. Before booking, confirm each location’s hours of operation and whether they’ll be able to provide service on the days and times you need them. Many rental companies also make it easier to choose and rent your car online so all you have to do is pick up the keys upon arrival. 

Distance of Your Trip

If you’re planning a short trip, taking your personal vehicle may be a bit more convenient — especially if your car is in good condition. For anything longer than two hours, a round trip can add at least 250 miles on your car’s meter. In this case, renting a car could help you save any unnecessary wear and tear on your car. 

Mileage Restrictions

Typically, rental mileage policies cap off at 150 miles per day, making it essential to check for any mileage restrictions before renting a car for a long road trip. For peace of mind, look for rental plans that include unlimited mileage. Check for any other rules and requirements like refueling and the cutoff time to return the vehicle.

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Accepted Payment Methods

Most companies require a credit card to rent out one of their vehicles. Check local rental companies for accepted payment methods, as well as ID and age requirements. There may be companies that allow you to use your debit card, but require additional forms of ID or a credit check.

Season of Your Trip

Summer is typically peak road trip season, so you can expect prices for hotels, plane tickets and car rentals to be a bit higher. Holidays and weekends in general also tend to have higher prices. Based on your budget, consider the time frame in which you’ll be renting your car. To save money, consider renting and dropping off your car on weekdays. 

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One-Way vs. Round Trip

Rental cars are an excellent option for one-way, round trips or extended trips. If you’re planning an extended trip or heading to a destination where you’ll be catching a flight, renting a car can save you the hassle of finding long-term parking for your car. However, it’s important to confirm that your rental company allows and offers different drop-off locations near your destination.  

Choosing a Rental Car Size

If you decide that renting a car is the best option for your road trip, below are some of the car sizes typically available at most car rental companies. We include information on the number of people each type of vehicle seats and amount of luggage it can carry, which can vary depending on how full your main cabin is.

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Sedans 

A sedan is perfect for couples heading out on a romantic road trip or families with younger children. The kids can comfortably sit on booster seats without feeling too cramped and the car easily fits about two to four bags of luggage. 

  • Passengers: 4-5
  • Bags: 2-4

SUVs 

Choose an SUV if you’ll need a bit more space during your trip. Whether you have older children or are planning to hit the road with your pup, an SUV will ensure a comfortable trip for everyone.

  • Passengers: 4-7
  • Bags: 2-5

Trucks 

Opt for an all-wheel drive truck if you’ll be going through some rocky terrain or expect to drive on icy roads. A high-clearance rental vehicle will also help you avoid any dings and dents on your personal car if you’re heading out on a bumpy or dirt road. Trucks are also great for hauling camping or hiking gear. 

  • Passengers: 4
  • Bags: 2-4

Vans 

Perhaps the best option for large families, vans can be incredibly comfortable. Since they’re usually intended for families, they may come with additional amenities like screens and DVD players to keep kids entertained. We recommend a van if you’ll be driving long hours and want to ensure your family can take naps in between stops without being too cramped or uncomfortable. 

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  • Passengers: 2-15
  • Bags: 1-5

Luxury Cars 

Treat your family to a luxurious road trip by opting for a premium car rental. Some of the perks of renting a luxury car include extra leg and luggage room, heated seats, plush interiors, GPS navigation, privacy glass windows and more. 

  • Passengers: 4-8
  • Bags: 2-7

More often than not, renting a car is a much safer and comfortable option for long, family road trips. Use this guide to help you determine whether you should rent a car for your upcoming travels. Once you decide on the best option, start brainstorming some healthy road trip snacks and building your music playlist to ensure a good time for everyone.

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11 Best Destinations for a Momcation This Summer

A momcation, simply put, is a vacation sans kids. This “parental pause” is a very important activity that all moms need to partake in at some point. A momcation allows you to step back, take a break from “mom duty” and focus on you. 

Pushing that reset button can allow you to reconnect with your girlfriends and have catch-ups that may be long overdue. It can even allow you to appreciate alone time that you haven’t had in a while, so you can catch up with yourself, relax and recharge. 

Why You Need a Momcation

There are so many benefits of taking a momcation. Between housework, daycare, school and sports games, finding “me time” can be very tricky. According to a survey, more than half of parents stated that they don’t have enough time away from their kids to focus on hobbies. Even though this is true, experts say that getting this time is as crucial as ever. 

Some studies suggest that taking a momcation improves your relationship with your partner by reducing stress and tension. Momcations may also allow your family to become more independent as they’ll have to manage the day-to-day on their own.   

