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Beach Road Trips

If you love the feeling of the sand between your toes, hearing the waves crash on the shore, and smelling the salt air in the breeze, then these articles are for you! Whether you’re taking a road trip to the beach or road tripping along the coast, we recommend visiting some of the best beaches in the U.S. Our travel writers share their favorite beaches to visit during the summer and any time of year.

From the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, to the exciting Atlantic Coast and the breathtaking Pacific, plus all the glorious lakeshores in between, the U.S. has so many beaches to visit. Make your upcoming driving vacations even better by stopping by the many beautiful, white beaches across the USA. Beach road trips are perfect for all ages, and can even be affordable when traveling on a budget.

You can find out the best beach destinations for all times of day, and all seasons of the year. From sunrise to sunset and cooler weather, get excited by driving with the windows down and breathing in the ocean breeze during your beach road trips. We also provide you with budget traveling tips that ensure your journey to the beach is affordable and relaxing!

Quick Guide to Edisto Island, SC
3 days ago

Quick Guide to Edisto Island, SC

South Carolina is known for its beaches. Part of the reason why they are so popular is due to barrier islands. This small chain of islands, called the Sea Islands, covers about half the coastline of South Carolina and stretches into Georgia and Florida too. 

These Sea Islands have been inhabited for hundreds of years, first by the native peoples of the Edisto tribe and later on by settlers and their slaves in plantations. This area of the country also saw heavy fighting during the Civil War in the 1860s.

To say Edisto Island and the other Sea Islands are home to a lot of history is an understatement to be sure!

Today, Edisto Island is a trendy tourist destination for both native South Carolinians and visitors from all over the world. 

Now that you know the history of the island, we’ll cover our best tips for making the most of your time here. 

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I-95 Driving Guide: New Hampshire and Maine
1 month ago

I-95 Driving Guide: New Hampshire and Maine

Covering almost 2,000 miles through 15 states, Interstate 95 is the most used highway system in America.

And while this one road goes through some of the biggest cities in the United States and touches a huge portion of the population, it gets decidedly rural in its last two states: New Hampshire and Maine.

But that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to do and see for anyone who is taking an I-95 road trip. In fact, both Maine and New Hampshire offer all types of scenery, events, and activities for the entire family. 

In this post, we’ll cover some of our favorite spots along I-95 in New Hampshire and Maine. So buckle in and get ready!

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Visiting World-Famous Lake Tahoe
4 months ago

Visiting World-Famous Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, one of the most-loved lakes in the country, can be found where bustling California meets Nevada in the Sierra Nevada region. Halfway between Sacramento, California, and the world’s biggest little city, Reno, Nevada, can be found one of the most popular outdoor destinations.

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Quick Guide to Charlotte, NC
5 months ago

Quick Guide to Charlotte, NC

From outdoor activities to cultural pursuits, the beautiful city of Charlotte, North Carolina has a little something for everyone. It’s thoroughly modern, yet thoroughly charming, and the perfect place for a few days (or more!) of family fun.

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Summer of Sightseeing – Beaches
6 months ago

Summer of Sightseeing – Beaches

Believe it or not, you don’t have to travel outside of the country to experience some of the most pristine and tranquil beaches. The United States is home to some of the best beaches in the world.

As part of our Drive the Nation Summer of Sightseeing, today we are highlighting our favorite beaches in the United States. Participate in the fun by sharing a photo of your favorite beach and enter for a chance to win the Drive The Nation Summer of Sightseeing contest using #DTNSoS. You can view the official rules here.

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Top U.S. Beaches
7 months ago

Top U.S. Beaches

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There’s no denying that America is home to some of the best beaches in the world. We have the best of both worlds. From the forest and mountainous oceans on the West Coast and the tropical oasis on the east coast. Regardless of what type of beach experience you’re hoping to find, there are a few that are truly unlike any other. And the ones that we consider to be amongst the best in the country. Take a look and see our pick for the Top U.S. beaches and tell us if you agree.

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Key West in a Day
7 months ago

Key West in a Day

The end of the 100-mile Overseas Highway, that long dramatic drive down through the Florida Keys, and the place of legend and lore is Key West. It is a town to linger in, and to soak in the “Conch” frame of mind. But if you have only a day to linger, here are the highlights to make your visit memorable.

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Oleta River State Park
7 months ago

Oleta River State Park

The Oleta River runs through the northern reaches of the metropolitan Miami area. While Miami is famous for its glitz and glamor, over the top shopping, and clubs, as well as its showy Atlantic Ocean beaches, those from farther away may miss out on this, the largest of all Florida’s urban state parks. Locally it is thought of as the Central Park of the Sunshine State. It is an incredible natural escape from the glittery city that surrounds it.

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Beach Road TripsVisit The Best Beaches in the U.S.

Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, a loved one, or solo, beaches offer a wonderful vacation destination. With hundreds of amazing beaches across America, it could be hard to choose just one! No matter what type of beach you’re looking for, there’s one that will work well for you. The U.S. has the best beaches for relaxation, surfing, partying, sea shelling, whale watching, walking, swimming, fishing and more. Browse our articles to find a beach that meets your vacation needs.

The next time beach road trips are in your plans, trust Drive The Nation to help you plan all the essentials. From budgeting and scheduling, to choosing a destination and activities, to finding an affordable hotel, we’re got you covered. Share photos of your favorite beaches to visit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more using @DriveTheNation or #DriveTheNation.