Guest Post: Easy-to-plan, Toronto-based family road trips from Turo

With the last long weekend of the summer just a couple of weeks away, the carefree days of the season are almost done before the kids go back to school and everyone resets for the fall season. Take advantage of the time that remains by going on a last-minute road trip.

We’ve rounded up a few easy, local road trip ideas and paired them with a car suggestion that are currently available to book on Turo. Families can even filter their car search by pet-friendly, with a child seat, or, one of our fave options—car drop-off! No wrangling impatient kids as you wait at the car rental office)

1) Outdoors fun at Blue Mountain

Consider this the outdoor getaway for people without friends with cottages. A few hours drive north of the city, Blue Mountain isn’t a hidden gem, but with plenty of accommodation options available, the Village nearby where you can indulge in your Beavertails cravings, family-friendly hiking and the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster for those looking for an adrenaline rush, this popular hot spot makes for an easy family getaway. Top Turo pick: A sporty Range Rover Evoque.

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2) Glamping good times

If camping is a bit too much roughing it for you, consider ‘glamping’. There are a few options not far from the city: Whispering Springs just outside of Brighton features spacious safari-style tents and you have a delicious breakfast is delivered each morning. In Norfolk County, book a Wilderness Lodge, which is complete with a king or queen bed and a soaker tub.

Top Turo pick: A rugged Jeep Wrangler.

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3) Trek to Tobermory

The Grotto in Tobermory is so stunning that for a second, you may even fool yourself into thinking you’ve escaped to Italy. The kiddies will love jumping into the crystal blue water, and you can fill the rest of your family time visiting lighthouses (like Big Tub Lighthouse and Flowerpot Island Lighthouse), and learning about the area’s local history at St. Edmunds Township Museum.

Top Turo pick: For a European theme from start to finish, a Mini Cooper.

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4) Wine country getaway to Prince Edward County

Drop the kids at the grandparents and fit in an adults-only getaway to Prince Edward County. This charming area 2.5 hours from Toronto boasts award-winning wine, loads of gorgeous properties (the Drake just opened the dog-friendly Drake Motor Inn across the street), pretty Sandbanks Provincial Park and loads of restaurants to satisfy your inner foodie (we recommend dinner at Drake Devonshire in both for the food and the view of Lake Ontario, plus Flame and Smith for its fire-grilled menu). Top Turo pick: A sleek and eco-friendly Tesla.

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