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Oft overlooked, Canada is a nearby treasure trove of open road. For a dose of cooler air and fun, we hit Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver—all driving distance from major U.S. cities.

The creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond” takes a sentimental drive up the California coast with his teenage son in an eye-catching red BMW 640i convertible. Two things happen: the road trip reconfirms how much he loves his son, and he discovers an affection for cars he never knew he had.

Back in prehistoric times when travel agents roamed the earth, we’d been steered to the King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia for a couple of terrific but expensive vacations. This year, we wanted a King Pacific-like experience but easier to get to and easier on our wallets.

A city mom loads up the Flex and heads for a Midwest college town with her daughter in tow. Memories are made, chips are eaten, and another semester gets underway.

Every guy wants to be the uber-suave Agent 007 and every gal dreams (even just a little bit) of being an irresistibly sexy Bond girl. At London’s posh Dukes hotel, that fantasy comes to life.

The St. Regis Hotel is already drop-dead gorgeous, but the new Bentley Suite on the hotel’s 15th floor, overlooking glam 5th Avenue and Central Park, puts these digs in a posh new category.

If you’ve dreamed of going to France, but thought it was too far or too expensive, you’re in luck. Quebec City is the next best thing to a French getaway. And you don’t need to speak French. Most locals are bi-lingual so you can get by with English.

Spring is a wonderful time for a VroomGirls Central Utah getaway, just south of Salt Lake City. Heritage Highway 89 is full of pioneer history and hiking trails for all fitness levels and is awash in a springtime kaleidoscope of wildflowers.

Best Utah Road Trips - VroomGirls

The Arizona Biltmore: There are no gimmicks at this storied resort — unless you count luxury and good taste.

Road Trip: Make it Big in Nashville. Pull on your cowboy boots and crank the radio. A drive through Music Row promises to be as memorable as it is melodic.

Road Trip: Make it Big in Nashville - VroomGirls

Road trip: East Coast Cruising A New England road trip made for romance. Pack a camera and a blanket and take in the Northeast’s natural beauty.

Road trip: East Coast Cruising - VroomGirls

Road Trip: Miraval (Tucson, AZ) As if driving through the calming desert landscape of Arizona isn’t reason enough to visit, there’s Miraval, a place to push the reset button on your life.

Survival Strategies For Car Trips With Kids And Pets. Whether it’s one long day trip to Grandma’s house or a full-on vacation, driving with children and pets taxes the patience of even the most Zen parent. Here’s our VroomGirls Guide to making it there in one piece.

Driving with Kids and Pets - Survival Strategies - VroomGirls

Extreme Off-Roading – You Can Do It, Too! You see them on reality shows, those crazy drivers and their jacked-up trucks on steep mountain inclines and rugged, rocky terrain. Give it a try, you’ll no doubt surprise yourself how capable you are!

Extreme Off-Roading - You Can Do It, Too! - VroomGirls

Road Trip: Portland Food Trucks. Portland is increasingly known for its eclectic and funky Food Cart scene. Step into the main square in the city’s downtown, and you’ll find dozens of them. Even for those staying on the city’s fringes, you’ll find the food trucks just about everywhere.

Road Trip: Portland Food Trucks | VroomGirls

Road Trip: The Blue Ridge Parkway. You won’t find pre-fab America here. In its place, you’ll see natural beauty, bona fida Americana and simple, homespun tourist spots the kind your grandparents enjoyed.

CALL ME! Is your loved one risking life and limb to talk on his cell phone while driving? No Bluetooth in the car? He hates the earpiece thing? Gift idea: Bluetooth Portable Car Speaker. The Motorola In-Car Speakersphone – T325 has a thin speaker box that fits on the car’s visor. It sports powerful dual speakers, and keeps a ‘favorites’ contact list. Now, all you have to do is make sure you’re on it. Amazon has it for $39.99; plus shipping.

FUEL YOUR INNER VROOMGIRL! Indulge the racer in you and join Porsche for a two-day women-only driving course! Imagine taking to the track in top sports cars like the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera, the super sporty two-seat Cayman, and even the Porsche Cayenne, the brand’s exciting SUV. You’ll stay and spa at the Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham, AL ($3,200)

Road Trip: Vail, Colorado. There’s more than high-end venues and crazy great skiing in the Colorado Rockies. See what Vail has to offer, whether you drive there in the winter, spring, summer or fall.

Road Trip: Vail, Colorado - VroomGirls

Road Trip: Miami’s pan-Latin culture oozes sensuality in the decor, food and sexy vibe that permeates every facet of the city.