Top 5 Convertible Day Trips for 2014

RelayRides blogger Amanda L. Grossman shares five convertible-worthy day trips from cities across the US.

My friend took her honeymoon in the California wine country, something that has been on my bucket list ever since. But you know what made her trip even more special? She and her new-husband rented a convertible to drive around in! Talk about adding a whole new layer of class to the entire experience.

Convertibles add a level of luxury and adventure to any trip, which got me thinking: wouldn’t it be super special for city-dwellers like myself to rent a convertible and take to the open road for day trips?

Washington D.C. Day Trip: St. Michael’s Maryland 

Driving Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Did you secretly drool over the backdrop to the infamous weekend getaway in the movie Wedding Crashers? Well, the backdrop was St. Michael’s, and it’s under two hours away from D.C. This Eastern Shore town is known for boating, blue crabs, and a “genteel way of life”…and the views you will take in through your convertible are going to be amazing.

You can rent bikes to tour the town at St. Michael’s Marina, chomp on some locally grown produce and artisan cheeses at the Easton Farmers’ market, and even go crabbing!

The Convertible to Get You There: This 2013 Fiat 500 Convertible will whisk you away on just $65 per day!

Boston Day Trip: Cabbage Island in Linekin Bay

Driving Time: Less than 2 hours

You will want to take the time to drive to Linekin Bay and take part in the Cabbage Island Clambake. Aboard the vessel Bennie Alice you’ll tour Boothbay Harbor before arriving at Cabbage Island. There, you’ll be treated to clams cooked in seaweed, steamed from top to bottom, and covered with tarpaulins and rocks, as well as a cup of traditional New England Fish Chowder, two bright red lobsters, and other great fixin’s.

The island itself is 5.5 acres, and includes activities like fishing, horseshoes, volleyball, and relaxing.

The Convertible to Get You There: This 2012 BMW 1 Series at $150/day is just the ticket.

Los Angeles Day Trip: Laguna Beach

Driving Time: Less than an hour

There are all sorts of amazing outdoor activities to do in Laguna Beach, such as snorkeling, surfing, hiking trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, etc. You can observe the sea lion community for free at Seal Rock, and try your hand at fishing on Treasure Island.

There are also some great art museums and hangout places.

The Convertible to Get You There: This Honda S2000 2006 convertible is a steal at $49/day.

San Francisco Day Trip: Napa Valley

Driving Time: 1 hour

Napa Valley is the place to day trip to if you find yourself needing to get out of San Francisco. You will get to taste as much wine as you desire (or as you can) with the 45,000+ acres of vineyards. You can create your own wine trail along Hwy. 29 and the Silverado Trail, which has more than 300 wineries.

The Convertible to Get You There: There’s no nicer way to tour Napa Valley than in this 2008 Mini Cooper 2008 at $48/day.

Chicago Day Trip: Lake Geneva

Driving Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Travel in the same steps as Chicagoans did many years before you, and head on out to the town around Geneva Lake. There are tons of adventure activities such as hot air balloons, ziplining, and canopy tours, along with more peaceful activities such as checking out Old Wisconsin’s history. You’ll discover plenty of new wines and brews with all of the winery tastings and brewery tours available, and there are also lake cruises.

The Convertible to Get You There: This 2004 Volkswagon New Beetle at $40/day