Road trip ideas and tips for your 2018 travel

From baseball to date shakes, these four California road trips are made for families

This quartet of Golden State driving itineraries covers the coast, the desert, wine country and gold country, as far south as San Diego, as far north as Sacramento.

Detours worth taking on your next road trip

Not every mile of every road trip is a buffet. Here are some scenic pieces of a car trip pie across the Western U.S.

A SloCal road trip gives you a geographic, climatological super sampler

After spending a week road tripping in SloCal—sand duning, big tree hiking, desert wandering and snowboarding—I’m convinced it’s worthy of a road trip, whether you live in the Golden State or you’re seeking a quieter vacay version of California.

A road trip in the Pacific Northwest is better with a little help from our friends

If you’re planning a road trip that includes stopovers with old friends — like the Pacific Northwest driving adventure my wife, Eileen, and I undertook last summer — don’t do too much planning. The best sightseeing tips may well come from your hosts.

Searching for Billy the Kid and UFOs in southeastern New Mexico

A 1,200-mile journey was not so much about the drive as the destinations. It was a successful quest to find outlaws and space aliens, but the trip turned out to be so much more.

Beartooth Highway is fearsome fun, whether you're driving it or skiing it

It’s safe to assume that any road named after a grizzly bear’s fang will lead to adventure. This 68-mile ribbon of pavement along the Montana-Wyoming border lives up to its ferocious name.

Rental cars websites and phones to get you on the road

The road beckons, but your car frightens. It may not be trustworthy, it may be too small or it may be both. Answer: renting or car sharing, either of which gives you a greater sense of security because the cars are newer, maybe some extra space and more safety features.

What you need to know about your driver's license and your car rental before you hit the road

You and nearly 37 million others will embark on some well-deserved R&R this weekend. Here's some of what you need to know before you put the pedal to the metal.