Epic USA road trips for the ultimate drivecation

Our epic USA road trips bring you the ultimate drivecations!

Looking to shake up the norm? These epic USA road trips guarantee to do just that. Whether you’re on college break, with the kids or planning a trip before life gets ‘serious’, read on to discover the ultimate USA road trips!

The USA boasts an endless choice of road trip ideas. Aside from ‘Route 66’, we bring you a selection of alternative itineraries to gear up your imagination. If a one location staycation isn’t your thing, these ultimate drivecations are for you. They’ll take you to some of the most iconic destinations and hidden gems in America!

It’s important when planning a road trip to have a budget in mind and to reserve your accommodation in advance. Costs can otherwise quickly escalate. By booking your rental accommodation in advance with Top Villas, you’ll take the worry out of last-minute motel searches. Stay in comfort on the open road, for the ultimate USA road trip to remember.

2 week road trip in the USA

You can see a lot on the road in 2 weeks. These itineraries will give you a taste of some of the best USA road trips out there. With such spell-binding scenery, you’ll definitely want to return! Make the most of your road trip and stay in carefree comfort, with Top Villas.

You’ll be able to select luxury homes with private parking, pools, pet-friendly options and more. Taking the guess work out of where you’ll stay means you have more time to enjoy the most important part. The adventure!

Lake Tahoe – Yosemite National Park – Mammoth Lakes (CA)

For an epic USA road trip around the Great Outdoors head to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes.

For an epic USA road trip that centers on the Great Outdoors, head to California’s Eastern Sierra. Channel your inner John Muir and explore the iconic wild scenery of the Yosemite National Park. Along the way, discover the breathtaking jewels of Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes. Whatever the season, you’ll find an incredible adventure awaits. Enjoy the spring hikes and bike rides, soak up the lake beaches and watersports in summer or explore in the fall, against an incredible backdrop. Powderhounds will be spoilt for choice too, with the Mammoth ski mountain and ski resorts of North and South Lake Tahoe to try on for size.

Ready? From North Lake Tahoe, head 29.6 miles to the southern Tahoe valley. Next embark on the epic 184-mile drive to Yosemite. Along the way, enjoy ziplining at the Moaning Caverns Adventure Park and make a detour to Wowona Point and the California Tunnel tree. Rock climbers will adore tackling the nearby 3,000-ft monolith, known as El Capitain. Enjoy the scenic June Lake loop along State Route 158, as you head past half a dozen lakes. Drive through the magical Inyo National Forest, towards the magnificent sight of Mammoth Lakes. Kick back in Mammoth and enjoy its must-see sights.

Take time out along the way and stay in our Lake Tahoe ski cabins, pet-friendly Mammoth Lake lodges, or our well-positioned modern condos. Some even have hot tubs, for the ultimate way to unwind after a day’s drive.

Lake Tahoe is just one destination in this epic 2 week road trip!

Charleston (SC) – Sea Islands (SC) – Tybee Island (GA) – Destin (FL)

Is the sound of the ocean calling? Start your engine and head out on this cross state coastal road trip. Exploring the eastern coast, this trip crosses 3 states. Each unique, they’ll bring old southern charm and sandy shores to your car door.

Begin in the famous historical city of Charleston. New to this amazing southern city? Explore the cobbled stone roads and antebellum mansions in the French Quarter and Battery districts, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride and find out more about its Civil War past.

Once you’ve had a bite to eat, head 86.4 miles southwards, to the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Enjoy some of the state’s best beaches here, as well as an abundant array of wildlife. Spot dolphins from Harbor Island and explore the Hunting Island State Park. Of course choosing where to stay in the Sea Islands will be a breeze, thanks to our beautiful accommodation there. We recommend staying on Harbor Island, before enjoying a few more nights in the exclusive natural haven of Fripp Island.

The Sea Islands offer a super stop over on any road trip along the US east coast.

