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18 Road Trip Destinations Within One Day’s Drive for 50% of Americans

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According to a recent OAAA/Harris Poll, road trips are again Americans’ top choice for summer vacation travel. This year people plan to take two or more weeks of summer vacation, making long road trips possible.

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So, if you caught the road trip bug during the pandemic and are looking for more destination ideas, here are 18 cities in the U.S. that are within one day’s drive for most of the U.S. population.

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1. Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

In the countryside, Lehigh Valley is an affordable and family-friendly destination within a day’s drive of 73% of the U.S. population. Only 90-minutes away from New York City, 80 miles north of Philadelphia, and less than a 6-hour drive from most of the Northeast, Indianapolis, and Charlotte, it’s worth taking a look at the region consisting of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and others.

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2. Richmond, Virginia

RVA, as locals call it, is Virginia’s State Capitol, one of America’s oldest cities and filled with just as much historical significance as nearby Washington, D.C. Within a 500-mile radius from half of the U.S. population, there’s a little bit of everything in this East Coast urban gem including The Richmond Beer Trail with 40 local breweries.

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3. Fayetteville, West Virginia

Fayetteville has been named “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Budget Travel Magazine and the “Best River Town.”  It’s also a neighbor to America’s newest national park – the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

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4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

57% of Americans can drive to Pittsburgh in one day and enjoy its Cultural District, located in the heart of Downtown. It is home to nine theatres showcasing a world-renowned symphony orchestra, opera, dance, and award-winning plays. Or explore the Andy Warhol Museum, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, or The Clemente Museum.

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5. Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, now the U.S.’s 14th largest city, is a one-day road trip destination for 65% of Americans plus Toronto, Quebec, and Montreal residents. You’ll find dozens of galleries, major art museums, and several massive live performance venues. Foodies will love the city’s culinary offerings, from high-end James Beard restaurants to the best new restaurant in America, as well as stellar casual options.

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