For a different driving holiday, try off-roading on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, with someone else’s vehicle. Wide Open Excursions will put you behind the wheel of one of its 35 custom-built, open-wheel, 175-horsepower cars similar to those competing in various desert races staged in California, Nevada and Mexico. Experienced group instructors communicate via two-way radios and continually advise on conditions ahead as well as how to drive the Subaru-powered buggy in a safe, but quick manner. Prices start at $530 per person for a one-third day session, up to $5,500 for a four-day event. Get all the particulars and make reservations at www.wideopenbaja.com.

How’s this for a road trip?

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