End Of Summer One-Day Road Trips

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This summer I have shared some of my favorite road trips and while the kids may be back in school and Labor Day is behind us, that doesn’t mean you  have to give up great summer road trips.

You might be lucky enough to find a way to get the kids out of school for a whole week, but a better idea might be a long weekend. Once again, there are so many options for us here in Northern California. In fact, there are places you can go and come back in one day from the Sacramento area, with your family, significant other, or even by yourself.

You may not have thought about some of these places as one-day road trips before, so try to get your arms around this. At some point you have most likely done a day trip to San Francisco, Napa Valley or Lake Tahoe. That’s about three hours round trip and is pretty easy for most of us. Now I want you to think about your possibilities if you stretch yourself just a little more.

One of my best road trip memories was just a couple of years ago when I woke up on a Sunday morning, called my friend to say “good morning” and less than an hour later we were spontaneously on the road to Monterey. That may sound crazy at first, but we arrived in Monterey well before lunch, enjoyed time walking along Cannery Row, shopping, visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and had a great meal.

After several hours and wonderful day along the coast, we headed home and arrived around 8pm. Believe it or not, it was a very relaxing day and one that I have very fond memories of. If you are feeling pressed with work, school and just the pressures of life, it’s amazing how much a road trip like this can do for your sanity. Another “extended” day trip I have done is to Yosemite National Park. You may not think it would be worth just one day in Yosemite, but consider how difficult it is to get overnight reservations there. You can still get a good 5-7 hours in the park and still be home at a reasonable time.

Hey, officially, summer isn’t over yet, so whether you plan a quick road trip this month or just wake up one morning and decide to head out, think about taking advantage of the great opportunities we are blessed with here in California.

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