After a captivating Sea Islands’ stay, head 75.5 miles north to Georgia’s best-kept secret – Tybee Island. Along the way, make sure you stop over in the scenic coastal city of Savannah. Soak up some of Georgia’s best sightseeing tours in the historic district and enjoy a tasty meal out. Take in the beautiful sights, the antebellum architecture and the atmopsheric parks which are lined with oak trees, draped in Spanish moss. Tram tours and horse-drawn carriages offer a scene of a bygone era, for the perfect dose of road trip escapism.

Next, make your way 17.6 miles east to your next port of call, Tybee Island. This coastal gem is the perfect setting for a chilled beach break. Enjoy visiting the iconic lighthouse and local attractions, as well taking out a scenic bike and kayak rental. Unwind in one of our Tybee Island homes, many of which are pet-friendly too!

For the last (and longest leg) of your journey, head 474 miles to Destin in Florida. This cross state drive will take just over 7 hours, so stop over in Jacksonville, for a long lunch and a spot of sightseeing. The last leg is certainly worth it. Roll into the stunning resort of Destin which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Our luxury villas with pools and condos in the Destin area are the perfect reward for finishing the last leg of your road trip. Soak up the rays of Sunshine State from the pool, head to the pearly white beaches or play some golf. You’ll find lots of things to do in this slice of paradise.

The 2 week itinerary offers an ocean-based USA road trip, full of southern charm!

Cape Coral – Marco Island – Miami – Florida Keys (FL)

Florida is the perfect state for enjoying an epic USA road trip. For one you have the weather on your side! You also have some truly remarkable places to discover. This 2-week road trip takes in some of the best cross-coast highlights in Southern Florida.

Start out in Cape Coral, on the west coast. Home to more navigable waterways than any other place in the world, Cape Coral is a boatman’s dream come true! Equally enticing for watersport fans and deep sea fishing enthusiasts, enjoy exploring this real-life water world. Admire the timeless scenery from one of our Cape Coral vacation homes. Many offer covered indoor pools, private Tiki bars and boat mooring. Our most luxurious even come with a powerboat. Off the water, you’ll find plenty to see and do to in Cape Coral.

Cape Coral offers a scenic water-based vacation base on your Florida road trip.

For keen anglers, beach fans, watersport fans and families, head 57.6 miles south to Marco Island. Soak up the south-western charms of this Florida hotspot. For the ultimate indulgence, stay in one of our waterside homes with covered private pools. Overlooking the waterways, you’ll easily be able to switch off your engine and go into full vacation mode.

Feeling the pull of the open road? The next leg of your road trip takes you 105 miles east, to the world-class city of Miami. Along the way make sure you stop over and explore one of the many local nature attractions, including the airboat Everglades tour at Gator Park.

As you head into Miami, you’ll feel a million miles away from the gators. With its pearly white beaches, buzzing nighlife and vibrant Latin-American culture, this ocean city should be on every roadtrippers itinerary. Instagrammers too! Soak up the world-class food, art, shopping and attractions. If time allows, take in the numerous attractions of Biscayne Bay. After the thrill of Miami, head to the country’s most iconic archipelago, the Florida Keys (66 miles away).

With 120 islands to explore on the Florida Keys, it may be daunting to know where to stay. Our luxury homes in Islamorada are just the answer. Our exclusive poolside condos and 5-star oceanfront villas set the scene for an epic end to what will have been an epic coast-coast Florida road trip! Who says you can’t squeeze much into 2 weeks?

Islamorada in the Florida Keys is your finish line on this epic USA road trip!

3 – 4 week road trip in the USA

Whether your road trip is with your buddies or your other half, experience the pioneering personality of America, with these epic USA road trips. With 3-4 weeks spare, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to drink in the scenery and endless promise of adventure.

Of course, planning your accommodation in advance will take out the guess work of where to stay when you’re on the road, particularly if you roll in at night time. For those who have left the disappointment of motel pitt-stops far behind, a stay in one of our luxury USA vacation homes promises 5-star adventure, and more.

