Jack Kerouac, author of the groundbreaking 1957 book On the Road, wrote, “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
Since the 1950s, has there been anything more American than hitting the highway? And one vehicle more than any other resonates with the call of the open road, of discovery, of starry Western nights, and meeting others in friendly and casual encounters: the Airstream trailer.
In the early 1950s, rounded, aluminum Airstreams traversing our new interstates was a common sight. In fact, Airstream company founder Wally Byam began leading groups of owners on travels around the country, and photos of the trailers taken in front of many famous tourist sites soon became iconic. A road-trip mystique grew around the Airstream, which persists to this day.
That’s why Off the Beaten Path has partnered with Airstream 2 Go to help you and your family and friends get the most out of your Western road adventure. We’ll hook you up with a classic, well-appointed Airstream—complete with air-conditioning, a bathroom shower, comfy beds, a kitchen, a TV and camp chairs. Each trailer is custom-matched to a Chevy Tahoe sport utility vehicle, fully loaded for towing. We’ll even help you plan your legendary road journey, if you like.
Imagine renting an Airstream for a Rocky Mountains adventure. As you drive, roll your windows down and let the fresh, alpine breeze tickle the nape of your neck. Did you feel your heart leap at the sight of a small turnoff leading into the woods? Nothing can stop you from taking that road less traveled. Then, motor into Yellowstone National Park and fly-fish the remote bends of the Yellowstone River. When evening comes, bed down in your riverside, home-on- wheels Airstream, tucked in by high-end linens. Wake up to a pink dawn reflecting on the water and a satisfying bacon-and- eggs breakfast cooked in your Airstream’s galley. In the afternoon, meet a white-water rafting guide next to a rushing, wide river, boats at the ready.
Rent an Airstream in the Pacific Northwest, and you could embark on a road trip down the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway. In northern California, hike among the giant redwoods, along jagged cliffs in Big Sur and through artisan communities; or meander the sandy beaches, hunting for ocean-rubbed rocks. Bring your binoculars and camera for a custom, wildlife-watching tour with a naturalist guide. Back at your campsite, roast marshmallows under starry skies. The next morning, step out of your Airstream rental, the aroma of your morning coffee mingling with the sweet, piney scent of evergreens.
From Las Vegas, you can rent an Airstream for a Desert Southwest sojourn. Drive to Zion National Park, and wander the trails that wind between steep, red cliffs and emerald pools. In the evening, relax by watching the reflections from your campfire dance on the Airstream’s silver side. Tip your head back to try and count the limitless stars—more than you’ve seen in years. Who knew the heavens contained such riches in twinkling, starry diamonds?
Witness the majesty of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and pause for a photo op at Horseshoe Bend. Hike down into Grand Canyon National Park or tour Monument Valley by an exhilarating jeep ride. Park your Airstream in absolute comfort in a remote, private field camp overlooking the gorgeous Professor Valley near Moab and Arches National Park.
Another passage in Kerouac’s famous novel reads, “…we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” If you should find yourself now bent toward taking an unforgettable venture, make sure you do it with American originality, imagination and inventiveness. Make sure you do it with one, sweet ride: an Airstream rental.