(StatePoint) Road trips are the most popular type of vacation in the U.S., with one in three Americans slated to hit the open road this summer, according to AAA. With the season coming to a close, there’s still time to take a last-minute summer road trip.
Whether you’re looking to travel 50 miles, 500 or more, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your upcoming getaway:
Take the Road Less Traveled
With the majority of vacationing Americans traveling to the beach this summer, why not head in another direction? Check out one of the country’s 59 protected national parks. From Yellowstone to Hot Springs to Acadia, 27 states have amazing national parks. In fact, there’s probably a national park within driving distance from you.
Plan in-Car Entertainment
Make a road trip playlist of your favorite sing-a-long songs or download the audio version of a book you’ve been meaning to read so you have something to look forward to while you’re on the road. And don’t forget to download a movie or two for the kids who may get restless in the backseat. You’ll want to have a car charger on hand, too, to keep your phone and electronics fully charged throughout your trip.
Save on Gas
With the car prepped and your destination selected, you’ll want to take advantage of opportunities to save on gas along the way, such as the ExxonMobil Smart Card, which makes filling up the tank easier and cheaper at more than 11,000 Exxon and Mobil stations nationwide.
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