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    By Renee on March 4, 2010 10:23 AM

    Driving up Mt. Washington in Maine is an adventure unto itself. A GPS system is essential to ensure safety as you advance to the weather station on the top since visibility is sometimes nonexistent.

    By Christopher Davis on March 5, 2010 11:21 AM

    Arizona's section of The Mother Road is always a spring Road trip for me. Mid March to mid April is prime time for viewing our Desert Bloom. The historic Route 66 trek is something everyone should do at least once in their life and I feel Arizona has the most beautifull scenery on it. Ad together the Wildflowers and Blooming Cacti, mix in a few days of Spring Break In Lake Havasu and you will want do this portion every year from now on.

    By Angela Hodgkins on March 5, 2010 1:33 PM

    I like to fly into Phoenix Az. in August and drive into Winslow,Az. and stay overnight and from there drive northeast route 40 to 191 into Monument Valley stay a few nights in that area and take short day trips to Canyonlands National Park into Utah and Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. Monument Valley is one of the most photographed sites in the United States.Monument Valley is where several of the old John Wayne westerns were made, located in Navajo country, this area has many plateaus and buttes that are considered sacred to the indians. The Arches national park has over 200 arches and is awesome to see, you'll never forget it. You will find some of the most breathtaking scenery you'll ever want to see, when stopping at Sedona and the mining town of Jerome, Az. it's gorgeous with all the red rock and very artsy. A short jaunt back to Phoenix to fly back home. I wish I could go right now!!!!!!

    By David Evans on March 13, 2010 1:14 PM

    I was born and raised in the Elmira, NY area. Until leaving the area never realized what was in my own back yard. Within a 60 mile radius the Finger Lakes region of lakes and wineries (over 50 wineries on Senaca Lake alone). The Museum Of Glass at Corning Inc is amazing. The Watkins Glen area with hiking trails, falls and of course the race track in a cute little town. Elmira is the location of Mark Twains burial site, home of Tommy Hilfiger, Brian Williams, Ernie Davis (from movie The Express), Eileen Collins (first woman Space Shuttle Commander). Home of "The Clemans Center for Performing Arts". Home of the Eldrige Park Carasel, an antigue carasel restored by a local group (the fastest carasel in the world). Binghamton, NY the Carasel capital of the US. just to the east of Elmira (former shoe capital of the world). To the south of Elmira, just over the PA border is Wellsboro, PA. Home of the Pennsylvania Grand Cayon. With its gas lamp lined streets, its a jewel. With many National Forests and parks to camp, hike, and bike the Rails to Trails. If you get a chance check it out.

    By donna lyn on March 22, 2010 7:34 AM

    A great way to spend a weekend is on a road trip in Ontario,Canada,around the Niagara area,checking out the various wineries and restaurants.

    By nick aloe on March 22, 2010 7:37 AM

    I enjoy a road trip to the Stratford Festival in Stratford,Ontario,Canada,to see a play and enjoy the local attractions and sights.

    By Avril on March 22, 2010 8:14 AM

    After living in Toronto for a couple years I was moving back to Winnipeg. The drive back was such a great trip and experience for myself and my friend who drove with me. Canada is so beautiful!

    By Carissa Kasper on March 22, 2010 9:53 AM

    The trip from Calgary to Vancouver on the transcanada by car is so beautiful!! The Rockies are just majestic...

    By Marlo on March 22, 2010 10:12 AM

    You should try the drive around the province of New Brunswick in the fall. The autumn colors are so beautiful, and you can enjoy beaches, the Bay of Fundy and fresh lobster. Then drive across the bridge and see Prince Edward Island. I live hundreds of miles west, but everyone should do this trip at least once!

    By laurel jones on March 22, 2010 1:35 PM

    A great trip I always love to take is to the Sunshine Coast. Take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay and head up the coast. We love the small towns and the fantastic ocean views. Always wanted to make the circle tour across to Vancouver Island and down again but never seem to make it past Powell River.

    By laura on March 22, 2010 2:55 PM

    a great trip is going to niagara falls along the niagara parkway

    By Edmond Leung on March 22, 2010 4:31 PM

    Go the Baniff, Calgary even in summer time. When there is no snow, it is still a great tourist area. The mountains and trees are breath taking.
    Pick me, your next winner!!

    By Josh on March 23, 2010 5:46 AM

    It is so beautiful there! Some people say it is too over done and touristy but I really enjoyed it.

    By Burcu on March 23, 2010 8:53 AM

    Banff, Alberta.

    Cascade Gardens are beautiful.

    By laura d on March 23, 2010 5:13 PM

    my favourite road trip is to go to Ucluelet and Tofino from our home in victoria bc

    By don on March 23, 2010 5:16 PM

    my favourite car travel destination is to travel from Victoria to Vancouver on the ferry.

    By lauriec on March 24, 2010 7:41 AM

    No question! The drive up the Bruce Peninsula from southwestern Ontario towards the clear blue waters off Tobermory and Fathom Five National Marine Park. On the west side of the peninsula, beautiful Lake Huron and on the right, the world-renowned Niagara Escarpment on Georgian Bay, with its limestone cliffs, ancient cedars, and famous Bruce Trail, much of it within Bruce National Park. Take the back roads and enjoy the northern part of this region which is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

    By Giselle Richard on March 24, 2010 8:20 AM

    My favorite destination by fare would be the national parc in "Gaspésie" between all these montains. A hiking hotspot , Mont-Jacquec Cartier is the second highest peak in Quebec. Once in september it was +17 c* on the botom of the mountain and on the top of the mountain it was -3 c* and snowing WOW........

    By Huguette English on March 24, 2010 9:25 AM

    Prince Edward Island is such a small and beautiful province that you'd want to visit it by car to see everything.

    By gloria on March 24, 2010 9:35 AM

    Colorado Springs area as there are enough daily trips to entertain for a week of travelling entertainment.Don't miss the outlet malls!!

    By Violet Smith on March 24, 2010 11:05 AM

    The drive from Ontario to Orlando is a fantastic trip. Travelling through the many states we stopped in Georgia, the peanut capital, also saw the black hills of Tennasee, it's a long drive but if you have the time it is definitely worth the trip.

    By hugh laing on March 24, 2010 11:39 AM

    visiting the Kitchener - Waterloo area is a wonderful destination throughout the years. There is something for everyone.

    By Lucie Payment on March 24, 2010 1:53 PM

    Quebec, Canada! Beautiful region

    By John Crawley on March 24, 2010 9:08 PM

    Any back road in Ontario because youy never know what you will run across. You just have to take the time to stop and "smell the roses".

    By Mark Forsyth on March 25, 2010 6:41 AM

    The Saint John River valley in New Brunswick is a beautiful drive

    By john mccallum on March 25, 2010 7:24 AM

    Just type in pizza restraunts into your GPS and bingo you will know were they all are if your are in a strange city.

    By dolores ponak on March 25, 2010 9:40 AM

    If you want great scenery, food and entertainment you should explore Vancouver, B.C. The winter Olympics just finished and the tourists fell in love with Vancouver and how friendly the people were. You won't be disappointed.

    By Joanna Gill on March 25, 2010 9:44 AM

    One of my favourite drives is taking Independence Pass from Aspen to Colorado Springs, Colorado in autumn. I've done this drive twice, and the colours of the leaves against the backdrop of the Rockies is breathtaking. This drive competes with my other favourite drive, which is Edmonton to Grande Prairie, AB. The Smoky River valley on that drive is beautiful at almost any time of year.

    By Gary Maitland on March 25, 2010 9:53 AM

    If you have a GPS unit that you can download POI to you can get some useful POI files from including such things as all Best Western Hotels in the United States or certain restaurant chain locations etc. However, do check these files as they are compiled by users and may be incomplete or out of date. But they are way better than nothing.

