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It’s Not Too Late to Book an Epic Last-Minute Road Trip—Here’s How

Friday, June 30, 2023 12:00 PM

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Written by Krista Simmons | June 30, 2023

This article is part of our six-week, limited edition newsletter series, Last-Minute, Low-Stress Travel, which will give you the tips and trips to make all of your summer travels go smoothly. Travel editor Krista Simmons and other experts will walk you through everything from how to deal with common travel nightmares, how to save money on your next vacation, packing hacks, camping trip ideas, and more. Sign up here to get each installment straight to your inbox.

This summer is a big one for the travel industry, with numbers climbing well above pre-pandemic levels. But if you haven’t gotten around to planning a getaway yet, don’t panic. There’s still time to plan an epic road trip, whether you’re going solo, with family, or friends. Here are our tips for planning a last-minute weekend road trip with minimal stress.

6. Go Under the Radar

When it comes to selecting a destination, think of lesser-known spots instead of following the crowds. While old faithfuls like Palm Springs or Santa Barbara are always appealing, on a holiday weekend it’d be smart to spend some time in Mammoth LakesCuyama, or Temecula, which are equally fun and not as buzzy.