Everything you need to plan a road trip this summer

Open roads, epic playlists, and a car full of snacks are just some of the things that make for an awesome summer road trip. If you’re considering one, or just need to get out of the house for a weekend, we know that planning where to go, how much to pack and what to see can send you down a wormhole. To help you make smart decisions, our Road Trip Guide offers destinations, checklists and more.

We’re also including key information on how each destination is handling travel during COVID-19, as well as providing you ways to explore hotels and rental car agencies are helping make your trip a healthy one.

Not sure where to start? Here are some of the Guide’s highlights:

  • Rental car searches are up for the upcoming holiday weekend. Car rental searches for July 4th weekend are up 20% compared to last year. The increase is even more prominent from big cities like New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Washington DC and Queens, where rental car searches have spiked between 20 and 100+ percent for the long weekend compared to the same time last year. Our weekend road trips list offers travelers quick and easy road trip suggestions from some of our most popular cities.
  • Packing is hard. We know the struggle is real – that’s why we pulled together a resource to help answer all your questions on how to plan a stress-free road trip. From packing tips to what snacks to pack, we’ve got you covered.
  • Many are looking to stay closer to home. We’ve created a new feature within our Explore map to help those looking to get away… but not too far away. Our new feature, Road Trips Nearby, allows you to find exciting driveable destinations, see accommodation info and plan an activity-themed road trip all in one place.

So hit the road with the information and tools you need to make smart travel decisions.

 

Note: COVID-19 remains a concern across the country, including some of these destinations. For more information on where you can and cannot travel based on entry restrictions by state and country, check out KAYAK’s Travel Restrictions Map for more information.


Methodology
Car rental search data is based on searches from the US during the last four weeks (5.18.20 – 6.22.20) for travel July 2, 2020 to July 6, 2020 compared to July 3 to July 7, 2019, excluding airport car rental locations.
For top cities, car rental search data is based on searches from the US from June 9, 2020 – June 23, 2020 for travel July 2, 2020 to July 6, 2020 compared to July 3 to July 7, 2019, excluding airport car rental locations.

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