Scenic Road Trip Destinations You Can Take this Winter

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The annual migration of winter vacationers to the world-class ski resorts in the California’s Sierra Nevada and the Colorado Rockies is bound to keep highways busy. Although winter is a good time for “cocooning,” the months between November and March represent one of the heaviest road trip times of the year. Some travelers are on the road to warmer climes while others are headed for winter playgrounds. For your convenience, we’ve listed 3 of the most popular scenic road trip destinations you and your family can take this winter.

 

mt rainierAshford, WA – Mt. Rainier National Park

 

Hidden amongst towering fir and cedar trees at the foothills of Mt. Rainier National Park, Ashford is a popular destination for those venturing deep into the Cascade Mountain Region of Central Washington. Mt. Rainier National Park is a popular place to enjoy winter activities. The mountain receives abundant snowfall and the scenery is spectacular. In winter, recreational opportunities are numerous. A winter visit to Mt. Rainier can include ranger-guided snowshoe walks, Paradise snowplay, camping, snowboarding, and skiing. Adjacent to Ashford you’ll find the small town of Elbe, where you can board the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, which is by far one of most relaxed ways to take in the secluded backcountry of Mt. Rainier National Park.

 

wellsboro paNorth Central Pennsylvania – Wellsboro

 

Located along scenic Route 6 in North Central Pennsylvania, Wellsboro and the surrounding area offers a unique vacation beginning with a natural wonder over six-million-years-old. Also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, this breathtaking terrain is the result of melting prehistoric ice glaciers. Undoubtedly, a great road trip destination as every winter, traffic on Wellsboro’s Main Street is halted as the town thoroughfare is magically transformed into a remarkable Victorian market.  The Wellsboro Dickens of A Christmas showcases an impressive collection of theatre, music, history, shopping, and food.

 

oregon coastOregon Coast

 

Most travelers tend to overlook the Oregon Coast during winter, contemplating only the snow-capped Cascades and the high, dry deserts beyond. But did you know that the Oregon Coast’s cities and towns save some of their best festivals for winter when the weather is sometimes rough but the provisions and company remain superb. Winter festivals take place along the length of the Oregon Coast, offering up food, music, natural treasures and hospitality. Just take the Oregon Truffle Festival as an example. The festival includes the truffle talent of local chefs with special meals and wine pairings as well as tastings, cooking classes, and demonstrations. This festival itself is worth traveling for!

 

Nothing is more freeing than the open road! For generations, travelers have enjoyed the wind in their hair traveling from one destination to another seeking romance and adventure. Hop in that rental car, pick a destination, and you’re in for a memorable road trip.

 


 

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Holiday Travel Roadmap 2014 [Infographic]

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This 2014 holiday travel season is supposed to be the busiest travel season in recent memory. Christmas holiday travel will surge this weekend as it is the last weekend before Christmas. The most expensive day to travel is the Sunday before Christmas. That’s just one of many interesting travel tidbits we found about this holiday season.  Take a look at the others:

 

  • 23% increase in travel between Christmas and New Year’s compared to 2013
  • 91% of travelers will be road tripping by car or other personal vehicle
  • 36 is the average age of the holiday traveler
  • Christmas Day is the cheapest day to fly, followed by Christmas Eve
  • Christmas travel costs 40% more in the 2 weeks before Christmas than compared to an average day
  • 2014 airfare is expected to be 5% higher than in 2013
  • Orlando is the #1 flight destination this holiday season; Las Vegas is #2
  • $1,286 is the average travel insurance claim

Holiday Christmas Travel Infographic

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New Free Rental Car Insurance App Now Available

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That’s right folks. Protect Your Bubble is now offering a free Rental Car Insurance App. It’s great for frequent travelers who love to save time and money. Our app has seamlessly integrated your MyBubble account to allow for one tap, immediate rental car insurance coverage. If you don’t have an account with us, now is a great time to sign up!

 

The app is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

 

Our rental car protection still has the same great coverage:

• Protection for $7.99 a day
• Primary collision coverage up to $35k
• $0 deductible
• Same-day coverage
• Optional Roadside Assistance for just $2.99 a day

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Thanksgiving Travel 2015: What to Look for this Year

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Are you one of the millions of people who plan on traveling over this Thanksgiving holiday? Think it is too early to plan? Think again. Start planning now for the busiest travel season of the year and find yourself having a hassle-free trip that will also keep your wallet fat. Along with a big dose of patience, use these tips to help put a successful Thanksgiving travel plan in place.

 

1. Research the Best Travel Deals Now

Getting a good rate for your Thanksgiving Day airfare requires booking tickets early: to get the best rates on the best airline, it is essential to know how the airline industry really works. To secure the very best airfare possible, do your research now. If you do this early on, you can save hundreds of dollars. Book your flights now! This is the last week before airline ticket prices begin to rise due to surging demand.  Use Hipmunk to find some great travel deals.

airfare price trend

2. Flexibility

One must always be prepared to make changes to plans. The more flexible you are on your departure and arrival dates for your Thanksgiving holidays, the better the deal you will get. In fact, if your schedule permits, why not travel a few days before or a few days after Thanksgiving? This is usually less crowded and stressful. Another advantage of reserving your Thanksgiving flight early is it will likely cost considerably less because you won’t be traveling during peak travel days.

 

3. Timing is Everything

The busier the airport, the more time you need to allow to get to there and make it through the long lines. This very well means that you have to leave your house earlier than you normally would. It is important to remember that during this holiday break, there are thousands of others just like you that are making their way to the airport, so traffic is bound to be congested. It’s ideal to arrive at the airport with at least two hours to spare before your flight is scheduled to depart. Prepare in advance if flight delays and cancellations are likely due to inclement weather or other issues with travel insurance.

