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Why Drive When You Can Fly? We Can Think of One Really Good Reason

April 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Scenery along I-70 in Kansas. No, that's not a UFO.

To say we're obsessed with air travel would be an understatement, but keeping in line with our budget-friendly, small town travel recommendations for the summer, we have to give the good old-fashioned road trip some love.

There are obvious benefits to flying over driving. Time, for one, and the amount of options that it opens up (you can't drive across the Atlantic). We often hear people complain when they have to drive long distances, and for this writer, that used to be the case as well, until I realized how much perspective you can gain on a region when you travel via car.

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Don't Sleep on Small Towns as You Plan Your Summer Trips

April 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know how tempting large-scale trips to sexy-sounding destinations can be. The thought of summer in Paris or a weekend in New Orleans is totally understandable and, if you can swing it, we support you hundred percent.

But for those of you whose budget and time allowance clash head on with your wanderlust, we offer a friendly reminder: Don't forget about the small towns hiding all across the country that are typically cheaper, require less time to fully explore, and often provide just as many unique experiences as mass tourism destinations.

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Five Great Dive Bars Between the Florida Keys and Miami

March 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Dive bars are a place you can go without needing to dress up and drench yourself in cologne. Each has its own character which makes the casual wanderer-in want to be him/herself. While in the Keys recently, we found a few such dive bars worth mentioning.

· Green Parrot Bar - 601 Whitehead St. Key West - Open Daily 10am - 4am
This dive bar is a long time favorite among locals and tourists. Formerly called The Brown Derby Bar during WWII, it was a favorite among the submariners and sailers stationed a few blocks away. Now called Green Parrot bar, some of the retired sailers still come back to the bar to find it virtually unchanged. I’m sure it can get very busy during the summer but the bartenders are quick and knowledgable so you won’t be waiting for your drink for too long.

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Road Tripping the Overseas Highway to Key West is Always a Good Idea

March 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's a good chance that, if you're reading this, you're well aware of the seemingly endless winter weather impacting much of the United States. And you're probably also wishing for some sun and warmth right about now. An easy remedy comes in two words: Key West.

We recently made the popular drive along the Keys in a new 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and discovered a few things along way, aside from the fact that fresh air and sunlight does a previously snowed-in traveler a world of good.

The Overseas Highway (part of US 1) runs from Key West to Miami and allows access to the Keys in between. Consisting mainly of leftover bridges and road sections from the original railroad system constructed by Henry Flagler, the completed highway opened to traffic in 1938. It is a destination of its own, and allows vacationers easy access to the sandier beaches south of the state's continental limit.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: the Hoh Rainforest and Hall of Mosses

March 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattle, home of the Space Needle, Starbucks, and so much more, is worth a trip to the Pacific Northwest alone – but not exploring further what Washington State has to offer while you’re there would be a shame. This week, we’re completing our look at a few options for a one-day or multi-day trip from the city.

Part 3: the Hoh Rainforest and Hall of Mosses (see here for part 1 and part 2)

If we had to give one reason for extending your stay on the Olympic Peninsula to a few days, it would be this: the Hoh River Valley, its temperate rainforest, and the Hall of Mosses trail.

Annual precipitation of up to 150 inches (380 cm) makes this one of the wettest places in the continental United States, and consequently almost unnaturally lush and beyond vividly green. Driving down the 101, about 8 miles south of Forks you will see the turnoff for the Hoh River Valley, which takes you 17 miles into the heart of the peninsula to the Hoh Visitor Center. Hiking trails range from easy walks (like the Hall of Mosses trail we’ll come onto in a second) to multi-day treks.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: Venturing into the Olympic Peninsula

March 18, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattle, home of the Space Needle, Starbucks, and so much more, is worth a trip to the Pacific Northwest alone – but not exploring further what Washington State has to offer while you’re there would be a shame. This week, we'll look at a few options for a one-day or multi-day trip from the city.

