Nothing triggers wanderlust like balmy weather and late sunsets. There’s a reason every other ad on TV features a passenger lounging in a convertible with outstretched arms grasping for the setting sun, the breeze whipping through some aspiring actress’ probably blonde hair. Technology and society encourage us to structure every aspect of our lives (down to how many steps we take in a day … seriously?), but a good spur-of-the-moment road trip allows us to connect with our innate sense of adventure—a sense which modern life forces to be dormant.
We don’t want to send you out totally blind, though. That would be a disservice. That road-tripping convertible, while the sum of everyone’s adolescent dreams, is no place to sleep or mingle. We’re going to share some of the top (literally) spots to have a drink, take in a cityscape and get refreshed before the next day on the road.
The Graham Hotel; Washington, D.C.
One of Georgetown’s swank new offerings is the aptly named Observatory. This rooftop lounge at D.C.’s The Graham Georgetown hotel provides an unbelievable view of the Potomac River, Georgetown, and downtown D.C. Our fine capital doesn’t allow tall buildings, so your view is literally as good as your eyesight (which, for the sake of your fellow road-trippers, is hopefully pretty good). The accommodations themselves are new and fully featured. If you get yourself to sleep, you’ll wake up ready to log a few hundred miles.
The Bohemian Hotel; Savannah, GA
The Bohemian’s Rocks on the Roof lounge provides patrons with the best view in the Peach State’s oldest city. Located on the banks of the Savannah River, the hotel blends Southern charm and aesthetics seamlessly with everything a modern traveler needs. Expect dancing, well-mixed drinks and the Southern quality of nearly effortless elegance. The Bohemian is one of many jewels in downtown Savannah’s crown, so be sure to take a walk around. Just get back to the rooftop to take in the nighttime view.
theWit Hotel; Chicago, IL
One must, every so often, marvel at the skyscrapers that adorn America’s most majestic cities. Extra credit if you do so at ROOF, the very same rooftop bar that the Chicago Blackhawks reserved to celebrate one of their recent Stanley Cup wins. Located on the 27th floor of the Wit in Chicago’s bustling Loop, ROOF is a prime spot to have a couple and absorb the sheer scale of the Second City. The impressive and inspiring views of the Chicago skyline are second to none. The hotel itself achieves a high level of service without feeling too corporate, so a night here will freshen you up without making you feel like you’re selling out on your road trip summer.
Michael Nissenbaum is a lawyer by day (and night), and a writer by night (and day). You can follow him on Twitter @gnarsenbaum.