Summertime will see some of the lowest gas prices in six years. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best opportunities to travel by car. We’ve handpicked five of the best destinations to visit based on originality, adventure, and fun. So let’s hit the road!

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San Juan Islands, Washington

This archipelago is located in the northwest corner of the continental United States. Even though they’re islands, your car can still get there by ferry. This secluded getaway is great for hiking, biking, kayaking, and wildlife watching. Plus, you’ll get incredibly fresh seafood. The summer months just happen to be one of the best times to see orca, minke, and humpback whales (see best months for whale-watching chart here).

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Gas is cheap this summer, right? So let’s keep heading north – way north to the Alaskan southern coastline. The rivers, lakes, and mountain views here are stunning, and there’s plenty of outdoor activity. You can even try some Alaskan wine. Even though it’s a wilderness wonderland, Kenai is very accessible by car making it a great summer road trip destination. Check out the Official Guide to the Kenai Peninsula.

Chicago, Illinois

Maybe you don’t think about a big city for your summer vacation, but Chicago is a wonderful place to visit especially when it isn’t too cold. An incredibly historic city, Chicago also has a rich cultural scene like the many local jazz clubs. It’s summertime, so you can catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field and the next day enjoy the rides at nearby Six Flags. Of course you’re going to want to see the view from atop the 108 storey Willis Tower (commonly known as the Sears Tower). Find out more things to do and see in Chi-town.

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

If you’re a beach lover, then don’t miss this little-known world-class summer destination. You can golf, swim in the ocean, and enjoy fine dining. The Beachwalker County Park has been ranked among the top beaches in the country. Kiawah is a barrier island so you can easily reach it by highway bridge. While you’re there, take a day trip to nearby Savannah and get your fill of southern architecture and charm.

Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont

Famous for its chocolatiers, the Lake Champlain area is nestled between the U.S. and Canada. There’s plenty of arts and heritage here, including historic sights like His Majesty’s Fort at Crown Point. The lake provides a whole host of outdoor and sporting activities like fishing and sailing. Be sure you don’t miss the spectacular Ausable Chasm.

Road Ready

This summer promises to be filled with fun and adventure, but it pays to be prepared. Here’s some insightful road trip advice to keep your family happy. Also, consider purchasing extended auto warranty coverage before you travel. This could save you on expensive car repair costs. Many warranties include trip interruption service in case anything should go wrong.

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