Sure, we sometimes complain about driving--when we’re cramped in cars on the jammed 101. But taking to the open road--with friends and family having room to stretch out--is our idea of relaxation.

Thankfully, Airstream2Go gets us--and our need for a trip back in time. The company rents retro-cool silver bullet trailers for customized road trips. (Prior to Airstream2Go's debut last month, you had to buy or borrow one of these 28- to 23-foot-long design icons to take it for a spin.) And while owners love them for their nostalgic good looks and easy-to-maneuver design, the trailers surprised us with their spacious interiors, banquette dining tables and over-bed skylights for star-counting when we toured them in person.

It works like this: You decide on the number of passengers (4 people fit into the 23-foot model, while the 28-footer sleeps six). Then choose your adventure: perhaps the classic California tour, which stops at Yosemite, Big Sur and more. Or maybe you’re yearning for Canyon Country, a Las Vegas-originating itinerary including Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Each journey (from five days for $3,850) includes guides who meet you at every destination, courtesy of the seasoned travel planners at Off the Beaten Path.

Best of all, your travel contacts, maps and operating instructions are handed to you fully loaded on an iPad mini. We call shotgun!

Airstream2Go, 1212 E. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel; 800-780-9880 or airstream2go.com

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