Some roads aren’t the most direct, but they pay off in beauty. Laurie Borman, editorial director of Rand McNally, shares her favorites.

By Real Simple
Updated May 05, 2008
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Ever wonder why reading or looking at a screen can make a passenger’s stomach start churning? Motion sickness often happens when the eyes aren’t in sync with the inner ears. The brain is constantly monitoring the body’s position through input from the eyes, the inner ears, and the somatosensory system, which informs a person about her environment through touch and the position and movement of body parts, says Susan S. Blum, M.D., M.P.H., the founder and director of the Blum Center for Health, in Rye Brook, New York.“When you walk, your brain can easily estimate how you’re supposed to hold your head because it’s getting the appropriate feedback from your legs and eyes,” says Blum. “But when a car is moving your body and you’re looking at something stationary, like a book, the mismatch of information can cause you to feel nauseated.” If you or your kids are carsick-prone but simply must read or watch a movie, keep the book or the device at eye level and take periodic breaks to glance out the window. This will recalibrate the signals between the eyes and the brain.If you start to feel sick, look out the front windshield or move to the front seat and stare at the horizon so your eyes won’t be met with landscape that’s whip- ping by. Blum recommends ginger, which studies have shown eases motion sickness in naval cadets at sea. She also suggests this acupressure technique: Using your thumb, apply pressure to the underside of your wrist, about two inches below your palm and between the two tendons. (This is the principle behind the acupuncture wristband Sea-Bands; $11 at drugstores.) If these measures don’t work, one over-the-counter remedy is Bonine ($5 for a package of eight, at drugstores), a chewable motion-sickness tablet thought to be less sedating than Dramamine.
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The Route: Coastal Highway 1, from Fort Lauderdale to the Florida Keys, gives you major ocean views and access to the Biscayne Nature Center, the Dolphin Research Center, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and kayaking off of Big Pine Key. The food stops―Cuban sandwiches and coffee in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, seafood in the Keys―are unbeatable.

The Route: Columbus, Indiana, to New Harmony, Indiana, via mostly state highways, offers gorgeous scenery (national forest, the Wabash River), friendly and inviting small towns, numerous covered bridges, and attractions like Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home.

The Route: The Wyoming loop of US 89 and Wyoming State Highway 120 (WY 120) meanders past bison, moose, elk, and lush forest, leading you to Grand Teton National Park and eventually Yellowstone National Park. Stop for a hike whenever your legs get restless, and in Shoshoni, slip into the Yellowstone Drug Store for the best milk shakes ever.