Wanderlust hitting you hard as we move into the final months of 2020? You’re not alone. The Instagram story archives from your last trip are a nice #tbt, but pictures certainly don’t compare to the thrill of a real getaway.
That’s why we’ve rounded up four road trips around the world that will satisfy your desire for hitting the road, while still keeping safety top of mind.
- If you live in NYC, check out what tree-lined road trip dreams are made of in Massachusetts (Lenox): The best part about Lenox, Massachusetts? There’s no bad time to visit because it wears every season so well. Situated in the heart of The Berkshires, and less than three hours away from New York City, city dwellers will cruise through tree-lined, foliage-filled Taconic State Park– a site worth traveling for on its own– to get to their destination. Continue on your scenic route adventure by driving along the nearby Mohawk Trail or U.S. Route 7, which passes through Lenox, for some of the most breathtaking views created by none other than Mother Nature herself. In addition to all the show-stopping trees, there’s also a number of fun, socially-distanced activities like drive-in movies at Shakespeare & Co, outdoor excursions including guided walks and dance performances at Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, and great dining at places like the limited-time-only Café Boulud pop-up at Blantyre. For overnight stays, choose from world-class resorts and inns, like the newly opened Miraval Berkshires, or the luxury bed and breakfast from designer Anne Selke, 33 Main.
- If you live in the South, embrace the great outdoors with a side of Texan art (Dallas): The ultimate day-trip adventure awaits just a 30 minute drive from Dallas, Texas, where an expansive spot called Cedar Hill State Park boasts 1,200 acres of wildflowers that make for unforgettable Instagram-worthy memories. Take a dip in Joe Pool Lake, or try your hand fishing– you may even catch a fresh lunch you can prepare at one of the 350 developed campsites within. If you’re looking to kick up your feet after a day filled with adventures, check out the Cedars District CANVAS Hotel, fully equipped with a rooftop pool that provides breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline. With a devotion to supporting the city’s vast hometown talent, the hotel’s guest rooms are lined with local artwork led by SemosMauldin, creating a private mini-gallery experience.
- If you call Milan home, explore Lake Como, but make it fashion (Italy): Need to clear your mind, while letting life’s worries float away? Then set your GPS to ensure you drive through the SS36, which meets with the SP72, providing unsuspecting scenic road twists by lakeside towns, not to mention jaw-dropping vistas. If you’re on a mission to see as much of middle Italy as you can by car, these next level drives will do the trick. Hitting your behind the wheel limit? Spread the road trips out over a long weekend. Settle into the Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como which sits on the shores of Lake Como, one of the largest lakes in Italy. Hit refresh with an evening dip in the hotel’s floating pool and treat yourself to a glass of prosecco lakeside– your body will thank you for it.
- If You’re Trying to Climb to New Travel-Envy Heights in South America, Don’t Sleep on Santiago (Chile + Argentina): Nothing says the ultimate elevated adventure like a casual climb of the longest continental mountain range in the world. The Andes Mountains are a wildly varied terrain encompassing glaciers, volcanoes, grassland, desert, lakes, and forest land – it’s basically nature on steroids. Drives in this region are blissfully peaceful, featuring a magnificent backdrop. If you like your fair share of balance, mixing nature with an overnight stay with a roof over your head. Even the weekend out with a stay at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Santiago. Not only is the hotel nestled in a prime location in Chile’s Las Condes neighborhood, but it also offers award-winning dining experiences and an expansive outdoor pool.
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