The road trip just got chic

Sleeker, more streamlined RVs, plus the 5 best places to drive one.

The iconic RV road trip conjures images of a large rectangular box, crawling along the highway, making fast food pit stops and perhaps pausing for the night at a concrete park. But if you're jonesing for an active vacation with a higher chic factor, consider this: Sprinter vans are a newer and smaller version of a hotel on wheels, often fitted with tinted windows, leather seats, granite kitchen counters, showers, and a king-size bed. Somehow all of this luxury rides on a sleek Mercedes chassis (usually about 17 to 22 feet long), which allows for easier navigating, not to mention access to campgrounds that don’t allow larger RV models. For those who want to strike a balance between glamping and roughing it, here are five scenic small-van spots to try with hiking, biking, paddling, or climbing right outside your (van) door.

48 hours in Milan

There are over 100 miles of cycling paths inside the city.