Road Trip New England: 7 Wonders You Can’t Miss

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When I was a kid, I always thought (hoped) I’d one day live in New England.

My grandparents used to keep a permanent home in Ft. Lauderdale, but would rent a rustic house in New Hampshire or Vermont every summer. I’m not sure how long they rented the house for – whether it was two weeks or two months (in my kid-sized memories), but we’d go up to visit from New Jersey every summer. I can still smell the cedar and balsam sachets and pillows in the drawers and on the beds. I feel the crisp air we’d never get down in Jersey in August from an open bedroom window. And I remember the sound of car tires crunching on a gravel driveway – announcing our late-night arrival.

That and the sound of a door swinging open followed by footsteps on wooden planks will always take my breath away.

Those summers sealed my fate, because as soon as I could drive, I’d want every road trip to be to New England. And after a brief stint in San Francisco, I knew that New England would finally be mine to call home. Even though I live here now, it’s still my favorite place to road trip. And you may be thinking, “Wait, how does that work?” It’s because there’s so much to see and so much to do. It’s because New England has SIX states – each with its unique offerings for food, attractions, hidden wonders, and other delights. We have a huge fair (The Big E). There’s ice cream and crisp, colorful autumn leaves.

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There are cow parades and ice cream factory tours. Scenic byways, moose statues, and trolley museums. I could go on!

Before I do, though, let’s talk cars and oil changes. You all know by now that I once lost a car on the highway because I didn’t take care of it. Before every road trip, I grab a kid or two and take them to our nearest Walmart Auto Care Center.

The thing is, with impending summer road trips, you can make your life so much easier with 1-stop shopping at Walmart! You just drop your car off at the Walmart Automotive Care Center for an oil change, and then you go inside the store and grab everything you need for your trip! Snacks. Drinks. Coolers. Towels. Bathing suits. Sunscreen. Oil for your car. Check!

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There’s a lot at stake for me here – it’s super important that my car runs well because I have kids (and I’m pretty important too) and we have big travel dreams. I wouldn’t sacrifice any of that, especially in summer! Using the DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) service at Walmart ACC helps my life. I get my oil changed with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle – oil that helps clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind. I simply couldn’t have that sludge for my summer road trips! This saves time and money.

Speaking of which, there’s a Rollback going on right now at Walmart ACC for Pennzoil® High Mileage. It’s on Rollback – $4 off (39.88 to 35.88). Details about that, plus a Walmart Auto Care Center store locator are HERE.

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Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle helps clean out the sludge that lesser oils leave behind, as I mentioned, and also helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines, like my minivan. This motor oil is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles – with the mission of keeping engines running clean and going strong.

And this is what I need for my summer New England road trip or ten. It bears noting that we have tourists in our backyard. I LOVE living somewhere that people want to visit from all over. I also love that New England is unique in that you can cover a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time. So much to see and do and eat! Ready for my grand list?

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1 – Cape Cod beaches/dunes. I’ve never seen anything like them, although I grew up in New Jersey and spent time in California and all of those shorelines are so unique. We go to Cape Cod every summer, and our house is almost all the way up the length so we get to see all the little and big towns. There’s never enough time to see and explore, it seems, but definitely make a concentrated effort. There is natural beauty everywhere, and so much to do. It’s not to be missed.

Parks, libraries, drive-in theaters, seafood, seals, whales, big cities, small towns, and tons of coastline.

2 – The White Mountains. Climb the mountain on foot, by car, or by Cog Railway. Have a cup of chowder on top of Mount Washington and experience a 30 degree difference in temp. You can ride a gondola, look for moose on the Kancamagus Scenic Highway, hit a theme park, go on a wildlife safari, go camping in a National Forest, and ride the scenic railroad.

3- Farm stands and berry picking. It’s actually overwhelming this time of year. I had a photo shoot about an hour away on Sunday, and I must have passed dozens of side-of-the-road berry picking and farm stands filled with New England’s finest. Whether it’s strawberries in June, raspberries in late summer, or wild blueberries in Maine, you will not be disappointed. And be sure to visit the many farm stands that the summer has to offer. You can get corn, asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, and much, much more. Nothing tastes like seasonal local produce from New England!

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4 – Three Sisters Sanctuary. Since four is my lucky number, I’m going to put this right here! Located in Goshen, MA, you will be amazed and breathless at what environmental artist Richard M. Richardson has done as caretaker of the sanctuary. With nature as his medium, he has created a place of peace, healing, sanctuary – and even excitement.

Do not even think about missing this!

5 – Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor, Maine. I am pretty partial to California, because of its epic beauty, and this park is as close to that kind of view as you can find on the east coast. Then follow it up with dinner/lodging in Bar Harbor!

6 – Mystic Seaport/Aquarium/Food. This is an easy day trip from our house. We go for the pizza, the bakery, the scenic walks, the local flavor and color, and of course – the aquarium with all its close encounters of the epic kind.

7 – How can I even end this? We haven’t touched upon Boston, Vermont or Rhode Island yet! That said, I have to be ME. Go to the Moosehead Lakes region of Maine. Rent a cabin, go on a moose boat trip, eat breakfast alone at a diner – listening to the locals talk about town dances, hit a gift shop, rent a canoe, or just.. drive. That’s right. You never know what you’ll see on the roads around there. I have stories that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up! Check it.

And get that car ready at Walmart! You’re going to need it.

Where would you go first on your New England road trip? Be sure to connect with Pennzoil on Facebook and YouTube!