Part 2: the Olympic Peninsula (see here for part 1)

No matter where you are in Seattle – walking down the street and catching a glimpse as you turn a corner, or getting the full panorama from high up at the Space Needle – the water of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula on the other side are never far from view.

Circled by the U.S. 101 before its journey south into Oregon and California, home to everything from beautiful beaches to temperate rainforests and both the westernmost (Cape Alava) and northwesternmost (Cape Flattery) points in the contiguous United States, taking the time to get up close and discover the peninsula further is something we’re sure you won’t regret.

We’ll divide a look at your options in three parts: heading into the Olympic Peninsula from the east up to Port Angeles, exploring the Olympic National Park and its rainforests, and coming through the other end to the Pacific beaches. That’s still just scratching the surface of course, so depending on how much time you have, there is always more to do and see.

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Happy Pi Day! Head to These 5 States for a Slice of Specialty Pies

March 14, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

A slice of Michigan ABC pie

Happy National Pi Day! Yes, that's "Pi" as in 3.14 ad infinitum and not "pie," the tasty baked good. Still, is there any better way to celebrate Pi than by adding an "e" and cutting into the latter? For real sticklers, there is a National Pie Day, but it's over; that was January 23.

Now that we're on the cusp of spring, it's absolutely time to brainstorm some road trips. In that spirit, here's a little inspiration: Five States with Pies Worth a Road Trip

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FlightCar Targets Business Travelers with Higher Rental Rates

February 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve talked about FlightCar before, and in case you don’t remember—we will fill you in. Basically it’s a car sharing program over at the long-term rental car parking lot. When you drop your car off it’s paired up with someone looking for a car. The renter gets a better deal by borrowing your car, and you get a better deal because you make some money instead of paying for parking. It’s all licensed, insured, and what not, as they realize that there needs to be some guarantees and promises to get everyone comfortable with things.

Right now FlightCar is an option at airports in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, but what we wanted to share is how they’re changing things up for business travelers. The company isn’t just interested in the leisure market, as they’re now trying to get road warriors interested in their services.

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What Not to Do in the Florida Keys: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

February 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (2)

The Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys may be an idyllic drive on the bucket list of most road trippers, but it can also be daunting to resist the route's many tourist traps.

While we definitely recommend spending at least one day making your way out to Key West on U.S. 1, we suggest you chose roadside attractions carefully.

So, without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In The Florida Keys:

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Rental Road Trip on the Cheap with One-way Deals in Arizona

February 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s been plenty of deals to drive rental cars out of certain states and into other states as well; however, we’re not sure that has been the case at the same time. Hertz is either confused, or they just are really excited about the state of Arizona. The rental car company is now offering up one-way deals for those looking to depart from or arrive to the Grand Canyon State.

Heading into the state is the better option, so we’ll start with that. Drive into Arizona deals can be had starting at $5 per day on economy cars, and if you’re looking for something a little better—they also promise a good deal on other car classes. You need to book your reservation sooner than later, and pickup the car prior to March 10. Just utilize RQ “ICFLT1” to score the deal, and be sure to grab your car at a participating location. This includes options rented in and around Southern California, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, and the state of New Mexico.

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The Best Travel Movie of 2013 is...

December 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Director Alexander Payne has a way of capturing a place on film that makes viewers obsess over it, and his latest project - Nebraska - is no exception.

In 2004 Payne directed one of the all-time great travel movies, Sideways, in the Santa Barbara wine country. That one movie spawned dozens of wine tours and filming location maps that tourists still reference today. And we won't be surprised if a few Nebraska movie tours start popping up soon, too.

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Welcome to California. Here's a Glass of Wine.

December 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently nothing makes you thirstier than a road trip across California, so of course it makes perfect sense to install a new kind of beverage vending machine at one of the state’s welcome centers...one dispensing wine.

Obviously you need to be careful if you’re the one behind the wheel, but for those along for the ride this certainly beats stopping for a soda and a bathroom break. The new wine welcome isn’t available where you think it would be—like Napa or Sonoma—but instead you'll find it at the California Visitor Center in Oxnard.

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