Planning road trip destinations, packing up the car, and hitting the open road for summer vacation is one of the great American pastimes. According to AAA Travel, over 100 million Americans are planning a vacation this year and 50 million will be driving to their destination. Whether it’s to a family reunion, a camping trip, or heading to sights previously unseen, road trips are a treasured American tradition. It’s a fantastic way for family and friends to slow down, relax and just enjoy each other’s company. What’s on your itinerary?
America the Beautiful
Our great country has so many options to choose from that it can seem overwhelming. From the Great Lakes of the Upper Midwest, desert scenery of the Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Badlands of South Dakota, Smoky Mountains, Texas Hill Country, Pacific Coast or the beauty and history of New England – the choices are endless.
At BuffPro®, we are proud to be an American company, helping car, truck, motorcycle, and RV- enthusiasts love what they drive and enjoy the ritual of the great American summer road trip even more. Driving enables you to set your own pace, take your time, and soak up the scenery. It truly allows you to enjoy the journey, not just the road trip destinations. To help you plan a driving adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime, here are our top five road-trip suggestions:
Black Hills, South Dakota
If you’ve never been to South Dakota, you’re in for a huge surprise. From Mount Rushmore to the surreal Badlands and the Devil’s Tower, the Black Hills area has over 5-million acres of forest and mountains surrounded by a sea of prairie. It’s rich in western history and natural beauty. Make sure you find time to visit a ghost town as well as the quirky Wall Drug Store, one of the most popular stops on the way to the Black Hills and a uniquely American experience!
The California Pacific Coast
As road trip destinations, the California Pacific Coast region is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States. The majestic redwood trees and stunning beach views are a photographer’s dream come true. If you love a sporty drive, you will love the narrow, winding, often coastal-edge roads – in fact, it’s a convertible top-down, wind-in-your-hair kind of drive. You can make your way from San Diego all the way up to the Oregon border in about 10 hours and will experience amazing coastal views, seaside villages, and lush untouched forest. Depending on how much time you have, why not enjoy a side trip to Napa Valley and Wine Country?
Historic New England
New England is home to the richest history in the United States and has something for everyone! It’s one of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of the country. The six states that makeup New England – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont – each have their own flavor. Massachusetts is the heart of New England and has the richest history and influence in this part of the country. Connecticut is largely suburban and home of the prestigious Yale University. Rhode Island is the smallest (and one of the most charming) states in the US. It has a beautiful coastline and some of the oldest and most historic towns in the country. Maine is made up of not only gorgeous coastline but forests, lakes, and rivers. It’s also home to a large black bear population! If you love mountains, make sure to visit New Hampshire, the most mountainous state in New England. Last, but not least is Vermont, the most rural state in America. It consists mostly of picturesque farms and villages and offers great hiking and fishing in the summer. New England has a diverse history and landscape that everyone should experience in their lifetime.
The Desert Southwest
The haunting beauty of the Southwest is unmatched. The mountains and valleys of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada comprise one of the world’s greatest natural landscapes. There is much to be seen on this trip starting with the Grand Canyon, which is truly one of the natural wonders of the world. You’ll also want to take a drive through Monument Valley, a red-sand region on the Arizona-Utah border with incredible towering sandstone buttes. In fact, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a frequent filming location for many western movies.
And let’s not forget the Mother Road – Route 66! Travel west from the Arizona border through the Mojave Desert all the way to California and the Pacific Coast and stop at the fabled hotel-motels along the way for a flashback in time. Finally, no trip through the Southwest would be complete with a stop at the world-famous Hoover Dam.
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
This is one trip that everyone should experience. The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles of breathtaking scenery from Virginia to Cherokee, North Carolina. With a speed limit of 45 MPH and no large trucks allowed, you can relax, roll the windows down, and enjoy amazing vistas the entire trip. The region has a long history as an arts-and-cultural destination and there are numerous towns and villages along the way that allow you to explore and experience the culture that’s unique to the Smokey Mountain and Appalachian area.
BuffPro Makes Your Car Look Like New
Of course, your open road adventure may add extra wear and tear to your vehicle, but you can always count on BuffPro to restore the shine and finish to the exterior and all the metal and plastic parts – even the headlights – on your car, truck, RV, or Airstream with ease.
We love being a part of your journey and know how seriously you take the care of your auto and pass-time vehicles (ATVs, motorcycles, fishing boats, scooters). Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about buffing and polishing your vehicle or need any extra pads or compound to get it in ship-shape for your summer adventure. 1-800-699-4160