“Someday. Someday I will take a road trip from coast to coast. Someday I will hop in my car and just drive. I will drive and drive and go where the road takes me. I will stop along the way when I want to stop and to see what I want to see. I will experience local culture and eat local food. I will turn off the cell phone and wear shorts and flip flops while my car beats along the road to the music I want to play. Someday I will do this, and it will be the trip of a lifetime.”– You, about the trip you need to take
“Road Trip Someday” Is Today
Hit the road, Jack (or Jane). You are out of excuses. Here, Roulez Magazine provides the day-by-day itinerary for a national road trip you will never forget.
You can travel alone (as we have) or kidnap your best buddy as a wing-man or wing-woman. Just ensure they are not one to get on your nerves, as nothing flushes out a friendship like a week or so in a car on the open road.
Grab your car keys and follow along! Or just click through the images below.
Our road trip starts in New York City and travel to the Northern California coast. Of course, the opposite direction works well, too. Either end point provides enough excitement to entice you along your route.
Leg 1: NYC to Gettysburg, PA
Jersey Shore, Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA Amish Country
About the Route
Stay off the turnpike and try to shoot down the Atlantic coast for some Jersey Shore culture before crossing New Jersey to Philadelphia.
This leg of your journey will provide a mix of major cities, sandy beaches, seaside food and culture, Revolutionary War battlefield settings, a major art museum, riverside sculpture garden, fresh market food shopping, South Philly street culture, Amish Country and a haunted tour of Civil War-era Gettysburg.
Side Trips & Must Do
Jersey Shore, Valley Forge, Kelly Drive (enjoy a nice sculpture garden walk or picnic on the riverside trail), Philadelphia Art Museum, Reading Terminal Market, famed South Street of South Philly, Lancaster Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Haunted Gettysburg tour
Foods You Must Try
White Castle cheeseburgers, Italian ice, Philly Cheesesteak, cannolis, anything from Reading Terminal Market (stock up on goodies for the road), a Lancaster-area Pennsylvania Dutch diner’s Shoofly Pie