Where to Go: Burning Man
Black Rock City, Nevada (nearby Best Western hotels)
August 30-September 6
For one week a year, a thriving metropolis springs up in the middle of the Nevada desert, hosting nearly 50,000 people. This congregation of free thinkers comes together to commune with nature, to participate in art installations and ultimately to test the boundaries of self-sufficiency and awareness. And if that's not enough, at the end of this experience they dig deep into their primal selves and burn a giant man, before picking up and leaving the desert as empty and serene as it was before they arrived.
How to Get There: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
Driving through the wastelands of Nevada in search of a dry lakebed just 120 miles North of Reno, you want a car that's comfortable, has tons of cargo room and is friendly to the planet, like the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. Not only does it have enough room for a week's worth of Burning Man necessities, it also features a clean-burning and fuel-efficient turbo-diesel engine that delivers 41 miles per gallon on the highway. Plus, on those 107-degree days when your tent fails to protect you from the grueling hot sun, you can crawl in back for shade and shelter.