Great Roadtrips of America
North American Escapes for the Summer of 2020
If you are ready to get outdoors and get away post quarantine, Partners Vacations can help.
This summer, we suggest road trip adventures and weekend getaways.
Here are a few of our top picks. We have plenty more –
Contact us to Reinvent your 2020 Vacation Plans or get a jump on next year’s trip.
Summer of 2020
Road Trip Getaway: MAINE
Bar Harbor, Maine’s Rugged Coast and Acadia National Park
Maine's jagged shoreline includes high cliffs pounded by rough waves, centuries-old houses overlooking calm harbors, forested islands and iconic lighthouses. Maine's natural beauty extends far beyond the coast, however. Pine forests cover a majority of the state's inland areas, with lakes, mountains, rare wildlife and white-water rivers for visitors to enjoy. Travelers who love the outdoors will feel right at home in Maine and find it a great vacation getaway.
You can fill your days with activity or simply relax and observe. Must-sees include Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and the Kennebunks to the south. If you prefer trekking off the beaten path, explore Corea and Winter Harbor. Take the ferry from Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor for easy access. You can enjoy the natural scenery, history, antiques and abundant outdoor activities: boating, whale-watching, leaf-peeping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and sailing.
Bar Harbor is a small coastal town on Mount Desert Island, the largest of more than 3,000 islands off the Maine coast and the largest rock-based island on the Atlantic seaboard. The town is surrounded on three sides by Acadia National Park and has rocky shores abutting the Atlantic on its fourth side. Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia National Park. Most visitors prefer to stay, shop and dine in town but spend their days on the roads, trails and paths of the park. Enjoy visiting Abbe Museum and Mount Desert Oceanarium, eating freshly caught lobster and wild Maine blueberries, and strolling along the Shore Path.
Acadia National Park, the first eastern national park, is a breathtaking treasure found on the coast of Maine. Made up of more than 49,000 acres on Mount Desert Island, Acadia is home to some of the tallest mountains on the U.S. Atlantic coast. This picturesque park is filled with stunning landscapes, from mountains to beaches and everything in between.
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Summer of 2020
Road Trip Getaway: MONTANA
Dude Ranches, the Wild West and Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is a destination that should be on everyone’s list. The spectacular glaciers of the area account for the park’s namesake, but the hundreds of lakes, waterfalls, trout streams, cliffs, forests, wildflowers and mountains are not to be missed. Glacier’s beauty makes it a popular park, but it's big enough that visitors can still find places where it feels like the nearest human is worlds away.
A must-see, Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most scenic roads in North America. Plan to include this impressive feat of engineering that runs 50 miles across the Continental Divide and ventures deep into the park, passing awe-inspiring alpine scenery along the way. Wildlife enthusiasts should look for moose, elk, deer, mountain goats (lots of them), marmots and bears (including the grizzly) roaming throughout the park.
From late May to September, the park offers a full range of activities: backcountry hiking, biking, nature trails, picnicking, horseback riding, rock climbing, swimming, rafting, fishing and NPS guided tours. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular in winter. Adjoining the eastern boundary of the park is the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Learn about the tribes of the area at the Museum of the Plains Indians.
Add a Dude Ranch to your Montana adventure to combine the best of Glacier with the best of the Wild West. Dude ranches are the original Western vacation. Back in the late 19th century, ranches allowed visitors from the East Coast and Midwest to escape their suburban lives and experience the unique rejuvenation of spirit that ranches had become known for.
Discover the frontier in authentic western style: throw in luxury, all-inclusive accommodations with farm-to-table meals and limitless activities including horseback riding, fly fishing, sport shooting, hiking, mountain biking, kids club, photography, ropes course, archery, swimming and stagecoach rides. Pools, hot tubs, spas, mind and body wellness, and yoga are available for relaxation.
Summer of 2020
Road Trip Getaway: NEW YORK
Hudson Valley, NY, Wine Trails and
The lovely Hudson River Valley—designated as a National Heritage Area—includes several interesting villages, towns and historic preservation sites. Visitors enjoy the natural beauty, history and culture—not to mention the local wines and farm-to-table food scene.
The town of New Paltz is one of the oldest towns in upstate New York. Near the town center is historic Huguenot Street, a National Historic Landmark District lined with homes from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The French settlers brought their love of wine with them, and the area still has a number of vineyards. Nestled between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River, visitors can drive along the Shawangunk Wine Trail that runs through the southern portion of the county and sample various vintages at participating wineries.
