Explore the Open Road

In this digital era, people are spending more time online and less time experiencing the world around them. But ironically, society’s obsession with social media has renewed interest in a more traditional form of travel—the road trip. Younger generations, in particular, are choosing experiences over possessions, and leisurely car journeys to photo-worthy destinations allow them to share those memories easily. Enterprise believes in purposeful, inspired travel—journeys that challenge us to immerse ourselves in the adventure of exploring a dream destination. With more than 5,800 fully staffed airport and neighborhood offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population, Enterprise is ready to assist customers with road trips, wherever they kick off. To get you started, Enterprise contributors share their top three road trips in America’s Northeast.

Maine’s Route 1

Maine’s inlets, bays, and islands hold countless wonders and mysteries. Start your journey by picking up food and driving to the (haunted) lighthouse at Owls Head State Park, just 6 miles from Rockland. Devour your meal in full view of the coast—a relaxing opportunity not to be missed.

Heading north along Route 1, you’ll spot Suzuki’s Sushi Bar on Main Street in Rockland. The restaurant sources food from Maine’s coast and local farms, and nothing is grilled or fried. If you’re staying in Rockland for a few days, stock up on wine, cider, fresh produce, and baked goods at Main Street Markets.

On the short drive north to Rockport, keep a sharp eye out for a seafood truck driven by a crusty fella who looks as if even new friends might call him “Dad.” Word of mouth says he parks along Route 1 but keeps no set hours (much less an online presence).

Afterward, take some time to stretch your legs at the nearby 295-acre Beech Hill Preserve. If you’re road-tripping and have worked up an appetite, save it for Camden, just 3 miles up Route 1. Call ahead for a reservation at Long Grain, a sensational Thai restaurant, and don’t miss the pork, shrimp, and seaweed dumplings. —Seth Putnam

Maine Route 1

Acadia National Park

Every photographer should experience autumn in the Northeast at least once. Riding in a horse-drawn wagon in Acadia National Park, it’s easy to enjoy the simple pleasure of photographing the trees. No traffic. No rushing. The fifth-smallest national park—but one of the 10 most visited—Acadia National Park is like a nested doll, with one brilliant layer opening to another until the heart and soul of the park are revealed: the carriage roads.

The park has 45 miles of carriage roads, the vision of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who oversaw their construction from 1913 to 1940. Today, visitors hike, bike, or take wagon rides on the roads. The popular horse-drawn rides book up months in advance, so if you are planning a trip to the park, make reservations early. The scenery in Acadia is as varied as it is breathtaking. Along the eastern edge, waves on the Atlantic Ocean relentlessly crash into the unforgiving rocks. Farther inland, ponds and hiking trails provide a more serene respite. —Charles Williams

Acadia National Park

Glamping in the Catskills & Adirondacks

World-renowned author and outdoor enthusiast Henry David Thoreau once said, “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” An overnight outdoor adventure is the best way to reconnect with nature. And these days, with the advent of companies like Tentrr, camping is more accessible and hassle-free than ever. The small company is based in the Catskill Mountains of New York, three hours north of New York City. The company provides unique campsites, which are already set up upon arrival, on private land.

Posh Primitive offers glamping (glamorous camping) in the scenic Adirondack Mountains, an area that attracts millions of tourists each year to upstate New York. Each morning, breakfast is prepared for Posh Primitive visitors in the combination rec room/mess hall. This space comes alive again in the evening with stories of adventure told over a warm dinner.

A step above camping, literally, might be staying in treehouses, which tend to be much cushier than tents. But the lofty structures in the treetops still create a camping sensation.

People afraid of heights might try sleeping in a geodesic dome in the Catskills. The massive sphere can sleep up to 25 guests comfortably and is BYOB—bring your own bedding! The structure lights up early in the morning and allows you to admire the sunrise from the comfort of your sleeping bag. —Erin Lindsey

Glamping in the Northeast

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