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Summer is unquestionably the time for getting it away from it all. Of course, there's "getting away from it all", like a road trip to the next town with a layover at a trucker rest stop and "getting away from it all", like hitting the highway for some serious distance, looking for adventures, crushable eats, and luxe sleep arrangements along the way. This is all about the latter, celebrating some of the most epic stretches of American road packed with all the unbelievable fun, filling, and photo-worthy places and activities anyone could hope for. Read on, pack your bags, and elevate your next journey to the next level.

The Blue Ridge Parkway
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10 Amazing Adventures off the Blue Ridge Parkway

It's nearly 500 miles stretching through North Carolina and Virginia, and it's home to some of the most absolutely, ridiculously pretty scenery in America. But that's not all the Blue Ridge Parkway has going for it. We've compiled a list of adventures ranging from the daring to the straight chilling, all only accomplishable along this majestic highway. So what are you waiting for? Click your preferred escape below.

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French Broad River
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The Art Loeb Trail
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Navitat
Courtesy of Navitat

The 12 Best Restaurants on the Pacific Coast Highway

If we're talking elevated escapes, nothing fits the bill better than the PCH... almost literally. High above the Pacific Ocean, this winding and tremendously scenic route houses more than salt, air, and neck-snapping views. In fact, some of the best eats in America can be found right along the road or right near by. Click on whatever you find most noshable to see the full list of gorge-worthy eateries.

La Super-Rica Taqueria
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River's End Restaurant & Inn
Courtesy of River’s End Restaurant &amp; Inn
Duke's Malibu
Courtesy of Duke's Malibu
Road trip tips from the pros
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10 Road Trip Tips from Professional Race Car Drivers

An odyssey of the kind we're suggesting requires serious prep. Good thing we've got your back with road trip advice from dudes who know more about cars than even your dad. If they can whip rides in the Verizon IndyCar series, then these pro race car drivers can definitely teach you a thing or two about having the optimal road trip. Baja blasts? Mandatory.

Crabs from Swam Oyster Depot
&nbsp;Courtesy of El Capitan Canyon

The 10 Best Hotels on the Pacific Coast Highway

If your'e truly going to enjoy every munchable stop on the PCH, you're going to have to catch some Zzzs sometime, but why settle for a murder motel? Check in to one of these swank establishments for the kind of R&R that'll have you back on the road like a champ the next morning.

Ryuji Morishita
Courtesy of Preferred Hotel Group
Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Kodiak Greenwood/Courtesy of The Post Ranch Inn
Anthony Humphreys

We Spent a Day Accessorizing the Volvo V60

You've got the tips, the spots to eat and sleep, and enough adventurous outings to shame any bucket list. The last thing you need? A car to get you there. We tooled around in a new Volvo V60 to check out all the sweet accessories it's packing. Why? Because any car can get you to a destination, but not just any car can make sure you arrive entertained, safe, and in style: a V60 trifecta worth checking.