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Short Weekend Road Trips

These half-tank U.S. drives will fuel summer fun without forcing a second trip to the pump

By ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

Updated on May 2nd, 2013

Forget the bald eagle or the Statue of Liberty. In America, the car is still the ultimate symbol of freedom, empowering us to shift our daily routines out of idle and "go anywhere," as long as we make peace with the traffic report before we go. 

Though high gas prices in recent summers shortened or deterred summer road trip plans, this year drivers will get some welcome relief. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects summer gas prices will be at the lowest in three years, averaging $3.63 a gallon (a gallon cost $3.69 in 2012 and $3.71 in 2011). But don’t start mapping out an epic cross-country trek just yet. Though prices have steadily declined since March, a lengthy road trip can still be costly. An alternate and cheaper option is to set out on a shorter trip to get more bang for your buck. 

Determined to prove that shaving off a few miles from your drive doesn't herald an apocalypse of summer freedom and fun, our experts mapped out 15 short weekend road trips that will get you from point A to points B, C, and D while burning less than a single tank of gas – and we still took the scenic routes. 

Save even more with our car rental deals and Travel Search price comparison tool. For more suggestions on hightailing it out of dodge, visit our road trips hub.

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