There are probably at least a few trips of a lifetime that you have on your travel bucket list, we all do! If you’ve been trying to find ways to tackle some of these trips, but it feels daunting, try breaking them down into smaller lists. 

For example, make a list of summer trips you’d love to go on. 

Doing it this way can help you get more focused on some of these trips that you’d love to enjoy but worry you’ll never be able to tackle. 

We’re here to help. Here’s a list of some of the most popular summer trips everyone should take in their lifetime.

Ready to start exploring?

Wine Tasting in Napa

someone pouring wine into a glass on a wooden table

Who doesn’t love a little wine tasting adventure? Well, California is America’s wine hot spot for a reason. In Napa Valley, you can find some of the best tasting wines in the world. If you want to park and explore, check out the Napa Valley Wine Train that allows you to explore a few spots without having to worry about having a designated driver.

Travel the New England Coastline

Cape Cod, with a lighthouse in the background

For a bunch of very small states, you can see a lot on a trip like this. All you need to do is follow Interstate 95 and you can go from New York along the Connecticut coast, stop in Newport, Rhode Island, hit up Cape Cod, and then finish your adventure at Acadia National Park in Maine. It would make for a great week-long adventure, perfect for the summer.

National Park Road Trip in Utah

mountain view of Zion National Park

If you head West, you can find a lot of National Parks grouped in a way that can make the perfect dream summer road trip. If you set aside 10-14 days, you can hit up Utah’s Big Five National Parks; Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. This would truly be the trip of a lifetime.

Explore the Great River Road

A bridge over water in Mississippi

The Great River Road travels across 10 states alongside the Mississippi River. It goes from Minnesota to Louisiana. If you want to get a great taste of Americana and follow the path of the Mighty Mississippi, you won’t find a better way to do it than this road trip.

Drive the Pacific Coast Highway

Aerial view of the California coast

Some of the most beautiful coastal land in America is right along California’s Pacific Coast Highway. This 650-mile trip starts south of Los Angeles and goes along the coast into Northern California. Along the way, you can visit LA, Monterey, and San Francisco, in addition to numerous parks too.

The Florida Keys

Skyview of houses and beach in Key West, Florida

For a short but beautiful road trip that’s perfect for the summer weather, hop in your car in Miami and head south. You can easily get to Key West in about four hours or so, but feel free to pull over at various points and explore some of the other lesser-known islands too. And bring your appetite for plenty of fresh seafood.

There are plenty of ways to make your own adventure this summer, but these are a few of our must-see spots across the country.