Scottsdale (AZ) – The Grand Canyon (AZ) – Las Vegas (NV) – Los Angeles (CA) – Palm Springs (CA)

Week 1

In Arizona, start your epic cross state road trip as you mean to go on, in one of our luxury Scottsdale villas. This desert city offers a wealth of things to see and do too. From botanical gardens and scenic hiking trails to Camelback Mountain and Papago Park, you’ll even be able to visit the Taliesin West, the iconic private home of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

From Scottsdale, head 233 miles north to the Grand Canyon National Park. Be prepared to be ‘wowed’! With the immense layered bands of red rock providing a dreamscape for geologists, photographers and sightseers alike, you’ll be mesmerized by this natural wonder. Take in the views from Mather Point and Yavapai Observation Station. If you’re arriving before sunrise or sunset, head to Lipan Point, for epic views across the canyon and Colorado River.

As epic USA road trips go, this cross state road trip takes in some world-class sights!

Week 2-3

The next leg of the journey is to the iconic ‘City of Sin’, Las Vegas. Whether you’re a fan of the card tables or not, strike it lucky and enjoy spotting the city’s most famous landmarks. For those not able to make the Grand Canyon road tour, why not take a helicopter tour from Vegas and enjoy birdseye views instead? From the buzz of the Strip to taking in the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel and hopping on a gondala ride at the Venetian Hotel, Vegas is full of surprises. Couples looking for an unforgettable drive-thru momento can even get hitched, at the famous Little White chapel!

Back on the road, head 271 miles south-west to another world-class city. Los Angeles, or the ‘City of Angels’ is another destination in it’s own right. Celebrity spot and soak up the sights of Tinseltown, or discover the world-class art musuems and botanical gardens. Muscle Beach is a popular haunt too, so make sure you head there to soak up the buzz. The thriving dining scene and vibrant contrasts here will leave a lasting impression on you. For roadtrippers looking to channel their inner Hollywood star, live the high life and stay in one of our luxury LA vacation homes or 5-star Beverly Hills rentals.

Week 3

Once the excess of Vegas and LA have worn off, head 109 miles east to the desert oasis, Palm Springs. Our incredible Palm Springs villas provide a dreamy backdrop from which to unwind and regale your favorite road trip memories. For something a little different, you can even stay in Frank Sinatra’s former home. Aside from pool play, there’s alot to see and do in Palm Springs, so you’ll find the perfect tonic here for celebrating the end of an unforgettable road trip.

Palm Springs is a luxurious feeling road trip stop over.

Epic coast to coast USA road trip

For intrepid explorers with some time on their hands this 3-4 week coast to coast itinerary is for you!

Starting from LA in the west and finishing in New York in the east, you’ll cross 12 states and discover the amazing highlights and personalities of each one.

Week 1

This epic road trip begins in LA, California and takes you through Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The route begins at Santa Monica and heads through the star-studded city of Los Angeles and the casino buzz of Las Vegas. Leaving the ‘City of Sin’ behind, head to Zion National Park and replenish the senses in the Great Outdoors. The route takes you past the iconic landmarks of Horsehoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon National Park, before arriving in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

The Taos Valley in New Mexico is a great place to include in an epic USA road trip.

Week 2

This leg of the journey offers a southern adventure through New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Starting from the cultural laid-back New Mexico city of Santa Fe, take a short trip to explore the Taos Ski Valley. Once you’ve recharged your batteries in one of our scenic Taos Valley vacation homes, head to the UFO mecca of Roswell. Soak up the atmosphere, before heading to the ‘explained’ phenomenan of the Carlsad caverns. If you time it right, catch the bat flights at sunset (from April-May and late October/November).

From there head to the quaint Texan town of Luckenbach, for a warm welcome and plenty of live Saturday night country music. Next, explore the proud colonial routes of San Antonion, before heading to the state capital of Austin. Soak up the live country music and attractions of this modern day metropolis. Next stage of the journey is to the Sam Housten Jones State Park, before arriving in the world-famous Louisiana city of New Orleans. Sightsee away to your heart’s content, immerse yourself in the Blues or head out on a Mississippi River boat cruise.

After a day's driving, relax on the verandah of your very own Tennessee home.

Week 3 – 4

The next leg is an east-bound tour through Tennessee and Virginia, before arriving in the city that never sleeps – New York. Beginning at the Elvis mecca of Graceland, head to the musically-gifted city of Memphis. Soak up the influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll from one of the city’s many bars and museums. Next stop over, is in Nashville. Grab your cowboy boots and stetson, before heading out to enjoy some more iconic live music or a drink at the local Jack Daniel’s Distillery.

