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Great American Road Trips

If anyone knows how to plan the perfect road trip, it's AAA!  Search over 500 of our best pre-planned drive trips across the USA and Canada for your next great car, motorcycle or RV adventure.

The great American road trip is still one of the best ways for families to relax and reconnect with one another. To make the most of their vacations, AAA recommends families plan and research as far ahead as possible to avoid missing out on popular activities and fun.

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Tips for a Perfect Family Road Trip

  • Be prepared – For passengers, pack a pillow and books, games, or music for the ride. Bring information on your destination to keep kids and other passengers entertained. Pack healthy snacks for kids, especially if you can’t stop for a full meal while traveling.
  • Safety first – Drivers should plan frequent stops, about every 100 miles or two hours, to remain alert. Make sure everyone is restrained by seat belts or a child safety seat to prevent injury in case of a sudden stop, swerve or crash. AAA members who are renting a car through Hertz can request a complimentary infant car seat or toddler booster seat.
  • Pack your patience – Be prepared for busy roads and long airport security lines throughout the summer. If hitting the road during a holiday weekend, consider leaving earlier or later than the typical holiday travel times to avoid heavy traffic. Same goes for air travel, and be sure to arrive at the airport at least two hours before scheduled take-off.
  • Do your research – To make the most of your trip, map out your route in advance, using a tool like AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner. For extra guidance, seek the advice of a knowledgeable travel agent. And be sure to download the AAA Mobile app to find AAA Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, gas prices and fun stops along the way.
  • Be road trip ready – Take your vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out on a road trip. In case of an emergency, always carry a flashlight, extra batteries, warning devices such as flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and extra water. To locate a AAA Approved Auto Repair shop in your area, visit com/AutoRepair.

Featured Destinations

AAA Road Trip: Oregon Coast scenic view

Northern California and Southern Oregon Coast

This trip meanders through high elevation forests and snakes up the awe-inspiring Pacific coast. Not to be rushed, this extraordinary route is winding, narrow and flanked by the ocean and majestic redwood trees.

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AAA Drive Trip:  Mount Rushmore, South Dakota scenic view

Black Hills, South Dakota

This picturesque route winds through South Dakota’s Black Hills, taking you from one of America’s best-known landmarks, Mount Rushmore, past granite spires and into historic mining towns nestled in valleys thick with Ponderosa pine. 

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AAA Drive Trip: National Parks, Grand Canyon scenic view

Las Vegas to National Parks

Any road trip through the desert Southwest is full of unique twists and turns, regardless of whether you cruise the interstate or explore along enticing back roads. Get a glimpse of mankind’s historical interaction with the area’s fantastic natural landscapes.

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Road Trip Planning Tools

TripTik Travel Planner

Use our acclaimed, interactive trip planning tool to create instant maps, routings, and narrative directions. Add points of interest, road construction, rest areas, traffic, and more to make your next road trip smooth and hassle-free.

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AAA TourBooks

Get Travel information about AAA Approved® hotels & restaurants, as well as attractions & points-of-interest in North America.

Digital TourBook


The AAA Campground Guide lists more than 20,000 tent and RV locations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. 

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Traveling with your Pet

Looking for pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, attractions or campgrounds?  

Pet travel

Fuel Cost Calculator

Estimate the amount and cost of gasoline needed to complete a trip.

Budget planning

Road Conditions

Know what to expect before you go. 

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AAA Mobile App

Your trip wouldn't be the same without the mobile app at the ready.  Find exclusive member discounts, request roadside assistance, get an instant battery quote, plus access travel planning tools all with the AAA Mobile® app, available for iPhone and Android-compatible devices.

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Featured Partners

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When you rent a car from Hertz, an entire vista of travel possibilities opens up before you, and when you take advantage of the Hertz discounts available to you as a AAA member, your adventure becomes more fun for being less costly.

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AAA Members Save More at Shell

Join the Fuel Rewards® program and save at least 5¢/gal on every fill at Shell stations.

Fuel savings
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Best Western

Best Western International provides AAA members with value and comfort at more than 2,000 AAA approved hotels throughout North America. Members always receive the lowest available rate and enjoy 16 enhanced services and amenities, such as continental or hot breakfast (many complimentary) and in-room coffee/tea maker.

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Would you like a little help planning? Visit your local AAA office.

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