Road Trips

A Summer Road Trip Through North-Central Arizona

As summer starts to heat up, the noses of Arizona’s desert rats point northward, searching for the scent of water on the hot wind. Lucky for us, it’s a short drive to a land of trickling creeks and shady forests. This three-day, approximately 300-mile road trip will take you to the lush Verde Valley, the otherworldly red rocks of Sedona, and the pine-covered mountains around Prescott.

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Three Great Road Trips from Monterey, California

Perched on the southern end of the Monterey Bay, Monterey is one of the California Central Coast’s most popular visitor destinations. Though there’s plenty to see in Monterey—including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey State Historic Park, sea otters, and more—the city is an ideal place to head out on a road trip to explore the Central Coast, whether it’s a day trip or an overnight excursion. Here are three ideas.

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New England Road Trip: The Vermont Cheese Trail

With 66 cheesemakers in state and a thriving foodie scene, it’s no surprise that Vermont is a cheese-lover’s paradise. As a fundamentally rural state, some of the best wheels and wedges can be found at far-flung farms, mountain villages, and down unexpected back roads, which makes cheese the perfect excuse to plot a road trip through the state’s most scenic corners.

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Two Week New England Road Trip Itinerary

A great loop through American history, high peaks, and picture-perfect countryside, this two-week trip is a “grand tour” in every sense. The full itinerary means quite a bit of time on the road, so those looking for a more leisurely vacation should snip out bits of this route in exchange for extra beach days, hikes, and free time to explore along the way. But if you’ve got an itchy pedal foot and the urge to put in miles, this gives you the lay of the land and the very best of New England.

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Toronto to Ottawa: A Celebratory Canadian Road Trip

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017, with festivities from coast to coast. But nowhere will the party be bigger all year long than in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. To get you to Ottawa, we’ve designed a week-long road trip that starts in Toronto and meanders through several uniquely Ontario experiences, from toasting Canada’s birthday in a growing wine- and beer-producing region, to exploring the country’s first capital, en route to Ottawa’s bang-up festivities.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Jen Rose Smith

Jen Rose Smith came to Vermont for the mountains and lake, then stayed for everything else. She spends her time exploring the state on bicycles and backcountry skis with her husband, Daniel, searching out the sweetest picnic spots, swimming holes, and snack bars.

Jen is a freelance writer whose work on travel, food, and drink has appeared in Best of Burlington, Local Banquet of Vermont, Vermont Magazine, Traveler’s Tales: Best Women’s Travel Writing, Culinate, and Overnight Buses. Since settling in Vermont, she’s continued to travel extensively, hunting iguanas in Mexico, cooking in Italy’s, and riding her bicycle across Newfoundland’s wilderness. Her adventures in Vermont while researching and writing Moon New England Road Trip have been just as compelling, and there’s no other place she’d rather live.

Jen Rose Smith is the author of Moon New England Road Trip and Moon Vermont.