Trips that Are Worth the Drive

© Provided by New York Daily News The Bellefontaine mansion serves as centerpiece of the sprawling grounds at Canyon Ranch.
© Provided by New York Daily News The Bellefontaine mansion serves as centerpiece of the sprawling grounds at Canyon Ranch.

Memorial Day weekend doesn’t just mark the unofficial start of summer but also kicks off road trip season.

Drivers will have the added bonus of cheaper gas prices, about $1 per gallon lower than last year, as they hit the open road with family, friends or a significant other.

One ideal option for a health-filled retreat is the Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox, Mass. The luxury compound in the Berkshires features the century-old Bellefontaine mansion as its architectural centerpiece.

The serene setting is perfect for cleansing the mind and body with dozens of daily fitness classes, guided hikes and bike rides, indoor tennis, canoeing, standup paddle boarding and a high ropes course.

The all-inclusive price for couples — starting at $1,770 for a two-night, midweek stay — provides three nutritious meals a day in its dining room and the outdoor terrace.

After nourishing the soul, head over for some shopping therapy at the nearby outlets or fill up on culture at venues such as Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow.

If it’s a kid-friendly vacation you’re seeking, then the Great Wolf Lodge is a great alternative about a two-hour drive east of Canyon Ranch in Fitchburg, Mass.

The water park features several tube slides for all ages, along with a wave pool, hot tub and sprinkler zone.

Once the kids are done getting wet, they can go wild at the indoor play park, which has mini-golf, kiddie amusement rides, a ropes course and bowling. There is also laser tag and the adventurous MagiQuest, a fantasy-themed scavenger hunt that will entertain the kids for hours — and give mom and dad a chance to rest.

Family suites start at $230 a night and the hotel is offering a 15% discount when booking a two-night stay.

One final destination option is Killington, Vt. The town may be famous for its world-class skiing but even with the last of the snow from this brutal winter nearly melted, Killington has a wonderful vibe and plenty of thrills in the summer months.

The lush terrain will quickly make you understand why they call this the Green Mountain State. To get the best view of the valleys and forests below take the K-1 Gondola to the top of Killington Peak, at an elevation of 4,229 feet, where on a clear day you can gaze onto five states and Canada.

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Source: New York Daily News | Edward Glazarev

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