    By J.R. MacLean on March 25, 2010 9:58 AM

    You have not truly lived until you have seen the highest hydraulic liftlock in the world right here in Peterborough Ontario. Bring your boat along and plop it into the canal and add on a voyage on the Trent Severn waterway. And yes, their is a Best Western, right on both the water and the road!

    By Tina Ferlisi on March 25, 2010 10:01 AM

    My dream some day is to go to AMALFI COAST IN ITALY, the drive I see(in travel magazines) is amazing. The coast, water, rocky hills, are breath taking!! Hopefully, some day!!!

    By doris l. on March 25, 2010 10:24 AM

    The best place to do a driving holiday is to go to Washinton D.C. This area has much to offer anyone with any interests. The variety of the Smithsonian Museums are great, the weather is wonderful, the food choice is abundant, the shopping- outlet malls are abundant, it's closeness to the neighbouiring states allows one to visit any of the states, the state capital monuments, the natural preserves,and taste the crabs in nearby Baltimore.
    The areas is clean and safe, you will be running from palce to place.most if it is free if visiting the Smithsonian also. A great palce for all members of the family.

    By Jim Linn on March 25, 2010 10:39 AM

    Last summer I brought my family to a conference I attended in San Francisco. We drove from there through Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park, then over to Zion National Park and Bryce then to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. It was the family vacation of a lifetime. I think if you asked each of the five of us you'd have a different answer to which area was best. Looking back it was a fabulous family memory.

    By lorne taylor on March 25, 2010 11:04 AM

    just got back from bryce canyon, las vegas, grand canyon and the drive from flagstaff to sedona. spectacular. 6000 km's from kamloops, b.c. got to go back through idaho, beautiful state.

    By Marlene on March 25, 2010 11:10 AM

    My favourite destination is Holy Land Experience in Orlando Florida. I love to experience Jesus, experience the bible stories, experience Jesus death and resurrection. I would be so encouraged.

    By Joan Roland on March 25, 2010 11:14 AM

    My favorit e drive is on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Travel from Portland east along route I84, stopping at Multnomah Falls, then continue on to Hood River where you can cross over the bridge to the Washington side and head back. Its a breathtaking trip.

    By Darlene Bailey on March 25, 2010 11:20 AM

    Every year I map out haunted houses and haunted corn mazes in northern Michigan. I call it our annual 'Cornstalk'ing Tour. The drive from Hanover, Midwestern Ontario to Northern Michigan is beautiful in the fall, or anytime of the year for that fact. Each year one or two more people join the annual tour. Usually along the way we find one or two more corn mazes or haunted hay hides that we stop at. We also try to find unique restaurants and pubs during our travels and take lots of pictures. No one trip is ever like the year before. This trip usually happens the weekend before Halloween. One just never knows what you may find! Especially when it comes to Halloween!! Love it!

    By A Kriete on March 25, 2010 11:23 AM

    Jackson Hole Wyoming - along Moose Wilson road through the valley. Views of the Snake River and Tetons and plenty of wildlife.....moose, elk, bears. Such a beautiful place. Especially in the fall when the Aspens are changing their colors.

    By Paul Snowberg on March 25, 2010 11:27 AM

    The east side of California's High Sierra is a great little road trip from either San Francisco or Los Angeles. A number of passes across the mountains provide access, with Tioga (through Yosemite at just under 10,000 feet) being the most spectacular. Make your headquarters the Best Western Creekside in Bishop, and from there you can explore the ghost town of Bodie (maintained in a state of "arrested decay" by the State Park Service), Mono Lake, the ancient bristle-cone pine forest, Mammoth Lakes, Mt. Whitney, the Manzanar historic site, the Alabama Hills (where many of the Hollywood westerns were filmed) and a host of other historic and natural sites. In the spring there are great wild flowers, and in the fall the aspens provide a spectacular show.

    By C MacMillan on March 25, 2010 11:33 AM

    I have travelled near and far and been to beautiful places, but Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada is at the top of my list. The Cabot Trail is breathtaking and the small villages and communties you drive through as you make your way around the island are enchanting. It also boasts spectacular beaches where you don't have to pay to park! The people are friendly and welcoming.

    By Carol Schlomer on March 25, 2010 11:38 AM

    Where else but Mt. Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota could you have the best family vacation? The Black Hills are located in the central part of the USA and is easy two to three day drive from any part of the Continental USA. Besides standing at almost the base of Mt. Rushmore, you and your family can have Breakfast with the Presidents in the on-site cafe at the Visitor's Center while you gaze up to the monument. Besides Mt. Rushmore, a National Monument, there are many beautiful places in the Black Hills to visit, but don't forget to drive the Needles Highway. It will take your breath away! Drive through Custer State Park and see the buffalo as they roam the prairie and the hills, but stay in your car. These are wild animals. On your way to the Black Hills from the east, visit the Badlands. The land formations are amazing!

    By D Lingard on March 25, 2010 11:42 AM

    My trip would be to fly to Moncton NB, staying overnight at BW and then travel by car up the north coast, viewing the ocean scenery and the many boardwalks and nature tours they have for side trips. BW overnight in Moncton and then next day the flower pot rocks and down to St John, back to Moncton for the evening at the BW.. Leaving Moncton on a third day it would be over the bridge into PEI and taking the drive along the coast up to the north coast, stopping at the restaurant for a break and then walking along the beach. Travel back to Charlottetown staying at the BW in downtown where you can eat at one of the many pubs and listen to the east coast music. From there it would be to see Anne and the eastern shoreline walking in the sand dunes and along the shore.

    It would be a 4 or 5 day excursion flying back to Toronto from Charlottetown.

    That would be a vacation.

    By IRENE on March 25, 2010 11:54 AM


    By Mark Ammann on March 25, 2010 12:00 PM

    If you travel anywhere near the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I highly recommend seeing Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Located in Glen Rose, TX - about 60 miles southwest of Fort Worth - Fossil Rim is a 9.5 mile scenic drive through a variety of terrain while viewing all sorts of wild animals. Gazelles, giraffes, zebras, ostriches...all roaming wild...will approach your car for food (available at entrance) and photo opportunities! Once you go, you are almost sure to return again! Check their website for details including dates of operation, costs, vehicle restrictions, and special surprises! Take a camera and be prepared to take a LOT of photos! Enjoy!

    By Orlando on March 25, 2010 12:03 PM

    Driving from Albany to NYC is a fun trip, especially if you drive down 87 and stop at the various shopping outlets and eateries. This is normally a 2 hour trip but with all the stopping and shopping it can be a wonderful 5 -7 hour trip. Woodstock is also on this route. Enjoy!

    By Donald L. Ackerman Sr. on March 25, 2010 12:04 PM

    On June 20th, 2010 one thousand riders will come together for a 7,000 mile run from Key West, Florida to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Testing our will as warriors in the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge!
    This is the first of its kind, in recent history, professional endurance race from the far Southeastern tip of our Country to the northwestern tip.
    The race will have live local and national News coverage and live U-tube internet broadcast. I was interviewed and will be the first rider across the line in Alaska.
    For the Hoka Hey website go to and read about the race. It is a Harley only, 7000 mile endurance race across the US and Canada. This race is designed to test the stamina of the riders, not a red ball, speeding across the country. Breaking speed laws can lead to disqualification.

    By Tom Glow on March 25, 2010 12:08 PM

    Visit Enchanted Rock near Fredricksberg, TX. It looks like a giant half buried granite basketball along the side of the road. From the car you look carefully and small ants crawling up toward the summit. No, look again. Those are people.

    It is a great, safe, and enjoyable adventure for the entire family. For the more athletic, you can explore the caves near Enchanted Rock.

    By Tom McCormick on March 25, 2010 12:16 PM

    For those of you looking for something to do with your teenagers, check out Niagara Freefall in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It's an indoor skydiving centre; basically a vertical wind tunnel, it allows you to "fly" on the updraft. My kids and I loved it; it takes some skill to maintain a stable flight position, but everyone had a thrilling time, and they were the envy of friends when they showed them the DVD of their "freefall" experiences. Parking is only $2 at Niagara Freefall, and it's a short walk to the falls after for some sightseeing. A great way to spend a day.

