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Weekend fun for everyone: Five 3-day trips to take this summer

Weekends are made for adventure. Pack the car with snacks and drinks and load up your favorite playlist so you are ready to enjoy these stops on three-day road trips across the country.

Weekend fun for everyone: Five 3-day road trips to take this summer

Weekends are made for adventure. Pack the car with snacks and drinks and load up your favorite playlist so you are ready to enjoy these stops on three-day road trips across the country.

San Francisco to San Simeon, California 

Approximate driving time: 4 hours 15 minutes

  • Four Sisters Ranch Vineyards and Brewery – San Miguel, California: Make a stop on your road trip to munch on local salami and cheese with gourmet pickles. Then sip award-winning wines such as cabernet, petite syrah, and grenache rosé. Buy a bottle to enjoy when you’re done driving for the day! 
  • Tacos La Potranca de Jalisco – King City, California: Order the vegetarian burrito and wash it down with your favorite flavor of Jarritos.  
  • San Juan Bautista State Historical Park – San Juan Bautista, California: Stretch your legs wandering among a jail, blacksmith shop, and a historic cabin built in the 1800s. Then snag a last-minute stay at this beachside bungalow and fall asleep to the sounds of waves.

Austin to Fredericksburg, Texas

Approximate driving time: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Texas Honey Bee Farm – Austin, Texas: Are you bee-curious? Schedule the first stop on your road trip to tour this honey bee farm. While visiting, you’ll learn from a bee expert who will tell you all about bee families, hives, and how to make honey! Consider buying a jar or two on your way out to pair with oatmeal, tea, or tasty cocktails later!
  • Texas Hill Country Olive Company – Dripping Springs, Texas: Take an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tour at this stunning orchard! You’ll learn about pressing and fermenting while trying flavors paired with small bites.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site – Stonewall, Texas: Picnic in the grass or take a swim in the river! You might even spot bison or longhorns along the 1.2 miles of trails. Stop by the Sauer-Beckmann living history farm to see how people lived without electricity.
People riding carnival rides at a theme park
People riding carnival rides at a theme park

Boston to Portland, Maine

Approximate driving time: 2 hours

  • Witch House – Salem, Massachusetts: Learn all about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 as you tour the only remaining building connected to the famous fervor. Buy tickets online ahead of time or you might not be able to get in – especially in October!
  • The Music Hall – Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Take in a concert, musical, or movie at this once-Vaudeville theater built in 1878.
  • Kennebunk Dog Park – Kennebunk, Maine: Is your pup ready to run? Visit this forested area where your canine pal can take break from your road trip and have some fun off leash. It’ll be easy to grab dinner or go out later when you know your pup is ready to snooze after a big day!
  • Once in Portland, cozy up in this last-minute vacation rental with a chef’s kitchen and try your hand at some new favorite recipes!

Seattle to San Juan Islands, Washington

Approximate driving time: 2 hours + 1 hour ferry

  • Lynnwood Ice Center – Lynnwood, Washington: Visit this sports complex during public ice hours to lace up some skates and try your turn on the rink! Rent figure or hockey skates and jam to the surround sound.
  •  Hibulb Cultural Center – Marysville, Washington: Learn about local Tulalip Tribes while perusing this large museum and natural history preserve. Exhibits include interactive displays in English and Lushootseed, the language of area Salish Tribes, and cover, artwork, canoe building, archaeological finds, and life before colonization.
  • Chuckanut Brewery and Tap Room – Burlington, Washington: Enjoy beer on tap at one of the first craft breweries in the region. Check out their award winning lagers, bock, and German style pilsners before heading to the ferry to cross to the islands! Then book a last-minute stay on the bay at this charming seaside vacation rental!

Los Angeles to Palm Springs

Approximate driving time: 3 hours

  • Vincent Price Art Museum – Monterey Park, California: This museum located at East Los Angeles College features African, Mesoamerican, Native American, and European artworks in permanent exhibit, and traveling works from around the globe. Art ranges from ceramics and fibers to photographs and sounds. The museum is free for the public.
  • Old Stump Brewing Co. – Pomona, California: This dog-friendly tasting room offers over 20 beers on tap, like the Torrey Pine Pilsner and Nut Job Brown ale.
  • Retrovolt Arcade – Calimesa, California: Ready to get your game on? Try the 60+ arcade games and 20 pinball machines from the 1970s and up! No need for quarters – visitors pay by the hour or can buy an all-day pass.
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