Top 5 summer road trips for the upcoming break
Joshua Lee, Connection Staff
May 4, 2012
Filed under Features / Arts & Entertainment
Summer is quickly approaching and we’re all anxious to take a break from school and work. What’s better than taking a road trip with your friends and family? But where are the best places to take a road trip to and what is there to do?
1. Huntington Beach, CA
Huntington Beach is a great place to take a road trip with friends and family. There are many things to do in this small beach town. Open all year round, Huntington Beach’s Main Street attracts many people with multiple surf shops, clothing stores, restaurants and its pier plaza. One of the main events that attracts tourists to H.B. is the U.S. Open of Surfing which runs July 28 through August 5. There are also Fourth of July parades on Main Street with night time fireworks, shooting over the beachfront city.
Approximate travel time by car from Sacramento: Seven hours; 423 miles.
2. Disneyland in Anaheim, CAKnown for Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park, Anaheim is a great place to visit with family and friends to hang out. There are many rides and street shows that appeal to all ages. One popular show is the firework show, which happen every night right before closing. Visitors can purchase hopper passes, which allows them to go back and forth to Disneyland and California Adventure. Downtown Disney is an amazing place to hang out with many shops and restaurants for all ages.
Approximate travel time by car from Sacramento: Six hours and 45 minutes; 410 miles.
3. Las Vegas, NV
If you’re looking to sight-see and shop during the day, Vegas is the place to be. Many hotels are themed from around the world, making walking the Strip feel like you’re traveling the world. For those seeking night adventures with friends, there are numerous nightclubs. If you’re on a family trip, there are hotels that are suitable for children. The most popular is the Circus Circus Hotel. There are also romantic spots for a date night, such as taking a walk in Paris at the Eiffel Tower Experience.
Approximate travel time by car from Sacramento: Nine hours and 11 minutes; 559 miles.
4. San Diego, CA
Many come to San Diego to go to the San Diego Zoo or Seaworld. What tourists should go to San Diego for is its beautiful and warm beaches. With over 10 beaches, you can enjoy surfing, relaxing and swimming in the ocean. If the beach isn’t your thing, there are plenty of malls and outlets. And if you’re into sports, it’s the home to the professional teams the Chargers and the Padres. One of the best places to visit is Balboa Park. It’s the largest urban cultural park in North America with many activities such as 16 museums, 16 gardens and several other attractions. For those who are into entertainment, Comic-Con is the place the be. Comic-Con is July 12-15 and is located in the San Diego Convention Center.
Approximate travel time by car from Sacramento: Eight hours and 17 minutes; 504 miles.
5. Lake Tahoe, CA
Some people like to go to the beach in the summer, while some like to go to the mountains to camp and hike. Tahoe is the perfect place to do both. As the second largest lake in the U.S., Tahoe attracts many tourists with its natural beauty, crystal blue water and beautiful mountains surrounding the lake. With a variety of things to do such as hiking, biking, water rafting, boating and other different types of water sports, Tahoe is a great place to take a trip with family and friends. There are also many casinos in the area.
Approximate travel time by car: Two hours and 10 minutes; 114 miles.
Of course there are other places to travel to during the summer. These are just some spots that are great to take trips to with friends or family for summer adventures. If you’re looking for summer adventures and don’t feel like driving, you can always take a plane to your dream vacation spot.
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