    By Janet on March 25, 2010 12:22 PM

    My favourite drive in the spring is the Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina. The rhododendrons are in full bloom in all shades of pink and red--quite a sight! The road is very winding, with lots of hills & valleys--lower speed limit and NO commercial vehicles allowed!!!! There are many sight seeing opportunities along the way to break up the drive and get out and stretch your legs. Take a GPS though--hotels on the actual parkway are few and far between--the GPS will locate hotels/motels in the area but off the parkway.

    By Michelle on March 25, 2010 12:25 PM

    This summer my husband and I are planning a vacation with our sons (4 years and 19 mos old). Having a Garmin or Best Western Travel Card would be great for our trip since we normally do not go outside the state of MO. We are trying to narrow the trip down to Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse Mountain or the Smokey Mountains. My 4year old is really into mountains and would love them both!!! Super Excited!!!

    By Lynne on March 25, 2010 12:30 PM

    A wonderful trip by car for a day or weekend is Skyline Drive. The views are spectacular. There are several side visits along the way--Mercedes Museum, caverns, roadstands selling fruits, vegetables and country hams. Nice restaurants and cabins for overnight stays. Photo ops everywhere!!

    By Julie Peterson on March 25, 2010 12:33 PM

    On your way to the Black Hills of South Dakota stop off at Sioux Falls, in eastern South Dakota and stay at the Ramkota Hotel. You can take a 20 mile trip to Garretson, SD and catch history of Jesse James bank hiest with a potoon ride and then walk the Palisades State Park which offers rock climbing on quartzite cliffs, dazzling canyon views, hiking, camping and paddling.

    The Best Western Ramkota Hotel has a large indoor water park and outdoor pool. Additionally, there is great golfing in Brandon, just 10 minutes away.

    By Lynn on March 25, 2010 12:34 PM

    Yosemite National Park is an awesome trip to take kids. I remember when we lived in California and took the road trip to Yosemite. Going down those windy roads to get into the Valley. Driving the car up into the mountains to let the kids play in the snow. Yes, snow fights in Yosemite in California!! We camped in Yosemite valley and experienced first hand bears, Coyotees, deer and many other small animals. The waterfalls are spectacular if you visit before the peak of Summer. The hiking, walking and experiencing nature is priceless. Driving around the park and looking at the many places and see nature is a good bonding time with the family.

    By Elizabeth on March 25, 2010 12:44 PM

    Driving up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the first ever Fall Colors Bridge Run! Every tree along I-75 was the brightest shades of red and orange. The cooler temperatures up north made me syked for winter and it snowed on the way home!

    By Myron... on March 25, 2010 12:51 PM

    Go from Stuart, Florida to Vancouver, BC cruise trip to Seward, Ak..
    Stay in Alaska for a week and return to Albany, NY. Return to Florida in November

    By V Holland on March 25, 2010 12:58 PM

    One of my favorite driving vacations was the state of Idaho. We went from the bottom to the top. We saw waterfalls, mountains, lava fields, hot springs, ghost townsa and clear mountains streams with visible fish. Accomodations ranged from a log cabin to a night at Sun Valley Ski resort. I enjoyed picking wild blackberries & elderberries. On the way out of the state took a bicycle ride down a mountain. A good time was had by all.

    By Dave on March 25, 2010 1:16 PM

    Ponderosa Lodge in Sisters, OR. Yea!

    By Fay Messer on March 25, 2010 1:22 PM

    Step back into the Gold Rush days of California by visiting the foothills of the Sierra. Just follow state highway 49 to Columbia State Park, Sonora, Angels Camp, and taking a side trip to the town of Murphys which has come alive with wine tasting and great little shops. In the Spring, don't forget to check out the daffodils at Ironstone Vineyards which also has a wonderful large gold nugget on display. If you go the third weekend in may you can even jump a frog at he annual frog jump and fair in Angels Cam.

    By Kevin Day on March 25, 2010 1:53 PM

    Reno, Nevada, has it all in summer or winter.

    By Roger Pépin on March 25, 2010 1:56 PM

    One of my favorite one day trips is scenic road 138 between Crater Lake and Roseburg, in southern Oregon.
    There are several cascades/waterfalls either visible right from the parking lot, or a short walk from it on a nice maintained trail.
    They flow all year round, but I like fall better, when the trees wear their colors.
    Of course, there is also Diamond lake along the way.

    By Alison on March 25, 2010 2:05 PM

    My best drive trip included a flight to Australia, a ferry to Tasmania and a drive across this island state to Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park. It was spectacular !

    By Roberta on March 25, 2010 2:16 PM

    We went to the Indiana Dunes State Park and National Seashore. We had fun hiking, exploring, climbing dunes, and even did geocaching. Our son did the junior ranger program at the National Park and got all kinds of fun things for completing the program.

    By Sara on March 25, 2010 2:29 PM

    The neatest place we've been lately is the Keepers of The Wild animal sanctuary outside of Kingman AZ on Route 66. It's beautiful up there anyways, and we got to take a drive on the mother road. The coolest part was taking the feeding tour and learning about all of the animals (plus any money you spend there goes to the animals!).

    By Al Pastars on March 25, 2010 2:40 PM

    Slide over from I - 5 to Aurora, Oregon and join Highway 101 for a journey of spectacular views, great little towns, and shopping for the "one of" items in quaint shops. Travel into California all the way to San Fransisco crossing the Golden Gate (actually part of US 101). Take at least a week to travel this great American Road.

    Go back north on I - 5 stopping in the Napa Valley for a few days of wining and dining.

    Do the round trip in two weeks and you will learn to slow down and enjoy life in the slow lane. Have fun.

    By Pam Forrester on March 25, 2010 2:59 PM

    In my case it's not so much where you go but how you get there. We travel by car alot and always find a road less traveled to take but most important is when my mother and I are taking a road trip we decided at the very beginning where we will stop....and I don't mean just sight seeing. Rather than spend hours on end in the car and only getting out to walk when you stop for gas, we pick a store or chain store to stop at and then remain faithful to the plan. On one of our trips we decided to stop at every Wal-Mart and Dairy Queen along the way.....yes, it was alot of stopping but oh what fun we had; the towns were GREAT!!! We drove the Kentucky Parkway and saw some beautiful scenery, met wonderful people and OOOH the shopping!!

    By Tim on March 25, 2010 3:06 PM

    The Beautiful Bitterroot Valley in western Montana is hands down an awesome place to visit in any season of the year. You can find something for every interest in any of the scenic towns throughout the valley or as an outdoor enthusiast you can enjoy nearly any activity you can think of. For a wonderful vacation take a drive through the Bitterroot Valley on US Hwy 93 in western Montana. An excellent website about the Bitterroot Valley to visit is: . Welcome to Montana for a wonderful vacation memory to last a lifetime.

    By William Foote on March 25, 2010 3:07 PM

    I have spent most of my life in upstate NY. We always thought the Adirondack Mtns. were God's gift to the world. Well about 10 years ago we took a trip to southern Utah. WOW !!! It was a landscape that takes one back in time. Many places must still look the way they did 100 years ago.The canyons, the different hues of red earth, green plants, and the deep blue of the sky made me relize that there are more gifts that God has given out there, and this is definitly one of them. We now live in Moab, UT. They call it the Mountain Biking Capitol of the world, we have the famous Slick Rock Bike Trail here. River Rafting, anything from very easy to very hard (class 1 - 5) is available, 1/2 day to multi day trips, and the same with 4X4 driving, easy to very difficult. We also have hiking, canyoneering, climbing, bouldering, and on and on. There are also wonderful archeological sites all over, from ruins to Indian Writings, to where many movies are made. Moab isn't perfect, but it is close. So come and see what we have to offer from beauty to fun.