An interesting overnight stay is at the Victorian-era Mohonk Mountain House, built in 1869 on Lake Mohonk. Located on the Shawangunk Ridge in the heart of the valley, this stunning and enormous hotel (one of the oldest in the U.S.) has thousands of acres of pristine forest and winding trails, along with swimming, boating, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in season. Unlimited activities and three meals locally sourced from the area’s finest farms are included in your stay.
An easy drive for most of New England, the beautiful Hudson River Valley will not disappoint. Whether outdoor adventurer, history buff, wellness enthusiast or foodie, there is something here for everyone.
Summer of 2020
Road Trip Getaway: GEORGIA
The Golden Isles of Georgia and Historic Resorts
This group of islands off the southern Georgia coast was once the playground of some of the wealthiest families in the world. Today, it draws travelers from all walks of life who come to enjoy the semi-tropical beach resorts and nature preserves. The city of Brunswick serves as the gateway for the islands, some of which are accessible by car while others are only reachable by boat.
St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles, reached via the Brunswick-St. Simons Causeway. It offers swimming, golf, fishing, live theater and plantation tours.
Sea Island lies just east of St. Simons Island, and the two are connected by a causeway. It has verdant greenery, magnificent homes and a world-renowned resort, The Cloister.
Jekyll Island, just south of St. Simons, was the turn-of-the-century hangout of such upper-crust families as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Morgans and Goulds. Their visits began in the 1880s, when several millionaires banded together to buy the island, establishing the Jekyll Island Club. The remnants of the island's luxurious past are still a big part of its allure. The Jekyll Island Club House, once the center of the tycoon resort, is now a landmark hotel. A historic district on the island contains restored mansions once owned by some of the Jekyll Island Club members. When you've finished ogling the extravagance of yesteryear, head for Jekyll's 10-mile long beach or take advantage of the island's many bicycle trails.
Cumberland Island National Seashore lies to the south (near the coastal town of St. Marys) and extends all the way to the Florida border. Because it is a protected area, Cumberland Island provides a largely undeveloped landscape with wide, sandy beaches, dunes, salt marshes, wild horses, and a dense maritime oak forest. It's also possible to take a day trip to Little St. Simons Island, a privately owned retreat that's about 30 minutes by boat from St. Simons. Overnight lodging and meals are available; you can even rent the entire 10,000-acre island.
Further north are several islands that are largely taken up by various nature preserves. They include Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Sanctuary and Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge (on an island where the infamous pirate Edward Teach was said to have buried treasure). The Golden Isles begin about 40 mi south of Savannah.
Good read for this trip: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, published by Random House.
Summer of 2020
Road Trip Getaway: MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts, a New England Gem, the Berkshires and Cape Cod
Everyone can find something to please them in Massachusetts—especially those interested in Early American history. The state’s small towns remain repositories of 300-year-old homes. Sailing ships continue to bob in the harbors, while fine living-history museums let travelers experience sights, sounds and activities of centuries past. Among Massachusetts' main attractions are scenic drives, rocky seacoasts, historic lighthouses, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, the Berkshires, Cambridge, Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge and Boston.
Cape Cod, the long fish-hook cape located southeast of Boston, has much to offer: museums, restaurants, interesting shopping and the famed 40-mile Cape Cod National Seashore. Many of the Cape's towns have classic village greens and charming 18th-century houses. Sand dunes, whale-watching and excellent fresh seafood add to the Cape's allure. One of the best activities and a great way to experience the area is biking the Cape Cod Rail Trail that leads you past gray-shingled cottages, salt ponds, lighthouses and dunes.
The island of Martha's Vineyard is covered with windswept moors; dense forests; dramatic coastal cliffs; and soft, sandy beaches. Though relatively small, Martha's Vineyard is made up of six distinctly different towns, each with its own unique personality and beauty. Such pockets of individualism have always been part of the Martha's Vineyard character, and that is a large portion of its appeal. Learn about the island's history and culture at the Martha's Vineyard Museum. Must-sees include Oak Bluffs Campground, the Cottage Museum, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and the sunset from Aquinnah Lighthouse. Don’t miss the fresh fried clams!
The Berkshires in western Massachusetts is a beautiful region surrounded by picturesque mountains in a lush green valley. Dotted with villages and towns, the area is known for outdoor activities, farm-to-table cuisine and the arts. Visitors enjoy hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, adventure courses, rafting and golfing. Round out your stay with a trip to the spa; take in a museum; or visit one of the local orchards, farms or wineries.