The Open Road

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How to Stay Alert on a Long Drive


When you’re in for a long car drive, coffee alone won’t keep you safe when you start nodding off. Here’s how to stay wide-eyed even when the road before you seems endless.

 

The 10 Best Places In America To Visit In September

It may feel as if we were just celebrating summer’s start, but now September is on the horizon and fall is right around the corner. Whether you were too busy to enjoy a summer getaway or you just can’t bear the thought of slowing down your travels, now is the perfect time to book a little September vacation. 

City Spotlight: Denver

Ready for a Rocky Mountain Adventure? For many years, Denver has been a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts—and rest assured, you’ll never be bored there if you enjoy being outside and being active. But the truth is, the Denver area has something for everyone, and it’s an amazing place to visit. 

The Ultimate National Park Road Trip

Summer is flying by, and we’ll all be wearing sweaters and boots before we know it (except for those lucky few who live in perpetually sunny states). The end of summer is the perfect time to take a road trip that explores many of our country’s finest national parks. Warmer weather means you won’t have to worry about seasonal closures or snow.

10 Places To Visit For A Relaxing Labor Day Weekend

It seems impossible, but Labor Day weekend is fast approaching. And even though we’ve still got some summer left afterwards, that three day weekend tends to usher in the mental transition into autumn. Cling to these fleeting moments of sunny days and warm nights by taking a late summer vacation to an amazing destination.

Here’s Where To Go For A Perfect Romantic Getaway

When was the last time you took a trip with your better half? Whether you’ve got an anniversary on the horizon, you need to rekindle the spark or you’d like to take a new love somewhere special, traveling somewhere new is a wonderful way to reconnect and spend time together. There’s something about exploring new horizons that can really bring a couple closer.

City Spotlight: Toronto

Tourist Attractions in Toronto Canada

There’s so much to love about Toronto. 

Three Perfect American Summer Road Trips

Three Perfect American Summer Road Trips

We’re officially in the heart of road trip season. If you’ve ever dreamed of driving a car (or a van, truck… you name it) on a cross-country adventure, July, August and early September are the perfect times to make it happen. All you need is the right hybrid car rental and a map.

Wet Hot American Summer: The Perfect Places to Cool Off

 The Perfect Places to Cool Off lake

America is getting hotter by the day. No matter what part of the country you call home or where you plan to visit, July and August are typically the most scorching months. And while you won’t be able to beat the heat entirely, there are some place you can go where it’s much easier to embrace it. Specifically, you can head to the water.