Enjoy hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, visit Dollywood for the day and stay in one of our ambient Tennessee cabins, located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

For those dreaming of some downtime, make a detour to Hot Springs, Virginia. Dip into the beautiful spas and enjoy recharging in one of our super vacation homes. You’ll also be able to enjoy some golf, ziplining, horseriding and even skiing (if the season permits). Just 17 miles from here, you’ll also have an amazing time driving through the George Washington National Forest, particularly in the fall!

Next stop is the American capital of Washington DC. Enjoy a spot of world-class sightseeing, before you head over to Philadelphia (Philly) to take in some more cultural hotspots, including the Liberty Bell. Last but not least, cruise over the finish line into the iconic city of New York. Take in the most famous sights of all and make the most of the world-class attractions, shops and nightlife!

Some epic USA road trips will even lead you to the Big Apple on the East coast!

Colorado (CO) – Park City (UT) – Sun Valley (ID) – Big Sky (MT)

Week 1

A fan of wintersports? This epic cross country road trip will take you and your passengers to 4 of the best ski states in the USA. Begin in the world-class ski destination of Colorado. Home to some of the best ski resorts in the USA, experience  29,758 acres of skiing terrain across 22 resorts! Our favorite ski resorts have to be Snowmass, Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge.

To enjoy these slopes with ease, divide your time with a stay in each Colorado resort. Intermediate skiers will fall for the slopes of Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands, whilst families and skiers of all abilities will enjoy taking on the 3,000-acre skiable terrain at Snowmass.

The best places for USA road trips include the best ski states in the USA!

Once you’ve enjoyed soaking up these epic slopes and the year-round resorts, make the 100-mile journey to Vail. With 7 bowls and 5,289 skiable terrain, Vail Valley is an immense ski resort and is the 3rd largest in the USA. From Vail Valley, the slopes of Breckenridge are under 36 miles away. Boasting an impressively long ski season, you may well find snow on the Breckenridge slopes in May! You can either stay in one of our comfortable Vail Valley townhomes or go all out with a luxury Breckenridge ski chalet.

Week 2

For the next leg of your cross state roadtrip, stretch your legs and head to Park City in Utah (376 miles away). The journey will certainly give you plenty of time to recover from the awesome Colorado ski slopes! Once in Park City, prepare to be impressed. With 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, this resort a pure powderhound paradise.

You’ll find two resorts here, just a few miles apart. Voted as one of the best USA ski resorts, Deer Valley Resort is hard to beat, whilst Park City Mountain is famous for being the largest ski resort in the country! If you time your road trip right, stay during the resort’s famous ‘Spring Gruv’ – a 16-day festival with free concerts and events at Park City base and Canyon’s Village, to mark the end of the ski season. Our wide selection of Park City vacation rentals suit all group sizes, from large families and spring break groups to small groups and couples. From VIP ski chalets to centrally-placed condos, we have the perfect accommodation for you.

Park City features some amazing vacation homes for your epic USA road trip.

Week 3

After Park City, head to the iconic ski resort of Sun Valley, Idaho (326 miles away). You’ll pass Salt Lake City on the way! Home to the annual Sun Valley Film Festival and popular musical and cultural events, Sun Valley is also home to world-class ski slopes. You’ll find 2,154 acres of skiable terrain here for company, as well as spectacular weather. The best places to ski and snowboard are Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Beginners and families will enjoy practising the sport on the sunny, well groomed slopes of Dollar Mountain. Our Sun Valley accommodation is ideal for year-round road trips, offering cosy ski cabins and modern resort condos to spacious woodland chalets close to the trails.

Week 4

After Sun Valley, head 316 miles north eastwards to Big Sky resort in Montana. With a long ski season until April and 5,800 acres of skiable terrain to take on, Big Sky is a must-ski experience! What’s more, both Big Sky and Moonlight Basin are world-class alpine ski and golf resorts in their own right, so you’ll find world-class sport whatever the season.

