NEW YORK (MainStreet) — You can afford a summer vacation that takes you to new, unexpected places. Say it again, say it louder - and know we are talking road trips. The reason: gasoline is cheap.
Sure, the pessimists in our midst will point out that gasoline has been ticking up lately, a penny here and there, but nationally it averages $2.66 per gallon. As recently as 2010, gas was edging up near $4 per gallon, and in 2008 it hit $4.10 per gallon.
Cheap prices won't be around forever.
When fuel is a bargain, the road calls. Add in cheap, occasionally free parks and similar roadside attractions, well-priced local food and highway motels (never over $100/night, often around $50, and breakfast and free WiFi are often included), and the allure of a good road trip is plain.
But don’t just hit the road. Choose right. You will go nuts driving the sterile I-5 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. There is nothing to see, nothing to do, but drive. Ditto for driving the I-10 from Phoenix to San Antonio. Miles and miles of miles and miles.
Where to drive? Here are five road trips that will awaken your senses and make you glad to be on the road again.