Best Driving Vacations

best driving vacationsPack up the family and head out on an exciting driving vacation! Some of the most scenic places are best explored by car, where you have the freedom to visit the most interesting sites on your own watch. Skip the expensive hotel, and consider booking vacation rentals, where you'll have all the comforts of home.

With so many scenic byways, National Parks, historic sites and other attractions across the U.S., deciding on a region to explore is no easy task. Check out these spectacular driving routes to help kickstart planning for your next vacation. So, let's get to it...the best driving vacations:

Oregon

Oregon has one of the most beautiful coastlines along the Pacific Ocean. With soaring rocky bluffs, miles of sandy beaches, dense forests and a rolling Coastal Range, there is no shortage of things to do and see along the way. Leave from Astoria and head south on Highway 101, which follows the coast through a number of quaint coastal towns and beach resorts.

Stop in Pacific City for a night and don't miss the Pelican Brew Pub and Restaurant, located right on the beach. Near Florence check out the Sea Lion Caves and, driving south, be sure to spend some time in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, stretching from Florence to just north of Coos Bay.

The entire coast is 373 miles long, but this driving vacation can easily be split into sections if you're short on time.

Montana

Montana is one of the best places to plan driving vacations, with plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family. Starting in Missoula, spend a day in the Bitterroot Valley, just south of town. Take a hike up any one of the many trail networks in the Bitterroot Mountains or try your hand at fly fishing on the Bitterroot River.

From Missoula, drive north to Polson and stay for a night on Flathead Lake. Drive along the western shore of the lake toward Whitefish, and spend a couple of days exploring the Big Mountain resort, Whitefish Lake and the Hungry Horse area.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun road into spectacular Glacier National Park and be sure to stop for a hike on Logan Pass, where you'll see mountain goats, sheep and other wildlife right from the trail. Spend the night in East Glacier then drive south down the Rocky Mountain front range. Make a stop in Montana's capitol city of Helena on your way back to Missoula.

utah driving vacation

Utah

Head to the land of red rocks for amazing family driving vacations! Utah has some of the most diverse scenery in the country, ranging from desert to high mountain alpine. Spend a day or two in Zion National Park then drive northeast toward Bryce Canyon National Park, checking out the rock formations known as goblins along the way.

Continue east and north toward Escalante, a good place to spend the night. Heading north toward Boulder you'll leave canyon country and enter the aspen forests and high mountain landscapes. If camping is an option for a night, this is a great place to stay and stargaze.

Make your way to Moab via Capitol Reef and Canyonland National Parks for an unforgettable driving vacation, seeing some of Utah's best natural attractions!

Florida

For a mid-winter escape, head to the Florida Keys to see some of the state's most stunning scenery. Starting from Key Largo, the Florida Keys Scenic Highway connects the Keys with the mainland U.S., crossing ocean waters and ending at the southernmost point in the country in Key West.

Driving vacations are affordable and fun for the entire family. The sky is the limit when it comes to route finding. Be creative, and enjoy the trip!

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