All abilities flock to Big Sky, including avid cross country skiers. When you need to rest after an awesome day on the slopes, head back to your ambient Big Sky retreat. From exclusive ski cabins and scenic townhomes to well-equipped condos, our wide selection suits all budgets and group sizes.

Big Sky in Montana offers some beautiful ski cabins too!

Looking to enjoy a ski road trip this spring break? You’ll want to know the best USA spring skiing destinations. Luckily they’re all here on this itinerary!

For carefree ski resort passes, we recommend purchasing these two multi-resort ski passes. The Epic pass gives you unlimited access to the slopes at Park City, Sun Valley and a choice of Colorado slopes, including Vail and Breckenridge, plus many more. Discounted prices for this adult pass start from $783*. In addition, the Ikon pass offers unlimited ski and snowboard access to Big Sky, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Snowmass and Deer Valley resort in Park City, plus many more. Discounted prices starts from $399 per adult*. *Prices may vary, T’s & C’s apply. The ski pass prices have been discounted for the 2021/22 ski season, so there’s never been a better time to plan your epic road trip!

Whatever the season you choose to explore these impressive ski resorts in, you’ll find an abundant range of outdoor activities and unique things to do.

Best spring break road trip

For many college students and families, spring break equals road trip season! America will spoil you rotten with incredible road trip ideas. Our favorite has to be this epic USA road trip in California. Take time to hang out in each destination and enjoy the must-see attractions along the way. No matter your time limit, you can make this ultimate spring break road trip as short or as long as you’d like.

Pacific Coast Highway (CA)

This scenic 2-3 week tour brings you some of the California greats. If you’re craving the sight (and feel) of the ocean, our Pacific Coast Highway road trip is for you. Starting out in San Francisco, the 1,055km Pacific Coast highway hugs its way down the coast towards LA and San Diego. You’ll take in numerous stops along the way including Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Malibu, Santa Monica, LA and more.

Epic USA road trips don't get more scenic than the Pacific Highway in California!

Week 1

For those new to ‘Golden Gate City’, you’ll want to spend 3 days first sightseeing in San Francisco, before hitting the road. An amazing city in any season, enjoy a scenic city tour by road or water, visit the dramatic Alcatraz Island, soak up the unique city culture and savor the incredible cuisine (with a glass of Californian wine of course).

Leaving San Francisco, head 73 miles south to Santa Cruz. This iconic city is a great first stop for a fun day out. Explore the local surfer hotspots or enjoy a beginner lesson in the surf. Take a ride on the antique wooden rollercoaster on the Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk and explore the Wilder Ranger State Park. Into trains? Take a unique railroad ride through towering redwoods, on the Roaring Camp Railroads tour.

Head back on the road and stay over in nearby Monterey (43.6 miles). Positioned on the rugged coastline, this city offers plenty of things to see and do, so stay 2 nights. Explore the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a half day whale watching tour and enjoy a bite to eat afterwards on Fisherman’s Wharf. Visit the revitalized Cannery Row, forever immortalized by author John Steinbeck, before taking a picnic on the 17-mile scenic loop drive, reachable by car or e-bike rental.

After Monterey, continue south a couple of miles and take some time out to sightsee around Carmel-by-the-sea. This idyllic beach city offers the perfect spot to relax, even for half a day. Explore the Carmel Mission Basilica musuem, enjoy the sweeping beach sands and take in the charming village ambience, with its storybook homes and streets.

Week 2

Next stop is 28 miles away, at the Pfeiffer Big Sur National Park. This photogenic pittstop offers a plethora of nature parks and breathtaking beaches. Explore the national park, visit Pfeiffer Beach and cross over the iconic Bixby Bridge. You may well want to stay 2-3 nights here, to fully appreciate the abundance of great beaches and hiking trails on the doorstep.

Next leg of the journey takes you 3 hours south to San Simeon, where you’ll find Hearst Castle. This opulent castle musuem was the brainchild of publishing tycoon Wiliam Randolph Hearst. The best way to take in the impressive castle and grounds is with a guided tour. You can pick from an assortment, depending on how much time you have to dedicate to this epic one-of-a-kind estate!

