- Step 1: Leave with plenty of time Leave for the beach or park with plenty of spare time -- rushing is a surefire way to add stress or have an accident.
- Step 2: Plan your route Plan your route carefully and avoid heavy traffic areas when possible.
- TIP: Visit your state's Department of Transportation website to view the latest construction zones and street closings and plan accordingly.
- Step 3: Avoid traveling during peak times Avoid driving during peak hours such as early morning and mid-afternoon, and avoid major holidays.
- Step 4: Take the scenic tour Take the scenic tour or drive alongside the ocean and don't be afraid to get lost.
- TIP: Invest in either a dash-mounted GPS system or a cell phone with GPS to navigate through unfamiliar territory.
- Step 5: Exercise patience Exercise patience and be nice to your fellow tourists when on the road; this is the best way to travel and get to your destination safely.
- FACT: The 392 National Parks in the U.S. receive nearly 12 million visitors each year, most of them to the 4 1/2 million acres of oceans, lakes, and reservoirs.
You Will Need
- Carefree temperament
- Internet access (optional)
- GPS system (optional)