    By daystarmom53 on March 25, 2010 3:08 PM

    I have spent most of my life in upstate NY. We always thought the Adirondack Mtns. were God's gift to the world. Well about 10 years ago we took a trip to southern Utah. WOW !!! It was a landscape that takes one back in time. Many places must still look the way they did 100 years ago.The canyons, the different hues of red earth, green plants, and the deep blue of the sky made me relize that there are more gifts that God has given out there, and this is definitly one of them. We now live in Moab, UT. They call it the Mountain Biking Capitol of the world, we have the famous Slick Rock Bike Trail here. River Rafting, anything from very easy to very hard (class 1 - 5) is available, 1/2 day to multi day trips, and the same with 4X4 driving, easy to very difficult. We also have hiking, canyoneering, climbing, bouldering, and on and on. There are also wonderful archeological sites all over, from ruins to Indian Writings, to where many movies are made. Moab isn't perfect, but it is close. So come and see what we have to offer from beauty to fun.

    By Roy Bever on March 25, 2010 3:16 PM

    Southeastern Arizona in the Spring is the place for a unique and historical road trip to Chiricahua National Monument, the Cities of Douglas, Bisbee, Tombstone and Sierra Vista. In these areas the "Old West" still lives and will provide many memories to take with you.

    By Roger and Cindy Shaw on March 25, 2010 3:17 PM

    Our 2010 vacation plans include the following stops in this order:

    Day 1 - Depart central Ohio
    Night 1 - Best Western-Canterbury Inn, Coralville, IA
    Day 2 - Spam Museum (2 hrs)
    Night 2 - Best Western Plains Motel, Wall, SD
    Day 3 - Devil's Tower Park, Wy (1 hr) - Plains Indian Museum/Buffalo Bill Musem, etc., Cody, Wy (2-hrs) - Lake Yellowstone Cabin for 2 nights.

    Once we're turn around to come home we just drive where we want in a generally easterl direction until we find Ohio again, staying exclusively at Best Western hotels we choose from the free pamphlets you can pick up from the Information Centers at rest stops.

    I wish states still passed out stickers for your car windows!

    Wish us luck, that's a ton of driving :-)

    By Susan Siemionko on March 25, 2010 3:20 PM

    I love to fly into Sacramento, rent a car and head to Napa Valley. The drive is relatively an easy one and once you arrive in Napa Valley there are so many vineyards to visit. There are great restaurants, casual and upscale but you can also stop at the local shops and buy picnic supplies to enjoy along with a good bottle of wine. The atmosphere is laid back and the back roads not only provide you with a pleasant drive but as you meander through the valley the scenery allows you to sit, relax and enjoy the day. There are a number of wonderful places to stay, the pace is calm and the people are friendly.

    By Camille on March 25, 2010 3:44 PM

    My husband and I sure enjoy the drive from Southern Alberta, Canada, to Portland, Oregon. We make it several times a year, never failing to be impressed by the beautiful towns of British Columbia (and we also love Sandpoint, Idaho). On our way, we always hit up the Country Mercantile in Walla Walla for their out-of-this-world turkey club sandwiches with avocado on focaccia. We stop for the night at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn in Salem, Oregon, and spend a few leisurely days exploring the adorable cities and towns of the Oregon coast. HIGHLY recommend it!

    By Wini Collis on March 25, 2010 3:48 PM

    I regularly travel between my home in Ontario and my parent's in W. Va. I enjoy breaking the trip into two days with a stop at Grove City, Pennsylvania. The outlet mall at Grove City has lots of great bargains and there is a wonderful Best Western conveniently located right across the road. It turns my routine travel into a mini-vacation.

    By Gayla Smith on March 25, 2010 3:48 PM

    A trip across Texas would be a great way to break in the use of the GPS. I would love to try one out !

    By Marie Brandts on March 25, 2010 3:56 PM

    A road trip to Montreal is perfect for spring- The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a splendid exhibit of LC Tiffany stained glass. Hotel rates are at seasonal best. Old Montreal is charming and has lots of fine restaurants, bistros and boutiques for shopping. The weather is fine for driving in spring, the scenery beautiful.

    By Irene on March 25, 2010 4:01 PM

    Driving from Edmonton to Jasper and onwards to Banff and Lake Louise is the most beautiful and scenic drive in Canada. Emerald green lakes and the Canadian Rockies surrounding you as you stop at each tourist attraction.

    By David on March 25, 2010 4:04 PM

    Driving through the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is the best road trip done by car. Beautiful scenery as you drive along the highway hugging the coast with the ocean at your side.

    By Richard E.Loyd on March 25, 2010 4:37 PM

    I could recommend a million beautiful drive vacations. My wife Nancy and I have driven in all 50 States for over 25 years to some of the nicest resorts in the NO. America. An important tip! "never drive more than 2 hours - trade off" you will both enjoy the trip more.

    Missoula, MT through the Flathead Indian Reservation and Glasier Park- North into British Columbia and West to Cranbrook BC and then into Cranston BC then south into Couer D Alene, Idaho and east return to Missoula. WOW You will see some beautiful country And meet the nicest people. Take as many side trips as you have time for. Plan no less than 4 days.

    PS you don't need a full blown passport you can get a drive type for Canada and Mexico cheaper and quicker.

    By Valerie Venables on March 25, 2010 4:37 PM

    A favorite back road trip is Kamloops to Whistler via the Duffy Lake Road.
    Beautiful scenery and a relaxing trip as the road isn't to busy.

    By Ronald Rahn on March 25, 2010 4:47 PM

    A drive to Michigans Upper Peninsula( The UP) near Munising would not be complete without a stop to" Miners Castle", overlooking Lake Superior. So many walking trails and waterfalls to take in....plan a couple of days to explore. You will not regret it!

    By Susie on March 25, 2010 4:50 PM

    Growing up we would take family vacations and the one area I love to go to is Estes Park, and the Garden of the Gods in Colorado. There are also a lot of other great sites like Buckskin Joe, Royal Gorge Bridge and some beautiful scenery.

    By Gayle LaMar on March 25, 2010 5:00 PM

    Inspired by the PBS National Park Series, my best friend & I are doing a road trip out west. We will leave Kentucky, head to Colorado by the southern route (thru Texas). First real stop is Leadville, CO and then to Grand Junction. We will drive down the Million Dollar Highway to Durango. Then off to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Las Vegas. Now to places we've never been before, Yosemite National Park and then to Crater Lake. My neice told us we had to drive up the Organ coast line, so we are. Next to Yellowstone National Park & the Grand Tetons. Then I quess we will come home to the prettiest state in America, Kentucky.

    By brenda haubert on March 25, 2010 5:16 PM

    Cuyahoga Valley Recreation area...They have something for everyone who enjoys being outside. Golfing, hiking,horseback riding, swimming,picnicing you name it its there. And some of the most beautiful scenery there is ...especially in the fall and winter

    By Connie Sahn on March 25, 2010 5:18 PM

    In the late 70's, we planned a trip to Washington State via Amtrak. That was the year Mt. St. Helen's erupted, ending our trip since the trains could not get through. We hurriedly planned a trip to Branson, MO instead and enjoyed it so much, we have returned there annually.

    By Ron on March 25, 2010 5:21 PM

    In the fall, you must take a drive in upper Michigan, from Petosky to Mackinac along highway 119. It is a beautiful, slow, scenic drive that goes through the "tunnel of trees" with absolutely gorgeous fall colors. Be sure to allow time to stop for lunch at the very, very unique "Legs Inn" along the way. No speeding here. It is a slow, winding beautiful drive. If you have a convertible or motorcyle, even better.