Once you’ve adjusted your eyes back on the road, head 137 miles south to Santa Barbara, on the central Californian coast. You’ll easily want to spend a couple of nights here. With its Mediterranean-style downtown charm, popular year-round attractions and upscale shops and restaurants along State Street, there’s plenty to see and do here. Away from town, head to the botanic garden or the historical hillside Misson Santa Barbara. Wine buffs will also enjoy a wine tour at one of the amazing local vineyards up in the Santa Ynez Mountains, nestled behind the city.

Malibu offers a scenic coastal stop over on your epic Californian road trip.

Week 3 – 4

Feeling reenergized? Head back on the road for the 66.6 mile journey to Malibu. With celebrity homes and glamorous beaches, this iconic beach city draws in the crowds. Stay a week and soak up the wide sandy stretch of Zuma Beach, enjoy some board time at Surfrider Beach and a bite to eat on Malibu Pier, or go on a Malibu wine hike. Away from the coast, explore the many inland trails, canyons and waterfalls up in the Santa Monica Mountains. When looking where to stay, our luxury Malibu homes need no introduction. Choose from an oceanfront beach home or condo, or go all out with an ocean-view hillside villa with pool.

Next, head 18.5 miles south to Santa Monica and make a short detour inland to Los Angeles (16.4 miles). Enjoy an epic week of sightseeing here. From celebrity home tours and gallery trips to designer shopping, dining out and taking in the views from the Griffith Observatory, LA is the queen of city breaks! If you’re with the kids then head to Hollywood Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Just 22 miles out, you’ll also find Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland Park.

When staying in LA, choose a luxury vacation home with Top Villas. Featuring 3 to 8-bedrooms, our lavish LA homes and 5-star villas in Beverly Hills are made to impress.

LA boasts some spectacular vacation homes. Enjoy one during your unforgettable road trip!

Best Florida road trip for families

Fort Myers – Clearwater – Weeki Wachee Spring – Orlando (FL)

For families looking to mix up a classic coast vacation with the world-class amusements of central Florida, this USA road trip is for you!

Boasting 7 miles of coastline and sub-tropical climes, Fort Myers is a great place to ease yourself into a family road trip. Savor the tasty seafood restaurants, the safe swimming spots and fun summer festivals. The coastal city also offers lots of great sightseeing spots too. Take in the historic River District along the banks of the Caloosahatchee, visit the local wildlife parks and head over the bridge to Sanibel. This quaint island provides a welcome dose of timeless charms you’ll all enjoy. Try and spot the manatee from the boat docks there! Back in Fort Myers, you’ll find plenty of accommodation options. For something a little special, check into our waterside home with private covered pool.

Clearwater in Florida sets the scene for a fun family vacation.

Ready to begin? Head out on the open road for 133 miles to Clearwater. Located on a barrier island, Clearwater Beach offers 3 miles of pearly white sands. Visit the rehabilitated sea turtles and dolphins at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and enjoy the sunsets at Pier 60. Your family will also enjoy the nightly festivals there, which are full of music, crafts and street performances. The Clearwater Jazz holiday also attracts the crowds. For the ultimate stay, pick one of our Clearwater vacation homes. Choose from villas with beach access and private pools to coastal-themed condos overlooking the ocean.

Some truly fun excursions await your family when staying in Clearwater. Head 22 miles out to Tampa for the day, to enjoy Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and the Adventure Island waterpark. When your family are ready to hit the road again, leave Clearwater and head towards a truly unique attraction, at the Weeki Wachee Spring (45 miles east). There you’ll soak up live ‘mermaid’ perfomances plus a host of fun rides. You’ll also be able to enjoy kayaking and exploring the beautiful 12,000-acre Weeki Wachee Nature Preserve.

From Weeki Wachee, head back on the road for the 95 mile journey to Orlando. This popular destination is home to a dozen world-class theme parks. If you’re looking to keep the kids happy, dedicate as much time out of your road trip as possible to Orlando.

Orlando is the epic end to what will have been an epic family road trip!

