Hit the Road: LALtoday’s summer road trip series

Feet out of car window driving on road trip

It’s time to pack your bags + explore, Lakelanders. | Photo by Avinash Patel via Pexels

Summer — the season of neighborhood cookouts, popsicle juice dripping down sticky fingers, and road trips. Call us car-zy, but this season brings an abundance of nostalgia, especially when it comes to driving down the highway while blasting The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be.”

That’s why we’re excited to kick off Hit the Road. In this summer road trip series, we will feature three destinations throughout June, July, and August — each with its own theme. We’ll be talking outdoor adventures, 30-mile getaways, and something for the foodies.

Before you pack your bags, here are some of our recommendations to prepare locally:

🥤 Stock up on road trip essentials

Swing by one of these LAL spots to stock up on snacks, drinks, and coffee to minimize your stops during the road trip.

  • Charlie’s Mini Donuts & Coffee, 1023 E. County Rd. 540A | Pick up a dozen of these bite-sized donuts, perfect for snacking in the car.
  • Twisted Sugar, 3958 Florida Ave. S. | Grab a few of Twisted Sugar’s cookies + a signature soda to sip on your trip.
  • Black & Brew, 205 E. Main St. | Stop by for a caffeine boost and order a sandwich or pastry to-go.
  • Bonus: Grab a fun road trip game or craft at Scout & Tag.

🎶 Create a road trip playlist

Check out these local artists + add some of their tunes to your road trip rotation.

🚘 Get your car ready

Check the fluids + car battery. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or need a last-minute oil change before you go, head to one of these local car shops.

🐶 Don’t forget about fido

Be sure to line up accommodations for your pet while you’re away. Reach out to one of the many local pet sitters or pet boarding facilities. Here are a few: