How to Map Out Your Best Road Trip Route

Nothing says summer like piling the car with duffel bags and gas station snacks, and turning up your favorite playlist as you head off on your annual road trip. And as the country begins to reopen and families are searching for a change of scenery, it’s clear that 2020 is the summer of the road trip. We’ve put together a few tips to help you map out the best road trip route.

How to choose a road trip destination

First, decide what kind of vacation you’re looking for. Are you seeking adventure and outdoor activities? Or would you prefer a relaxing getaway sitting by the water? This year, many are trading in cross-country excursions for destinations closer to home. If that sounds like you, a few Ohio favorites include Hocking Hills and Put-in-Bay. If you’re in need of more personalized suggestions, our AAA travel agents are always available to discuss your preferences and to provide several destination options.

How to build a road trip itinerary

Once you’ve selected your vacation destination, a great strategy to ensuring you’ll get the most out of your trip is to build an itinerary. Most cities, states and destinations have Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) online that provide tons of suggestions for restaurants, activities and lodging. AAA Travel Guides also provide in-depth information for several popular U.S. vacation spots.

If building your own itinerary is stressful, our travel agents can handle the planning for you. Schedule an appointment online and our experts will help you plan your vacation from start to finish.

How do you find stops on a road trip?

Building an itinerary is more than the destination itself, it includes the drive to get there. There may even be must-see pit-stops along the way that can help break up your trip, and expand your vacation experience. AAA TripTik routings are an easy way to find the best stops, whether you’re traveling close to home or far from it. You can choose to avoid toll roads, specify a scenic route and more. Create your own, or order a TripTik created by a AAA travel agent.

Should you book in advance?

Absolutely.While the country has begun to reopen, there are still travel restrictions in place. Many businesses are waiting to reopen, or have reduced capacity to meet sanitation standards. You should contact any hotels you’re planning to stay at and make sure they have rooms available. It may also be a good idea to research specific restaurants/attractions you are planning to visit. If you prefer to book online, AAA offers a quality list of AAA-approved hotels and activities.

Our travel plans may look a little different this year, but you can still enjoy a memorable vacation on a well-planned road trip. And while you’re on the road, AAA is here to provide peace of mind.