Being a mom is a full-time job, one that is extremely rewarding, but at times can be exhausting — there’s no paid time off for this job! This Mother’s Day, make sure you take time for yourself and take a guilt-free road trip to one of these out-of-the-box momcation destinations — you deserve it! 

Calistoga, California | Cannon Beach, Oregon | Sausalito, California | Denver, Colorado | Flagstaff, Arizona | Santa Fe, New Mexico | Fredericksburg, Texas | Oxford, Mississippi | Atlantic City, New Jersey | Charleston, South Carolina | Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts 

Calistoga, California

This small town is nestled in California’s Napa Valley — an hour and a half drive from the bustling city of San Francisco. Not only is Calistoga sprinkled with some of the country’s best wineries, it is also known for its cute boutiques and natural hot springs. 

Spas like Solage and Indian Springs Resort offer the local specialty of mud baths made from hot volcanic ash, making this a perfect momcation destination if you need a relaxing retreat!

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Enjoy a coastal momcation away from it all. Located along the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach is a comfortable and scenic drive from Portland. This town offers many things to do, such as shopping at boutiques, exploring art galleries and oceanfront dining. 

Feeling like getting into the yogi vibe? Cannon Beach Yoga Arts is a popular spot for those who want to learn from world class yoga teachers. Be sure to also attend the Cannon Beach Yoga Festival that happens every year with a view of the iconic Haystack Rock.

After yoga, head over to Sleepy Monk and get cozy with a nice cup of coffee. This place is said to be one of the best coffee shops in town!

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Sausalito, California

Traveling north of San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find Sausalito — a small gem tucked away by the seaside. This Mediterranean-like town is nothing short of having pristine views and fun things to do. 

Take a stroll to check out the famous houseboats, get your shopping on at the downtown waterfront, or take a tour bus to hike at the nearby Muir Woods! You can even get a close-up view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Baker. 

With galleries on every corner and the Sausalito Art Festival every Labor Day, this momcation idea is perfect for art lovers. 

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Denver, Colorado

For moms who love all things beer and live music — Denver is the momcation destination for you. The Denver Beer Trail is popular for trying out different types of local beer, exploring their hundreds of breweries and pubs and seeing the city sites at the same time. 

Enjoy live music? Find a show at the famous Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, where you can even hike around during the day. Denver is also no stranger to art museums and galleries. 

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Flagstaff, Arizona

Escape the heat of Phoenix or Tucson and plan a momcation in Flagstaff! This mountain town is perfect for adventure seekers who are looking to ski (even in the summer), hike and explore the natural wonders of the Southwest.

Flagstaff is in a prime location and an easy drive to popular sights like the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend and Zion National Park. This city is also home to the Arizona Snowbowl, the state’s only ski resort. There are also three trails here, making it the perfect destination if you want an outdoor experience any time of the year.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Take the momcation to the desert and explore all the things Sante Fe has to offer! Explore the signature adobe buildings and cathedrals, famous art and museum scene, and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market — the largest and oldest in the country. The Women of the West walking tour is also a great way to see the city and learn about women’s history!

Dive into the culture with some yummy green chile cuisine and grab some specialty-crafted margaritas at the Santa Fe Margarita Trail.

Lastly, no trip to Santa Fe is complete without a visit to the Kakawa Chocolate House. The chocolatiers at this local gem give you a taste of history by recreating Mesoamerican and colonial chocolate recipes — be sure to try the Red Chili Caramels.

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Fredericksburg, Texas

Pack your cowboy boots! Located about an hour and a half from San Antonio or Austin, Fredericksburg is known for its strong German heritage and surprisingly — it’s wineries. After California’s wine region, Fredericksburg is the most-visited wine region in America, making it a great momcation for wine lovers and those who want to explore something a little different. 

Other things to do in Fredericksburg include its museums that are rich in history, dance halls and Wildseed Farms, which is the nation’s largest working wildflower farm.

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Oxford, Mississippi 

Bookworms, unite! Oxford is a momcation’s dream if you love writing and literature. This small and low-key town is perfect for getting away and hiding out, perhaps at the famous Square Books bookstore. This special two-story bookstore carries a great selection of books with every genre you can think of. 

Stop in for a historical tour of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s former house. Then, be sure to finish off the day at City Grocery bar, a local spot that attracts artists and writers.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey

In need of a nightlife scene for your momcation? Head over to New Jersey’s Atlantic City to let your hair down. This spot is famous for its roaring nightlife, casinos and America’s first beach boardwalk. 

