Summer is calling and it’s ready to be savored. Pack your bags and get ready to kick some serious asphalt – all you’ll need is your trusty Yelp app to guide you along the way. Get those bookmarking fingers primed for day one of our five day road trip of I-10: Jacksonville, FL to El Paso, TX.
Miles covered: 404
Driving time: 6 hrs. 56 min.
Photo by Yelper Kat T
There’s no time to waste on this road trip! Grab “The Turtle” (pumpkin seed pesto brown rice bowl) from Southern Roots Filling Station and start your morning off with a nature-filled picnic. Drive your healthy eats, blanket-stocked car a few blocks to Memorial Park along St. John’s River.
Henderson Beach State Park, Destin, FL
Photo by Yelper Lauren N
Snag your seatbelt and sunglasses–this drive is the longest, but ends at the most gorgeous destination. We’re scaling Florida and dipping down south into the Gulf of Mexico. We’re then crossing the massive bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay for an afternoon at the beach. Henderson Beach State Park grants public access to sparkling blue water and hot, white sand for only $6/day.
The Other End, Destin, FL
Photo by Yelper Cam F
Hungry at the beach? Drive seven minutes down the street to grab a bite at “The Other End”– a traditional American restaurant and bier garden built right on the water. The polished, outdoor picnic tables, passing sailboats, and live music give off the ultimate vacation vibes.
USS Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, AL
Photo by Yelper Chris M
Only a few minutes from your final destination, pull over and board the USS Alabama Battleship ($15/person). Take advice from Yelper Michael C: “Go through crew quarters, see the medical stations, and even go inside one of the huge cannons. Make sure you take the time to look at the props in these rooms (old fashioned chocolate bars, magazines, and clothes).”
The Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast, Mobile, AL
Photo by Yelper Niki K
After a day of sea salt and sand, you’ll need a fresh shower and crisp sheets. The Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast is the destination for you.
The road rolls on: check out Day Two!