The New American Road Trip

At some point after puberty and before mortgage payments, that summer ritual our parents used to make us do became something we couldn't do without. And the rules have changed. Cars are faster, highways are better, and there's cool stuff—really cool stuff that doesn't involve buffets or Dollywood—just about everywhere. Stop sitting on those vacation d

Road Trip

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Rules of the Road

Shotgun Responsibilities: Stay awake (really), open cattle fences, fix snacks, and cue up fresh podcasts of This American Life

Pacific Northwest
Climb a volcano, surf the sand, and dine on an organic farm

Sea-kayak Dungeness Spit ( to see marine life; visit the 3 Crabs ( to taste it.

PORT ANGELES The Class II Elwha River ( cleaves Olympic National Park, which includes 7,965-foot Mount Olympus, usually climbed in four days (

ASTORIA Wines from Shallon Winery are subtle as sea stacks—chocolate and orange?—but tasty nonetheless (

PORTLAND A 30-mile mountain-bike ride (; through Forest Park fronts views of Mount Hood and brings on a thirst for the best brews in America's craft-beer capital. Our pick: BridgePort IPA ( Dinner, literally, on the farm: Plate and Pitchfork (

NEWBERG Sweethearts favor drive-in movies and bench seats (

FLORENCE Sand Master Park ( rents boards to carve the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (


GOLD BEACH Chinook swarm up the Rogue River starting in July; steelhead arrive in late August (

EUREKA Born Again Boards shapes 1930s-style recycled-redwood longboards ( for the breaks near Eureka's jetty. On the road, the Avenue of the Giants detours off 101 through redwood forests (

WEAVERVILLE Miller's Drive-In, on Main, still delivers burgers and shakes to your car (530-623-4585).

MOUNT SHASTA Up you go (

TALENT Be sure to get reservations at New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro (541-535-2779).

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK Pedal the 33-mile rim road (

BEND One word for the local microbrewery bonanza: overrated. We prefer the Bendistillery's Martini Bar ( after sport climbing at Smith Rock (

MAUPIN Nothing brings the Deschutes River's redside rainbow trout up like early-summer salmon flies (

HOOD RIVER Kiteboard the Gorge ( and run the Klickitat River (

MOUNT RAINIER Summit with Everest guide Dave Hahn (

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