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4. Check-In

Given that it is the busiest day travel day of the year, airline schedules do get routinely shifted on Thanksgiving Day. Call ahead or check your airline’s website an hour or so before embarking on your journey. You could save yourself hours of time wasted waiting at the airport. If you’ve never printed your boarding pass and checked in to your flight online before, now might be the ideal time to give it a go because it will save you lots of time and aggravation.  Most airlines now provide mobile apps that make this process seamless.  One popular app is the Delta Airlines app.

 

5. Road Trips

If you’re driving, make sure you are prepared before heading out. Check your vehicle’s fluid levels, oil, brakes, and radiator. Check all of the hoses. If any are frayed, cracked, mushy or leaking, have them replaced. If accessible, squeeze the hose. For safety bring a cell phone and road map. Thanksgiving travel can be tedious, especially for kids so bring something to pass the time like movies, tablets, and coloring books. If you’re renting a car at your destination, rental car insurance will save you money if an unexpected accident occurs.

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Be safe this Thanksgiving season as more travelers hit the roads and skies. Most of all, enjoy that turkey


 

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The Scariest Road Trip Destinations in the US

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With Halloween approaching, haunted house tours are quite the draw during this time of year and the US is full of spooky locations that can have you running in the opposite direction. So if you enjoy creepy settings and the thrill of being scared, then these 5 scary road trip destinations are for you!

 

1. The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, LA

myrtles plantation

Located in St. Francisville, LA, the Myrtles Plantation is marked as one of America’s most haunted homes. It claims to have witnessed 10 murders on its land and it supposedly houses 12 ghosts, if not more. The most well-known of its ghosts is Chloe. History tells us that Chloe was a slave owned by plantation owners Clark and Sara Woodruff. Throughout the years, different tales have surfaced. In one tale, Clark forced Chloe into being his mistress; in others, she was caught eavesdropping on Clark’s business manager and had an ear cut off as penance.

 

myrtles plantation ghost of chloe

No matter the tale, the event that lead to her death remains the same. One day, Chloe baked a birthday cake containing an extract of oleander leaves – that is, poison. Sara and her two daughters ate the cake and died, after which Chloe was hanged by the other slaves and thrown into the Mississippi River. So, if you’re feeling daring, why not spend a night there? It’s still a fully-functioning bed and breakfast.

 

2. Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, KY

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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium of Kentucky is so notorious that it’s been featured on at least seven different paranormal television shows. Originally a tuberculosis hospital, it opened in 1910, before the development of antibiotic streptomycin. Back then if you contracted tuberculosis, you were as good as dead and nobody would expect you to recover. As the urban legend goes, there were around 63,000 souls who died of the disease while at Waverly Hills—many of which are said to haunt the hospital still.

 

waverly hills wardThe legend that gets the most attention is connected to room 502. Legend has it that a nurse found out she was pregnant out of wedlock by the owner of the sanatorium. Furthermore, she had also contracted tuberculosis. An acute sense of hopelessness about her situation led her to hang herself in the room she was in at the time—room 502. Unfortunately, it looks like she never left that room. Would you stay in an old tuberculosis ward for an evening?

 

3. Lemp Mansion – St. Louis, MO

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This grand mansion may be a popular inn and restaurant in St. Louis, MO, but its past was not so pleasant. Visitors can experience the paranormal at this location as the mansion is marked by 60 years of tragedy for the wealthy Lemp family. At least 4 members of this doomed dynasty died in the house on DeMenil Place.

 

lemp mansion inside

William Lemp committed suicide in his home 1904. When the family brewing business went bad during the 1920s, his son Billy took his own life as well. In 1949 it was Billy’s brother Charles who committed the third suicide in the home. The fourth death in the family was a 13-year-old boy who was physically and mentally disabled. The boy lived his life hidden away in the attic, gazing out the window at the life outside until he died in that same room. Once can expect to encounter at least one of these spirits during the weekly ghost tour of the mansion.

 

4. Helltown, Ohio – Summit County, OH

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No, it isn’t really called Helltown, it also goes by the name, ‘Boston Village.’ But the legend has long ago associated the town with satanic activity that it earned the Helltown name. Founded in 1806, the town flourished until 1974, when Gerald Ford passed a bill allowing National Park service to create a park in the county. The Part Service bought several houses, intending to demolish them; but the homes were simply boarded up, and remained as such for years.

 

helltown ohio roadThese days, the buildings are all gone and the village no longer exists but the stories continue to this day. Stanford Road, for example, leads to a drop-off called “the End of the World.” The cemetery features a ghostly man, a moving tree, and grave robbers. The Presbyterian Church off of Boston Mills Road is said to have played host to satanic rituals and animal sacrifices. The Boston Mills Road Bridge is believed to be a crybaby bridge – legend tells us the tale that a baby was thrown from the bridge into the river below, hence any traveler on that bridge can hear the crying of a baby. It’s probably not a good choice to be prowling on this bridge late at night. You might not like what you see – or hear.

 

5. Clinton Road – West Milford, NJ

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Found in West Milford, NJ, Clinton Road is just about 10 miles long, but it’ll be the longest 10 miles you’ve ever come across. The drive is rumored to feel never-ending when you’re racing to keep ahead of the evil ghosts that haunt the road. This unwelcoming stretch of road has all of the makings for the classic urban legend – alleged paranormal activity, satanic rituals, and phantom trucks that send drivers on a wild ride. A more recent tale tells us that it was a dumping ground for a mob hit man known as the Iceman. No haunted thoroughfare is complete without a dead man’s curve, located about 3 miles into the hair-raising drive. But the worst part is that there are no exits on this lonesome highway.

 

These road trip destinations in the US are deemed as some of the scariest places to be traveling to. Will you charge forward or turn the other way around?


 

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