Road Trips

Scenic Rocky Mountain Drive: Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road, the 48-mile paved road between Estes Park and Grand Lake, is the only road that crosses Rocky Mountain National Park. Driving it is an awe-inspiring adventure with stunning views that Horace Albright, a former director of the National Park Service, described as “the whole sweep of the Rockies before you in all directions.”

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Weekend Road Trip to the Sunshine Coast, BC

Named for its surprisingly abundant summer sun, British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast sits on a striking section of coastal rainforest. Start this easy weekend getaway from Vancouver with a 40-minute ferry ride, meandering between offshore islands. Once on shore, you can drive through a string of funky seaside towns to gallery-hop, hike, or savor the solitude of the rocky beaches.

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5 Ideas for Weekend Road Trips in New England

Although the states that make up New England loom large in American history and culture, the region is surprisingly compact, with a total land area that’s dwarfed by Missouri. But despite its size, this region is packed with variety: remote mountain peaks, bustling cities, endless beaches, and idyllic farming valleys. This is great news for road-trippers, because New England’s most compelling locales can be explored on an easy weekend trip.

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San Francisco to Seattle Road Trip

Most people view the Golden Gate Bridge as the magnificent entrance to the beautiful and storied city of San Francisco, but after my road trip driving north out of San Francisco, I now see it the other way around. That iconic red bridge is not only your gateway to the magnificent northern California coast and the emerald-meets-indigo shores of the Pacific Northwest, but it’s also the perfect start to a San Francisco to Seattle road trip.

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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.