America’s Highways: Travel Tricks for Long Road Trips

One of the best things about America is the Interstate Highway System. Developed during the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s, these multi-lane roads crisscross the United States to provide quick access to hundreds of cities and tourist attractions. However, it does take some time to get from point A to point B, particularly if journeying across the country. There are ways to make these trips enjoyable and even a learning experience. Here are some tricks of the trade if you want to make your next long road trip one you won’t just sleep through.

Rent Your Vehicle

One of the main worries drivers have on long road trips is their vehicle. Can it hold up during the trip? And what if it fails in the middle of nowhere? The best thing to do is rent a vehicle for the journey. Rental companies provide discounted prices for trips which take a week or longer. All you need to worry about is filling up the gas tank.

Window Sightseeing

Not all scenery you pass on the Interstate highway system is the same. In fact, those who can pull away from the built-in video systems and portable electronics can partake in some great window sightseeing. For instance, the Virginia portion of I-81 parallels the Appalachian Mountains. I-70 through Colorado and Utah crosses through mountain passes, canyons, and beautiful rock desert.

Off the Beaten Path

Long road trips are the best time to get off the beaten path and visit both local and national sites. Back to the example I-70, road trippers have access to a number of national parks and monuments along the way. Those who travel the Eastern Corridor via I-95 have access to cities like Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.

Take It Slow

You’ve probably heard of drivers who have crossed the U.S. in 24 hours. It sounds exciting; however, it puts a good deal of wear and tear on your vehicle, your passengers, and you. Should you be the sole driver, don’t take it in at once. Make frequent stops along the way to rest, eat something, or even take a nap. And don’t push yourself beyond your fatigue point. Stop at a hotel/motel for six or more hours of sleep since drowsy driving can often get you into real trouble as well.

Help Local Economies

There are plenty of chain lodgings and restaurants along the way, but some of the finest establishments are those owned by local residents. Help local economies by staying at smaller establishments and dining at their restaurants. Maybe pick up a gift or two at a locally-owned shop.

Your next road trip is sure to be unforgettable with these tried and true travel tips.

About the Author

Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy. For more travel tips for staying safe on the road check out