    By Bob on March 25, 2010 5:25 PM

    Driving down to Daytona Beach, staying at the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn is our favorite ocean beach trip. There are good roads all the way and you can even go "off road" and drive onto parts of the Daytona area beaches and park to save hauling all your stuff by hand. Parasailing from the beach, renting a bike, or golf cart to cruise the beautiful sand. Lots to do in the area, Daytona Speedway, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, all within easy driving from the Aku Tiki.

    By Cherie Whitcomb on March 25, 2010 5:27 PM

    Enjoy the ocean? Are you a devoted beach lover? I am...does not matter the season or weather conditions, I go to the nearest beach I can find when time allows. I have spent years traveling coastal routes. Can't say I have ever been to a shore line where I did not see something wonderful. Little did I know, closer to me that many other ocean favorites I visit that are only 50 miles or less from me, I found a slice of ocean beach that is untouched by night life and crowds. This Southern Maine coastal jewel is: OCEAN PARK MAINE, VERY CLOSE TO PORTSMOUTH, N.H., JUST NORTH OF THERE. The beach is rough and beautiful, local folks are kind and quiet. No arcades or night life of any kind. Almost impossible to get to unless you are a guest at an ocean front property. The entire area and community cares the this slice of serenity with love. Of course I wish there was a Best Western there however there is not. There is a B&B that offers rooms that are larger than many standard apartment. The owners cook goodies and bring them to you and ofter sit and just visit with you if you open the invite. The cleanest beach I have ever seen. Locals tossing up in the air breads to treat the birds. The ocean invites you to breathe and remember to exhale. Lovely area, Ocean Park Maine.
    By, Cherie Whitcomb-Concord-NH

    By Troy Borysko on March 25, 2010 5:28 PM

    In 2009 my girl friend and I took a trip to CANMORE,Alberta for the weekend. The crisp freshair and sceanary took our breath away, and not to mention how romantic of a weekend it was. This year we want to go back there during the summer and take in the sights on what it has to offer and maybe even take a trip to Banff.

    By Allen Riley on March 25, 2010 5:33 PM

    I love to visit Galviston Texas. the warm gulg brees is a real treat.

    By Marianne on March 25, 2010 5:52 PM

    My husband and I travel frequently between Delray Beach, Florida and Falls Church, Virginia in our Mustang convertible - top down, of course - breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the sights & sounds of back roads U.S.A. One of our favorite stops is Wilmington, N.C. where we love to stay at the beautiful Best Western overlooking the St. Johns River. The staff is phenomenal and they bring a great breakfast directly to your room in the morning. When in Wilmington, we always look forward to dinner at the Phoenix Restaurant in historic downtown Wilmington - walking distance from the Best Western! This town and this hotel are hidden treats -- well worth a stop!

    By Sue-Anne on March 25, 2010 6:33 PM

    Hershey Park! We wanted to take our daughters on vacation, but couldn't afford to fly anywhere - so we decided on Hershey Park because it was in driving distance and we LOVED it. We originally went in August, but then in October, due to a family emergency we ended up have to be back in that same area, the girls knew as soon as we drove down the street where we where, and we had to go back again - this time for Hershey Park in the Dark - and they got to trick or treat - I would recommed HP to anyone looking to have a great time.

    By Holly on March 25, 2010 6:48 PM

    Good evening!! I am writing from British columbia. I think the best destination is the Kootenays.... where you have lakes, rivers, mountains.... hiking fishing boating and OH YEAH... Hot springs!!
    Yuo can do a Slocan Valley circle tour where you get to enjoy all of these in one day if you like or spread it out over a few days or weeks.
    We have the Kootenay river, Kootenay Lake, Slocan River, slocan Lake, columbia River and Arrow Lake. as far as hot springs... we have Halcyon, Ainsworth and nakusp. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.
    Oh and the poeple are nice too!!!!

    By Bruvce on March 25, 2010 6:52 PM

    You should visit the Smokey Mountains for a majestic view

    By sean pynaert on March 25, 2010 7:00 PM

    jasper alberta

    By pett02558 on March 25, 2010 7:55 PM

    We love Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor is a real "cool" place to spash around in the hot weather.

    By Ruth E Messing on March 25, 2010 8:13 PM

    Driving across states? Stop at the State Information Center when you cross each state boundry. Some, such as W.Va. are fabulous. Most have free state maps with better road ID than the one you are using. And lots of interesting info along your route...even if you think you already know where and what you are doing!

    By Nena on March 25, 2010 9:06 PM

    I think that Banff, Alberta is one of the most beautiful places in Canada....or in the world, for that matter!

    By April on March 25, 2010 10:13 PM

    I have driven from Las Vegas, NV to Jackson Hole WY. And from there up through Yellowstone Nat'l Park. I have been all over Yellowstone and even drove through the park going to Cody, WY. I have also driven from Las Vegas to Durango, CO through Four Corners. Then, from Durango I headed north to Estes Park, CO. From there, I went to Golden then back home through UT. The most beautiful drive was from Durango to Estes Park!

    By Steven Jemson on March 25, 2010 10:27 PM

    Two of my recent drives are the sun to sky highway through Glacier National park in Montana the views are awsome on this road and the Scenic Columbia Gorge Highway just east of Portland Oregon which passes by Multnomah Falls and is one of the most visited sites in Oregon and is one of a kind. Vista House is also on this road and gives a commanding view of the Columbia Gorge in both directions with the majestic Columba river at the bottom of the Gorge. Both drives are worth it allow yourself approx 3 hours for each drive to fully enjoy them.

    By Sharon on March 25, 2010 10:29 PM

    The drive through the Okanagan is wonderful especially in the Fall when the grapes are ready for picking. Enjoy wine sampling at the wineries along the way.
    The orchardists have their stalls full of fresh fruits & veggies. A wonderful sight for the eyes and BC's finest at it's best.

    By jim sehnert on March 25, 2010 10:48 PM

    I will leave Wrightwood, Ca. about the 7th of May and head for Dorchester, Nebraska for my 59th school alumni banquet. From there I will go to Key West, Florida to arrive no later than the 18th of June. On the 20th of June I will leave for Homer, Alaska on the HOKA HEY CHALLENGE and from Homer will go on to Creede, Co where I will meet up with some family for a few days. Then my son and I will go thru New Mexico and Arizona to California. This will be about a 16,000 mile trip for me and my 2007 Harley Davidson Electraglide.

    By David on March 26, 2010 3:49 AM

    Visit Utah !!! Outstanding scenery wherever you go in the state . You find it hard to concentrate on the road with all there is to see as you drive across the best kept secret of this country .

    By Christine on March 26, 2010 4:46 AM

    While in Hawaii on the island of Ohau, you need to definitely rent a vehicle drive to the North Shore. The pineapple fields, the awesome beaches, the giant waves and the chance to see sea turtles are amazing.

    By Terry on March 26, 2010 5:45 AM

    My favourite Canadian place to visit is Manitoulin Island taking the Cheecheemaun Ferry (an experience by car or motorcycle) as there are a number of places on the island to visit like Bridal Veil Falls in the north and also the old wooden turnstile bridge which is the main way in and out in the winter. A beautiful summer camp/cottage area exists on the west side and all along the east side are many places to see and visit. Accommodations also exist at the ferry dock site and intp the north part of the island. Truly a unique place to visit.

    By Cindy Vez on March 26, 2010 6:44 AM

    Spring is in the air, for sure. Annually this is the time I look for the low cost early season airfares to the UK or Europe. It is a tradition.
    When I find one Viola, I book it, book my car and use my Best Western Guest Checks.
    Guest Checks are a little prepaid card, offering all included, absolute lowest prices on hotels throughout the UK and Europe.

    In the UK, you can meander down roads until the perfect pub or city center, then just look in the BW book to find the closest BW and your home for the night (or more).

    I love to rub elbows with the locals and be completely unstructured, without the in season crowds.. Best Western, you truly offer the most flexibility there and more times then not the local hotelier will suggest or call and book the next BW/city for me.

