Summer break is coming. Your students are excited that school is ending — but they don’t realize that you need the two months off even more than they do!
Your dream vacation is bound to be expensive, but Government Vacation Rewards is here to help. We offer public school teachers and other civil servants fantastic discounts on hotels and car rentals to bring your summer vacation plans to fruition.
For starters, check out these classic American road trip destinations, which promise fun-filled pit stops and awe-inspiring scenery within a teacher-friendly budget:
1. Florida Keys
Cruise across the hundreds of islands of the Key West archipelago on US Route 1. Begin in the exciting city of Miami, and prepare for a 120-mile stretch of blue ocean, white sand, and sunshine. Along the way, you’ll come across the Seven Mile Bridge, spanning — you guessed it — seven miles of open water. Offering 360-degree views of the archipelago’s beautiful waters, this stretch of highway is one of the most unique drives in the world.
Along the way, you can stop at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, which offers tours of the facility for an inside look at how volunteers from the Keys rehabilitate injured turtles. Or, on the island of Islamorada, you can swim with dolphins at the Theater of the Sea. The route ends at the historic city of Key West, where you can unwind and enjoy the many amenities offered by America’s southernmost city.
2. Columbia River Scenic Highway
To witness Oregon’s most scenic views, embark on the Columbia River Highway, which runs just east of Portland. Along the way, you’ll see countless waterfalls and gorges, including the sensational Multnomah Falls, which plummet a staggering 620 feet. You can also stop at Vista House, a memorial to Oregon’s pioneers, or travel along the Mt. Hood Scenic Loop to see stunning mountain-view panoramas. Continuing down the highway, you’ll pass by Bonneville Dam, a National Historic Landmark where you can visit a fish hatchery and watch native salmon swim through the dam.
3. Route 66
This is the classic American road trip. Stretching over 2,000 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles, this highway has earned its rightful place in American lore. This weeklong road trip will give you a sweeping tour of the American West: you can witness the endless corn fields of Oklahoma, meander through the vast deserts of Arizona, and gaze in awe at the Grand Canyon. Along the way, you’ll be able enjoy the vintage Americana that distinguishes this route: neon signs, motels, and 1950s-style diners abound.
4. Pacific Coast Highway
Earning its title as America’s most popular road trip, this route along the Pacific offers some of the most breathtaking views on the west coast. You’ll have the chance to visit the Elephant Seal Rookery at San Piedras Beach in San Simeon, where more than 15,000 elephant seals congregate every year. Or, cross the famous Bixby Bridge in Big Sur to enjoy views of dramatic cliffs and sparkling blue water.
For a unique experience, stop by the town of Solvang — founded in 1911 by Danish pioneers, the town is built in authentic Danish style and offers a taste of European culture at its numerous restaurants, shops, and museums.
5. Blue Ridge Parkway
Connecting Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited of all national parks byways. Make sure to stop for a subterranean adventure at Luray Caverns, where you can listen to one of the world’s only stalacpipe organs. You should also be sure to visit Humpback Rock — 3,000 feet above sea level, the peak of Humpback Mountain provides the best view of the Blue Ridge Mountains you can get. In Virginia, you’ll pass by Crabtree Falls, which is one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River.
Towards the end of the route, you’ll arrive in Asheville, North Carolina, the gem of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you’ll find the historic Biltmore mansion, a relic of the Gilded Era that remains the largest privately owned house in the United States.