Enjoy your adventures!

The Journey is the Destination: Prepare for a Spontaneous Road Trip

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Have you ever gone on a spontaneous, no-destination road trip? It's all about the journey sometimes. Here are tips to make the best of it! #PureLife35pk #ad

Ok, y’all KNOW how much I like road trips, right? Planned or spontaneous, I do it all!

To me, road trips are life. You know what else is life? Water. That’s right. No matter our plans, journeys, and destinations, that’s probably the #1 aspect to think about – ESPECIALLY with kids in the picture. You can find Nestlé® products at Walmart online, but make sure to visit the store for the 35 pack! As shoppers, we are receiving a great value by getting 3 more bottles for the same price as the old 32 pack! If the 35-pack of Nestlé® Pure Life® is not available in your local Walmart, please ask a store manager about getting the product in your area.

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Now onto our scheduled story about how to prepare for a spontaneous/no-destination road trip. My favorite kind!

In fact, sometimes even the planned ones wind up following their own curves and paths. And then with each one I realize, we didn’t stick to the original itinerary even a little! That feeling I got when I was 17 and had just received my driver’s license? It never fully went away. It never got old. Road trips make you feel ALIVE.

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And connected. Of course, I have a story!

I was 23. It was a January ice storm and I was fed up! I had a new car, some extra graduation money, and a heart for adventure. At first we thought we wanted to go to New Mexico, but then we read that the deserts get cold in the winter so we decided we’d go south. For us, it was ALL about the journey. We packed layers, picked up supplies at Walmart, and then we were off. We kept driving until there was no more ice, and eventually no more night. You can say we drove off the ice and darkness – shaking them off! We wound up in Jacksonville, Florida.

Then we kept driving all the way to the ends of the earth (or the US) to Key West.

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With stops in the Carolinas, a sunrise breakfast in Savannah, Georgia, and fun jaunts in Key Largo, Islamorada, and anywhere with alligators, I loved that we didn’t know the essential Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How answers of a planned trip. I think we found even more adventure than we thought possible. Adventures included shining a flashlight in the ocean before dawn and seeing an octopus! There was swimming with dolphins and rays, and renting bicycles. There was staying at the fancy hotel in Key West, charming the Customer Service Desk enough that she gave us free breakfast upgrade passes, and ordering juice on the beach. It was amazing!

I’ll never forget that feeling of driving through Miami and then getting onto Route 1 into the wilderness of deer, alligators and tarpons. I could go on and on describing that trip but the point is that we followed our wildest dreams into an ocean adventure. If that’s not living, I don’t know what is. Now we still have adventurous spirits, but we have kids. While “planning” seems to defeat the purpose of a spontaneous road trip, you can “prepare” for one in no time at all. I go on a lot of road trip adventures – up and down the east coast, all over New England, in California’s wine country, and throughout some amazing parts of Alaska. I can’t pick a favorite destination!

And that’s because it’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey.

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Ready to learn how to feel inspired by spring/summer/fall road trips, but also prepared and secure? I’ve got ya!

1 – Water, of course, as mentioned above! Pure Life is re-launching in mid-May and will have new packaging. This one is a no-brainer for my family. We thrive on hydration to power up our adventures! Nestlé Pure Life is committed to delivering pure, great-tasting water to our family and yours – because every drop in every bottle is filtered through a 12-step quality process. They ensure great taste by enhancing their water with a unique blend of minerals. Through recycling at both schools, both kids have made sure we’re committed to recycling!

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2 – Snacks are key. This is another no-brainer but when you don’t know how long you’ll be in the car – hours, days, or weeks – you have to bring foods that last. Think fruit, dried fruit, trail mix, beef or turkey jerky, nutrition bars, etc. Think water, of course. I mentioned water, right? Water and snacks. And personally I love to pick up the local foods at the places on my journey. Think whoopie pies in New England, or Key Lime Pie in Florida!

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3 – Don’t wait until you’re too tired to find a hotel or place to stay. I have done this, way too many times. Luckily for me, it was before I had kids so I only had a cranky boyfriend, friend, or cranky self to contend with!

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4 – Use your websites and apps to find unsold accommodations and attractions tickets. Last minute travel sites and apps let your name your own price on last-minute hotels and attractions. You might not know where you’re staying until you’ve already paid, but maybe that’s part of the fun? You can save a lot of money on these sites – specifically designed for last minute trips! Apparently, the spirit of adventure can be rewarding in financial ways.

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5 – Plan your route, even spontaneously. Even with no destination in mind, you’ll want to have SOME idea of where you’re headed and how long you’ll have on the road. Websites like Road Trip America and Rand McNally offer free road trip routes to help you plan your drive. You don’t have to be too specific – just click on the regions you want to visit and you’ll get several options. This will help you with time management, sight-seeing, and is crucial if you don’t have an open-ended trip in mind, but need to be home! You can also create and plot out backup routes and trips. That way the spirit of spontaneity lives on! I do this for all trips – long-planned or not.

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6 – Have a travel bucket list. Checking off items becomes easier as you set forth on adventures!


7 – Combat boredom. Think ahead about music, video games, and travel games too!

8 – Know your budget. You will have to divide it between lodging, gas, food, souvenirs, attractions, etc.

9 – Pack light and prep your car. This is the time to downsize on what you pack. Pack your own cleanup supplies, and check your car tires, fluids, battery, brakes, and gas!

10 – Take a TON of photos!

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And, Enjoy your adventures!