Buckle Up: The Best Summer Road Trips

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Summer is fast approaching! The warmer months are the perfect time to load up the car and take a road trip. Spending a week or two traveling from place to place is a great way to see the wonderful things the world has to offer while spending quality time with the friends or family members you bring along. Thankfully, we came up with a few suggestions to help you plan your summer vacation.

New England Coast

New England is home to many beautiful beaches and numerous tourist attractions. Some key stops to make are Salem, MA, where you can learn about the Salem Witch Trials at the Salem Witch Museum; Hampton Beach, NH, where you can stop for a day in the sun; and Acadia National Park, ME, America's second most popular national park.


Salem, MA: Halloween Holiday

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For the ultimate haunted Halloween, you must visit Salem, MA. Travelers flock from all over to visit Salem for the biggest Halloween party in America. Spooky Salem hosts haunted houses, historic landmarks, plenty of hotels and B&Bs, great restaurants, ghost tours, and a variety of other Halloween happenings.

One of our favorite Salem attractions is the House of the Seven Gables. It's the oldest surviving 17th-century mansion in New England, and it inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel—not to mention admission is free! The Peabody Essex Museum is fascinating as well, and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial is a fitting tribute to visit especially during the Halloween season.


The Empire Hotel: Quintessential New York

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If you are planning a summer getaway, New York City is one of the best places to visit. And we know of the perfect place to stay—The Empire Hotel. The hotel is in a great location for sightseeing and touristy activities, but it also offers amazing experiences of its own:

  • Suites: The standard guestrooms offer views of Central Park and Broadway. The rooms are also dog-friendly (if your pooch weighs less than 25 pounds).
  • Rooftop Pool Deck: Surround yourself with perfect views of the city while you cool off in the rooftop pool. Food and cocktail service is available—we recommend the snow cones!