Staying here offers the perfect vacation base for reaching the nearby world-class attractions of Kissimmee and the Disney Parks and water parks of Lake Buena Vista. What’s more, you’ve also got world-class golf and entertainment complexes to enjoy.

The perfect antidote for families and big kids, this ultimate pittstop really will provide a magical end to your family road trip. That’s not before you enjoy Disney, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios of course!

For the ultimate way to enjoy your Orlando break, stay in one of our incredible themed vacation villas. With private pools, game rooms, home theaters and themed kids rooms, our family villas and mega mansions offer an amazing experience, before you’ve even left for the parks!

Reunion Resort offers a wide selection of vacation homes to suit all road trip group sizes.

Short road trip ideas

San Diego – Los Angeles – Malibu (CA)

For those who prefer to drive at a leisurely pace, this Californian road drip features just 3 stop overs. Start out in the Pacific coast city of San Diego.

This must-see Californian destination enjoys a warm climate and endless beaches and parks. The spectacular Spanish flavor of Balboa Park is home to the San Diego Zoo and a host of galleries, museums, artist studios and more. Dip into the Birch Aquarium at Scripps or enjoy watching the ocean crashing at the shore, from the scenic heights of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Out on the water, soak up kayak rentals, whale watching tours and chartered boat excursions. Our vacation homes in San Diego offer the perfect base from which to unwind and sightsee.

Next, head 121 miles north to Los Angeles. Along the way, surfer fans may want to make a welcome detour to the Surfer mecca of Huntington Beach. Once in the ‘City of Angels’, check-in to your lavish LA accommodation.

An epic road trip in California nearly always begins or ends with Los Angeles!

When you’re ready to sightsee, discover the top attractions of this world-class city. Enjoy a day off from driving and take in the celebrity homes and Hollywood sights with an open air bus tour. Take in the cultural richness of LA with a trip to the Getty Center and Broad Musuem, or a trip to one of the great local eateries for that matter! Admire the cityscape views from the Griffith Observatory and enjoy letting your inner big kid loose at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Don’t forget to soak up the fashinable homes of Beverly Hills, some of which are Top Villas vacation homes!

The last leg of this unhurried road trip is to soak up the ocean, at Malibu (33.4 miles away). Some of the best beaches around can be found here, such as Point Dume State Beach, Zuma Beach and Surfrider Beach (another great hotspot for surfers).

As the sun sets over the ocean, unwind with a cocktail from your very own luxury Malibu rental. Whether it’s up on the hills or directly on the beach, each vacation home offers a bespoke place to call home and enjoy the triumph of completing your road trip. For those with more time to drive, Malibu is also the perfect gateway to the epic Pacific Highway towards San Francisco (Highway 1).

Malibu sets the scene for a classy road trip stop over.


Nashville (TN) – Great Smoky Mountains (TN) – Hot Springs (VA)

This is a great, short road trip to make in the fall, when the blazen autumn trees greet you from your car! Start out in the state capital of Nashville. Delve into the city’s illustrious country music heritage, with trips to the legendary Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium and the Johnny Cash Museum. Spend a night or two soaking up the country music and world-famous atmosphere of Nashville, with a stay with Top Villas. When you’re ready to hit the road, get into the spirit and keep your car playlist on pure honky tonk and classic country!

The first leg of the journey takes you 227 miles to the Great Smoky Mountains. Enroute make a pittstop in Knoxville for some lunch in the city’s Market District and for a spot of sightseeing. Back on the road, head 35 miles south to the mountain town of Pigeon Forge. Home to the world-famous Dollywood, you’ll easily want to dedicate a day to exploring the life of one of the ‘Great Smokies’ best-loved exports.

Nothing beats driving through the Great Smoky Mountains in the fall!

After a fascinating tour here, stop over and relax for a few days in one of our vacation homes in Pigeon Forge, or in Gatlinburg (13 miles south). Our Great Smoky Mountain cabin rentals offer the unique chance to unwind in nature, in the comfort of a well-equipped cabin or cottage. You’ll have direct access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which boasts endless scenic hiking trails and a plethora of things to see and do.

