The Top Ten.

On May 1, 2015, I purchased my 2012 Honda Accord coupe from Burns Honda in Marlton, New Jersey. While I certainly intended to keep my car for a while, I had no idea that I would form such a bond with this machine. It has taken me to fifteen states. It has sailed across an ocean (well, a bay). It’s plowed through blizzards and waded through torrential downpours. It has carved up mountain roads in the Adirondacks. It has stopped at numerous lighthouses, military museums, car shows, and historic sites. It turns out, my Accord is not just a car… it’s a memory machine. With the 200,000 mile mark rapidly approaching, I thought it would be fun to share the ten favorite road trips I have taken with my car.

Here, then, follows my top ten Honda Accord road trips, in ascending order:

The Top Ten

10. To Infinity, and Beyond.

View of snow-covered plum island.
A road trip with a friend to the historic seaport town of Newburyport, Massachusetts as my Accord crossed the 100,000 mile mark.

9. Yuletide.

Interior of Winterthur Museum, decorated for Christmas holiday.
My first trip to the Yuletide celebration at the Winterthur Museum and Library in Delaware, with my Mom as co-pilot.

8. America’s Pastime.

2012 Honda Accord parked in front of entrance to Doubleday Field.
Several road trips on this list are ones that my wife planned for my birthday. This birthday adventure included a stop at Howe Caverns, along with a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, before ending the trip in the Adirondacks.

7. DC in Bloom.

SR-71 Blackbird in aircraft museum.
A springtime visit to our nation’s capital to see cherry blossoms, stop by the home of the country’s first President, and explore numerous museums, including the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (pictured).

6. Spread Peace and Love.

2012 Honda Accord parked in front of Woodstock concert site.
Our first museum visit after a lengthy COVID lockdown took us to Bethel, New York, site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

5. Roadside America.

2012 Honda Accord coupe parked in front of Roadside America - World's Greatest Indoor Miniature Village.
The only location on this list that can no longer be visited, Roadside America was one man’s unique vision. Located alongside what was once a major road until it was bypassed by an interstate highway, Roadside America hearkens back to the golden age of the American road trip. Billing itself as the “World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village,” it was once one of countless roadside oddities and attractions that clamored for the attention of drivers. Sadly, Roadside America closed in November of 2020.

4. Blown Away and Classic Road Trip

Glass vase being blown in hot shop.
The second birthday road trip on this list centered around a visit to a glass blowing class at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Throw in a house shaped like a shoe, a museum devoted to clocks, and a tour through historic Corning, and it was a fantastic beginning to a road trip.
2012 Honda Accord parked in front of Watkins Glen racetrack entrance.
The second half of the trip took us on an exploration of the Finger Lakes region, including a stop at a historic race track, wine tasting beside a lake, a classic car museum, and a swim in an Adirondack lake.

3. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.

Red mill building along river.
The first birthday road trip my wife ever planned for me was a scavenger hunt through central New Jersey. It included stops at two wineries, lunch at a cool restaurant beside a stream, a visit to a historic nature preserve, and an hour of bliss in a retro video game arcade.

2. Climb to the Clouds.

View of Mt. Washington Auto Road with hood of Honda Accord in foreground.
With a good friend in the passenger seat to act as co-pilot and navigator, I drove up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, parking my Accord far above the clouds.
  1. One Hundred. 
2012 Honda Accord parked in front of East Point Lighthouse.
My favorite road trip with my Accord, and one of my favorite drives of all time: the 2018 NJ Lighthouse Challenge. We visited twelve lighthouses, drove 450 miles, ate at great restaurants and had a wonderful time, all in 36 hours.

Final Preparations

In honor of the 200,000 mile rollover, my wife and I have planned a fun road trip over the Memorial Day weekend. With any luck we’ll be crossing the 200k mark while driving on a historic road filled with gorgeous scenery – stay tuned!

2012 Honda Accord coupe parked in front of red HONDA sign.
Who’s ready for a road trip? ME! Now, just need to make sure I have the right songs on my playlist, like “…mountain mama, take me home, country roads…” (hint, hint).

Finally, I recently came across an ad Honda produced for the 2012 Accord coupe, and thought it might make for a fun (if a bit cringe-worthy) way to end this post:

Thanks, as always, for reading this retrospective of my journeys along the open road ahead.

‘Til next time.

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