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Top summer road trip itineraries for food, music and sports fanatics

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Hotels.com picks the best “fly and drive” road trips that travelers can take from anywhere

Taking a road trip is one of the most fun and unique ways to explore America’s most popular cities, but not everyone can afford to spend several weeks or a month on the road. Some travelers opt to fly to a destination and hit the road in a rental car to save precious time. Whether your wanderlust is food, music or sports, the experts at Hotels.com® have picked three of the best “fly and drive” road trip itineraries for summer travel.

“So much of our typical travel revolves around family or work obligations, but road trips offer travelers a way to discover parts of the country that they would never see otherwise,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. “Travelers with limited time can make the most of their road trips taking advantage of the one-way car rentals that many companies offer.”

Food: Southern BBQ Tour

Stops and Hotel Rates: Dallas ($120), Hot Springs, Ark. ($110), Memphis, Tenn. ($110), St. Louis ($119), Kansas City, Mo. ($109)*

Total Distance (one-way): 1,013 miles

Average Daily Driving: 3 hrs

Estimated Gas: $145**

Memphis, St. Louis and Kansas City-style BBQ each a have taste of their own that make these cities famous for a classic staple of American cuisine – smoked and barbecued meat. Foodies will also find some of the best BBQ joints in Dallas, Texas , while Hot Springs is home to some of the most famed and unique BBQ restaurants in the country.

Music: Live Music Road Trip

Stops and Hotel Rates: Austin, Texas ($143), Lafayette, La. ($92), New Orleans ($173), Memphis ($110), Nashville, Tenn. ($142)*

Total Distance (one-way): 1,119 miles

Average Daily Driving: 3 hrs 18 min

Estimated Gas: $160**

Whether your music preference is jazz (New Orleans), country (Nashville) or the blues (Memphis), these cities are renowned for their local acts and live music venues. Music lovers can also appreciate the origins of Cajun music and the Zydeco dancehalls of Lafayette, as well the live music capital of the world that is Austin.

Sports: Ballpark Tour

Stops and Hotel Rates: Boston ($190), New York City ($267), Philadelphia ($148), Baltimore ($130), Pittsburgh ($143)*

Total Distance (one-way): 656 miles

Average Daily Driving: 3 hrs 29 min

Estimated Gas: $94**

Some of the country’s most renowned and breathtaking ballparks can be found in the northeast according to Athlon Sports. Baseball fans can catch a home game while visiting or simply take a tour of a historic ballpark like Fenway Park or Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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*Average nightly rates (excluding taxes & fees) according to the Hotel Price Index™

**Calculated using the national average price of gas (http://www.fuelgaugereport.com) and the average mpg of new U.S. vehicles (http://www.autonews.com/article/20140606/RETAIL03/140609859/average-u.s.-fuel-economy-rises-to-record-25.6-mpg)

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