24 Amazing 4th of July Road Trips

by Katie Sorene

Don’t let high gas prices confine you to a stayvacation this 4th of July. Check out these great road trip ideas, all using less than one tank of gas!

I love a good road trip.

Sadly, the AAA is predicting a 2.6 percent decline in auto travel from last year, owing to the steep rise in fuel costs.



But we can’t have this!

Wherever you are in the US, dust off your road map and check out these fantastic 4th of July road trips –  we guarantee you won’t use more than one tank of gas!*

All road trip destinations taken from Tripbase’s cool Road Trip Planner – give it a try for inspiring road trip ideas perfect for YOU!

New York City, New York

1. Nantucket, 4 hours
2. Vineyard Haven, 4 hours
3. Portsmouth, 5 hours

Los Angeles, California

4. La Jolla, 2 hours
5. Carlsbad, 2 hours
6. Rosarito, 3 hours

Chicago, Illinois

7. Madison, 2 hours
8. Sheboygan, 3 hours
9. Fond du Lac, 3 hours

Houston, Texas

10. New Braunfels, 3 hours
11. San Antonio, 4 hours
12. Fort Worth, 5 hours

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

13. Alexandria, 3 hours
14. Virginia Beach, 5 hours
15. Charlottesville, 5 hours

San Francisco, California

16. Monterey, 1 hour
17. Carmel, 2 hours
18. South Lake Tahoe, 3 hours

Boston, Massachusetts

19. Newport, 1 hour
20. Portland, 2 hours
21. Burlington, 4 hours

Jacksonville, Florida

22. Saint Augustine, 1 hour
23. Hilton Head Island, 3 hours
24. Clearwater, 4 hours

Got more great ideas for awesome US road-trips? Post up your comments below – we want to hear from you!

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Nice, the trips from NYC look great. Never even heard of some of these places!!


Gas prices must be higher in other parts of the country – in NC it’s still half the price of gas last year at this time. Great list, though! Must mention that both Nantucket and Vineyard Haven (Martha’s Vineyard) will require a ferry ride (and no chance of all getting your car on one this late in the game).

One great road trip from NYC is to Mohonk Mountain House – only an hour and half from the city and you feel like you’re deep in the woods…


Great, thanks for the tips Tara!



Thank you to who ever created this blog. I wanted to go away and needed a list of “economy” deals. Heading out sometime in July. I will let ya’ll know which deal I chose from the list. Thanks again!!


Hi Mac,

Check out our recession-friendly vacations post too!

Happy Travels!


Jim Krebsbach

We have been road trippers for years and are always in the process of planning another, currently on our third this year, and we do look for and find bargains because our idea of roughing it is a Holiday Inn with an outdoor pool. love reading everyones comments

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These are all awesome road trip destinations.

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