    Spring is in the air and I want to be sprung~

    By Jim Goff on March 26, 2010 8:04 AM

    We travel a lot, but onbe of the best trips we have taken has been
    the Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick.
    WEe did a three week trip by motorcycle and it was great. Lots of two lane
    roads to small fishing villages and beautiful mountains on the Cabot Trail.
    Food was superb and the people were very friendly. A must-do trip

    By Phil on March 26, 2010 8:29 AM

    Mackinaw City, at the upper tip of Michigan's lower peninsula, can be reached from the west by a drive through the beautiful upper peninsula, from the south by a drive through Michigan's lower peninsula, and from Canada via Sault Ste. Marie. In addition to being on the south end of the 6 mile long Mighty Mackinaw Bridge, crossing the straits between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan into the upper peninsula, activities include shopping, eating, and visiting places of historical significance along with beach and water related activities including a large water park for the kids. A visit would not be complete without a ferry ride to quaint Mackinac Island where horse power is just that. Sorry, no motor vehicles allowed.

    By Marta on March 26, 2010 10:33 AM

    Topsail Island, North Carolina is one of the finest beaches on the east coast. It is basically not built up; forcing you to relax and just enjoy the shore.

    By Charles on March 26, 2010 11:10 AM

    Visit the Hemitage near Old hickory, Tennessee... Home of President Andrew Jackson... Near Nashville - Music City...

    By Ron Clark on March 26, 2010 11:31 AM

    Drive down the Oregon and California coast to San Diego and stay at the Best Western Blue Sea Lodge right on the Beach!!!

    By Jodi Steinberg on March 26, 2010 12:29 PM

    We are from Montreal and we love the short 2 hour drive to Saranac lake New York It is right next to lake placid so close to many different beaches,canoeing,hiking trails for the whole family,mountains, sking, snowshoeing, outlet shopping, great restaurants.We love the fact that it is intresting and fun no matter what season it is.You have to see for your self.

    By John Richardson on March 26, 2010 1:32 PM

    Few people know about Montana D'Oro State Park on the California Coast. It features rugged, ocean sculpted rocks, wildflowers and wildlife. Nearby are the Monarch butterfly goves in Pisomo Beach, and the harbor at Morro Bay.

    By Debora on March 26, 2010 4:18 PM

    A really cool place to visit is Ste. Agathe, Quebec. Just an hour's drive from Montreal in the awe inspiring Laurentian Mountains, St. Agathe is a quaint, but modern town. Ste. Agathe is a town for all seasons, in the summer there's biking along the linear Park of "Le p'tit Train du Nord" which passes through dozens of villages along its 200 km path, swimming, fall festivals, and of course winter skiing and snowmobiling.

    By Sandy on March 26, 2010 5:07 PM

    One of my favorite "road trips" was driving along the Pacific Coast Hwy. south of San Francisco, CA to Monterey & Carmel, CA!
    We drove it in the was sunny and a little cool...the scenery was amazing! Endless seascapes of blue/green Pacific Ocean with the waves crashing against the rocks...beautiful fall wildflowers...rocky cliffsides...seals sunbathing on the beach...and mansions overlooking the ocean!
    Carmel has the most incredible white sand beaches!
    Farmers Markets and neat little cafe's up and down the coast to whet your appetite!
    Can't wait to visit again, next time in the summer!

    By caffy pinnell on March 26, 2010 6:02 PM

    Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland is absoulutely breathtaking.

    By mark on March 26, 2010 6:04 PM

    The scenic route from Owen Sound to Wiarton, Ontario.

    By Jana Boersma on March 26, 2010 7:28 PM

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin to Door County Wisconsin to Shipshewana, Ind. Our family is doing a road trip to these great sites this summer. Three generations on a road trip. Youngest is 2, oldest is 74. May be our last family trip that we can all enjoy together since my mother does not fly. Can hardly wait!!!!

    By Jane on March 26, 2010 7:47 PM

    Nothing is more exhilarating than a drive to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta! When the cityscape disappears behind us, the stress and worries just melt away and is replaced with a feeling of peace and serenity. The stunning backdrop of the majestic mountains against the raw and beautiful scenery takes your breath away! Wildlife is abundant everywhere along the highway. When we reach our destination in the mountains, we feel absolutely refreshed. We always go on a nature hike, followed by a picnic in the woods, enjoying the beauty of the surroundings and the awe of Mother Nature!

    By myrna Bendig on March 26, 2010 9:15 PM

    we are traveling to Ontario from Saskatchewan as our daughter and her family live there.
    we do not travel much and it's a long trip so a GPS would be wonderful and help to lesson the anxiety of the trip.

    By Mike McQueen on March 26, 2010 10:29 PM

    I think the best place this year for a car trip will be Pleasanton, CA. It is the ATHS (American Truck Historical Society) National Convention & Truck Show 2010, May 27 - 29. The truck show will consist of over 500 trucks at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. While there visit San Francisco as it is only 30 minutes away. We will be trailing our 1949 Diamond T 201 pickup to the show. And the best part, the truck show is free to the public.

    By Rita Thomson on March 26, 2010 11:03 PM

    I think the best place for a car destination holiday this year is the Barranca del Cobre, in English, the Copper Canyon. You can make reservations with best Western all along the way! I would drive to El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico, then take the train to Creel. Stay at the Best Western and take many of the tours offered of the canyon area. I would take a tour of Creel and the surrounding area, a tour of the bottom of the canyon and take a tour of the various viewpoints of the canyon, including the yet to open teleferico ride that will span the canyon and is set to open in June. Be the first to experience this amazing tour of the Copper Canyon. Then take the train back to El Fuerte and onto further adventures in Mexico, including some time at the beach, San Carlos where you can enjoy another Best Western Hotel, right across the street from the beach.

    By LARRY VAN NOORD on March 27, 2010 5:10 AM

    We fly into Las Vegas for the cheaper airfare, rent a car and go on road trips from there. The last one we drove over Hoover Dam and into Arizona. We stayed at Best Western Hotels the whole week. We made a big loop going to Flagstaff, down thru Jerome, south to Tucson, back north to Phoenix, Apache Trail, then north to Peach Springs and drove to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. From there back to Las Vegas. Another time we drove from Las Vegas and went to Bryce and Zion canyons, then drove to Reno. From there we drove into Califonia and back around to Las Vegas.

    By LARRY VAN NOORD on March 27, 2010 5:11 AM

    We fly into Las Vegas for the cheaper airfare, rent a car and go on road trips from there. The last one we drove over Hoover Dam and into Arizona. We stayed at Best Western Hotels the whole week. We made a big loop going to Flagstaff, down thru Jerome, south to Tucson, back north to Phoenix, Apache Trail, then north to Peach Springs and drove to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. From there back to Las Vegas. Another time we drove from Las Vegas and went to Bryce and Zion canyons, then drove to Reno. From there we drove into Califonia and back around to Las Vegas.

    By N Schuller on March 27, 2010 7:49 AM

    One of our favorite destinations in either Spring or Yellowstone National Park. Spring is awesome because of of the newborn animals running around, including the "orange" baby bison. The weather is usually just, but not cold. And, there are less tourists at those times. So much to see and do in our nation's first national park!

    By Brian on March 27, 2010 7:54 AM

    We have two trips planned for the year already the first will be the last week of May for a few of the guys. We have made this trip for the last several year on the motorcycles New Brunswick to Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. We run hard the first day and stay in NY and into Virginia by noon the 2nd day. We have run the Blue Ridge and Deals Gap and many other roads, never run out of great scenic roads to ride on in this area. This year we are going to run route 52 across West Virgina before head back to New Brunswick & as in the past we will on about 8000km in a week.
    No matter where you ride keep the sunny side up and have an awesome trip.

    By Jennifer Rice on March 27, 2010 8:05 AM

    Not as famous as the Grand canyon, but equally stunning and worth a visit. I recommend and love to drive through the Pertrified Forrest and Painted Desert.