The final leg of the jounrey takes you 335 miles north east to Hot Springs National Park, Virginia. Along Route 81 you’ll find plenty of excuses to stop and explore. Take in the views across 5 states from the Big Walker Lookout observation tower and visit the amazing Caverns at Natural Bridge. If your roadtrip coincides with Halloween, why not even visit the Helheim haunted house attraction! All are either along Route 81 or just a short detour from there.

Arriving in Hot Springs, Virginia check-in to your beautiful cottage or family vacation rental. With a plethora of year-round activities and things to do in Hot Springs, spending the last leg of your road trip here will feel like a rich reward! From spa treatments and ski days to hiking, horseriding, watersports, and more, whichever season you decide to visit you’ll find timeless vacation memories.

Hot Springs 4 vacation rental in Virginia

Aspen – Vail Valley – Breckenridge (CO)

Discovering the Great Outdoors again is always a wonderful experience. Be that on a pair of skis or on a scenic hike, Colorado offers some world-class moments in Mother Nature.

This short Colorado road trip will take you to some of the best year-round USA ski resorts. First enjoy a few nights exploring the upmarket resort of Aspen. For the ultimate way to experience your road trip, stay in one of our luxury Aspen townhomes or ski chalets. Who says road trips have to be uncomfortable?

In Aspen you’ll find a year-round buzz of amenities and cosmopolitan kicks, from fine dining and opera to shopping and family activities. If you’ve arrived for ski season, great timing! Head out and enjoy the ski après and local Aspen resorts or the vast, world class slopes of Aspen Snowmass, which cater for beginner, intermediate and expert-level skiers and snowboarders.

Itching to explore? You’ve driven to the right place. Home to the Rocky Mountains, Colorado boasts an extensive range of outdoor activites and attractions for all ages. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, ziplining, alpine slide rides and more. Head 10.8 miles out of Aspen to discover the breathless beauty of Maroon Lake, or enjoy a tour to the White River National Forest and Independence Pass (either on foot in the warmer months or by snowmobile in winter).

Maroon Lake in Colorado is a great beauty spot nearby Aspen.

When you’re ready to begin your scenic road trip, head 102 miles north east to Vail ski resort. Along the way visit Glenwood Springs and let off steam at the Mountain Recreation Freedom Park and Pirate Ship Playground. Famous for its world-class skiing and winter sports, Vail Ski resort is the 3rd largest ski resort in the USA. With 5,289 of skiable terrain you may find it difficult to pull yourself away from the powder! To really make the most of the hiking trails and ski slopes, stay in one of our well-equipped Vail Valley vacation homes.

From Vail drive 37.4 miles to the final ski resort on your road trip, Breckenridge. The highest alpine resort in North America also known as ‘Breck’, is home to some of the best terrain parks. Advanced skiers and snowboarders are also well catered for here. Off the slopes, soak up the year-round alpine activities and Gold Rush town charms, along the quaint Victorian streets, which are lined with relaxed bars, restaurants and shops. Our vacation rentals in Breckenridge offer a fantastic selection to suit all tases. From striking modern chalets to large, luxury cabins and townhomes, enjoy the full ‘Breck’ experience in our unforgettable homes.

When driving to Breckenridge, stop over in one of our amazing ski cabins and chalets!

Book with Top Villas

When booking one of our USA vacation homes, you’re guaranteed a first-class service. Our Guest Experience team is on hand to help enhance your vacation too, with amazing travel extras.

What’s more, we make payments a breeze. Our new Affirm credit payment option* means you can spread the cost of your villa stay over a 3, 6 or 12 month period. Simply look out for properties with the Affirm banner!

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Choosing our flex properties

Many of our USA vacation rentals also benefit from our new flex cancellation policy. You’ll be free to cancel within the specificed time for any reason, for a full refund. Alternatively, amend your travel dates for free.

To benefit from this extra peace-of-mind, reserve a vacation home with one of the following badges:

  • Flex 14 – Cancel for a full refund or amend your dates free of charge, up to 14 days before check in.*
  • Flex 30 – Cancel for a full refund or amend dates free of charge, up to 30 days before check in.*

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