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There's a reason it's called a getaway

By Karyn Spencer

Every so often, we all need a change of scenery, a taste of something new. And nothing beats a summer road trip. Whether you take a long weekend with someone special, a few days with friends, or a week or two to unwind with the fam, we've got a drive for you. Four, actually! Each features a distinctly delicious slice of America. So pack up the family truckster, rent a convertible or an RV, or pile into that cute VW bus and hit the road. Something beautiful and tasty awaits.

To get a road map, must-see highlights, and recipes to try for every region, please click on the road trips below:

The craggy coastline where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean makes for dramatic views on this central California drive. Get the road trip.

bacon avocado salad
Bacon Avocado Salad | Photo by: Kim Cornelison

Whether you view it from sandy beaches or wooded overlooks, a breathtaking expanse of blue water is the centerpiece of this loop around Lake Michigan, the only Great Lake completely inside America's borders. Get the road trip.

strawberry shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake | Photo by: Kim Cornelison

With its spectacular mountain views and rushing waterfalls, the Blue Ridge Parkway is justifiably one of America's favorite drives. Get the road trip.

fried green tomatoes
Best Fried Green Tomatoes | Photo by: Kim Cornelison

Historic lighthouses, fresh seafood, and picturesque marinas dot the coastline of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Get the road trip.

easy garlic-lemon scallops
Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops | Photo by: Kim Cornelison

Check out our collection of U.S Recipes by State.