Ruta 40 and the Southern Andes in Patagonia. Photo © kavram/123rf.

3 Classic Patagonia Road Trips

These three classic Patagonia road trips–covering the Northern Coast, the Southern Coast, and the Andes–are week-long itineraries that can be combined to explore this intriguing region for a longer period, up to 15 days or ideally more.

Notom-Bullfrog Road. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Road Trip Utah’s National Parks in a Week

Despite their proximity, visiting all of Utah’s national parks is a bit complicated because of the rugged terrain and lack of roads. You must plan on a lot of driving. So get in a road-trip frame of mind, cue up some good music, and head out.

Neah Bay. Photo © Tim Gohrke/123rf.

One-Week Itinerary: Best of the Olympic Peninsula

One of the best parts about the Olympic Peninsula is that you don’t need to stray far from its main thoroughfare, Highway 101, to experience a good number of area highlights. Highway 101 travels around the perimeter of the peninsula and Olympic National Park, making it possible to see the best the area has to offer in a limited amount of time.

The canopy of a rain tree extends out over the waters of Lake Cocibolca.

Seven Days Down the Río San Juan

The watery “Golden Route” through southern Lake Cocibolca and down the Río San Juan is unquestionably worth a visit, especially the photogenic fort and river town at El Castillo. To explore this region, plan on spending about a week, though choosing just one of these places for a three-day trip is feasible.

Blocky stone rubble in a temple corridor with vegetation creeping in.

Itinerary: The Khmer Empire in One Week

If you have a week in Siem Reap, you can see all the main temple sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park at your own pace and also take in a couple of the more remote and far less visited Khmer monuments.

A red-rock bridge spans the trail at Natural Bridge, near Furnace Creek, California.

One Week Itinerary: The Best of Death Valley

This detailed 7-day itinerary takes you to all the best of Death Valley, from its most popular sights, notable landscapes, hikes, and more. You’ll have options for hotels and camping along the way, and you will need a rental vehicle to make the drive to and through the valley.