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T+L Editors' Favorite Road Trips

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Our favorite road trips are all over the map, from iconic American routes to the byways of Portugal and Japan.

Portugal

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On a December road trip through Portugal with my then-boyfriend, we arrived in the town of Tomar in the evening, after visiting its amazing castle/monastery, the Convento de Cristo. (The raised altar in the middle of the church was constructed so that the Knights Templar could take communion without dismounting from their horses!) Through sign language and a sketched map, a hotel desk clerk tried to show us where we could park in the mostly car-free town, but we kept circling in the dark for what seemed like an hour without seeing the one road that was open to traffic. Finally Thom decided that one narrow street without a chain across it must be the one, so he turned off the busy road. Too late, we realized that there was no chain because there were about five or six unseen steps down from the road we were on to the street. Our rental car bounced and jolted down the steps as holiday shoppers a half-block away grabbed their children and scattered. We were mortified, of course, and happy that we could escape into shadows after we claimed an excellent parking space.

—Ann Shields, senior digital editor

T+L Editors' Favorite Road Trips

Portugal

On a December road trip through Portugal with my then-boyfriend, we arrived in the town of Tomar in the evening, after visiting its amazing castle/monastery, the Convento de Cristo. (The raised altar in the middle of the church was constructed so that the Knights Templar could take communion without dismounting from their horses!) Through sign language and a sketched map, a hotel desk clerk tried to show us where we could park in the mostly car-free town, but we kept circling in the dark for what seemed like an hour without seeing the one road that was open to traffic. Finally Thom decided that one narrow street without a chain across it must be the one, so he turned off the busy road. Too late, we realized that there was no chain because there were about five or six unseen steps down from the road we were on to the street. Our rental car bounced and jolted down the steps as holiday shoppers a half-block away grabbed their children and scattered. We were mortified, of course, and happy that we could escape into shadows after we claimed an excellent parking space.

—Ann Shields, senior digital editor

photolocation 2 / Alamy
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