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Five U.S. Summer Trip Ideas

© Bob Krist A beach on the north end of Hilton head

Photo: A beach on the north end of Hilton head

3. All-American Road Trip

Hitting the open road has been a national pastime since the invention of the automobile. With a few smart devices, you can navigate your way with ease—and save money.

Destination: The Ozarks, Arkansas

Map Your Trip

  • Chart your trip with AAA’s online TripTik tool (aaa.com). Enter Little Rock as your origin and destination, then add points of interest in between—towns such as Eureka Springs and Fort Smith, or destinations such as the Clinton Presidential Center & Park. Then find the gas stations with the best prices at GasBuddy.com (a recent check of area prices showed gas ranging from $2.85 to $3.35 per gallon for premium). For picturesque route suggestions, log on to the National Scenic Byways Program (byways.org), which details Highway 7, stretching from the Louisiana state line to the Missouri border, as well as 125 other scenic routes.

Find Local Flavor

  • More than 1,200 roadside restaurants can be found at RoadFood.com, from gourmet gurus Jane and Michael Stern. One favorite: Doe’s Eat Place, in Little Rock (lunch for two $15), for family-style steaks, chili dogs, and hot tamales.

Sleep in Style

  • If you’re looking for hotels with character and style, the Web site of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (slh.com) will lead you to options like Inn at the Mill (3906 Main Dr., Johnson; 479/443-1800; slh.com; doubles from $115), near Fayetteville. BedandBreakfast.com rates B&B’s on the quality of their rooms, service, value, and dining.
    Geraldine Campbell
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