When In Roam
Feel the wind in your hair and freedom at your fingertips as you breeze through these singular, pre-prepared road trips.
LOS ANGELES, CA
A) Neptune's Net
42505 PCH, Malibu, CA. Nothing says summer like seafood by the seashore — and nothing says seafood like this favorite burger and seafood county-line joint since its opening in 1958. www.neptunesnet.com
B) El Matador State Beach
32100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA. Instead of feeling like a squished sardine at the overrun beaches in your guidebooks, tissue-soft, white sands, ragged cliffs and sea caves beckon at this escape for in-the-know locals. A small sign marks its entrance, so be careful not to miss this hidden treasure.
C) Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA. Shops and eateries housed in charming structures of Mediterranean, modern and rustic influences complimented by gardens, sculptures and picnic spots make this the perfect place to stretch out your legs and your wallet. www.malibucountrymart.com
D) Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. Vacations are no excuse to de-wrinkle your hard-working brain. Get your culture fix at the Getty Villa — a beautiful property overlooking the ocean that offers an exquisite exhibition of ancient Greek, Roman and Etrurian art. www.getty.edu
E) Santa Monica Pier 200
Santa Monica Pier, #A, Santa Monica, CA. After all that serious art, you deserve to loosen your tie and let down your hair. Part amusement park, part trapeze school and part aquarium, this is an ideal stop for beachside fun. The borderline antique 1922 Looff Hippodrome Carousel is a must. www.santamonicapier.org
F) Abbot Kinney
1507 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA. With an array of unique specialty shops, local art galleries, restaurants and funky clothing stores, GQ Magazine fittingly calls this "The Coolest Block in America." And how can you resist a statement like that? www.abbotkinneyonline.com
NEW ORLEANS, LA
A) St. Charles Ave/Garden District Ride alongside the famous New Orleans streetcar down historic St. Charles Avenue. You'll pass through the gorgeous Garden District, which is dotted with beautiful mansions and sweet-smelling greenery. www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/ architecture/saintcharles.html
B) St. Louis Cemetery #1
420 Basin St. New Orleans' cemeteries are known for their unique, handcrafted structures and above ground crypts, giving them the nickname, "The Cities of the Dead." St. Louis Cemetery #1, situated in the French Quarter, is the oldest and most famous in the city, home to some really stunning headstones as well as many famous graves, like that of Etienne de Boré, NoLa's first mayor.
C) Frenchmen St.
Known as the "locals' Bourbon Street," enjoy the same exuberant live music, wild dance and delicious food that make Nola famous, but minus the crowds and tourist traps. www.frenchmenst.com
D) City Park
1 Palm Dr. When the bead-throwing gets too much, find these 1300 acres of lush, natural beauty in the heart of the city that have been a source of relaxation and respite for generations. The park is chock-full of culture as well, from the New Orleans Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art to The Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden. www.neworleanscitypark.com
E) Abita Brewing Company
21084 Louisiana 36, Abita Springs, LA. Get some local flavor with this popular native brew, which uses only natural and local ingredients. Try Abita's summer staple: Strawberry Harvest, a light lager made with a hint of sweetness from Louisiana's juicy strawberries. www.abita.com
A) Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Rd, Washington Crossing Situated smack-dab on Bucks County's scenic River Road is the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River in 1776. Learn about the site's past and admire its present beauty from the top of Bowman's Hill Tower. www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing
B) Peddler's Village
Rt. 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA. Get rid of the offspring and shop in peace at this colonial-style retail village — kids will love letting loose at Giggleberry Fair, which includes the area's largest indoor obstacle course. www.peddlersvillage.com
C) Fonthill Museum
84 South Pine St, Doylestown, PA. This fantastical concrete castle, built between 1908 and 1912, and inspired by an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles, survives today as a one-of-a-kind museum of intriguing decorative tiles and prints. www.fonthillmuseum.org
D) Fratelli Desiato Vineyards
6637 Easton Rd, Pipersville, PA. Trade in cheese steaks for osso bucco at one of Pennsylvania's first wineries, with an authentic and upscale Italian restaurant onsite. Or, keep truckin' around the area to see the many scenic vineyards that make up the celebrated Bucks Country Wine Trail. www.buckscountywinetrail.com
F) Homestead General Store
1650 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy, PA. Unable to find a satisfying, quality cup of coffee, Rick Lewis decided to provide one himself and started importing green coffee beans from all over the world. Today, he and his staff hand-select and roast every bean themselves for one unforgettable cuppa joe. www.homesteadcoffeeroasters.com
TAMPA BAY, FL
A) Lowry Park Zoo
1101 West Sligh Ave. With rides, interactive exhibits, shows and onsite dining and shopping, Parents Magazine voted this the #1 Best Zoo in the US. And the over 2000 animals that happily live on its 56 lush acres may just agree. www.lowryparkzoo.com
B) Ybor City
Make a pit-stop in Cuba. This historical, charming, brick-lined town used to be the world's Cigar Capital — see cigars being hand-rolled while you stroll through a small park still owned by the Cuban government. www.ybor.org
C) Channelside Bay Plaza
615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Shopaholics rejoice, this plaza is a haven for some serious retail therapy. Make sure to snap a picture in front of the world's largest bowling pin, right outside of Splitsville. www.channelsidebayplaza.com
D) Bayshore Boulevard
3203 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa. This is the longest continuous sidewalk in the world. However, its length isn't the only quality that impresses; make sure to gawk at the giant mansions lining its waters.
E) Sunken Gardens
1825 Fourth St N, St. Petersburg, FL. This 100-year-old garden is home to 50,000 tropical plants and flowers from around the world, some of which are the oldest tropical plants in the region. Unwind as you meander down winding paths, gushing waterfalls, a butterfly garden and picturesque gardens. www.stpete.org/sunken/
F) Salvador Dali Museum
1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL. The architecture of this museum alone is a piece of art, but inside 2,140 oil paintings, watercolors and pieces from visiting exhibitions make this museum the world's most comprehensive collection of works by late Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dali. www.thedali.org
PUNTACANA Resort & Club, Punta Cana, DO * puntacana.com * The Adventure Package * Through Oct. 31 * Starts at $1,000 * Includes four nights in a two bedroom Beach Casita (with a living room and kitchenette), a $500 credit for a segway tour, an eco-park tour, snorkeling classes or horseback riding and breakfast daily.
One Ocean Resort and Spa, Jacksonville, FL * oneoceanresort.com * Florida Romantic Getaway Package Through Dec. 31 * Starts at $379 Includes deluxe accommodations, $200 spa credit per night, a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and American breakfast for two in bed.
Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, NV * montecarlo.com * Vegas Summer Escape 2012 * Book by Sept. 12 Starts at $53, two night stay min. * Includes a Deluxe Room, a complimentary pitcher of mojitos with a day bed by the pool, $15 off a mani/pedi at the spa, and a free shot with entry at the swanky Minus5 Icebar.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, San Francisco, CA * sanfranciscoregency.hyatt. com * 20 Paces to the Bases Through Oct. 31 * Starts at $229 * Includes accommodations, a $20 food and drink credit for Eclipse Restaurant and a $25 gift card for the AT&T Field or at the Dugout team store.