Steam rises up in great white clouds from the crater of Kilauea volcano.

Kilauea’s Crater Rim Drive

The 11-mile road that circles the Kilauea Caldera and passes by nearly all the main sights in the park is Crater Rim Drive. Since you can’t circle the caldera because of a long-term road closure, we’ve divided the sights into two sections: those to the right of the visitors center and those to the left of the visitors center.

The courthouse in Bandera, Texas. Photo © Davidlohr Bueso, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Take a Four-Day Texas Hill Country Road Trip

A road trip in the Hill Country is an adventure into both beautiful parks with natural wonders and tiny towns that meticulously preserve remnants of Americana and the Wild West. Get ready to do some serious wine-tasting, antiques hunting, horseback riding, and hiking.

Signpost with an illustration of a banjo marking the Crooked Road or Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.

Driving The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

The Crooked Road, while not not an official byway in the manner of the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive, connects nine major music venues and 60 or so affiliated venues and festivals, crossing 19 counties, four cities, 50 towns, and one state line. There you’ll find the stories of the people whose musical talent created bluegrass and country music.

Motorcycles along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Brian Patterson/dreamstime.

Driving Tips for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

If you plan on driving Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive, the trip is made a lot easier—and simpler!—if you know ahead of time about the mile-marker system, when and where you can fuel up, speed limits, and how to effectively pull-off a one-way trip in either your own vehicle or a rental.

Trees cluster along the steep sides of Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun-Road.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Driving Tips

Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t Glacier’s toughest drive by far, but being prepared with snacks and water is key, as is slowing down to respect the terrain and making sure ahead of time your route is clear and open. These tips are for Glacier novices and veteran’s both.

Portland, Oregon and Mount Hood.

PNW Road Trip: Driving to Portland

Portland offers a wealth of nature, and downtown—small blocks make the streets highly walkable—is crowded with food carts, independent boutiques, and live music venues. Make it an easy road trip destination with traffic tips and directions from Pacific Northwest resident Allison Williams.

At the tip of the Olympic Peninsula sits Cape Flattery, the very corner of the country and the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States.

PNW Road Trip: Driving to the Olympic Peninsula

You can’t drive across the Olympic Peninsula—a mountain range is in the way. Here your road trip route circles instead, caught between the shoreline and the slopes. Take your time on the peninsula’s large loop, and don’t forget to stop for the hot springs, the majestic old hotels, and—if you see him—Bigfoot.

Vancouver’s downtown is almost an island, bordered on three sides by False Creek, English Bay, and Vancouver Harbour, which encourages the buildings there to grow tall.

Driving to Vancouver, BC

Culturally rich with native history and international industry, and now with a growing culinary scene, Vancouver is poised to become the business, pleasure, and tourism jewel of Canada.