Escape: Best Driving Vacations 2021

These four destinations tap into a desire to get away from a stir-crazy 2020.

Edited by Chris Gaitten
Sunset at Ciccone Vineyard & Winery on Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula

A beachside getaway or trip to wine country never sounded so good. Everyone wants an escape right now, to literally get away from a stir-crazy 2020. The destinations in this year’s Best Driving Vacations—from the vineyards of Michigan to the foothills of North Carolina—tap into that desire. They’re outdoorsy and less dense, and therefore less risky.

Vaccines should help travel rebound in the months ahead, and though some may feel uncomfortable taking a trip for a while, it’s never too early to begin planning. These stories offer guidance. Plus, they serve another purpose: They’re a means of escape in their own right.

New Harmony, Indiana

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Grand Traverse, Michigan