Where do you want to go next?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have stayed at home and off of the road, but that doesn’t mean the desire to see the world has faded. It’s not too early to dream about where your first road trip might be and both Volkswagen and Timmons Long Beach wants to hear about your dream trips.
When the green light is given, and you’re ready and able to drive the open road once again, we hope you’ll find road trip inspiration in our list of U.S. locales that our VW staff have been daydreaming about visiting (or revisiting).
- West Coast – Long Beach residents are familiar with The Pacific Coast Highway: Nicknamed the All-American Road, the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most famous and breathtakingly scenic routes in the entire country. Making cameos in several movies, it traverses 521 miles of beaches, mountains and even the city of Los Angeles. It’s a guaranteed cure for cabin fever and a breath of fresh air in one trip.
- East Coast – The Blue Ridge Parkway: As a National Parkway, this is also known as the country’s longest linear park. It runs from Virginia all the way to Cherokee, North Carolina, over about 469 miles. A fun fact is that the speed limit is never higher than 45 mph, making this option a leisurely cruise that allows you to really enjoy the surrounding nature.
- Cross Country – Historic Route 66: Known to every red-blooded American, it’s no surprise that Route 66 is called “The Main Street of America” but did you know it is the most “Instagrammed” road trip with 1,708,620 hashtags as of early 2020? Route 66 crosses 8 states and 3 time zones, covering 2,448 miles.
- New England – Connecticut River Blueway: The New England region is known for its oceanic coastline, its craggy mountains and brilliant autumn foliage, but the 410-mile-long Connecticut River Blueway is a hidden gem. As the country’s first and only Blueway, it touches four of the six New England states and has canoe/kayak routes as well as green-ways for hiking and bicycling.
- New York – Hudson Valley: This 7,000+ mile region is named after the fact it stretches along the Hudson River from Westchester County to Albany, the New York state capital. It’s home to many farms, orchards and charming rural stops, which is something you don’t normally associate with New York. The Storm King Art Center is an open-air museum with contemporary outdoor sculptures that we’re itching to go back to.
- National Park Pick – Joshua Tree: Immortalized in pop culture, this park shares its name with the widely recognizable Joshua tree species. Visit and you’ll see why the park holds such a strong place in pop culture – the sheer expanse of the park, the colossal boulders and the prismatic sunsets will leave a lasting impression.
- State Park Pick – Valley of Fire: Nevada’s oldest state park is one of the most “Instagrammed” places with 219,333 hashtags as of early 2020. Located in the Mojave Desert, the park’s dry and sunny climate is ideal for picnicking, camping, and hiking activities. You won’t be Vitamin D deficient after this trip.
And if you’re looking for the best road-tripping vehicles out there (if we do say so ourselves!) check out our extensive inventory of new and used VW models at Timmons Volkswagen Long Beach