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6 great U.S. road trips for summer 2021

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Though the CDC announced a few months ago that overseas traveling is a low-risk for fully vaccinated people, traveling within the U.S. this summer is still the safest bet.

If you’ve always wanted to do a road trip but never seemed to find the right occasion, now is the time to do it! To be sure a mechanical breakdown along the road will not interrupt your trip, consider investing in a vehicle breakdown coverage (also known as an extended car warranty) before you go.

Still deciding on the place? Here are 6 great options for you to cool off this summer.

North Lake Tahoe

The largest alpine lake in the country, Lake Tahoe runs across California and Nevada. You’ll enjoy the beautiful views and great hiking grounds. North Lake Tahoe is less crowded and offers a more serene experience than South Lake Tahoe.

Encinitas, California

If you’re looking for a surfing destination, driving to Encinitas will be worth your while. It’s just half an hour’s drive north of San Diego and it’s considered one of the top surfing destinations in the world according to National Geographic.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A road trip to Wyoming can take you through Idaho, Montana, Colorado or Utah depending on where you’re coming from. Along the way, you’ll see vast mountain ranges, national parks and quaint towns unlike any you’ve seen before. Once you arrive in Jackson Hole, you can enjoy whitewater rafting, fly fishing and biking.

Lake Oconee

Just 90 minutes from Atlanta, you can visit Lake Oconee and discover 30 acres of shoreline and Georgia pines. Visitors can camp out, swim, water bike, boat, fish and golf around the cool and breezy lake area. There are also plenty of restaurants where to try old-fashioned southern cooking.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores has distinctive white sand beaches with the look and consistency of sugar. It’s a relatively unknown destination, so you’ll enjoy uncrowded beaches during the day. As the day winds down, you can take a cruise along the coast and take in the warm breeze and views of the white-sand shoreline.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston has a subtropical climate, which means high humidity and hot temperatures in summer. However, due to the city’s waterways, there are many opportunities to cool off. You can visit waterfront parks and quiet beaches in Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Folly Beach (the East Coast’s second largest fishing pier).

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