With so many amazing sights to see across the country, it’s hard to know what destinations are worth burning rubber to get to. Will that new museum you’ve been hearing about end up being an overcrowded dud? Is that supposedly majestic mountain range outside the city actually more like a hill with a few sad shrubs?
Planning a worthwhile road trip doesn’t have to mean plotting out a multi-day cross-country trek, navigating the Pacific Coast Highway, or driving to the newest trendy city. Plenty of lesser-known places make for a rewarding destination -- if you know where to look. So avoid the tried-and true-tourist traps on your next trip by following our guide, and discover an adorable Maine fishing village, the oldest city in America, and a cozy town that inspired a holiday classic. Happiness may be a journey, not a destination -- but we’re betting these stops will leave you plenty satisfied.