At Roadtrippers Magazine, our number one goal is to tell good stories. Have you been somewhere amazing, weird, interesting, hidden, unusual, surprising, or extraordinary? Do you have a quirky story idea you can’t place anywhere else? A place you’ve visited and can’t stop thinking about? We want to hear about it.
Before submitting a pitch, please read these guidelines carefully.
Some general guidelines
- We are mainly looking for boots-on-the-ground storytelling and reported pieces with a clear hook. We are NOT looking for roundups, listicles, or personal essays.
- We currently only cover the U.S. and Canada.
- If you can provide high-quality, original photography to go with your story, you might be our new favorite person.
- Be specific! If you can’t sum up your idea in one neat, catchy headline, it’s probably not a great fit.
- We believe road trips are for everyone and love telling stories from new or less-explored perspectives. We welcome pitches by Black, Indigenous, and other writers of color as well as LGBTQ+ writers.
- We pay rates that are competitive with other online publications.
- Topics we cover include (but are not limited to) road culture, Americana, the great outdoors, roadside attractions, abandoned places, weird stuff, national parks, Route 66, museums, interesting events, haunted locations, and unique characters.
Themes and topics we cover
Road Culture is our flagship category, and the perfect summary of our idea of the great American road trip. From a Banana Museum in the desert to the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, we often can’t resist stories about places that exist against all odds or things that are much smaller or larger than they should be. We want to hear about anything offbeat, abandoned, or previously untold.
Road Culture is retro futurism, Route 66, neon signs, pop culture, roadside attractions, local folklore, vintage diners, fiberglass statues, odd museums, ghost towns, haunted hotels, dinosaur parks, cryptozoology, public art—and the people behind it all.
- Behold Ponyhenge, a mysterious herd of rocking horses that inexplicably multiplies and rearranges
- Welcome to Farnham’s Fantasy Farm, a quiet paradise for fiberglass fanatics
- Opening a Banana Museum next to a toxic desert lake makes absolutely no sense—but that’s part of its a-peel
For many of us, the Venn diagram of road trips and the great outdoors is one single, overlapping circle. Our readers are thrill-seekers, hikers, history buffs, and champions for our public lands. They love exploring national and state parks, finding the most scenic drives, and pulling over on the side of the road to hike to a waterfall.
Topics in this category can include national and state parks, outdoor adventures and activities, scenic roads, sustainability, historic sites, camping, RVing, stargazing, ecotourism, and Indigenous lands. We also welcome story ideas that cover marginalized and underrepresented communities in the outdoors.
- Overlanding for a cause: The Clean Cruiser Project proves off-roading doesn’t have to leave a massive carbon footprint
- Horseshoe Bend from 1,000 feet below: A paddleboarding adventure on the Colorado River
- Closing the adventure gap: Women of color are reshaping the outdoors travel industry
We love exploring new places, and we’ve found that many of our favorite spots are the ones with really interesting characters behind them. Our Community category celebrates the people who make road trips so special.
While we absolutely want to hear about the quirky old man who dedicated his entire life to building a bizarre monument on top of a remote mountain, we are also interested in highlighting the individuals and groups who are out there making a real difference in their communities and in the travel industry at large. From fiberglass magicians to desert dwellers to drag queens to activists to local legends, who are these people and what makes them tick?
- ‘We the people saved Route 66’: How one man’s dedication is keeping the Mother Road alive
- At the Texas Gay Rodeo, contestants are bucking stereotypes with love, horsemanship, and glitter
- The Naked Cowboy exposed: A day in the life of Times Square’s most famous one-man show
While we’re typically not interested in stories on big events such as Coachella or Stagecoach, we’d love to hear about how a small town is creating its own version of them. Quirky, local events, parades, festivals, races, exhibits, or pop-ups—the more unexpected, the better.
- Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade kicks off summer with body glitter, sequin tails, and tongue-in-cheek activism
- Alien invasion: How a tiny town in the Nevada desert is preparing for crowds to ‘Storm Area 51’
- Psychic dogs, monster robots, and ‘trashion’: Pasadena’s occasional Doo Dah Parade celebrates the freaky and farcical
Extraordinary Places (EPs) are locations across the U.S. that the Roadtrippers team of road trip experts think are the absolute most epic. In our trip planner, EPs are highlighted with interactive illustrations and our personal takes on what makes them extraordinary. While many of these locations are already well-known, we are always interested in ideas that explore them from a new angle or perspective. See the full list of Extraordinary Places here.
- Behind the scenes of Washington National Cathedral, home to angels, gargoyles, and one dead president
- Lucy the Elephant, America’s oldest surviving roadside attraction, has welcomed visitors to the Jersey Shore since 1881
- Enter the world of Meow Wolf—a multidimensional, artsy playground, where everything is not what it seems
We welcome creative pitches on something seasonal or timely. If possible, please send us your pitch at least four weeks ahead of the proposed publish date.
February: Black History Month
March: Women’s Week
April: National Parks Week
May: Small Business Week, Museum Week, Memorial Day, Start of Summer
June: Pride Month
July: Independence Day
September: Fall Foliage
December: Holiday Season, New Year’s
This is an unprecedented time for everyone, and travel has changed drastically in just a few months. While we are mainly looking for more evergreen and inspirational pitches, we are also open to interesting and timely takes with a focus on COVID-19. These can include pandemic and quarantine history that ties into a current event or location, or ways specific destinations are dealing with or affected by the pandemic.
- ‘Pekin one, world zero’: How a 109-year-old Chinese restaurant in Montana has survived wars and pandemics
- Formerly a destination for tuberculosis patients, Saranac Lake is still a place for healing and recreation
- Among empty city streets, New Yorkers are showing signs of resilience and creativity
How to pitch
Please familiarize yourself with the style, voice, and format of Roadtrippers Magazine. Use the search function on the site to make sure we haven’t already written about your topic.
Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a suggested headline, a short description of the idea, and links to a portfolio or previously published articles.
We read all pitches, but due to the volume, our small editorial team is unfortunately not able to respond to all of them. If your idea sounds interesting, we will be in touch (typically within a few weeks). If you feel strongly that your idea is a great fit and you haven’t heard back, feel free to send a follow-up email. Sometimes we just get busy.