This place is perfect to bring your girlfriends along and spend the day at the beach and the night with some fun cocktails, so pack your little black dress and heels! Looking to spend one of your days doing something low-key? Spend the day shopping, then grab a meal at the boardwalk.

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Charleston, South Carolina

Book a momcation at a sweet port city with Southern charm. Step back in time and experience the cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and historic architecture of Charleston. Be sure to visit Fort Sumter to get a deeper understanding of the city’s rich history.

Walk through the French Quarter and do some shopping, or experience the strong live theater scene at Dock Street Theatre. If you’re feeling hungry, head to Marion Square and pick up food at the Charleston Farmers Market that’s held every Saturday. 

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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Just south of Cape Cod lies Martha’s Vineyard, a picturesque New England island town known for its cottages, lighthouses and beaches. This momcation is perfect for seafood lovers and those who want to connect with nature, with plenty of hiking trails, beaches and sites to see along the way. 

Be sure to visit the famous lighthouse at Aquinnah cliffs and the Victorian gingerbread houses on Oak Bluffs. To get a closer look at the wildlife, visit Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge. When your day is winding down, take a stroll down the beach and watch the sunset after a nice seafood dinner.

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Tips for a Mom Staycation 

With the current situation of COVID-19 being a global pandemic, many travelers are sticking to the indoors. However, this doesn’t have to ruin your plans for a relaxing retreat! There are many ways that you can make the most of a mom staycation in the comfort and safety of your own home. 

Use the flowchart below to find out which type of staycation is perfect for you!

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Taking a break from your day-to-day life is important sometimes, especially if you’re a mom. These special momcation destinations have a little something for everyone, whether you’re taking a trip solo, with your girlfriends or even at home. 

If you’re in need of a momcation, renting a car will make it easier to get out of the house and explore local destinations like these.

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37 of the Best Nakation Destinations for a Liberated Getaway

In with the nude, out with the old. 2020 is a year of change, whether it be a shift to a healthier lifestyle, a focus on body positivity or even new ways of vacationing. Nakations, also known as nude vacations, have risen in popularity as the latest and greatest travel trend that has really captured the niche and even taboo aspect of vacationing in the nude.

Growing numbers of people have been embracing this trend as a way of connecting more with nature, focusing on sustainability and supporting body acceptance. Nude beaches have long been a part of the scene, especially in Europe, but now more resorts, clubs and activities like naked yoga have sprung up around the world.

The History of Nude Vacations

Nude culture first had its roots in Europe. In 1900s Germany, Freikorperkultur, or free body culture, began as the first organization of social nudism. This was an ideology that encouraged one to embrace the body and shed the old Victorian England ways of thinking.

Heinrich Pudor, the pioneer of nudist culture, published his book, The Cult of the Nude. He highlighted the benefits of taking part in sports and activities free of clothes — that it would contribute to good mental and physical health. The book was a hit and Pudor’s ideology of body acceptance spread throughout Europe during the 1920s, then to the rest of the world.

Since then, society has become progressively more comfortable with the idea of social nudity. According to the American Association for Nude Recreation, this niche industry racks in over $440 million annually! Now it’s easier than ever to partake in this thrilling and new way of vacation. With a vast array of resorts and travel agencies providing nude vacation opportunities, there’s something out there for everyone.

Why You Need a Nakation

Does the idea of a nakation sound appealing but still not fully convinced?

There are many reasons why taking a nakation can be beneficial to your body, mind and spirit. For one, nothing sounds more comfortable than shedding those clothes that may be restricting. Also, being nude can help the areas of your body that are usually less exposed catch some sun and absorb that vitamin D! Conclusion? You should get naked more often.

Most importantly, studies show that baring all during a nakation can help open your mind, helping you feel liberated and overcome body issues you may have. Nakations offer a chance for you to really get in touch with your body and embrace vulnerability.

Ready to plan that nakation now? Whether you’re flying or planning a road trip this summer, be sure to read on to discover 37 of the best nakation hotspots to visit.

Australia | California | Hawaii | JamaicaFloridaMexico | Oregon

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Australia

Australia has a reputation for laid-back nude beaches, perfect for your next nakation! These beaches are both secluded and picturesque, offering a relaxing getaway. Many of these are family-friendly and you can even bring your dogs.

An important takeaway is Queensland is the only mainland state in Australia that has no legal nude beaches — however, hotspots like Cow Bay may be worth taking the risk.

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California

Enjoy baring it all with great weather on the West Coast. California is no stranger to nudity. With nude beaches and resorts a-plenty, the Golden State is a perfect option for a summertime nakation.

