Drive Time: Hit the Road on These 8 Great Summer Escapes

There’s nothing quite like taking a summer road trip. Beautiful weather, picturesque scenery, and exquisite landscapes — what’s not to like? Even better, you get to see more than one place, you’ll save money by not flying, and you get to spend tons of quality time with family and friends when logging a lot of miles on the road. But before you pack a bag and jump in your car, check out this list of the best summer road trips. Some are budget friendly, some are great for family trips, and some are just plain beautiful.

Waves at sunset, Cape May, New Jersey.

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1. Cruise Along the Eastern Shoreline

Covering a distance of 450 miles, this extraordinary road trip starts in Asbury Park, New Jersey and finishes in Outer Banks, North Carolina. Your venture will take you south where you can start by making a detour to Atlantic City. If you’re in the mood to do a little gambling, be sure to stop and check out the assortment of casinos scattered throughout. However, Fodor’s writes that there are also several new non-gaming hotels popping up, including the Claridge Hotel. The refurbished hotel, once known as the “Skyscraper of the Sea,” is located in the center of Atlantic City’s boardwalk.

Keep heading toward the bottom tip of the state, and you’ll eventually run into Cape May, a quaint area known for its beautiful beaches and picturesque charm. You can then move on to Delaware where you can visit Fenwick Island, a great spot for watersports, in addition to DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum, an ever-changing exhibit that displays shipwreck artifacts. From there, you’ll roll right on in to Virginia where you can check out the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center — a must-see if you’re interested in marine life. Your last stop is North Carolina’s Outer Banks, which is a collection of islands that provide beaches, fishing, and fun historic sites.