7 places for veterans, military families to opt outside this summer 

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Cars aren’t just a means of transportation. They help us escape the day-to-day grind and allow us to stay active and connected to the world around us. That’s why Team RWB and TrueCar are teaming up this August to host the Open Road Challenge, which encourages veterans and supporters to get active, take on new local adventures, and stay connected virtually.

For week 4 of the Open Road Challenge, grab your family (or jump in the car on your own!) and head to the great outdoors! Whether it’s a national park, nearby mountain, or awesome trail, pack your lunch, pick a route, and explore nature from a new perspective. 

Check out these road trip destinations near military bases across the country, and check-in here

Destination: Elizabeth River Trail

Nearby base: Naval Station Norfolk (Virgina) 

Things to do: Explore Norfolk’s waterfront and history along a 10.5 mile urban trail while walking, running, rucking, skateboarding, or biking. Pets welcome! 

Destination: Mother Neff State Park
Nearby base: Fort Hood (Texas)
Things to do: Southwest of Waco, Mother Neff State Park is a great place to hike, picnic, camp, and enjoy nature. 

Destination: Torrey Pines State Reserve
Nearby base: Camp Pendleton (California)
Things to do: The Torrey Pines State Reserve is made up of six trails varying in length in intensity and each leads directly to the beach. Head to the trails to hike and relax at the beach!

Destination: Mount Rainier National Park

Nearby base: Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Washington)
Things to do: Head to this National Park featuring an active volcano to spend the day hiking, camping, or even climbing. 

Destination: Dunbar Cave State Park

Nearby base: Fort Campbell (Kentucky)
Things to do: The Dunbar Cave State park features one of the largest caves in Montgomery County and includes more than three miles of hiking trails of various difficulties.

Destination: Black River Trail
Nearby base: Fort Dum (New York)
Things to do:  The Black River Trail is a 4.5 mile paved trail, offering opportunities for hiking, jogging, and biking during the summer. 

Destination: Florida Trail, Englin East
Nearby base: Eglin Air Force Base (Florida)
Things to do: This 38.6 mile trail features stream crossings, wildflowers offering camping, backpacking and other opportunities to opt outside.

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