    By Betty Kundert on March 27, 2010 8:41 AM

    Driving through Door County, WI in the fall is breath-taking. You get to view the colorful leaves and absolutely gorgeous sunsets on the water, along with the lighthouses and wildlife.

    By mark on March 27, 2010 9:06 AM

    nothing is more beautiful than a chalet in the mountains in gatlinburg, overlooking the ski lift ride and looking over beautiful green hills of the smokey mountains. and dont forget to go shopping at the shops in gatlinburg.nothing like the down home cooking in tennessee also . and you wont find better southern hospitality than in Gatlinburg. ober gatlinburg is a great place to visit whilethere andthe ski lift ride is out of this world and takes you acrosss the mountains on a tram.there is also a ride that slides down the mountain on a tobbagan and its a thrill !! Logans roadhouse restaraunt originated in Tenn, visit there for some great grilled cooking and southernstyle food !!! and there is more !! pigeon forge and knoxville are also great places to visit ! you can even bike ride in the mountains rent one or bring your own !! and if you own a motorcycle the dragon is a great ride . you can ride all the way through to cherokee,NC. and go to the casino if you want !

    By Marilyn Gunn on March 27, 2010 9:10 AM

    Drive up the California coast to the Big Sur area for breathtaking views of the Pacific and the California redwoods. Highway 1 is a slower route north, but the most beautiful!

    By Sandi Eastgate on March 27, 2010 10:25 AM

    Traveling to Minneapolis, Minnesota is the best place to go if you are a Twins or Vikings fan. The best place to stay in the Normandy in Minneapolis. Walking distance to both stadiums.

    By A.C. Merritt on March 27, 2010 12:48 PM

    A trip to the top of Roan Mountain, on the TN/NC state line just north of Bakersville, NC, in mid-June is a beautiful experience! The mountain is covered in wild catawba rhododendrons and flame azaleas, and they usually are in peak bloom about then. You can take a moderately strenuous hike up to the top of the mountain for gorgeous views, and/or you can visit the Rhododendron Gardens for a shorter and easier hike, complete with an observation deck over acres of beautiful rhodies.

    By Holli on March 27, 2010 7:05 PM

    The most Northwestern portion of Washington State (the Olympic Peninsula) is one of the most georgeous settings in the world...National Parks, rugged and sandy coastlines alike. (Also, for the teenager in your life, a trip to Forks of 'Twilight Saga' fame will be most memorable). Here you can literally hike a mountain in the morning, kyak Lake Crescent in the afternoon, and even jaunt over to Canada's Vancouver Island on the ferry from Port Angeles that night. Between the North Olympic Peninsula and the week long trip we took touring Vancouver Island (WE LOVE TOFINO!!!), you'll find absolutely everything you could want in a vacation. Get there in the spring and you will probably be able to watch the Orca pods come home. If not, enjoy rainforests, incredible wild life, beach combing, world class museums, theater, anazing local restaurants, and those lovely drives you can only take when you're on vacation.

    By mg on March 27, 2010 9:44 PM

    There's so many beautiful places in the good ole USA, but one of the most beautiful places on earth is the Black Hills of South Dakota. You have the Needles Highway, Pigtail Roads, and some of the pristine lakes in the area. That's a Great Road Trip!!

    By lm on March 28, 2010 8:38 AM

    Some of the best and most interesting things happen on our road trips when we stay off of the highways and only use backroads to get to our destination. One morning on the way to Oregon we came across a black bear feeding on berries as we came around a turn in the road near Arcata. Another time we saw a bobcat. Going the seldom traveled road leads to many sights not seen on the maing roads. Takes longs but the getting there is as much of the trip as the destination.

    By Betty on March 28, 2010 10:18 AM

    The best destination to drive would be across Canada to Vancouver. My aim is to have visited all of the provinces during my lifetime. Just 4 more to go. thru the Rockies will be awesome.

    By Richard Vaughn on March 28, 2010 11:04 AM

    The best adventure we've had this past year was our trip to London, UK then train to Swansea, Wales. There we rented a car and visited Laugharne (pronounced Larn) the home and final resting place of poet Dylan Thomas. From there we drove to Tenby, Wales, a beautiful seacoast resort town that has a lovely history that includes British royalty, great beaches and wonderful restaurants and pubs. Before leaving for the UK, I downloaded the UK upgrade to my Garmin and found that almost every small road was shown as well as all the local attractions. We can't wait to return. The Best Western in that area is at Lamphy, Pembrokeshire, Wales. From Tenby to Pembroke Dock is the Pembroke Coast hiking trail that is marvelous for backpacking.

    By MARY JURGENSEN on March 28, 2010 5:05 PM

    While many people travel to the Black Hills, and Mt. Rushmore in SD, we travel 34 miles north of I-90 to Pierre, SD. Pierre is the capitol of the state, and has many interesting things to see. The State Capitol building and grounds are just beautiful. Have you ever seen water burn? There is a flaming fountain there thanks to the underground gases.
    Pierre has an museum with many Indian artifacts, and a genuine sod house.
    The most impressive site is the hydro-electric dam, and Lake Oahe with excellent fishing.
    While not heavely wooded like the Black Hills, Pierre is in the grasslands, and has its own beauty.

    By Christina on March 28, 2010 5:53 PM

    Cool place to visit by car - we are headed on a massive family trip by car to two different locations this summer. 1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - its a must see. Golf, Mini-golf, beautiful beaches and shopping plus entertainment. 2. A much shorter trip to Santa's village in Bracebridge ontario for our 3 year old. We'll see the park plus do some camping. Its a must for anyone with young kids.. I still remember my first time there!

    By JW Foster on March 28, 2010 7:07 PM

    Yelm, Washington. It's a tiny little town just 30 minutes from the capitol city of Olympia, but it's central to a lot of great Northwest fun. There is an excellent, clean, inexpensive hotel, a great cinema, local shopping, and you're only 20 minutes from Northwest Trek (an amazing outdoor animal reserve). Stock up on the best jerky and pepperoni you've ever had (seriously, it's world famous) at Stewart's Meats and in less than an hour you are at the Paradise entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Of course, we love it because we live here, but sometimes we go away just so we can look forward to coming home :o)

    By Marie Bookout on March 29, 2010 5:18 AM

    Old Route 66. Driving in the springtime from Southern California through Arizona and New Mexico, trying to find the "Mother Road" as much as possible. My husband and I did this every spring until this past year-I was diagnosed with cancer, and just completed 7 months of chemo. Hopefully i will be well enough to hit the road again, and visit the Best Western in Old Town Albuquerque, and eat at the historic Las Mananitas restaurant.Las Mananitas is over 200 years old and has been a stage stop, bordello and who knows what else in its past, but now they have the BEST Posole and if you are lucky, the "house cat" will pay you a visit at your table. Supposedly haunted too, but I have only felt the best of vibes there!

    By Holomay on March 29, 2010 11:12 AM

    North America: A group of close friends often travel within Canada and the US during the summer months to experience this beautiful country of ours.
    We start in our Interior province of British Columbia Canada and often travel the coast lines of BC; we have been fortunate enough to have experienced driving to the Northern Icefields Parkway in Alberta; driven south to Colorado Springs to experience the mojave deserk at dusk; flown to the east cost and driven the eastern seaborn of the US (New Hamphire, New York) and the eastern coastline of Canada (Newfoundland). Best Western in usually a landmark hotel where we can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and ensure a friendly atmosphere.

    Each and every place we visit we pick up a fridge magnet to remind us of our travels and have found some very unusual and hand made ones. This is a beautiful and in-expensive way to collect a token of our travels.

    We are flying to Madrid and would like to stay at the Best Western Hotel Atlantico. We would like to then rent a car and drive to Barcelona and down the eastern coast of Spain to the Rock of Gibraltor.