Many of California’s beaches are more secluded and in hard-to-reach locations, meaning there’s plenty of privacy here — great if you’re new to this lifestyle. Connect with nature and explore these nude hotspots from the Bay Area all the way down to San Diego!

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Hawaii

What’s more freeing than being naked in paradise? Hang loose at these nakation hotspots on the islands of Hawaii. The islands are home to a wide variety of beaches to choose from. While going fully nude is not officially legal on Hawaii’s islands, going topless is. However, the seclusion of some of these beaches make them popular nude destinations anyways, so feel free to ditch your bikini and let out your inner rebel.

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Jamaica

Jamaica is the most popular area in the Caribbean for nakations. These hotspots capture the fun, free, laid-back feeling that Jamaica has to offer. It is important to note that nudity is against the law on the public beaches, however, the resorts here offer a perfect getaway with their own private beaches that are freely enjoyed by nude vacationers.

Located on Seven Mile Beach, these resorts have a little something for everyone and for all comfort levels.

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Florida

Take a trip to the Sunshine State for a nakation and experience all the naturist-activities it has to offer. Pasco County, Florida is considered the largest nudist community not only in North America, but the world. This area boasts up to two dozen nudist resorts and clubs all within driving distance of and Tampa.

However, if you are outside this county, clothing is required by law, unless at a designated resort. Miami and Jupiter are also popular destinations that are no strangers to nudity. With year-round sunshine and 800 miles of coastline, Florida is a great choice for your nude vacation.

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Mexico

If you’re thinking about exposing yourself to new things, look no further than Mexico! Mexico is one of the most popular destinations in the world for not only vacations, but nakations as well. Even though nude beaches aren’t very prominent here, there are still plenty of resorts that cater to nudists.

The best nude resorts are located along the Caribbean, like Tulum — perfect for getting rid of those awkward tan lines. These nakation hotspots range from wild and steamy nudist resorts to quiet and relaxing destinations, with everything like pools and their own private beaches.

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Oregon

Summertime in Oregon is hot — a lot of people flock to the nearby beaches to cool down and even take advantage of the nude-friendly areas. If you’re looking for a more family-friendly nakation, Oregon may be your best bet. Luckily, Oregonians are very lenient with nudity — this West Coast destination has many nudist areas available to enjoy and many that allow you to take your families.

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Nakation Etiquette: The Dos and Don’ts

Following nakation etiquette is important, especially if you’ve never been to a nudist area before and are worried about what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned veteran, here are some good tips to follow when visiting a nakation hotspot to help you feel at ease.

1. Do your research

Make sure you are aware of the specific rules and regulations of each nude beach and resort. You can’t go in assuming anything — not every single area within these spots is clothing-optional. Be aware of any signs that may be posted regarding clothing-required boundaries so you don’t run into any issues!

2. Do bring extra clothes 

It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an extra swimsuit or cover-up handy. That way, you can easily transition to visit the clothing-required areas (like restaurants), or if you’re not sure if you’re quite comfortable to fully go nude, you have the option to cover up.

3. Do be open-minded

This is your time to shine and to get out of your comfort zone. Be open to embracing new and unexpected occurrences, like attending events with fellow nudists such as pool activities, performances or fun nightclub parties. No judgments here!

4. Don’t take pictures 

When on a nakation, a good rule to follow is to never take anyone’s photo without permission. Many people may be on a nakation for the first time, so it is a good practice to avoid to ensure that everyone feels comfortable. Many nude beaches and resorts ban photography and even electronics, so take this opportunity to leave that phone behind and really focus on unwinding and basking in your nakedness.

5. Don’t stare

Staring is rude wherever you go, especially at a nude destination. If you’re new to this lifestyle, you may experience an initial shock at these destinations, but nudism is not a show — people embrace this practice as a way to accept the human body in all its forms and to be one with nature and undisturbed.

6. Don’t forget the beach essentials! 

Among the most important beach essential to pack is sunscreen. Since parts of your body may not have seen the light of day in some time, they will be extra sensitive when sunbathing! So remember that sunscreen so you can relax knowing that you won’t get an uncomfortable sunburn. Also, pack a beach towel. These are usually required at resorts and are also a way for making sure sand doesn’t travel to places you don’t want it to.

Nakations aren’t for everyone, but it can definitely be a life-changing experience that you won’t forget. So before you take the plunge, do your research, follow the dos and don’ts of being in the nude and make sure to have an open mind! If you’re traveling to one of these nakation hot spots, renting a car will make it easier to explore and bare it all.

Sources:

American Association for Nude Recreation | Naked and Unashamed: Investigations and Applications of the Effects of Naturist Activities on Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction

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