This Father’s Day, skip the tie and the “#1 Dad” coffee mug, and give your pops the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime getaway. We’ve compiled a list of father-friendly road trips, because shared memories amount to more than mass-market kitsch.
If your old man loves to fish, consider booking a rustic getaway to a place like Minocqua, Wisconsin, a forested lake community with world-class fishing opportunities. Another destination worth considering is Missoula, Montana, the town that popularized the sport of fly-fishing in Norman Maclane’s novella A River Runs Through It. Missoula sits along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers, and it’s home to a regional headquarters of the U.S. Forestry Service.
On the other hand, if your dad more of a saltwater angler, a trip to the coast might be in order. You can find incredible species of fish in the Florida Keys (check out our article on road tripping down the Overseas Highway).
If your dad’s an avid golfer, maybe it’s time to treat him to a relaxing, golf-centered vacation. Hilton Head, South Carolina is a golfer’s paradise, and it’s also home to gorgeous beaches and great shopping. Phoenix, Arizona is another golfing hotspot, with over 200 courses to choose from. You might also consider West Palm Beach, Florida, which is home to the incredible PGA National Resort.
Brewery or distillery tour
Does your dad love a good craft beer? Take him on a brewery tour. Portland, Oregon has a thriving craft beer scene, with more breweries per capita than any other city on the planet.
If your dad prefers bourbon to beer, take him on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, home to the Four Roses, Bulleit, Maker’s Mark, and Buffalo Trace distilleries.
For the dad who’s feeling lucky, there’s always a trip to a casino. Of course, Atlantic City and Las Vegas are standout spots for high-stakes fun; Connecticut, which boasts Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, is also one of the top gambling destinations in the U.S.