    By Kristy J on March 29, 2010 3:14 PM

    Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado is a breathtaking adventure. Driving there will allow you to view colorful mountain skyscrapers, the raging Colorado River, and elevated train bridges. The park has amazing views, abundant wildlife, and peaceful solitude. The adventure of driving up Fall River Road is real back-road stuff with the Continental Divide and unpredictable weather at your destination. The park offers hiking trails for all levels and educational ranger presentations. Your family will ask to visit this park again.

    By Mei Yung Lai on March 29, 2010 6:59 PM

    Entry form for the GPS. Thanks

    By alan M on March 30, 2010 7:41 PM

    If one happens to be on any of the Hawaiian islands. One must have a car and drive around each individual island. There is so many natural sites to see and do. One can go on hikes, go to the beach, go swimming, snorkelling,eat the tropical fruits, and visit the tourist attractiuons. Each island is very different and unique and each island must be seen.

    By Linda on March 31, 2010 10:51 AM

    North Dakota is a great place to visit by car. There's a lot to do there, and best of all, you're not fighting crowds the entire time!

    By Christy Martin on March 31, 2010 10:51 AM

    The Enchanted Highway that runs through North Dakota is absolutely beautiful! It has amazing sights, including many of the "World's Largest" structures...ANY road trip anywhere in the U.S. is worth it because it's important to get to know the country we live in! Utah is another gorgeous place to visit, as there are rocks and mountains with brilliant colors...especially at Arches National Park, Moab, and anywhere else in the state! America is beautiful!!

    By Andrea on March 31, 2010 11:02 AM

    any road trip to disneyland is a great roadtrip. In fact I've done it 7 times now. we leave from langley BC and are usually in weed ca by that night. cute town btw. then off to shasta lake and shasta caverns in the morning. sometimes we then go over to san fransisco for a couple of days. got to tour alcatraz of course! down the coast and into pismo beach and walk the pier. then an hour later you drive to santa barbara. go to the mission and check out the beach! always nice. continue onto LA for aday. take in all the sites. then to the happiest place on earth!! spend a few days there visiting mickey. then onto the trip home. take the I-5 and cut over to the coast to see the redwoods and spend the rest of the trip driving up the coast! so beautiful! love these road trips!!

    By Marc on March 31, 2010 11:12 AM

    One of my favorite drives is in NW Ontario between Fort Frances and Dryden... Lots of bush, animals and beautiful scenery and very little trafcic!!

    By Elizabeth Beech on March 31, 2010 11:21 AM

    Favorite spring time road trip - Southern California to Arizona, preferably to Sedona, but I'll go anywhere in AZ at that time of year. The drive through the desert is gorgeous - and the temps are perfect.

    By Kelly Shane on March 31, 2010 12:04 PM

    If you like Beaches and/or Surfing, driving down to Corpus Christi, Texas and checking out the Corpus Christi Bay. It's not very often advertised but, yes there are at least a couple of Island of the Coast of Texas, right there in the Gulf of Mexico, East of the "tip" of Texas.You can travel from Corpus Christi to the Aransas Pass and Padre Islands which is the largest barrier island in the U.S., there are beach houses for rent there, it's not really crowded, it has white sandy beaches like Florida, Ocean Water, and water with beautiful tides. I will never forget looking out into the Gulf of Mexico and thinking about the Greatness of GOD!! The view was beautiful, and it was a great place to drive to. Check it out..

    By anne hosfield on March 31, 2010 1:47 PM

    I love to fly into ONT , Ontario, Ca and take the drive into Palm Springs in Feb. There are thousands of giant white windmills flanked with palms against the backdrop of tall green mountains that are capped in bright white snow. The weather on the ground stays about 70 but the mountains shoot straight up so high the temp drops so snow stays up there all winter. You can drive to the tops of the mountains in palm desert or take a tram lift up in Palm springs to trails where you can hike in the snow! In Palm springs every Thursday night you can walk across the street from the Best Western Hotel to a street fair where you can buy almost anything from hundreds of local crafts people. Great shopping!

    By Jayna Phillips on March 31, 2010 2:57 PM

    My favorite trip by car was from Wichita Falls,TX to Almont, Colorado. Almont Colorado is approximately 20 miles north east of Gunnison Colorado. From the breathtaking views of snow topped mountains,tall trees,clear bubbling rivers and the sights and sounds of abundant wildlife,Almont is a little slice of heaven! Although I'm losing my memory from my illness, I hope to never forget my trip to Almont. I dream of returning one day and have been saving my pennies for 2 years. I don't endorse places very often but I can say with confidence that you will not be disappointed making a road trip and staying in Almont,CO.

    By Bill Bayer on April 1, 2010 7:47 AM

    Two summer ago, my family had a memorable vacation adventure in Arizona.

    From Phoenix, it is about a four hour drive (excluding the stops you may want to make along the way!) to arrive at the rim of the unforgettable Grand Canyon, which is easily one of the most photographed sites in the United States.

    Shortly after departing the 100+ degree heat in Phoenix and Scottsdale, we drove for about three hours climbing up to the canyon rim. As our elevation rose, we were very surprised to encounter a freak snowstorm. The snow on the ground seemed to last all of about 5 minutes before being evaporated by the desert heat! Best Western has a convenient location in nearby Tusayan that can be used as the launching point for your Grand Canyon adventure! Make sure you get a good nights sleep and plan to enjoy a full day as there are many beautiful views from the road and along the many walking trails.

    From the Canyon, it is about a three hours drive to Holbrook, which lies along the historic Route 66. We enjoyed the friendly staff (and the complimentary breakfast) at the Best Western Adobe Inn on Hopi Drive, while the kids enjoyed the swimming pool!

    Holbrook is just 28 miles from the Petrified Forest National Park, which in addition to its featured attractions, also offers panoramic views of the starkly beautiful "Painted Desert" badlands.

    On the drive back to Phoenix, be sure to stop off in Sedona. Sedona is a very "artsy" town and caters to residents and visitors who believe it is situated at the site of "psychic vortexes" whose unique atmosphere and healing powers allow the experiences of deep relaxation, powerful meditations and beautiful visualizations.

    Regardless of your position on "psychic vortexes", few can argue with the natural beauty of the Sonoma scenery. If you are interested in seeing the scenery up close, you should try a Pink Jeep Tours off-road adventure. Most memorable for me was the skidding descent down the "staircase" and seeing everyone's white knuckles firmly holding on to the jeep's roll-bar!

    Phoenix is a fabulous "jumping off" spot and offers many memorable sights, all within a few hours drive of each other. I hope you'll enjoy your drive as much as we did!

    By Kevin on April 1, 2010 2:39 PM

    I love stopping at the Kelso train station at least once a year on our drives from Vegas to SoCal.

    By wai man leung on April 1, 2010 6:30 PM

    I get lost all the time while driving. A GPS sure can come in handy. It would be great if I can win that. Thanks.

    By Serge LeBouthillier on April 2, 2010 12:24 PM

    Last summer we had a really nice trip to Newfoundland (NFLD), Canada. We took the ferry from North Sydney in Nova Scotia (NS) to Port-aux-Basques in NFLD. From there, we drove all around Newfoundland toward St John's NFLD and drove back 9 days later. All along the way, we were amazed by the scenic views of Newfoundland. Mountains, rivers, Whale seeing site from the rifts, etc...A very amazing trip. Over all of it, Newfoundlanders are vering welcoming and nice people.

    Note: It's also possible to take the ferry between Argentina NFLD (1hr from St John's) and North Syndey but the ferry ride is longer. I would not recommand to drive at night time since there is a lot of mooses in NFLD.

    I recommand that trip to everyone!

    By Anita Lee on April 2, 2010 6:09 PM

    Hi, this text is to participate for the draw for the GPS. Thank you.

    By Donna van Brussel on April 8, 2010 4:29 PM

    I think Ottawa is a great destination, especially in the spring which is tulip time. There is so much to do in our capital city. My husband and I really enjoyed our trip there last year.

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