Road trips are good for the mind too. If you are a dreamer like me, you day dream all day, no matter what you are doing. Road trips relax my mind, and I exercise it with day dreaming, or positive thoughts. Of course I think positive thoughts outside of road trips, but I'm at such a steady peace in the car, on the long highways.
Road trips also introduce you to new towns and states. It seems like every summer, I go to at least two new states that I have never been to before. Last summer, I went to four new states, and that was so much fun. This summer, I went to Montana and Wyoming, two states I have never been to before, and now I'm in love with Montana. I will always hold Oregon in my heart, but I want to see the US, and of course the rest of the world, but US first. Road trips show you the land up close and personal, planes don't give you that opportunity.
I sound like I'm promoting road trips. I kind of am. I'm a road trip zealot. Can you tell?
The best part of road trips is entering your home state again, and telling your family and friends of all the adventures you had. (Also seeing the different types of Welcome to... Signs they have in your state. I still haven't seen them all in Oregon.)
This is from Washington going into Oregon near Kennewick, WA.
Happy road trippin'.